[2021-2022] Middle School Academic Dean
East Harlem Middle School /
DREAM Charter Schools – School Leaders /
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the Principal, the Middle School Academic Dean will be responsible for collaborating with the Principal, School Culture staff, Special Education staff, and relevant specialists to provide teachers with high-quality professional development and curriculum implementation guidance to meet the needs of all students. This is an exciting opportunity for collaborative educators who enjoy working closely with teachers and school leaders to drive student outcomes while sharing evidence-based pedagogical practices.
- Serve as primary instructional coach for teachers and learning specialists;
- Lead intellectual preparation meetings and collaborate with school leadership to lead high-quality professional development and curriculum implementation guidance to meet the needs of all students;
- Regularly review lesson plans, observe teachers and provide teachers with timely, highest-leverage, actionable feedback;
- Lead coaching and support on classroom and school culture;
- Contribute to the development of a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, including a vertical scope and sequence aligned to national standards, through creation of assessments, unit plans, and lesson plans, as needed;
- Work closely with classroom teachers and school leadership to plan instruction, analyze student work, and ensure continuity between classroom and intervention work for students with special needsLead in the utilization of student performance data to customize and improve instruction;
- Assist in the coordination of internal and state assessments;
- With the Principal, establish performance goals for instructional staff and manage teacher performance evaluations;
- Collaborate with the Principal to develop a plan of action for the year, including, but not limited to long-term goal setting, identification of major growth areas and steps for improvement, establishing methods for effective communication, long-term plan for supporting and developing teachers.
- Bachelor’s degree required;
- Master’s Degree in Education or School Administration preferred;
- Minimum of three (3) years of school teaching experience with a record of strong student achievement;
- Extensive knowledge of best practices in classroom management and instructional strategies with emphasis on literacy and mathematics;
- Exemplary interpersonal skills and an understanding of adult learning strategies to provide mentoring and coaching;
- Successful experience in leading professional development in large group, small group and one-on-one settings, preferred;
- Ability to use a variety of data sources to drive instruction;
- A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.