DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS
Who We Are Achievement Prep is an award-winning college-preparatory public charter school network committed to historically underserved communities of Southeast Washington, DC. Our flagship middle school, which opened in 2008, serves approximately 500 scholars in 4th – 8th grade. Opening in 2013, our elementary school, serves approximately 350 scholars in K – 3rd grade. It also includes an early childhood partnership with AppleTree Institute, which serves approximately 160 preK3 and preK4 scholars. Our mission is to prepare students to excel as high-achieving scholars and leaders in high school, college and beyond.
What You Will Do The Director of Interventions & Supports ensures that the Achievement Prep Network is having the most significant impact its the scholars and families. S/he does this by overseeing a myriad of areas directly related to scholar success and achievement. The Director of Interventions & Supports is an entrepreneurial individual who deeply understands scholar enrollment, academic assessments, and scholar supports and interventions. This role, though Network-based, interfaces significantly with campus-based staff as s/he orchestrates critical function areas for the organization.
Reporting to the Managing Director of Curriculum and Instruction, you will:
- Build and oversee a school-wide approach to individualized and small-group remediation and acceleration with a foundation in Results: an intervention block for all elementary school and middle school Foundation Academy scholars
- Champion a culture amongst instructional staff and leadership of data-driven re-teaching of content in an effort to ensure all scholars master the standards
- Utilize data collected through a myriad of sources (formal and informal assessments) to help instructional leaders and staff identify and group scholars in need of additional supports
- Direct the planning of small-group and individualized instruction for remediation and acceleration
- Monitor and modify all intervention programming for general education scholars based on data and evaluation
- Support instructional staff and leaders in the development of individualized intervention plans specifically for scholars at risk of failing or in need of acceleration
- Collaborate with the Network Academic Team to ensure school leaders and instructional staff develop the necessary expertise in core curricula to achieve excellent results for scholars
- Identify opportunities for further differentiation of curricula during regular classroom time to ensure all scholars succeed
- Analyze potential and existing intervention programs to ensure effectiveness
- Oversee the alignment of all intervention tools used across the network (i.e. online tools, teacher-created tools, and Results)
- Monitor the Student Support Team (SST) process for fidelity of implementation and effectiveness
- Track implementation of academic and behavioral interventions to ensure efforts are being documented
- Review various data sources, including academic, behavioral and attendance data that may impede academic achievement
- Train school leaders on the SST process and expectations for execution at the campus level
- Review dashboards and campus SST reports to ensure timely identification of appropriate scholar for the SST process
- Work with Scholar Support and school-based leadership, in accordance with the Child Find mandate, to facilitate eligibility of scholars for special education services
- Provide network oversight to campus to ensure that interventions are taking place and being monitored across the network
Assessment Administration & Oversight
- Ensure that scholar progress is accurately and consistently tracked across the Network
- Serve as primary point of contact for management of assessment administration/logistics and assessment plans and dates
- Create project plans for logistics of assessment administration and proactively communicate roles and responsibilities to staff
- Coordinate all test logistics, including organization of assessment materials and scheduling, and oversee test administration
- Remain current on local, state, and federal testing and accountability policies
- Ensure communication and compliance of school-based staff with all assessment guidelines, procedures, and security regulations
- Provide professional development regarding assessment practices and compliance issues.
- Conduct frequent audits of the assessment landscape and assist leadership in refining processes
- Serve as the external point of contact and trainer on district required policies and procedures
Coaching & Development
- Provide training for staff to effectively maximize Results by implementing developmentally appropriate interventions for individuals and groups of scholars
- Meet with grade level teams and school-based leaders to problem solve for scholars
- Support instructional staff in the implementation of interventions via model lessons, observation and feedback, lesson plan feedback and regular coaching sessions
- Plan and implement professional development for instructional leaders to align adopted curricula (Eureka Math & KIPP Wheatley English Language Arts) with effective differentiation and interventions
- Facilitate professional development sessions regarding assessment and scholar data, as needed
- Assist and coach campus leaders to support data-driven instruction
“Wind In The Sails” Support for Schools
- Communicate proactively and frequently with families
- Be on campus from at least 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
- Provide leadership to all staff and scholars in establishing a positive, structured, and achievement-oriented school culture
- Participate regularly in projects and initiatives that integrate Network Office staff into schools
- Support “all-hands-on-deck” times of for schools: beginning of school year, standardized testing, all school assemblies, etc.
- Maintain a culture centered on our ethos and core values of Determination, Respect, Enthusiasm, Accountability, and Mastery
- Exhibit an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development in our scholars
- Receive continuous feedback from peers and school leaders on your practice and be expected to give the same
- Manage time, tasks, deadlines and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment and hold others accountable for the same
Be willing to take on additional responsibilities as necessary to fulfill Achievement Prep’s mission for our scholars
You Must Have
- Bachelor’s degree
- 5+ years experience as a high-performing and data-driven educator in an urban setting
- 2+ years experience with large-scale assessment systems and compliant testing environments
- 2+ years experience coaching teachers and developing/delivering professional development
- Exceptional analytical skills, including an ability to innovate ways of communicating complex information
- Extensive experience analyzing student, classroom, and assessment data and guiding instruction based on findings
- Experience with external relations and/or strategic partnerships
- Ability to work some evenings and weekends
It Would Be Nice for You To Have
- Master’s degree
- Experience with PowerSchool and/or other student information systems
Who You Are
You know and understand the power of education and have seen, first hand, that power manifested either in your life or in the lives of others. You are committed to serving historically underserved communities knowing that your work is part of a larger ecosystem committed to change. You believe in a quality public education for all and are determined to serve every child that comes your way. You are unapologetically mission driven and will do whatever it takes to advance the work and ensure scholar achievement. You are excited about not just the work, but doing the work at Achievement Prep. You are familiar with our community and are not afraid of or by all the beauty and challenges that come with living in impoverished communities. You value and respect everyone and demonstrate that respect in words and actions.
You know while there are no excuses in this work, the scholars we serve require leaders who will ensure differentiation for all and a high bar for excellence. You are a driver of academic change and your support and guidance is critical to improving scholar achievement. You know that deficits (present in adults and/or scholars) are representative of skill gaps until clear evidence proves otherwise, and therefore individuals deserve to be developed to meet their potential. You respect timelines and know that meeting the same are not optional or to be taken for granted. You are open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do. You know the work isn’t easy and don’t expect for it to be. The grind of our mission ignites you. You are not only capable of performing but thrive in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance. You look for or create the joy in your day-to-day and want to work with others who do, too.
What We Value
- 100% Scholars: You prioritize what’s best for scholars first.
- Results Without Excuses: You set, track and achieve ambitious goals; and you own the mistakes.
- Sweat the Small Stuff: You pay attention to the smallest details to ensure smooth, predictable, and effective outcomes.
- Community Matters – Mightily: You show care and respect for others – even when the work is taxing.
- Unapologetically Mission-Driven: You have a “whatever it takes” mentality in achieving the mission.
- Many Minds, One Mission: You value and partner with parents and the community for the good of scholars.
What You Get
- Ongoing weekly or bi-weekly coaching and development from direct supervisor
- Regular internal professional development tailored to the requirements of the position and staff needs
- Opportunities to participate in external professional development that increases effectiveness in the role
- Compensation & Benefits:
- Achievement Prep offers highly competitive compensation and benefits
- Medical, vision, dental benefits
- Flexible spending accounts for transit, dependent care, and medical expenses
- 401k with automatic immediate employer matching up to 4%
- It Pays to Stay:
- Upon completion of 2 full school years of service, employees become eligible for annual loyalty incentives
- Gifts and Achievement Prep swag
Achievement Prep encourages individuals of all identities and backgrounds to apply for this position. We are an equal opportunity employer fully committed to hiring a talented and diverse group of individuals. Achievement Prep does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.