Dean of Teaching & Learning

Department: Instructional Leadership
Dept./Subject: Elementary
Role Type: Full Time
Grade: 1 2 3 4 K
Reports To: Director of Teaching & Learning
School Year: 2021-22 School Year
Start Date: July 2021

Position Overview

The Dean of Teaching & Learning is responsible for creating a positive, structured, disciplined school culture and for ensuring that students’ learning experiences are exciting and rigorous. The Dean of Teaching & Learning  coordinates curriculum and instructional content, coaches teachers, assesses student performance, and coordinates professional development. It is also important that a Dean cultivates productive relationships with all members of the school community, including faculty, students, and families. The Dean of Teaching & Learning directly oversees instruction and culture for a specific grade level.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Curriculum Development and Instruction
  • Attend weekly leadership team meetings and collaborate on all organizational decisions
  • Internalize and monitor high-quality, standards-based school curriculum and instructional content consistent with the philosophy, values, and mission of Legacy Prep
  • Clearly articulate student performance goals for each grade level and work with teachers to set measurable student goals in individual classes
  • Continuously monitor student achievement by analyzing independent work, standardized tests results, and other data points in order to target interventions
  • Attend and facilitate productive content team and data meetings
  • Develop instructional materials (lesson plans, scope and sequence, pacing guides, assessments, etc.)
School Culture
  • Work closely with the leadership team to develop a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture among your assigned grade level
  • Lead the implementation of values integration and habits of success within the grade level and classroom community
  • Be highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has a strong culture
  • Support execution and coordination of cross-school instructional and cultural initiatives
Student Discipline
  • Model positive interactions with students, as well as a variety of ways to handle misbehavior and disruptions (principles of Love and Logic, Restorative Approaches, Responsive Classroom, etc. ).
  • Recognize and celebrate exemplary student achievement and behavior, communicating with families of students on a regular basis
  • Reinforce the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan and serve as a point person for discipline and culture issues
  • Assist teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans (in conjunction with the Social Worker)
Teacher coaching and professional development
  • Plan, implement, and provide ongoing professional development and feedback to grade level staff, focusing on building positive student relationships, student culture, and classroom community
  • Facilitate and lead content team meetings and grade level meetings
  • Support teachers in developing their classroom management and instructional practice (unit and lesson planning, lesson execution, and collection and use of assessment data)
  • Conduct classroom observations and follow-up with targeted feedback and support to help teachers become even more effective
  • Complete mid-year and end-of-year teacher performance evaluations
  • Organize summer learning institute and professional development days in coordination with other Deans and the Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Recognize and celebrate staff professional growth and success
Teacher coaching and professional development
  • Participate in teacher recruitment and hiring process, in collaboration with the Director of Teaching and Learning and CEO
  • Teach classes when necessary, for coverage purposes or professional development of teachers
  • Push in to teach a specific content area for grade level (departmentalized grade levels only)

Employment Qualifications:

Education
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year educational institution (master’s degree highly preferred)
Experience
  • At least three (3) years of full time classroom teaching experience (highly preferred)
  • At least one (1) year of adult management/teacher coaching (required)
  • Model effective and high-quality teaching
  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students
  • Demonstrated success developing academic programs and academic culture
  • Demonstrated success planning staff professional development and leading teams of teachers
  • An analytical view of student progress towards standards
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Extreme flexibility to accommodate multiple priorities and a strong work ethic to accommodate high level of responsibilities
Skillset
  • Deep knowledge of literacy and math curriculum and implementation
  • Organizational and people leadership: Understand what makes schools succeed/fail, able to build strong classroom environment and positive contribution to school culture, drive classroom and school change, build strong relationships, and influence/develop others
  • Is solution-oriented and creative problem solver with experience in data analysis and creating and managing systems
  • Instructional Leadership: Strong teacher and leader, with history of results, able to analyze instruction and help others improve their instruction
  • Possess strong pedagogical skills and are highly effective at coaching other adults
  • Deep passion for pedagogy intellectual interest in curriculum development, assessment, and models of instruction
  • Adaptable: Manage uncertainty; demonstrate resilience, resolve, and flexibility in face of change
  • Critical thinker and decision-maker: Analyze information and organize thinking to solve problems
  • Ability to connect with and motivate a diverse community
Mindset
  • Self-aware: Aware of own strengths and areas of growth, work relentlessly to improve upon areas of growth, are open to feedback, willing to take personal responsibility, show balance in confidence vs. humility, and behave professionally
  • A passion for being part of a team-oriented, mission-driven school culture
  • Strong belief in the Legacy Prep mission and educational model, including experience implementing – or a passionate desire to learn how to integrate elements of project based learning – personalization and social emotional learning into instruction
  • High moral character
  • Values the importance of working in a diverse, inclusive, and equitable
  • Exhibits a growth mindset as an educator and lifelong learner
  • Positive and effective collaborator
  • Communication: Speak and write effectively. Inspire through communication
  • Personal organization: Prioritize and multi-task effectively. Punctual, prepared, and detail oriented
  • Passionate about continuous improvement

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