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Job Opening: Elementary Academic Dean @ Rocketship Education (January - June 2013 opening)

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    Position Description: Academic Dean Organizational Overview Founded in 2006, Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org) is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2012
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      Position Description: Academic Dean

      Organizational Overview
      Founded in 2006, Rocketship Education (www.rsed.org) is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to eliminate the achievement gap by building a national school system of K-5 charter schools. Rocketship Education is the leading public school system for low-income elementary students. In pioneering its transformative public school model, Rocketship has delivered exceptional academic results through a focus on developing outstanding educators, empowering parents to advocate for their children and communities, and individualizing instruction for all students.

      Rocketship strives to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetimes by partnering with cities, school districts, and communities across the US that share a similar sense of urgency. By bringing Rocketship schools to thousands of low-income students and inspiring other public school systems to adopt similar practices for high-quality, scalable impact, this ambitious goal is attainable.

      The Position

      Reporting directly to the principal, the Academic Dean plays a critical role in driving academic achievement for students. The Dean ensures academic excellence by working closely with the principal to lead and implement the instructional vision for the school. The Academic Dean leads two primary streams of work: teacher coaching and professional development (PD). The Academic Dean directly coaches a number of classroom teachers, which includes conducting observation cycles, modeling lessons, co-planning lessons, real-time coaching, and providing support and resources aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and leadership. The Academic Dean also leads the design and implementation of group teacher professional development and collaborative planning time. This individual provides staff with the appropriate resources and support to ensure that each Rocketship school's Rocketeers realize 1.5 years of progress annually.

      This is a temporary position from January - June 2013 at Rocketship Discover Prep in San Jose. Each Rocketship school is supported by a Regional Support Office, which is a division of the National Team.

      • Foster a rigorous and college preparatory environment that ensures high levels of student achievement annually through the relentless use of data to drive and refine instruction
      • Ensure at least 1.5 years of progress for all Rocketeers annually through rigorous teacher coaching and PD
      • Drive student achievement results through regular 1:1 coaching sessions with select staff members (6+ teachers)
      • Oversee the implementation of a rigorous and highly individualized curriculum in classrooms of coached teachers
      • Promote collaborative problem solving and open communication among teaching staff members
      • Ensure Rocketship school culture where students, educators, and members of the school community demonstrate Rocketship's beliefs, values, and behaviors
      • Manage self and others in a manner that creates a healthy, high-achieving environment where staff feel challenged, and also fully supported/valued
      • Lead and/or contribute to the design and implementation of weekly staff professional development and collaborative planning time
      • Identify, celebrate, codify, and share instructional best practices across the school and network
      • Implement and share teacher coaching and development best practices with other members of the school leadership team
      • Assist in the management of school-based Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) program through coordination of SST and SAT processes
      • Collaborate with the ISD Specialist at each site to ensure that teachers are receiving the necessary support and professional development to maximize the delivery of instruction in a full-inclusion model
      • Manage the BTSA process for eligible staff and support other teachers through the credentialing process, which includes the successful completion of Teacher Performance Assessments
      • Have a lasting impact on the design of network professional development resources

      Required Qualifications:

      Skills and Experience:

      • 2+ years experience teaching in an urban city classroom and realizing significant gains (3-5 preferred)
      • Strong time management and organizational skills
      • Result-oriented and data-driven
      • Relentless pursuit of high expectations
      • Ability to inspire and motivate others
      • Adaptable and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
      • Ability to develop others
      • Passion for urban children and their families
      • Strategic planning and project management experience
      • Strong verbal and written communication skills
      • Deep knowledge of elementary literacy and/or math instruction
      • Experience with or interest in the use of technology in promoting teacher development a plus

      Education Requirements:

      • BA from accredited university
      • Valid Teaching Credential

      Compensation: commensurate with experience

      Hiring Process
      If you are interested in this opportunity, please go to http://www.rsed.org to submit your resume.

      Rocketship Education provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Education complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

      Rocketship Education expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Education's employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.
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