Instructional Specialist / Santee Education SpecialistPosted by: Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
Posted date: 11/05/2013
Location: Los Angeles, CA
POSITION: Instructional Specialist
LOCATION: Santee Education Complex
1921 S. Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011
The Partnership for LA Schools is a non-profit organization focused on turning around LA’s lowest performing public schools and on piloting innovations that can be scaled across the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD). Launched in 2008, the Partnership is a collaboration of LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector, and today it serves 16,000 students across 17 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South LA. The Partnership is the same size as the Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and Malibu school districts combined, and is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Last year, the Partnership schools outperformed the district and state in every subject area covered by the California Standards Tests, (CSTs). Moreover, the Partnership was the # 1 improving mid- to large-size school district in the state last year, the year before that, and over the last five years according to the Academic Performance Index, (API). To learn more about the Partnership please visit our website at: www.PartnershipLA.org.
Santee opened in 2005 on the site of a former dairy facility south of Downtown Los Angeles to create a high-performing school for the area’s 9th through 12th grade students. With approx. 1,894 students, the school has been converted from a year-round to a traditional calendar. The school has also seen improvement in both their CAHSEE pass rates as well as in its annual API growth. In addition, the athletic program has produced basketball, track and soccer league champions
INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST POSITION
The Partnership is seeking a highly effective, transformational urban instructional leader to drive change and dramatically improve the academic culture and student achievement at Santee Education Complex. The selected candidate will have a proven track record of increasing and accelerating student achievement, as evidenced by performance data, and will be prepared to lead the students, staff, and community toward dramatic academic improvement and success. S/he will, in collaboration with the principal, ensure that all members of the community (students, teachers, parents and guardians) have high expectations for student achievement, and that academic culture and performance improve dramatically across each school. Reporting to the school principal, the successful candidate will be a committed and entrepreneurial school leader who is excited by the challenge of turning around a struggling school and making a real difference in the lives and future college and career choices of low-income Latino and African-American students. S/he will have previously worked in similar schools and will be prepared to accept the complexities and challenges of working with all stakeholders to understand and educate students from this community.
The Instructional Specialist responsibilities will include:
· Make use of the LAUSD Teaching and Learning framework to develop a common language around instruction.
· Participate in the LAUSD Teacher Development Pilot as a primary observer.
· Model a focus on learning and instructional practice by visiting classrooms daily.
· Shape an adult culture of collaboration driven by continuous improvement, empowering all stakeholders and meeting the academic and social needs of students.
· Use data to initiate and continue improvement in school and classroom practices.
· Lead prevention and intervention strategies designed to support learning challenges for all students.
· Coordinate and implement teach tanks in core subject areas and schedule and provide release time for teachers to visit other teachers.
Operations and Human Resources
· Act as a co-administrator with the school principals, performing duties as assigned by the principals, and assume administrative responsibility for the school in the absence of the principal(s).
· Supervise, support and evaluate performance of all assigned personnel, provide counseling and assistance as indicated; recommending appropriate action in cases of substandard performance
· Identify and encourage individual teachers with leadership potential.
· Ensure that teachers have the appropriate tools, materials, and resources to implement high quality instruction; staying abreast of new research and proven practices.
· Check physical environment daily and make certain it is organized for learning and reflects high standards of cleanliness.
Fostering a Strong Sense of Community and Academic Excellence
· Create a focused mission to improve student achievement and a vision of the elements of school, curriculum, and instructional practices that make high student achievement possible.
· Lead the development of a school organization where faculty and staff understand that every student counts and where every student has the support of caring adults.
· Set high expectations for all students to learn higher level content coupled with crafting high levels of support for teachers and students.
· Make parents partners in their child’s education, creating a strong home-school connection.
Support Continuous School Improvement
· Recognize and encourage implementation of good instructional practices that motivate students and increase achievement.
· Provide leadership and facilitation skills to manage change effectively.
· Understand adult learning styles and how to advance meaningful change through quality, sustained professional development that benefits students.
· Use and organize time in innovative ways to meet the goals and objectives of school improvement.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following qualities and qualifications:
· Evidence of experience leading students and adults to increasingly high levels of student academic achievement
· Inspiring leader, able to quickly build trust and strong working relationships with students, teachers, classified staff, parents and other community members
· Passion for improving education and dramatically increasing achievement and life outcomes for low-income students of color; a belief that all students can reach high levels of achievement with support from adults
· Knowledge of research-based best practices in the field of education pedagogy, including common core curriculum design, professional development and assessments
· Strong ability to understand and implement instructional practices that accelerate student achievement
· Ability to model an open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders; someone who is able to have difficult conversations in order to create the best working environment for students and other adults.
· Reflective, someone who is self-aware and open to new ideas and opinions.
· Ability to plan and conduct professional development for large and small groups.
· Experience working with Special Education students, teachers, classified staff and parents.
· Experience utilizing the Response to Intervention model.
· Excellent oral and written communication skills and advanced computer literacy.
· Excellent human relations/customer service skills.
· Strategic planning and project management experience preferred.
· Spanish fluency a plus.
COMPENSATION: MST 39G – B Basis
Total compensation ranges from $75, 502 - $94,043 for 221 paid days. Subject to furlough days approved by the Board and/or Superintendent for the 2013 – 2014 school year; above rates will be adjusted accordingly. For more details, please contact Partnership Staff.
All minimum requirements must be met on or before the filing deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that documentation of minimum requirements is on file with the Human Resources Administrative Selection Unit. For information on submitting your documentation, please call (213) 241-6886.
· At least three years of successful full-time public school certificated teaching experience
· At least three years of out of classroom school leadership experience desirable
· Secondary experience desired
Minimum Requirements include:
· A valid California Administrative Services Credential
· A valid California K-12 Teaching Credential
· Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
· Multicultural coursework*
· District Master Plan requirements*
*Out-of-District candidates have one year to complete this requirement