Denver Public Schools
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ACADEMIC PARTNER, LITERACY
at Denver Public Schools
235 work days
Salary Range: $69,674-$83,607
Essential Functions and Objectives:
The Academic Partner along with other members within Teaching and Learning are responsible for delivering high-quality instructional resources, enhancing classroom practice, and scaling effective programs to increase Denver Public School student achievement and to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life.
Direct Network/School Support for Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards
- Serve as a liaison between school teams and the central office Department of Teaching and Learning.
- Build relationships and work closely with network-based and school-based teams to ensure a high-level of input, investment, and collaboration for curriculum implementation and revision.
- Work in partnership to provide on-site support of teacher leaders and teachers through the support of their implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.
- Work with network-based and school-based teams to analyze student work and achievement data to determine how to adjust instruction and planning accordingly.
- Implement district instructional foci and key strategies in support of the Denver Plan 2020.
- Assist with the development and facilitation of the Teaching and Learning Department’s core professional learning offerings related to content, instructional best practices and language development.
- Facilitate Network Team and School Teams’ understanding and implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards.
- Participate in school visits to determine professional learning needs and facilitate the implementation of instructional programs, services, and tools.
- Assist Network Team and School Teams in the identification of programs, instructional activities and current effective teaching practices to ensure continuous improvement.
- Consistently analyze teacher practice through ongoing classroom observations, data analysis, and examination of student work.
- Provide clear and direct feedback to teachers based on analysis of practice.
- Collect and analyze video of excellent instruction to be used as a learning resource.
- Develop teachers’ capacity to collect and analyze multiple sources of data to improve student learning.
- Work collaboratively with other network supports and with other departments to develop core content professional learning which meets the needs of all stakeholders.
- Attend district-wide training sessions to ensure knowledge of district programs and department initiatives.
- Model effective teaching and planning techniques when presenting to groups and other professionals.
Coaching and Development Observations
- Provide coaching to targeted audience in order to improve instruction, classroom organization and management, and effective implementation of key district strategies and resources.
- Create detailed coaching plans, which include focused goals and measures of success, to drive learning cycles.
- Track student and teacher progress to assess the effectiveness of coaching.
- Develop instructional expertise of Network Team and School Teams through focused co-observations and feedback.
- Support teachers’ achievement of goals by using coaching strategies that gradually release responsibility for implementing instructional practices to the teacher (for example, co-planning, modeling, co-teaching, side-by-side coaching, and observing).
- Deeply analyze student achievement data (student work samples, interim assessments and performance-based assessments) to determine how to better develop materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher training.
- Conduct data conferences with classroom teachers to interpret data and plan instruction.
- Coordinate professional development for common planning time for a cohort of schools.
- Jointly develop professional development content related to district adopted data inquiry cycle.
- Assist in developing resources for school common planning time that aligns with the work of core instruction and intervention literacy, CCSS integration, and school’s UIP.
Perform all other tasks and duties as assigned
- Keep current of technical, legislative and professional learning trends and help disseminate the information to appropriate staff.
- Work with the Department of Assessment Research and Evaluation in assessing program effectiveness.
- Assist in the preparation and review of presentations, summaries, required reports, data and other documents as needed for distribution to the Department of Teaching and Learning, district senior leadership, other departments and the community.
- Develop and maintain positive, collegial working relationships with peers/co-workers, leadership personnel, campus administrators, and teachers.
- Knowledge of second language acquisition in the curriculum content areas preferred.
- Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish highly desirable.
- Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methodologies and experience in providing such instruction to meet Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.
- Demonstrated content area mastery.
- Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional colleague relationships.
- Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.
- Exceptional collaboration and influencing skills.
- Extraordinary oral skills to effectively communicate with varied audiences.
- Comfort with and ability to write efficiently and effectively as part of a culture where curriculum writing, email communication, and documentation are critical.
- Knowledge of how students learn in the designated curriculum focus and knowledge of best program practices.
- Knowledge of best practices in curriculum instruction and standards-based education.
- Demonstrated commitment to continuous professional learning.
- Strong desire and willingness to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities.
- Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success.
- Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions.
- Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance.
- Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position.
- Solid technical skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and GoogleDocs.
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
- A teaching career with five or more years of highly successful teaching experience. We will consider a candidate with a minimum of two years of teaching experience with exceptional results if there is relevant prior work experience.
- A proven, multi-year track record of exemplary teaching achievement, especially the achievement of low-income, underrepresented/under-served students.
- CDE teaching certificate in Language Arts (elementary or secondary).
- Valid Colorado Driver’s license, appropriate insurance coverage and an acceptable driving record for the past three years
- Bachelor’s degree with a major in an area of curriculum focus, advanced degree with emphasis in curriculum preferred.
About Denver Public Schools:
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth. Learn more at dpsk12.org.
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.