Positions Report to: Principal

Start/End Date: 2021-2022 School Year

Hours: 7:40 am – 4:15 pm + some out of school time responsibilities

Compensation: Scholars Academies offer a comprehensive benefits package.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Who We Are

East Harlem Scholars Academies are community-based Pre-K to 12 public charter schools operated by  East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP). EHTP began in 1958 as a children's reading group and has since grown into a multi-site after-school program for traditional public school students and a network of public charter schools focused on significantly increasing the college graduation rate in East Harlem. We are on track to serve at least 25% of East Harlem students by 2025, with enrollment for this year at approximately 2200 students in our schools and after school programs. In 2020, 99% of our seniors were accepted to college, and our current scholars in college are on-track to graduate at eight times the national average of their peers.

At EHTP we also aim to serve as an agent of change and thoughtfully contribute to the national fight for racial equity. Through our organization-wide commitment to anti-racism work, we prepare our scholars to effect change, challenge the status quo, and thrive in the world around them. As staff members, we face our own racial identities and conscious and unconscious biases. With this in mind, all of our professional development, curriculum, organizational materials, and processes are designed with a goal of racial justice. Read our racial equity statement here.

We ground all of our work in racial equity, in our core values, and in our four guiding pursuits: the Revolutionary Pursuit of Love, the Radical Pursuit of Knowledge, the Responsive Pursuit of Healing, and in the Relentless Pursuit of Results. These pursuits inform and are reflected in our current four key strategic priorities: to increase high-impact, high-quality academic curriculum, programming content, staff capacity, and coaching; to embrace and advance our use of technology; to deepen our embodiment of ethical and equitable radical humanity; and to efficiently operationalize teaching, learning, community, and care. 

For more information about Scholars Academies, please visit us at www.eastharlemscholars.org.

Mission

The mission of the Assistant Principal is to actualize the teaching, learning, and care vision of the Principal and Network Team by organizing and coaching a team of teachers and teacher-leaders to evaluate, implement, and assess curriculum, assessments, culture systems, and family engagement practices.

In the next 3-5 years, you will:

  • Lead the implementation analysis and evaluation of curriculum [all contents] with grade/content leads to meet school, grade, and network student achievement and student persistence gains.
  • Actively lead/co-design a tired, role-specific and multi-year PD series that builds on and expands content, pedagogical, and interpersonal knowledge specifically in the context of abolitionist teaching strategies and mindsets
  • Lead design and implementation of student assessment and data cycles, including but not limited to college-readiness exams, Project-Based Learning showcases, etc.
  • Ensure all assessments [summative/formative] and interim benchmarks are curriculum-aligned, common core aligned and aligned with equity/culturally responsive goals.
  • Align and ensure all academic interventions/support strategies to individual student needs by partnering with the team of Inclusive Learning, Dean of Students, and Academic Intervention Specialists.
  • Manage a portfolio of teachers and teacher-leaders, including implementation of coaching and evaluation cycles
  • In collaboration with the High School Principal, lead hiring and staffing cycles year-to-year
  • Collaborate with the Director of Student Culture and Family Engagement to align student culture systems and protocols with classroom expectations and family commitments to ensure long-term, high-impact academic outcomes while also ensuring long-term, high-impact social-emotional outcomes for all students.

What are the top 3-5 things your ideal candidate will accomplish in the first 2 years?

  1. Collaborate with the Principal to design a sustainable, role-responsive professional learning plan that supports teachers in analyzing student data, developing pedagogical content knowledge, and implementing those instructional practices in alignment with Common Core and Next Generation standards and interim assessments.
  2. Collaborate with grade-team and/or content leaders to develop schedules and systems for aligning, norming, and evaluating scholar-facing assessments and assessment data, in collaboration with the Network’s assessment provider, ANet. Implement a robust baseline assessment process to ensure accurate data for every scholar.
  3. Collaborate with school-based Leadership Team in order to meet with all instructional coaches, grade-team leads, and interventionists to understand strengths and growth areas for RTI, and build a progress-monitoring protocol with planning meeting templates (with the Dean of Inclusive Learning) for all teachers to ensure consistent horizontal and vertical alignment within the school and across the Network.
  4. With input from the College Access team, complete a comprehensive 9-12 Course Catalogue that incorporates Early College opportunities for all students.
  5. Develop and implement a cohesive Progress Reporting system that provides clear, actionable feedback for every scholar at multiple benchmarks, and manage academic transition plans for scholars in matriculating grades.

How will your ideal candidate’s career or life be transformed by working for you?

As a result of working with us, you will deepen and widen your philosophy and practice of anti-racist schooling through internal reflection, community-building, peer-to-peer feedback, and effective habits of dialogue. Additionally, you will know why you believe what you believe about the intersectionality of scholars, family, teachers, classrooms, and community.

Areas of Leadership

  • Embodiment and effective modeling of our core values for students and educators 
  • Sets ambitious goals based on backwards planning, demonstrating locus of control, and aligned with an overall vision for student success, content to be learned, personal knowledge of students, and overall instructional context
  • Highly skilled in people management and instructional coaching strategies
  • Demonstrates deep knowledge of content and effective pedagogy, evidenced by clear and objective-driven instruction and meaningful student engagement through active learning practices
  • Sets clear expectations and institutes routines so as to establish and maintains a purposeful, supportive, and fun environment for learning, in which students and educators feel safe, valued, and respected by adults and their peers
  • Builds a school community where restorative practices are actively modeled and used to navigate student and community challenges
  • Serves as Advisor to 10-15 students, motivating students across academic skill levels and cultivating students’ social-emotional awareness and well-being
  • Demonstrates a Team First mindset, through proactive contributions to the community, and advances his/her practice through reflection, development opportunities, participation in the professional community, and actively engaging families and community members

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