Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is seeking a Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) - Humanities for the 2021-22 school year.

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative charter public school in Newark NJ, serving students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city of Newark. Our mission is to prepare Newark’s students for success in college and beyond. Currently, the historical college matriculation rate for GOLCS is 79% - nearly twice the national average for economically underrepresented students.

Our model is based on the following guiding principles that guide our work daily –

  1. Creating a COMMUNITY that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships.
  2. Being surgical in our approach to DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION AND SUPPORT of ALL students and team members.
  3. Setting and exceeding HIGH EXPECTATIONS for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.

We accomplish our mission by:

  • Cultivating an environment where all students and staff are known and valued and are provided the support and compassion they need to be successful.
  • Delivering individualized academic support to our students daily, through tutoring provided by AmeriCorps Education Fellowship program.
  • Pairing rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support and high academic expectations for students. Our students, for example, are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate high school. Our alumni receive intensive support from our college counseling team, while in college.

 

ROLE DESCRIPTION

Great Oaks Legacy is seeking an experienced, like-minded urban educator to join our leadership team. is an integral part of the campus-based instructional team and will help drive student growth at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School by coaching and observing teachers, overseeing curriculum and assessments, and supporting a culture of data-driven instruction.

 

Coaching Responsibilities

  • Observe high school teachers and conduct feedback/coaching sessions on a weekly basis for the purpose of providing constructive feedback and recommendations.
  • Review curriculum and assessments to ensure common core alignment of curriculum and rigorous content standards that drive student growth and promote college readiness.
  • Foster a DDI culture among the instructional team, in which data is used to identify trends in assessment results, analyze student growth, including content mastery and skill gaps, and drive the continuation, modification, or addition of strategies to move students to higher levels of achievement.
  • Facilitate small and large group discussions between and among the leadership team, teachers, and tutors on issues related to student learning.
  • Collaborate with members of the instructional team and school leadership to conduct school-wide instructional needs assessments
  • In conjunction with leadership team, develop specific, measurable goals for the instructional team, and identify specific skills, strategies, and programmatic activities to support or extend school-wide learning.
  • In conjunction with leadership team, coordinate grade level or department meetings and plan professional development sessions for the purpose of providing targeted support to teachers, teaching assistants, and Tutor Corps members.
  • Work with general and special education teachers, and RTI coordinator to develop student interventions and modifications based on data from SRI, SMI, ANet, and other data sources.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience teaching and driving student growth in an urban school setting.
  • Experience coaching teachers as a grade level or department chair strongly preferred.
  • Belief that all students have what it takes to be successful.
  • Relentless work ethic.
  • Demonstrated mastery of content knowledge.
  • Curriculum development experience strongly preferred.
  • Leadership experience in a high performing, No Excuses school is strongly preferred.
  • Standard teaching certification and administrative certificate (supervisor, principal, or administrator endorsement) issued by the NJ Department of Education or out-of-state education department preferred.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

The Director of Curriculum & Instruction - Humanities reports to the Campus Director.

 

GREAT OAKS LEGACY PHILOSOPHY

Our students rise to conquer challenges with the help of individualized, whole-person support from the Great Oaks Legacy Charter School community including educators, tutors, peers, families  and staff.  Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.

The Great Oaks Legacy Charter School ensures its students are ready to take on the world, therefore: 

  • We give our students the academic skills and socio-emotional support they need to build upon their own strengths and abilities in order to be ready and able to achieve their dreams.
  • Our employees agree to take responsibility for their part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
  • It is a given that all staff work very hard. Our employees acknowledge that they will do more than just work hard.  Employees agree to seek – through  feedback, professional development, and coaching – to continue to develop and improve their job performance while employed by the School.  At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.

As Great Oaks Legacy continues its journey towards anti-racism, we can be certain that our school community is ready for the work. As an organization, we are striving to be more intentional and connected to a larger, clearer mission for an educational experience that empowers scholars to be the change they want to see in the world.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

GOLCS is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. Our staff and student population is diverse and culturally rich. We believe that racial justice and equity is critical to our mission of preparing students for success in college and beyond. We strive to be an organization that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and elevates our student voices in preparing them for life and college. 

Great Oaks Legacy Charter School offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package, including rich health insurance plans, professional development and coaching, and retirement benefits as part of the state pension plan.

 

Great Oaks Legacy provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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