The Director of Base Curriculum works closely with the Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment, the Manager of the Base Curriculum, the Curriculum Managers, and members of the Summit PLP Team to ensure that the base curriculum is of the highest possible quality and is responsive to the needs of educators within Summit and across the country. The Director of Base Curriculum manages and iterates on collaborative processes for curriculum development and continual improvement. Auditing curricula and assessments and prioritizing needs and features in the PLP Tool is central to the role. This individual will manage the relationships, processes, and contracts with a number of external partners and vendors. While this individual will need to have the credibility that comes with experience and the theoretical grounding to make strategic decisions impacting thousands of students across the country, the leadership skill we most desire is the ability to drive principled action aligned to a compelling vision of personalized learning.
Who we are:
Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving diverse communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington State with currently 11 schools serving over 3,000 students. Through the Summit Basecamp Program, we have partnered with over 100 public schools in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia, and are providing over 20,000 students a truly personalized learning experience. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university.
Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university. Driven by our unwavering commitment to our core values, Summit works every day to ensure our students are receiving a world-class education. We seek phenomenal individuals with the talents needed to transform children's lives, as well as those who are interested in working on the cutting edge of education. If you're excited by the prospect of transformative growth for yourself, as well as the students, schools, and communities we serve, Summit may be the place for you!
- 99 percent of Summit students have been accepted to one or more four-year colleges, and its graduates are completing college at double the national average
- Fast Company named Summit Public Schools a top 10 most innovative organization in education
- Our two flagship schools, Summit Prep and Everest, are named among US News & World Report's Best High Schools of 2015, and also ranked among America's Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post
- Summit has a fully Common Core aligned curriculum, and has worked with university, technology, and non-profit partners to continually improve. This curriculum is made available for free to our many Summit Learning Program partners across the nation and, soon, around the world. You can explore the curriculum here, using the demo code qwbhiscx.
Summary of Responsibilities:
- Manage multiple projects and coordinate among many stakeholders
- Stay abreast of research and trends involving curriculum and assessment, and own the high standards of the Performance Task Quality Rubric, Course Quality Rubric, and other specifications for excellent assessments in the Summit Common Assessment Plan
- Serve as a collaborative team member, moving forward with projects involving the research, creation, faculty training, and revision of a world-class competency-based curriculum.
- Effectively cultivate, develop, and manage external partnerships related to curriculum and assessment. Existing partners include WiseWire, Certica, Common Sense Education, Facebook, Basecamp, and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity.
- Lead the design, development, and continuous improvement of curriculum and assessment creation and iteration protocols that align to core values.
- Develop, design, and conduct professional development for educators, funders, and designers.
- Represent Summit and the team compellingly in leadership capacity internally and externally.
- Coach teachers, team leaders, and school leaders on effectively implementing curricular initiatives.
- Regularly conduct appropriate needs assessments, and build consensus for actionable solutions to demonstrated needs.
- Effectively monitor progress of team, projects, and quality curriculum and assessment products.
- Share best practices effectively and scalably.
- Audit projects on the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE’s) Performance Task Quality Rubric.
- Ensure that:
- All teacher-facing resources are visually appealing, formatted similarly, accessible, and high quality.
- All courses meet the high bar defined by the Course Quality Rubric, and are continually improving.
- All courses are fully aligned to relevant standards and the Cognitive Skills Rubric.
- All content assessments are representative of the best, most reliable, most valid assessments of knowledge possible within engineering constraints.
- All content assessments are the intellectual property of Summit Public Schools.
- All projects are representative of best practices in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
- All processes for developing and iterating on curricula and assessments are clear, motivating, and understood by PLP users.
- Serve as a collaborative member of the Curriculum and Assessment Team, moving forward with projects involving the research, creation, faculty training, and revision of a world-class competency-based curriculum.
- Work closely with the Summit Learning Program and PLP Team partners to align needs and look for creative “win-win” solutions to problems of curriculum and assessment.
- Support the design, development, and continuous improvement of curriculum and assessment creation and iteration protocols that align to core values, under the leadership of the Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment.
- Develop, design, and conduct professional development for teachers, mentors, and school leaders, including at regional trainings and summer professional development programs.
- Be a positive and knowledgeable representative of Summit Public Schools and the Curriculum and Assessment Team in work related to C&A.
- Coach teachers, mentors, and school leaders to effectively implement curricular initiatives.
- Learn and implement best practices of assessment, including project based learning and content assessment.
- Regularly conduct appropriate needs assessments with teachers, students, and leaders, and propose solutions to demonstrated needs.
- Serve as a resource for all faculty members concerning academic models, structures, curriculum, and instruction.
- Champion relevant Summit initiatives in schools.
- Report regularly to Senior Director of Curriculum and Assessment.
Key Qualities and Skills:
- Data analysis: Plans to collect, evaluate, and act upon important information
- Strategic planning: Creates a strategic plan, with the support of the team
- Progress monitoring: Continually tracks progress of programs and implementation to inform leadership actions
- Strategic communication: Proactively communicates with all stakeholders
- Planning learning experiences: Models skills-based, personalized instruction
- Providing honest, actionable, and timely feedback: Seeks feedback to improve practice, incorporates feedback to develop, and offers feedback that pushes others towards excellence
- Learning orientation: Driven to improve performance in order to meet high internal standards of excellence
- Initiative: Ready to act and seize opportunities; drives personal growth and takes ownership over work
- Resiliency: Identifies and pursues solutions when faced with setbacks; stays focused on objectives though tactics may require adaptation
- Meet health clearance, and pass the reference, background/criminal checks, per education code.
- Credible experience with systems-level curriculum and assessment programs
- Experience managing teams
- Master’s degree in education, teaching, learning design, and/or curriculum.
- Project management experience strongly preferred.
- Ability to travel to various school and organization sites in the San Francisco bay area, Seattle-Tacoma region and to Summit Learning Program schools across the country.