Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

ABOUT US The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we  received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy. Our approach has three defining characteristics: We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development. We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children. We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs. In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve over 300  children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school, and a parent wellness program. Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2020 we will expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and open our next site in Hayward, California.  It’s an exciting time to join the team! Palo Alto and opening to our next site in Hayward, California.  It’s an exciting time to join the team!ABOUT THE ROLE The Director of Curriculum & Instruction will develop and support ongoing implementation of our preschool through 8th grade academic model across our current and future sites. The Director will both work closely with school leaders to implement academic programming, and collaborate with other program leads- early childhood, health, and parent programs - to ensure the academic approach fits with our comprehensive vision of whole child and family support.We currently operate one school site in East Palo Alto, CA, which serves children from preschool to 2nd grade, and will eventually grow to 8th grade.  This fall we will open our second site, in Hayward, CA, with preschool students. RESPONSIBILITIESDesign and development of curriculum and instructional model Codify and vertically align core curriculum and instructional practices to meet Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards; align to professional development and coaching Strengthen integration and intervention systems to meet the needs of diverse learners Set academic and social emotional learning standards and goals across all grades Build out and prepare academic model for late elementary and middle school Build cultures and structures to support data driven practice Identify and develop ways to use instructional technology to differentiate learning and drive accelerated outcomes for students Refine and ensure formative and summative assessments are aligned to model Coach and support school leaders to implement academic model with fidelity Develop school leadership growth and development framework Coach current school leaders to grow in leadership competencies and implement an effective program that meets target outcomes Provide leadership coaching for high potential teachers to become future school leaders Provide targeted development and training staff on instructional practices Develop clear standards and expectations for instructional practices across grades and blocks of the day; align to professional development and coaching Collaborate with school leaders to identify, develop, and selectively deliver effective professional development and teacher coaching Build cultures and structures to support data driven practice Identify and spread best practices across schools Refine and manage performance management system for teachers and school leaders Develop a teacher performance management system that includes regular classroom observation and feedback, goal setting and tracking, and formal evaluations. Design and support implementation of a comprehensive teacher rubric for all levels and determine performance criteria for promotionQUALIFICATIONS:Expertise in elementary instructional design with experience with high poverty and English Language Learner populations; preferably experience with early childhood and middle school learning experiences Experience designing school models Track record of managing leaders towards exceptional academic and socio-emotional results for children Experience coaching school leaders Experience developing and delivering high quality professional development Exceptional planning and project management skills Belief that all children can accomplish extraordinary things