MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

Ascend Learning

Ascend Public Charter Schools

Brooklyn, New York ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3895321
  • Application Deadline: July 19, 2022
  • Posted : May 20, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Overview





Ascend is a network of K-12 public charter schools serving 6,000 students across 16 schools in Central Brooklyn. Our mission is to provide our students with an extraordinary education, placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.

We guide our students to think critically and independently, and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. And we design our school buildings to reflect the incredible accomplishments that happen within their walls and our high aspirations for teaching and learning.

To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

Visit our page to learn more about the Ascend approach.



Responsibilities




The managing director of curriculum and instruction is responsible for managing the development of Ascend's Common Core-aligned curriculum, which incorporates both explicit teaching and inquiry learning in grades K-12. He/she/they manages all curriculum teams, each composed of writers and curriculum directors who write, adapt, curate, and pace research-based curricula and assessments as well as coach and support principals and assistant principals.

He/she/they will develop and deliver professional development in these curricula to school leaders and teachers; coordinate the work, when relevant, of third-party expert trainers and coaches; chief schools officer, and school leaders to ensure the highest fidelity implementations of these curricula; and, in collaboration with Ascend's director of data and analytics, use academic data to adjust and focus curriculum development.

Create and manage systems for collaboration of key stakeholders, production of excellent curriculum materials, and improvements:

  • Manage the writing, adaptation, curation, and revisions (when necessary) in pacing on original Ascend-developed and purchased materials in all subjects aligned to Common Core standards for grades K-12
  • Manage the continuous improvement of the research, design, and production of Ascend's curriculum, assessment program, and materials
  • Create, improve, and deftly manage systems for managing the production and implementation of curricula with curriculum team directors
  • Research and deepen best practices in curriculum and professional development to ensure that Ascend has the strongest and most up-to-date balanced curriculum in all grade levels
  • Ensure collaboration occurs with key stakeholders such as the chief schools officer, talent team, managing directors, and principals by assessing educational needs, prioritizing curricular revisions and enhancements
  • Set a standard for quality and punctuality of posting materials
  • Manage the on-boarding, coaching, and development of curriculum team members
  • Manage the production and writing of all assessments that result in a grade for students, in particular, all benchmarks, unit tests, and smaller assessment tasks, using a combination of Ascend-developed assessment content and free and commercially-available Common Core-style, Regents-style, and AP-style assessment items

Facilitate and lead professional development:

  • Design and deliver, or support team members to design and deliver, a range of ongoing professional development sessions that support the vision of Ascend programs, implementation of the curriculum, and growth of core academic skills and knowledge.
  • Aid, or support team in aiding, relevant school leaders in planning for or delivering content for teacher planning and development meetings to ensure that teachers deeply understand the content they teach
  • Continuously research and study developments in instruction and best practices being implemented in excellent schools
  • On occasion, identify, qualify, and secure expert third-party curriculum coaches for certain programs to ensure that these programs are implemented with the highest fidelity; coordinate the work of these coaches in the schools

Collaboratively monitor program implementation:

  • Participate in frequent collaborative site visits focused on implementation at each school that supports the school's implementation of Ascend curriculum. These visits will push content-specific instructional practices, gather information on best practices, and support program fidelity and instruction across all programs
  • Work closely with the chief schools officer and managing directors to monitor and support program implementation
  • Collect and analyze videos of exemplary teaching practices around strong implementation of various components and curate an initial body of annotated student work for each curricular component

Analyze Data:

  • Manage analysis of student data using periodic reports and data meetings to determine how to support schools with implementation and action planning as well as making future improvements to curricular products and instructional materials
  • Manage the development of curriculum elements in response to data, incorporating initial implementation and feedback as part of the process.
  • In collaboration with Ascend's director of data and analytics, use academic data to adjust and focus instruction, using periodic reports and data meetings

Build Collegiality:

  • Build positive and efficient working relations with Team Schools and with the Leadership Teams of each school

Staff and reporting relationships
The managing director of curriculum and instruction officer reports to Ascend's chief schools officer. He, she, or they will collaborate closely with other members of the curriculum team, the talent team, and Ascend's schools team.





Qualifications



  • Master's degree in the related field is preferred
  • Minimum of seven years' experience in curriculum, instruction, and education leadership
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to set detailed vision and direction across large, complex sets of work
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a proven ability to meet and exceed ambitious goals
  • Exceptional relationship management and influence skills; a proven servant leader
  • Effective and winning written and verbal communication, with strong active listening skills

Skills and Traits

  • A deep understanding of the Common Core and Next Generation standards, Advanced Placement curriculum, and the NY Standards and Regents themes in grades 9-12
  • Deep understanding of all high school assessments, including but not limited to AP exams, the Regents, PSATs, SATs, SAT IIs
  • A broad familiarity with ELA and STEM pedagogies and programs and effective practices
  • Exceptional self-motivation, entrepreneurial spirit, and team orientation
  • Collaborative decision-making style, with a proven track record of working effectively with diverse individuals to drive decision-making and results
  • Self-awareness, with an ability to treat all members of the Ascend Learning and school communities with respect
  • Absolute integrity
  • Exemplary curriculum and assessment writing skills
  • A mindset of excellence with upholding the highest standards for beautifully written, error-free curriculum products
  • Ability to deliver impactful professional development to leaders and teachers
  • Success managing adults and creating growth plans for direct reports
  • Insistence on academic excellence and rigor
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • A hunger for feedback and an openness to engage in a process of self-improvement
  • Alignment with the educational philosophy and core beliefs of Ascend Learning
  • Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude

Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide
diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities—opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.

Compensation

Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit a scendschools.org/careers to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.





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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Director/Coordinator/Manager
  • Employer Description

    Founded in 2008, Ascend today comprises seven schools — growing to nine in September 2015 — in the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. Next year, our schools will serve over 3,300 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities.
    Ascend schools offer a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities.
    Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery, with no admission criteria other than New York City residence, and at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.
    Learn more at www.ascendlearning.org. Learn more about us...

    Location Description

    Founded in 2008, Ascend today comprises seven schools — growing to nine in September 2015 — in the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. Next year, our schools will serve over 3,300 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities.
    Ascend schools offer a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities.
    Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery, with no admission criteria other than New York City residence, and at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.
    Learn more at www.ascendlearning.org. Learn more about us...

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    Ascend Public Charter Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Kelly Baick , Talent outreach manager
    • 205 Rockaway Pkwy
    • Brooklyn, New York 11212-3444

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