This is a full-time position located remotely in Memphis, with some statewide and national travel expected.
About Instruction Partners
Who We Are:
At Instruction Partners, we are a team of educators obsessed with instructional excellence. We dig deep into the often overlooked practical actions that power progress to learn what works, and translate it into support for schools and educators. We believe we can get better faster, together, and make every classroom a place of great learning that prepares students for successful, rewarding lives.
What We Do:
We work shoulder to shoulder with schools and educators to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions or push particular programs. Instead, we get into classrooms together and work through a collaborative process, with a singular focus of improving student outcomes. We work in two ways: we partner with schools and districts to support academic growth, and we provide deep-dive professional development for educators.
Our Core Values:
- We are optimists: We believe that every student can succeed and that educators, with the right supports, can lead them to success. We aren’t scared of challenges, but have the courage and sense of possibility to overcome obstacles while holding high expectations and maintaining a sense of possibility for students, educators, and ourselves.
- We are learners: We know there are always ways to improve. We believe our long-term success is a result of how well we learn. We seek to understand the best of what is known, we reflect on successes and challenges and we always look for ways we can grow.
- We are big-hearted: We care deeply about each other and our work, and we know we can accomplish more together than alone. At all times, we communicate with kindness and empathy. We value diverse perspectives and honor individuality. We operate with no egos.
- We are relentless: We pursue excellence by setting ambitious goals, working hard to overcome obstacles and boldly trying new things to ensure each student learns at a high level.
- We are practical: We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and districts where they are. We look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action.
- We are direct: We honor each other by being honest, even when it is difficult. We are straightforward about what we know and what we do not. Our respectful directness allows us to align our relationships and conversations toward our shared goals.
About the Role
We seek to hire a full-time English Language Arts (ELA) Lead to lead the effort to improve ELA instruction in schools and systems, to deliver support that leads to measurable change in instruction and to offer professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders. We seek a self-motivated and detail-oriented educator with a strong background in ELA teaching and instructional coaching in grades K-12 as well as in developing and facilitating impactful adult learning experiences. Candidates should be passionate about improving instructional effectiveness and believe in the potential of students, teachers, and systems. The ELA Lead reports to the Director of Instructional Support.
- Accompany Directors of Instructional Support on school walkthroughs, use the Instructional Practices Guide (IPG) to observe and score ELA instruction, and give feedback on trends to system and school leaders and teachers
- Conduct reviews and create reports on quality of assessments, curricula, pacing guides, scope and sequence guides, and other materials to inform system strategy for instructional improvement
- Answer partners’ questions (directly and via Directors of Instructional Support) to support effective, informed decision-making
- Work with partners’ ELA teams to support their instructional improvement cycle, including school visits, classroom observations, professional development, and content support
- Assist with the build-out of curriculum implementation playbooks for systems
Content Development & Delivery
- Develop content, such as model lessons, content exercises, and training session materials and PowerPoints
- Lead professional development for teachers and leaders, and train content specialists to deliver training content
- Support development of curriculum-specific transition and implementation plans and resources
- Prepare materials for and lead the ELA portions of professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders
- Prepare materials for and lead sessions during topical meetings, quarterly network meetings, and other events as needed
- Train and manage part-time ELA content specialists to assist on content development and delivery
Candidate Qualifications and Traits:
- Commitment to excellent daily instruction for all students
- 3+ years of experience as an ELA teacher and 3+ years as an administrator or instructional coach, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes and improving student learning
- Deep knowledge of ELA content and pedagogy in grades K-12
- Deep understanding of the ELA standards, assessments, and instructional implications
- Detail orientation, organization, and follow through
- Very strong oral and written communication skills
- Experience building positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders
- Able to travel to schools throughout Memphis weekly, throughout Tennessee as needed, and to team meetings (location TBD) bi-annually
- Travel may include early morning departures and/or overnight stays. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.
Compensation is competitive with charter and nonprofit sector positions and is commensurate with experience. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Instruction Partners offers flexible work hours and location. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.
Instruction Partners will be engaging the the review and selection process for this role across the spring of 2018. We expect to make decisions and offers to qualified candidates by the end of May, with an expected start date in early July 2018. We will consider all applicants - however, there is no guarantee we will hire for the role at all. If we decide not to hire for the position, we will promptly notify all candidates who are in an active stage of the hiring process.
Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.