2017-2018 Director of Social Studies

Location: FirstLine Network

Description

FirstLine Schools:  DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL STUDIES

Creating and inspiring great open admissions public schools in New Orleans

 

About FirstLine Schools

In 1998, FirstLine Schools started the first charter school in New Orleans.  FirstLine now operates four K-8th grade schools and a high school.  Our mission is to create and inspire great open admissions public schools in New Orleans. We do this by:

  • Ensuring college and career readiness for all students, as demonstrated by achievement, aspiration, love of learning, and confidence
  • Providing a rich variety of education experiences to nurture our students’ character, health, and active citizenship
  • Developing the skillfulness of our team members
  • Building a sustainable organization that facilitates our long-term success

Our faculty is a diverse and talented group dedicated to our students’ success and to their own growth as teachers.  Our schools are led by leaders who hold themselves accountable for student achievement and teacher development.

 

Position Summary:

The Director of Social Studies is responsible for supporting schools and teachers in improving student achievement in Social Studies across grades 5-8.  Specifically, the Director of Social Studies will lead the on-going refinement of curriculum and assessments, network-wide teacher professional development and collaborative planning for social studies, and school leader professional development to support effective instructional practices in their schools.  The ultimate aim of this role is to ensure that students develop into curious, critical thinkers about the world around them.    

 

Position Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Director of Social Studies will be, although not limited to, the following:

Curriculum Development (across fifth through eighth grades)

  • Supporting the on-going refinement of shared social studies units
  • Leading the on-going refinement of FirstLine pedagogical frameworks for the teaching of social studies
  • Lead in developing associated resources for teachers to use in detailed unit and lesson planning
  • Support the development of literacy-rich social studies curriculum
  • Lead an annual cycle of reviewing and revising scope and sequence as both our internal cycle of continuous improvement and aligned to the changes that occur at the state level
  • Leading the weekly collaborative lesson planning process
  • Support school leaders with quality assurance practices in social studies lesson planning
  • Serves as a critical thought-partner in developing the 3rd and 4th grade content curriculum

Data Tracking, Assessment and Reporting

  • Track and analyze data to better improve social studies outcomes
  • Develop and provide guidance on formative assessment practices to drive improved instruction and curriculum
  • Collaborate regularly with school leaders and the network academic team to  analyze student progress and identify exemplars and areas in need of support

Professional Development

  • Support school leaders in understanding and implementing best practices of social studies curriculum and data driven instructional practices
  • Lead the network wide professional development for weekly collaborative professional development, new teacher training, and other network wide activities:  these activities may include lesson study, data driven instructional practices, analyzing student work, analyzing classroom instruction video, direct workshops, and applied practice
  • Train teachers in best practices of content pedagogy– serving as a “critical friend” and coach to the teaching staff throughout the school year by modeling practice and providing ongoing informal observations and feedback to improve.  
  • Support school leaders and teacher leaders in the delivery of professional development sessions for content
  • Support school leaders in the development and implementation of individual professional development plans for teachers who need more support in teaching content or content-literacy

Creating a Culture of Reading and Writing

  • Help school leaders promote a culture of writing in all subjects through supporting all teachers in how to use writing in their classes as a method of promoting rigorous standards for critical thinking and for effective communication
  • Help school leaders promote a culture of reading in all subjects through supporting all teachers in how to embed literacy practices in their classes

Other duties as assigned

 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s preferred
  • Five years teaching in a non-selective urban school
  • Demonstrated success in improving student achievement in a K-8 setting
  • Experience with and understanding of curriculum and instruction
  • Demonstrated passion for content
  • Demonstrated passion for writing and strong understanding of how to effectively teach writing
  • Unwavering commitment to excellence
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

 

Desired Qualities and Characteristics:

  • Believe in every student’s ability to achieve in a rigorous college or career prep curriculum
  • Achieve results based on agreed-upon expectations
  • Take personal responsibility
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Collaborate effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Share a commitment to creating great schools in New Orleans
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Model the FirstLine values of Service, Learning, Collaboration and Results

 

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to sit, walk, stand, talk, and hear.
  •  Light lifting of equipment may be required (up to 20 lbs.)

 

DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL STUDIES reports to Director of Teaching and Learning

 

How to Apply : Please apply online via: http://www.firstlineschools.org/careers


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. FirstLine Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package with a generous 403b plan.

FirstLine Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.





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