Director of School Support – Louisiana
Location: Louisiana (proximity to, or ability to travel to, Monroe area required)
Position is available: August 2019 WHO WE ARE
Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities, deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.
At ANet we are committed to living out our core values, both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.
Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Time's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued. THE OPPORTUNITY
Founded in 2009, the Louisiana Network has a strong track record of serving district and charter schools in New Orleans and surrounding areas. ANet provided critical support for Louisiana schools transitioning to more rigorous state standards and remains an integral partner for schools who share our mission of improving instructional practice and student learning.
We are seeking a dynamic and skilled instructional leader to serve as a Director of School Support (DSS) in our Louisiana Network, with a focus on supporting our partners in Monroe City Schools and possibly surrounding school districts. This is a unique opportunity for an outcomes-driven educator to enact change in the classroom through coaching and supporting school leaders. The DSS will work with leaders to build a school culture where learning standards, data, high quality curricula, and teacher development are used to achieve breakthrough learning for students. The DSS will be responsible for coaching and developing leadership in approximately 12 schools in the Network, reaching more than 150 teachers and 3000 students. The Director of School Support will report directly to the Executive Director of the Louisiana Network and will work closely with the entire Louisiana-based team. This role will also collaborate regularly with ANet national teams and peer coaches in other regions. WHAT YOU'LL DO
Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen instruction and increase student achievement
Serve as an instructional leadership coach for school leaders, inspiring and motivating teams, supporting school-wide change management, and building expertise in standards-based and data-driven instruction and teacher development
Train and coach school leaders and teachers on effective backwards planning using state standards, complex texts, and curricula to achieve student mastery of grade-level content
Develop school leaders and teachers on effective use of data from interim assessments to target student misunderstandings and improve teacher practice
Analyze student data and use research-based practices to inform an individualized strategy for coaching each school
Build and maintain strong relationships with school leaders and teachers that establish ANet as a key partner in increasing student achievement
Engage in a gradual release of support to build some schools' independence with teacher development, first by modeling meeting facilitation, then observing and providing coaching and feedback to leaders on their facilitation
Develop a strong network of ANet schools
Connect school leaders with other schools to facilitate best practice sharing
Design and lead professional development sessions for groups of school leaders and teachers
Support the Louisiana Executive Director in growing the Network by sustaining current school partners and fostering new partnerships
Support internal ANet strength and growth
Develop tools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for the organization that improve our ability to coach schools
Serve in internal ANet leadership roles, which could include recruiting and hiring, anti-racist leadership, network event coordination, sales, professional development planning and facilitation, and strategy development