About the Deputy Superintendent of Academics
Reporting directly to the Superintendent, the Deputy Superintendent of Academics is a critical leadership role in PPSD’s organizational structure. The leader in this role will work to ensure students’ access to a high-quality, equitable, data-driven learning environment that will provide them with the confidence to succeed academically and continue on to postsecondary education opportunities. The leader in this role will provide vision and leadership for innovation and improvement in standards-aligned instruction and assessments in the district, will support educators in cultivating a high level of learning for all students, and will ensure that all services are implemented within federal, state, and local regulations. The Deputy Superintendent of Academics will have a razor-sharp focus on equity and will work to eliminate disparities in achievement and ensure college and career readiness for all students.
The Deputy Superintendent of Academics will spearhead the strategic implementation of curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement/accountability, the provision of services of multilingual learners and differently abled learners across the district.Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Instructional Leadership and Strategic Thinking
● Establish PPSD’s strategic vision for the Teaching and Learning division in coordination with executive leadership team and key stakeholders.
● Lead the development, coordination, alignment, implementation and evaluation of all district curriculum and instructional support programs.
● Direct and supervise the content departments, specialized services, office of multilingual learners and research, performance, and accountability teams.
● Develop the strategic plan for school development and innovation.
● Partner closely with the network supervisors to identify and coordinate differentiated academic supports based on essential data, such as formative and summative assessments, and equity gap analyses for at-risk students.
● Apply research and best practices to inform the development of theories of pedagogy, intervention programs and improve the delivery of rigorous instruction and related services.
● Work in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights and Department of Justice to meet the needs of multilingual students and to ensure compliance of programs with federal, state, and local regulations.
● Set a clear vision and goals for the Teaching and Learning department to increase academic achievement and provide support for all students.
● Develop a progressive and comprehensive plan that is culturally responsive, anti-racist, and is reflective of a data-driven approach to reform that puts students first.
● Cultivate a commitment among all district staff that all students will achieve high standards.
● Confront preconceptions and model open dialogue about race, culture, class, and other issues of difference with peers, staff, students, and the community.
● Demonstrate cultural proficiency, sensitivity, and equity to ensure students’ needs are met.
Systems and Policies
● Continually assess the effectiveness of the department and effectively prioritize, plan, and implement improvements, as needed.
● Establish performance management processes for quality controls, operational efficiency, and accuracy in departmental work.
● Employ research-based practices to ensure responsive and efficient services for multilingual learners and differently abled students.
● Create proactive systems that garner feedback from stakeholders (network supervisors, schools, teachers) to inform district-level policy and practice.
● Use and analyze data to drive decisions and guide problem-solving to achieve the best student outcomes.
● Effectively communicate and share data with broad audiences to improve transparency, trust, and confidence in the district.
● Provide technical assistance to staff, families, and outside agencies related to the implementation of legal mandates.
Talent Management and Professional Learning
● Build and revitalize a team of content experts, leaders in special education and multilingual learners who will unite around a common vision of excellence for all students.
● Build and cultivate positive relationships among staff internally and within the broader Providence Public School District including principals, support staff and the larger community.
● Strategically manage and allocate resources (including money, people, time, etc.) aligned to students’ needs.
● Partner with network supervisors to create and deliver professional development programs and supports that build the capacity of school-based teachers and leaders.