Academic Recovery DDI Lead

  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Regional Support and Leadership
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.

KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.

Job Description

Duties and Essential Job Functions:

The Academic Recovery DDI Lead is responsible for ensuring KIPP Texas Academics is taking a strategic approach to reaching our academic goals by engaging with state and regional in professional dialogue about best practices in order to improve and accelerate student achievement through quality curriculum and instruction. They will consistently demonstrate their experience in the data-driven instruction, data analysis, progress monitoring, and curriculum and instruction to improve student results. 

  • Data Driven Instruction | Ensure state and regional leaders have knowledge and skills to effectively implement data driven best practices through professional development and coaching. 
  • Data Analysis | Responsible for analyzing data at student-level, teacher-level, school-level and regional level to identify strengths and opportunities and make bold recommendations based on data.
  •  School Metrics and Progress Monitoring | Create, monitor and improve progress monitoring systems in place for the Academic recovery team in support of schools and regions level so that each school and region is set on a path to achieve 2025 goals and beyond. 
  • School Improvement | Co-craft school transformation plans that details support, resources, and turnaround metrics and makes strong recommendations based on research-based best practices in school improvement, teacher quality, curriculum, and instruction. 

 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Responsible for achieving ambitious goals aligned to effective execution of KIPP TX Academic Recovery priorities, including the following: 

  • Lead effective execution of regional progress monitoring systems, particularly as it relates to Academic Recovery Progress Monitoring meetings 

  • Lead effective execution of data-driven instruction practices, particularly as it relates to Academic Recovery Progress Monitoring meetings 

  • Work closely with key members of state and regional teams (Deputy Chief of Academics, Superintendents, School Management, and Academics team members) and state teams (State Academics Team)

  • Lead regional professional learning aligned to KIPP TX Academic Recovery priorities 

  • Supervise monitoring of state and regional academic data and provide reports, analysis, and insights for key stakeholders to ensure region and schools are on track to achieving EOY and 2020 targets 

  • Lead dissemination of state and regional data headlines and insights (Academic Recovery Data Connection, biweekly) 

  • Train regional and school leaders and other stakeholders on how to analyze data, use data to identify gaps and challenges, and how to effectively present data reports to their staff to ensure the school meets its academic outcomes.

  • Co-craft school transformation plans for each Focus Schools that details support, resources and the turn-around metrics. 

  • Advises Data Team on which data to be collected and how often to ensure an effective school turnaround 

  • Advises the CAO, Deputy Chiefs, Heads of Schools-Academics regarding all matters pertaining to school performance which require consideration and/or action. 

  • Supervise and coordinate all aspects of national, state and local assessments. 

  • Progress monitor the region’s academic goals and provide bi-weekly updates using data and other measures 

  • Develop systems for identifying, intervening and closing the gap on students who are below grade level

  • Support regional teaching and learning Team to conduct high-quality data analysis to drive strategic curriculum adjustments 

  • Regions and schools are implementing effective data-driven instruction practices (Daily Data Dive, Looking at Student Work, Looking at Selected Response) 

  • Regions and schools are implementing effective progress monitoring systems (Data Dives, regional APMs, school-based APM) driven through guidance of Deputy COAs and Regional Superintendents 

  • Regions and schools are implementing state Academic Recovery strategy with fidelity

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Passionate about establishing excellent, equitable schools that support the success of all students [education requirements]

  • Knowledge of Texas educational landscape

  • Experience leading large-scale initiatives and leading change management

  • Experience leading professional development

  • Strong track record of developing leadership in others and across lines of difference

  • Proven ability to clearly articulate a vision, outline and detail a project plan, and execute against it

  • Willingness to seek feedback, adapt practices, and continuously learn and evolve

  • Ability to problem-solve in the moment; welcomes challenges and anticipates issues before they arise

  • Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to develop colleagues, systems, and himself/herself

  • Strong management skills and the ability to motivate, excite, and inspire others

  • Ability to work in an ambiguous, dynamic, fast-paced environment and adept at developing relationships with various stakeholders

  •  Willingness to travel to work in each KIPP Texas region

  • Passion for KIPP Texas’s vison, mission, and values

Required Education and/or Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Experience in K-12 education

  • Experience in turnaround work, highly preferred

Additional Information

Location:

Any KIPP Texas region (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio)

Compensation and Benefits:

In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas’ competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.

Funding:

The Academic Recovery DDI Lead will be funded directly from the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) grants awarded by the Texas Education Agency under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (ESSER II) and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ESSER III). This position will be funded solely (100%) from the ESSER II and III allocation for direct expenses through September 30, 2023, and may continue to be funded through September 30, 2024, depending upon the availability of ESSER grant funds. At the end of the grant period this position may be eliminated unless other sources of funds are secured to maintain this position or a similar position. The employee must sign this job description acknowledging receipt of the job description and signing their acknowledgement that this position is grant funded and is temporarily aligning with the terms of the grant period.

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