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Assistant Principal of Student Achievement

Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School


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About Launch

Launch EL Charter School is part of a network of 14 EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and NYC Outward Bound schools in New York City and is the NYC network’s first charter school. EL is a proven educational model being implemented in over 150 district, charter and independent schools across the country. Launch's mission is to prepare students in under-resourced communities to thrive in college and careers by providing a public education rooted in active learning experiences and powerful character development. We believe that students at all levels can be pushed and supported to do more than they think possible.

As an EL school, We believe that when a student is done with school and enters adult life, she will be judged for the rest of her life not by her performance on tests of basic skills, but by the quality of her work and the quality of her character. Our vision of student achievement therefore has three dimensions: Mastery of Academic Skills and Content, High-Quality Work, and Character

Launch is seeking an Assistant Principal of Student Achievement with a track record of success to join a highly motivated, curious, intelligent, and passionate staff of educators under the EL Education model, an approach that believes in creating classrooms where learning is “challenging, active, meaningful, character driven, and public.” 

The ideal candidate will model our Launch Habits of Responsibility:

Integrity and Stewardship – Always works to do what is best and right for our community. Inspires confidence in others through consistent honesty and care.

Kindness and Collaboration – Make others feel like they belong through demonstrating empathy and care 

Imagination and Spirit – Demonstrates and unyielding belief that we can accomplish our goals

Dedication and Practice – Uses each minute to support our mission and reflects on actions with a focus on continuous improvement

The ideal candidate will believe:

  • All students can achieve at high levels 
  • Families are essential partners for teachers 
  • Ongoing feedback strengthens performance and outcomes


Role Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this role are divided into four domains: (1) Instructional Leadership, (2) Data and Assessment Management and Goal-Setting Leadership (3) Communicating and Promoting Student Achievement and (4) Leadership Visibility, & Relationship Building


Domain #1: Instructional Leadership

Manage a portfolio of teachers and instructional leaders in driving rapid academic growth to ensure exceptional outcomes for students across all three dimensions of student achievement and to ensure Launch meets annual goals on internal and external assessments across the school. 


CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THIS DOMAIN


Performance Management, Secondary Leadership Development, & Shared Leadership Structures

  • Supervise a portfolio of teachers and instructional leaders across the school
  • Lead grade level chairs meeting and support the workplan actions and logistical needs of the grade level teams
  • Attend and participate in all Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) and Management Team (MT) meetings
  • Collaborate with consultants to create, implement, and monitor high-level structures and practices for high-quality teaching and learning
  • Delegate tasks and projects to other school and teacher leaders to ensure consistent school culture, practices, and achievement 
  • Support the AP of Special Populations in supporting teachers to meet a high bar for student performance including requirements for IEP modifications, ELL supports, counseling needs, and 504 accommodations

 

Workplan Observation Cycles

  • Conduct regular walkthroughs of classrooms with the ILT to collect and share workplan-related data and progress
  • Set goals collaboratively with the ILT and grade levels to meet quarterly workplan-related targets
  • Collaborate with the instructional coaching team to give data-driven and aligned feedback


Professional Development

  • Regularly review and provide feedback on meeting agendas and PDs delivered by teachers and/or leaders
  • Own the measurement the effectiveness of PD at Launch through quarterly workplan survey 
  • Manage the professional development (PD) calendar and update the weekly memo
  • Lead PD that trains staff members in Launch’s curricular systems and key pedagogical issues
  • Attend EL PDs and other PDs that will support the school’s workplan goals

Domain #2: Data and Assessment Management & Goal Setting Leadership

Manage data and assessment systems and data-based goals related to student achievement to ensure that they are:


  • easily accessible to all staff 
  • regularly updated to include most current data
  • regularly shared, celebrated, and analyzed with staff, students, and families 
  • regularly acted on by staff to promote high level student achievement


CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THIS DOMAIN


Academic Goal Setting - School Wide and Student Level


  • Create data-driven school wide achievement goals and benchmarks in collaboration with members of the ILT and related department chairs
  • Manage teaching staff to meet school wide achievement goals and make interventions when necessary
  • Collaborate with grade team chairs to implement individual student goal setting process that is related to the Student-Led Conference (SLC) and Passage process

 

Academic Assessment Processes

 

  • Own the logistics and materials of whole school testing processes for the MAP test and State Test and collaborate with Admin Team to run smooth and effective testing days
  • Implement effective assessment systems and use data to inform decisions
  • Manage school-wide assessment work including assessment revisions, collaborative scoring, and/or analysis


Data Processes - Collaboration with AP of Special Populations and Head of School


  • Create school-wide data displays and regular presentations of data from all subject areas
  • Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks
  • Keep families and other stakeholders up to date on Launch’s testing process and on student’s academic progress
  • Celebrate student and staff achievement in working to meet data benchmarks and achieving goals


Supporting High Quality Student Work

  • Own the Quality Work Protocol (QWP) work collection process and collaborate with our school designer to run QWPs and supervise the action planning that comes out of them
  • Collaboratively create high quality work goals and benchmarks with department chairs
  • Support department chairs and teachers in developing meaningful fieldwork and inviting experts to their classes
  • Spotlight and celebrate high-quality student work internally and externally by collaborating with other school leaders


Responsibility #3: Communicating and Promoting Student Achievement

Ensuring that all stakeholders in the Launch community - students, families and staff - are invested partners in student achievement

CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THIS DOMAIN


Student Led Conferences and Parent Teacher Conferences


  • Lead a smooth and celebratory SLC/Passage process twice a year by collaborating with the ILT, Operations Team, and Grade Level Teams
  • Lead a smooth and celebratory Parent Teacher Conference process twice a year by collaborating with the ILT, Operations Team, and Grade Level Teams
  • Initiate ad hoc conversations with grade levels and families when a student demonstrates the need for additional support
  • Collaborate with Head of School (Principal), AP of Special Populations and Grade Level Chairs to support PID process (when/if needed)


Celebrating Student Achievement


  • Collaborating with appropriate Launch team members to regularly celebrate student achievement including owning quarterly honor roll and academic growth celebrations and communication with families and MAP growth celebrations
  • Collaborating with appropriate Launch team members to publicly communicate student achievement through different communication platforms - visual displays, social media, email, etc.


Family Engagement- Collaboration with AP of Special Populations and Head of School

  • Ensure that families have an opportunity to come to Launch and celebrate their children’s work throughout the year (at least once per quarter) through school-based events like publishing parties and project presentations
  • Lead or Co-Lead at least one community webinar each quarter
  • Collaborate with other staff leaders on community events like Career Day, Literacy events, and others


Academic Operations

  • Manage assessment cycles including scheduling, quality assurance of assessment materials, and teacher/student preparation;
  • Owning the creation of alternate schedules for testing days
  • Collaborate with Ops team for regular distribution of progress reports and report cards


Domain #4: Leadership Visibility & Relationship Building

Support the development of a culture of trust, investment in goals, and ownership among staff by consistently hypermodeling the organization's core values. 

CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN THIS DOMAIN


Hyper-modeling Our Habits

  • Always publically models the mindset and attitude you want to see from staff
  • Always modeling our Habits of Responsibility
  • Always prioritizing safety and security of students


Partnering w/ & Engaging All Stakeholders

  • Attend all critical big school events (SLCs, Passages, New Family Night, Black History Celebration, etc) and some smaller events (occasional PA meeting)
  • Attend all student recruitment events (in-person and virtual)
  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Monthly 1:1 meetings with the staff members you supervise
  • Conduct Performance Reflection Conversations twice a year
  • Manage PIPs of supervisees when/if necessary
  • Work closely with the ILT to ensure progress in EL Credentialing 
  • Support the MT in the charter renewal process at Launch


Support the Smooth Running of the School

  • Own coverage management for academic periods if/when needed 
  • Collaborate with Head of School (Principal) and AP of Special Populations to support safety and culture issues as they arise
  • Delegate all lower level issues to the appropriate school leaders
  • Develop an efficient schedule, in collaboration with Head of School (Principal) and AP of Special Populations



The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years teaching experience in middle school classrooms in an urban setting
  • Leadership experience 
  • Master’s degree
  • Unwavering commitment to Launch’s mission and to the EL Education model
  • Exceptional ability to demonstrate our operating values in every aspect of their work
  • Exceptional ability to develop and maintain productive and collaborative relationships
  • Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience, along with a full benefits package.

Launch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, sex, age, culture, national origin, marital status, sexual preference or mental or physical disability.

About Launch

Launch EL Charter School is part of a network of 14 EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) and NYC Outward Bound schools in New York City and is the NYC network’s first charter school. EL is a proven educational model being…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience, along with a full benefits package.

Compensation: Highly competitive and commensurate with experience, along with a full benefits package.

Location

On-site
1580 Dean Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11213

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply on our website.

Interested candidates should apply on our website.

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