Founded in 2004, The Learning Community is a nationally recognized public charter school that serves more than 579 K-8 students from Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence, three of the four “core cities” of poverty in Rhode Island. As a result of the quality of our partnerships with families and our innovative teaching practices, our students are dramatically outperforming their peers, despite a poverty rate nearly twice the state average. 82% of our students are low-income, 94% are children of color, and 34% are English language learners. Our work has been recognized nationally by The NY Times, Washington Post, MSNBC Primetime, and Chelsea Clinton came for a visit.
Our nation has grown to accept a link between poverty and student achievement. However, our students have closed the most significant student achievement gap between students of color and white students in the country (Annie E. Casey Foundation). Despite a poverty rate of 82%, which is significantly higher than both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, on the 2018 RICAS standardized test:
The Learning Community’s low-income, Latino, Black and English Language Learners had a higher proficiency rate than their demographic peer groups in Rhode Island, Boston and throughout Massachusetts in both Math and English Language Arts.
The Learning Community seeks a savvy, detail oriented, flexible and capable problem solver with demonstrated initiative, and excellent organizational, interpersonal and analytical skills to build out and implement a new assessment hub to capture all of the assessment data for every student throughout the year. Support the analysis of the data that will be key in decision making for teaching staff in the building.
The Teaching and Learning VISTA will directly work with the Director of Teaching and Learning to focus on mapping out assessments that are used in our school. This VISTA will build out an assessment hub that would capture data that would allow the school to analyze the assessment calendar (i.e. what assessment, when it’s taken and which students are taking it). This VISTA would support data collection and input that build out assessment profiles for each student that teachers would be able to quickly access. This VISTA would create a manual about the functionalities of this assessment platform to train the teaching team in using this resource. As our school adopts new curriculum for teachers to deliver to our students, this VISTA will work to create a multi-level scope and sequence to support how our teachers are weaving in this new curriculum into their academics.
· Strong communication
· Demonstrated ability to build relationships
· Ability to work with community partners
· Experience researching and implementing ideas
· Strong desire to learn and grow as a professional
· Demonstrated leadership ability
· Excellent oral, written and organizational skills
· Flexible, curious and goal-oriented personality
· Sense of humor
FINANCIAL AWARD: VISTAs receive a living stipend, health insurance and have a choice between a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or a cash stipend upon completion of term. For more information on AmeriCorps*VISTA visit: https://www.vistacampus.gov/.
TRAINING: VISTAs receive 2 weeks of on-site orientation and ongoing professional development throughout the year.
SERVICE TERM: August 30, 2021 – August 29, 2022
Founded in 2004, The Learning Community is a nationally recognized public charter school that serves more than 579 K-8 students from Central Falls, Pawtucket and Providence, three of the four “core cities” of poverty in…