Founding Assistant Principal of Instruction Mission: to serve as the visionary Assistant Principal (AP) of Instruction at Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) a 6th-12th grade college preparatory school that will consistently rank as a Tier 1 Washington, D.C. public charter school. The AP will work to ensure at least 75% of students achieve Level 4 or Level 5 on College and Career Ready Standards and at least 75% of students achieve more than one grade level growth each year in all subject areas as measured by a national-normed standardized test (MAP Reading and Math). Lastly, the AP will work to ensure 100% of DPA students graduate from college and/or secure a high paying, high demand job.
DPA’s Graduate Profile:
Students will develop into innovators who possess the skills to problem solve, persevere, collaborate, create, communicate, and connect as they work to solve the increasingly complex problems of society.
Students are prepared for, accepted into, and complete four-year colleges.
Students will demonstrate mastery of 2+ programming languages and pass the AP Computer Science Principles exam.
Students will expand their social-emotional skills and mindsets to develop strong habits of success.
Students will have a long-term plan rooted in their values and interests and will identify credible next steps towards achieving their hopes and dreams.
DPA’s Big Ideas
We are different.
We believe that Computer Science is not a “Nice to Have,” it’s a “Must Have.” Every student at Digital Pioneers Academy will learn Computer Science at every grade level.
We will nurture the genius in every child.
While our education model is grounded in computer science, that simply means that we will nurture the inherent power of each student by equipping students with marketable computer science skills and habits of innovation as they build their future of choice, even if that’s not a computing job.
We believe relationships matter.
Whether it be inside the classroom, outside the school, between peers, teachers or families, we believe that relationships are key to student success at Digital Pioneers Academy.
We believe all children can learn at the highest levels.
Our students will understand that you are not born smart; you get smart with effective effort.
We believe our students learn by doing.
Most students are too passive in their learning experiences. Students will invent, design, and produce as part of the learning experience.
Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) is looking to hire an Assistant Principal (AP) of Instruction who will report directly to the CEO of the school. The AP will be a key member of the leadership team, working in partnership with the CEO and Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) to make sure scholars at DPA achieve the mission of developing the next generation of innovators. The AP is responsible for all academic goals in the school.
The Assistant Principal of Instruction holds primary responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of DPA’s school’s curriculum.
Academic Goals & Curriculum: ensure every scholar meets or exceeds the highest academic standards and is on the path to college and career success.
Ensure that all scholars are meeting annual student progress and student achievement goals, including, PARCC performance, MAP, projects, and interim assessments;
Lead the Special Populations Coordinator to ensure all scholars with 504s, IEPs, and in the RTI process are on track for college success or their most rigorous post-secondary outcome;
Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement;
Generate and manage standardized tests and internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting;
Ensure testing administration goes off without a single glitch or breach of security;
Align the academic curriculum with state standards, DPA standards, and other scientifically-based benchmarks;
Document and communicate scope and sequence for each grade level;
Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence benchmarks;
Evaluate, approve, and purchase curricular materials such as textbooks.
Teacher Coaching and Professional Development: Do whatever it takes to make teachers successful.
Ensure all teachers receive weekly observations and engage in weekly coaching meetings with CEO. Coach teachers across content areas, across experience levels, and needs, from curriculum to lesson planning, rigor, execution, behavior management, classroom culture, etc.;
Utilize the highest leverage tools you have as a coach, including but not limited to: real time coaching, debriefing with teachers, co-planning lessons, lesson plan review, and data meetings;
Norm the bar for excellent teaching based on academic data (daily exit ticket data, unit and interim assessment data) and observational data, using the DPA Rubric for Excellence in Teaching;
Manage performance of the team through ongoing staff-wide professional development, all staff meetings, and individual meetings with the team. Identify trends across classrooms at DPA and plan and execute professional development sessions to target key growth areas. Hold teachers and coaches accountable for improvement across all teachers;
Coordinate DPA’s summer staff orientation and curriculum development period;
Support teachers in non-classroom skills needed to be successful: time management, organization, self-awareness and self-management. Support teachers in the emotional currents of joining a startup school.
Team Leadership: Lead the school team in every way alongside the CEO and Director of Finance and Operations.
Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of school;
Orient the team at the beginning of the year and on an ongoing basis through the following best practices: lesson planning, data driven instruction, and assessment design;
Collaborate with CEO, Dean of Social Emotional Learning, Special Education Coordinator, the School Social Worker, and other school staff to maximize the ability of DPA to support students’ academic and socio-emotional development;
Build strong relationships with the Leadership Team, the whole team, and each individual staff member founded on candor, excellence, accountability, and integrity;
Use your influence in the school to improve any part of the school that you see needs addressing. Never hesitate to bring something up that you think can be better;
Regularly recognize the work of individuals and of the team to drive performance and create a positive team culture;
Work with the leadership team to assess trends throughout the school and create and execute plans to improve the school based on trends;
Approach all conversations with honesty and transparency with the leadership team. Always say what is on your mind;
Data Driven Instructional Leadership: Ensure all teachers meet their interim assessment and end of year goals.
Ensure that daily exit ticket data is being used and acted on daily by the teaching team;
Provide individual coaching and support to teachers as needed to improve their data driven instruction.;
Use schoolwide academic data to make decisions about where to focus instructional coaching, how to spend instructional time, what shifts DPA should make to the schedule, and what gaps DPA needs to fill to ensure that we achieve college success for all;
Ensure that every child’s class meets them where they are academically and pushes them towards college and career success.
Our founding middle school team is results oriented and strives to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
Experience and interest in writing curriculum;
Experience driving students toward exceptional academic results in an urban public school setting;
Experience providing feedback and coaching teachers toward strong, data-supported results;
Strong content knowledge;
Strong teaching skills in the classroom;
Strong organizational skills; extremely careful attention to detail and follow-through;
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
Strong communication and negotiating skills;
Ability to work well in a team;
Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships;
Ability to create, monitor and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency;
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed;
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture;
Bachelor's degree with an outstanding record of academic achievement and leadership is required, Master’s degree is preferred;
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members;
Belief in and alignment with Digital Pioneers Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
DPA follows a semi self-contained model, where students are divided into cohorts and each cohort has two primary partner teachers: a STEM teacher who teaches math, science, and computer science and a Humanities teacher who teaches ELA, social studies, and leads intervention. Two teachers are responsible for educating a homeroom of up to 30 students. Compared to the conventional approach, this means that teachers are teaching 1 additional content area than what is typical, but their student load is 1/4 to 1/5 the conventional load.
Through this structure, partner teachers are able to co-plan personalized, context-specific interventions and targeted, holistic supports that carry through for their students across all core content areas.
Compensation and Benefits
Digital Pioneers Academy offers a highly competitive salary based on experience and an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, a cover letter detailing their experience and interest in DPA’ s mission, and an exemplar lesson plan online at www.digitalpioneersacademy.org/careers.
Digital Pioneers Academy is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.
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