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Middle School Leader of Student Support Services

Company: KIPP Nashville Public Schools
Location: Nashville
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company Description

KIPP Nashville Public Schools is a network of high-performing, free, open enrollment K-12 schools that has been committed to positively affecting student outcomes in Nashville since 2005. KIPP Nashville is part of the acclaimed KIPP Network, which educates 100,000+ students nationwide and supports students from Kindergarten through college, career and beyond. Through the KIPP Forward program, our team helps students identify their career of highest aspiration and develop the skills and confidence to chase their dreams.

KIPP Nashville currently operates 3 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 1 high school and we are excited to open our doors to a 2nd high school in 2023. Our student community consists of nearly 3,000 students in North, East and South Nashville. 94% of our students identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and 26% are identified as diverse learners. We are excited to continue our growth to ensure all students in Nashville have access to an excellent education and the resources necessary to push past any boundaries that may stand in their way.

The mission of KIPP Nashville is to, together with families and communities, create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence they need to pursue the paths they choose - college, career and beyond - so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. If you share in this belief, if you have a proven willingness to do what it takes for students to be their best, if you thrive in an environment that is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, then you are already a KIPPster.

Job Description

Responsibilities of the Leader of Student Support Services will include, but are not limited to:

  • Management of Student Support Services
    • Manage and coach Special Education Teachers to ensure all IEP goals are met and that we close the achievement gap between students with disabilities and general education students.
    • Ensure compliance with all special education and ELL laws and regulations, including managing IEP caseloads as needed.
    • Oversee a comprehensive Response to Intervention program (management of the program can be done by an interventionist, but oversight is provided by the Dean of Student Support Services)
    • Manage and coach interventionists and ELL teachers to ensure effective instruction
    • Ensure all ELL students have an ILP that is updated quarterly by EL certified staff.
    • Manage all related service providers, including OT, PT, Speech/Language, psychologists, the nurse, and contracted ABA support
    • Create testing accommodations and alternative assessment schedules and oversee that all students requiring testing accommodations receive them consistently.
    • Works with the Dean of Students to create behavior RTI plans, oversee and advise on discipline for students with disabilities.
      • Professional Development for Staff
        • Plan, implement, and provide ongoing professional development and feedback to all staff, focusing on differentiation and supporting students with varying needs
        • Conduct classroom observations with other Assistant Principals with a specific focus on improving access, growth and achievement of students with special needs and English Language Learners
        • Organize summer training and weekly professional development days in coordination with the Principal and other Assistant Principals
          • Teacher Coaching
            • Conduct classroom observations and follow-up with targeted feedback to special education teachers and interventionists to increase efficacy of instruction
            • Conduct weekly one on one conversations with direct reports, including time for relationship building, gathering feedback, assessing individual needs, and providing feedback
            • Provide lesson plan feedback to direct reports
            • As needed, consult on lesson plan strategies for differentiation to all staff members
            • Conduct twice a year teacher performance evaluation
            • Teach classes when necessary to avoid gaps in mandated services or for professional development of teachers.
              • School-Wide Leadership
                • Participate in the teacher recruitment and hiring process, in collaboration with the Principal.
                • Serve as an active member of the School Leadership Team, meeting weekly for strategic planning and discussion of school initiatives and data Qualifications

                  Qualifications
                  • Currently possess an active Special Education and/or ELL license
                  • At least five years of Special Education and/or ELL teaching experience
                  • At least one year of adult management/teacher coaching
                  • Model of effective and high-quality teaching
                  • Excellent organization skills and ability to create effective schedules
                  • An analytical view of student progress towards standards; skilled in data collection, analysis and presentation
                  • Excellent communicator, who can work with internal and external stakeholders
                  • Demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of special education students
                  • Demonstrated success developing academic programs and academic culture
                  • Demonstrated success planning staff professional development and coaching teachers
                    Desired Characteristics
                    • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Nashville's mission, students, families, and community
                    • Firm belief in affirming the identity of students, families and staff
                    • Demonstrates excitement in growing students into their highest selves
                    • Passionate about data-driven instruction
                    • Passionate and committed to being a leader for racial justice and equity, and working in an organization committed to anti-racism
                    • Excellent communication skills with diverse constituents; clear writer, facilitator and speaker and eagerness to collaborate
                    • Demonstrate commitment to continue their professional development individually, eager to offer and respond positively to feedback
                    • Ability to tackle multiple projects and initiatives at once with a strong sense of organization, prioritization, follow through and results orientation
                    • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit, be flexible, and willing to go above and beyond to meet the varied needs of students
                      Additional Information

                      Our comprehensive compensation package includes life insurance and long-term disability coverage provided by KIPP Nashville, voluntary medical and dental plans, in addition to retirement benefits and an annual salary increase. Salary is commensurate with experience. To establish equitable salary practices, the compensation package is derived from the regional KIPP Nashville Public Schools pay scale. This position is exempt and will follow a 12-month schedule.

                      Apply directly online. Please contact Kristen Kendall, Manager of Talent Recruitment, at kkendall@kippnashville.org with questions.

                      KIPP Nashville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status.

                      All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: KIPP Nashville Public Schools, Nashville , Middle School Leader of Student Support Services, Other , Nashville, Tennessee

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