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Brilla Public Charter Schools Literacy Lead Elementary School 2021-2022 School Year in Bronx, New York

Brilla Public Charter Schools Literacy Content Lead

About Brilla Public Charter Schools

Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of elementary and middle schools that currently serve over 1,360 students from the Mott Haven and University Heights area and surrounding neighborhoods in the Bronx. We plan to grow our network from our five current campuses to eight over the next decade, reaching some 3,200 students in the Bronx. Brilla Public Charter Schools aims to empower their scholars and community through an innovative approach that combines co-teaching practices and blended learning, with core elements of a classical education - helping students know and appreciate Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Brilla Public Charter Schools focus on teaching the whole child, instilling a deep sense of character through the Core Virtues of courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while setting a high bar for academic performance and teaching content that has withstood the test of time. Brilla?s commitment to holistic child development is paralleled with its commitment to creating a joyful community for families and staff. In order to achieve results for students, Brilla staff model the intellectual and social competencies Brilla Public Charter Schools desire for all of their scholars to become young men and women of good character and spirit, and to be prepared for excellence in high school, college and beyond.

Position Overview

The content lead is a leadership team member whose primary responsibility is to align and ensure the execution of the curricular and instructional vision of Brilla Schools. As with all Brilla Leadership positions, this will also involve uplifting and furthering the Brilla Leadership Competency Model (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12WYN0vlXvejLFfk2mNcivEqBYU1qLGz8pwolf5D1f1Q/edit#gid=1548527235) in all aspects, as Brilla conceives of leadership holistically. Supervised by an Assistant Principal, the Content Lead serves as the content expert and planning authority for either all of the math or literacy components in the school, ensuring vertical and horizontal alignment, high quality learning opportunities aligned to strategic priorities, and exceptional student performance and achievement across the content. Content Leads develop the content knowledge and planning capacities of grade-level content liaisons - ensuring that deep content knowledge and best pedagogical practice permeates the school (such as lesson plan internalization, looking at student work protocols, and assessment implementation). Successful Content Leads believe deeply in the potential of the classical form of education and facilitate the creation/revision of curricular resources to deepen student understanding of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Likewise, content leads coach and reinforce the behavioral competencies necessary for all leaders to excel, as articulated in the Brilla Leadership Competency Model.

This position requires a positive, flexible, solutions-oriented, organized, and reflective leader who can balance multiple roles and responsibilities with grace and virtue. Content Leads work in conjunction with the Director of Elementary Curriculum and other school leaders to ensure consistent quality of curricular materials. In addition to planning and coaching requirements, content leads maintain materials inventories and requisitioning, attend regular content meetings, and actively deepen their own knowledge of content, standards, and classical pedagogy. Brilla Content Leads must have a deep passion for student-engaged learning, a desire to accept, implement, and seek feedback, and a proven ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities, while inspiring outstanding achievement in a fun and collaborative work environment.

Core Competencies & Responsibilities

Brilla Content Leads Set the Standard.

  • Revise the centralized curricular materials grounded in classical content, grade-level standards, and best pedagogical practices aligned to the Brilla Schools curricular vision under the supervision of the Director of Elementary Content

  • Facilitate purposeful, regular unit and lesson studies that deepen content knowledge and pedagogical awareness for planners and grade teams and guarantees excellence in execution

  • Develop, internalize, and model-teach rigorous curricula that adhere to national and state standards and align with Brilla?s aggressive student growth targets

  • Lead the schools approach and implementation of test preparation and other internal assessments

  • Coach teachers to excellence in role competencies as well as behavioral competencies

  • Visibly live the Brilla Mission through consistent professional dress, modeling of core virtues, execution of professional norms, and enthusiastic, regular engagement in ongoing professional development and community-building

Brilla Content Leads Honor the Team.

  • Design and facilitate Mission-in-Progress development sessions and workshop sessions as assigned by leadership

  • Foster and maintain productive, collaborative, and collegial working relationships with leaders, team members, staff members, parents, and community members: any relevant stakeholders, working to be exemplary Brilla leaders

  • Contribute to a positive school culture through attendance at Brilla-sponsored Culture Events, and regular, professional communication

  • Ensures and supports consistent implementation of classroom management and responsiveness strategies,

  • Plan, facilitate, and attend regular, mission-critical programming including Content Lead meetings, summer development sessions, data days, parent workshops, family conferences, and other opportunities

  • Commit to be available by phone after school hours until 7:00pm each workday to address any student or family questions or concerns (cell phone provided by school)

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Brilla Content Leads Make it Count.

  • Facilitate engaging, purposeful coaching meetings with teachers with guidance from DEC and the Director of Instructional Development

  • Participate in central curriculum revision meetings and workshops to provide feedback and make active improvements to the curriculum and corresponding student materials

  • Actively and regularly analyze student content work in order to improve the quality levels of student outputs

  • Assist with and develop content scope and sequences aligned with the assessment calendar including but not limited to NWEA prep lessons and state exam testing materials and resources

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with and leading students & colleagues from all cultural, economic and ability backgrounds

  • Organize and manage time and commitments efficiently to maximize productivity and intentionality throughout the school day and school year

Brilla Content Leads know It Starts with Them.

  • Actively seek out opportunities to regularly collaborate and communicate with Content Leads and liaisons across campuses

  • Regularly communicate and collaborate with other content leads to ensure interdisciplinary alignment, student achievement, and pacing fidelity

  • Embody courage, justice, wisdom, and self-control, while championing a positive, flexible attitude and solution-based approach to challenges

  • Reflect and seek to understand both individual strengths and areas for growth, committing to continuous personal growth and professional development as an individual, teacher, mentor, and leader

  • Challenge assumptions and beliefs about teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of students and the mission of the organization

  • Seek to grow both professionally and personally as a classical educator by deepening literary and humanities content mastery, reading literary classics, and improving in classical pedagogy

Qualifications

  • Bachelor?s Degree or higher from an accredited institution, preferably in Literacy, Science, or Math

  • Possession of current teaching certification as an elementary or middle school teacher

  • Brilla Charter Schools teaching experience as evidenced by consistent, exemplary student performance data

  • Brilla Charter Schools planning experience as lead planner for a grade-level content

Qualifying Tasks

  • Portfolio of demonstrated, consistent student achievement

  • Portfolio of created unit plans and lesson plans

  • Demonstration Lesson in Content

  • Facilitation of Content Coaching Session or Feedback Task

  • Meeting or Exceeding Standard in the following Evaluation Competencies: Content Expertise, Develops Thoughtful Lesson Plans, Rigor, Organization and Self-Management, Colleague Relationships

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