The ideal CAO is passionate about student learning and highly results-oriented. We consider ‘results’ broadly, ranging from performance on high stakes tests and college and career-readiness assessments, to demonstrations of “soft” skill abilities and community orientation. We seek to create school environments in which students excel academically, are prepared with the skills, social capital and agency to succeed in the world of work, and are supported and expected to be contributing members of their communities.
The CAO reports to the BPE Executive Director and serves as a member of BPE’s Senior Leadership Team. The CAO works closely with the school-level Directors of Instruction (DIs), whose primary responsibility is to supervise, organize and support teachers to maximize student learning. DIs are organized by content areas and grade-level groupings at the school level. The CAO works alongside the school principals to ensure that the school’s academic, operational and cultural priorities are aligned in support of student learning and the learning of adults (both teachers and residents in the Boston Teacher Residency program).
Boston Plan for Excellence
Boston Plan for Excellence is an education organization operating a PreK-12 pathway of neighborhood based Teaching Academies -- schools that provide a world class education for all students while preparing outstanding new teachers for successful, sustainable careers as urban educators. We run two Teaching Academies in the Dudley neighborhood of Roxbury: Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School and Dearborn STEM Academy. Through Boston Teacher Residency, a nationally recognized and replicated clinical model for training teachers, we prepare aspiring educators for the Boston Public Schools, and run a city-wide network of teacher support.
You are laser focused on using data to drive improved student outcomes. You will lead our efforts to analyze and use school-level data to personalize instruction, and to inform the practices of our teachers and residents.
You live and breathe curriculum, instruction and assessment. You have extensive experience developing and implementing curriculum and assessments that articulate across the PreK-12 grade range. You know what great instruction looks like, and what works and what doesn’t, but you are also willing to be flexible and implement new approaches where appropriate for a given school or community.
You believe that schools are places where both adults and students are – and should be – learning and improving constantly. You believe in meeting kids where they are as learners, yet still holding them to high standards. You also believe in autonomy and innovation balanced with high accountability for adults. BPE is unique for its dual learning model and while student learning comes first, we are also focused on training teachers who are set up for future success: we believe that teachers that learn how to be successful early are much more likely to remain in the teaching profession long term.
You are comfortable working in complex environments, and managing through change. BPE just completed a major organizational transition, migrating all of our teaching residents into our two Teaching Academies. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but there is more work to be done. You will manage school-based staff, and coordinate with BPE central office staff to help lead the organization’s refinement of its model.
The primary role of the Chief Academic Officer is to ensure that all students are receiving a great education. The CAO will directly manage 6 Directors of Instruction (DIs). The CAO will also work closely with school level leadership (principals) in order to ensure alignment across the schools’ academic / instructional, operational and cultural priorities. This involves:
- Ensuring the creation, adoption and implementation of a readily available and coherent curriculum, which is both vertically- and horizontally-aligned, as well as standardizing corresponding formative and summative assessments
- Ensuring the creation, adoption and implementation of a set of common instructional practices across the various adult roles within schools including teachers, student support staff, residents and DPC members
- Overseeing the organization’s use of student performance data, including how assessment data can be used in the short term by teachers to improve instruction as well as in the longer term by teachers and DIs in order to refine curricular or instructional practices
- Working with the DIs to refine teacher coaching and evaluation system in order to improve teacher practice in the service of student and teacher learning
- Working with the Residency Directors to ensure that adult (resident) learning continues to occur while being seamlessly integrated into school culture and the student experience to support student learning
- Coordinating closely with school-level leadership, as well as the Executive Director and central BPE organization, to ensure the alignment of efforts and clarity of ownership across roles at both the school and central level