Director of K-12 Language Acquisition

KIPP Colorado Schools
Full time | Full day

Director of K-12 Language Acquisition

Posted 30 July by KIPP Colorado Schools

  • Denver
Company Description

About KIPP Colorado:

KIPP Colorado Schools is part of the national KIPP network of tuition-free, open enrollment college-preparatory public charter schools dedicated to preparing students from underserved communities for success in college and life. We are a network of six high-performing, college-preparatory public charter schools that educate students from ECE through 12th grade. We currently serve two communities within Denver; the Northeast and Southwest. Both communities serve students in elementary, middle and high school.

Our Vision:

Every child grows up free to create the future they want for themselves and their communities.

Our Mission:

Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose —college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.

Job Description

Overview of Position:

Our Director of K-12 Language Acquisition will lead our instructional approach, strategy, district partnership work, and compliance for Multilingual Learners K-12 region-wide with the goal of developing a top quality and transformative English Language Development program.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Management & Culture Leadership

  • Proactively works to build a shared culture of equity, joy and and trust across all teams.

  • Model cross-cultural agility and a commitment to anti-racism.

  • Partner with the Chief Academic Officer, Academic Leadership Team, and campuses to establish and refine a regional English Language Development program and instruction-enabling systems.

  • Cultivate and manage relationships with senior regional leaders and other critical stakeholders, especially Head of Schools, school leaders and teachers.

Vision and Strategy

  • Lead the Language Acquisition teams across KIPP Colorado to refine and implement a comprehensive vision for English Language Development (ELD) and support of Multilingual Learners, including meeting all compliance requirements, collaborating on courses offered, supporting design of curriculum and assessments, and teacher and leader development approach

  • Use data to effectively assess current state of English Language Development, work collaboratively with campuses and senior leadership to diagnose areas of need and set goals

  • Set a multi-year strategy to achieve vision and goals for English Language Development at KIPP Colorado

Systems Leadership

  • Manage the design and implementation of complex projects, strategies, change leadership, and trainings for regional leaders, school leaders, teachers, and other stakeholders to support strong instruction and ensure progress towards ambitious goals that improve outcomes for students at scale in K-12 Language Acquisition.

  • Manage K-12 Language Acquisition compliance for staff and students, working in close partnership with Denver Public Schools.

  • Manage K-12 academic assessment tools, data systems, and progress monitoring for Multilingual Learners, including ACCESS testing, ELD interims, and WIDA.

  • Liaises with DPS and external partners (including consultants), as needed.

  • Track progress towards goals and make strategic decisions regarding collaboration and support or campuses, including vetting contractors, coordinating strategic planning needs, and collaboration between campuses and Home Office as it relates to Language Acquisition programming and Multilingual Learner needs.

  • Design and refine tools and resources in real-time to respond to campus and student needs, in support of academic and instructional goals.

  • Communicate progress to a variety of regional, school, and community stakeholders.

School Support

  • Develop and execute on a vision for how the Home Office Language Acquisition Team supports schools to meet ambitious student achievement and re-enrollment goals for Multilingual Learners

  • Ensure schools have access to the systems, support and training needed to execute on district and state compliance requirements for Multilingual Learners

  • Lead the Language Acquisition teachers and leaders to ensure school leaders and teachers have access to best available curricular resources and instructional guidance for ELD courses and co-taught literacy instruction

  • Collaborate with other Home Office teams to provide schools with strong assessments and systems to ensure high quality data-driven instruction for Multilingual Learners

  • When necessary, directly support schools in navigating challenging or unique situations and serve as liaison with KIPP Colorado’s LEA (Denver Public Schools)

Instructional Expertise and Agility

  • Exhibit a passion and understanding of the education landscape and communities, direct experience in Denver is a plus.

  • Employ research-based instructional strategies and content approaches for English Language Development (ELD) and Multilingual Learner support, aligned with rigorous standards for students, teachers, school leaders, and district staff and how the different elements of the standards (the research, the shifts, the standards, etc.) work together.

  • Ensure academic systems are coherent and support rigorous instruction in English Language Development.

  • Translate your academic expertise, including strong public presentation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience, and ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school leaders, and district staff.


Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required;

  • 6+ years of relevant experience and 3+ years of experience managing a team

  • Deep knowledge of K-12 language development content and instruction, with teaching experience and a proven track record of raising student achievement.

  • Proven success coaching other leaders and teachers, preferably as an Instructional Leader or Principal and/or at the district/system level.

  • Strong familiarity and expertise with College and Career-Ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including:

  • Experience as a lead practitioner in a school system that has adopted the CCSS and/or a deep conceptual understanding of the instructional shifts in ELA and Math.

  • Experience with the role of complex text in ELA instruction and research-based approaches to foundational literacy skills.

  • Previous experience developing and facilitating adult learning/training.

  • Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment

  • Detail oriented with exceptionally strong follow-up and follow-through skills

  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to KIPP Colorado’s mission and values, including a strong commitment to the belief that all children can learn and deserve access to an excellent public education

  • Naturally and readily assumes responsibility to fix problems and create improvements

  • Ability to quickly and effectively build relationships with, motivate, and engage a diverse group of stakeholders

  • Ability to self‐direct and prioritize among competing goals and exhibit flexibility in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment

  • Skilled at analyzing, interpreting, and using data to collaborate, identify best practices and areas for improvement, and drive results

  • Commitment to the belief that all students can learn and to the mission of educational equity

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits

  • The compensation for this role is $80,000 and is negotiable depending on experience.

  • Benefits package including medical, dental, and vision

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Participation in PERA

  • Paid family or medical leave of absence

  • Paid time off

  • Relocation reimbursement (when applicable)

  • Wellness reimbursement

  • Voluntary employee, spousal, and child life insurance

  • Voluntary long term disability insurance

  • Voluntary short term disability insurance

  • Optional 401(k)

  • Optional Basic Life and AD&D Insurance

  • All staff members are issued a laptop computer and cell phone.

  • Numerous professional growth and leadership opportunities within KIPP Colorado Schools.

KIPP Colorado Schools is dedicated to equal employment opportunities and fair labor practices. KIPP Colorado Schools, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School, KIPP Northeast Elementary, KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Sunshine Peak Elementary provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications, and the ability to perform a job without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, legally protected medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, or on any other basis made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon these grounds.

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