The mission of Memphis Delta Preparatory (MDP) Charter School is to support and grow productive and well-rounded citizens who will succeed in college and beyond. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our students are prepared to reach, attend, and graduate from highly selective colleges and universities. A completed course of study at a top-tier college will allow our students to build and support healthy and happy families, empower and improve their Memphis neighborhoods, and enjoy a rich intellectual life. Initially opening with 300 students grades K-4 in 2016, at full capacity, MDP intends to serve 480 students in grades K-5 in the South Memphis community. MDP is committed to closing racial and economic achievement gaps in a meaningful way – not only as measured through elementary and secondary standardized test scores, but more importantly, through post-secondary degree attainment.
THE MDP DIFFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS
The word “Delta” in “Memphis Delta Prep” refers not only to Memphis’s historic gateway location but also to the Greek letter used to denote change. We believe that to change outcomes for students and families, we must change our practice as educators — and fast! Our goal is to accelerate the learning of our students by accelerating the skill growth of our teachers. To do this, we spend significantly more time than other schools on developing, supporting and coaching our teachers. To make this possible:
the coach-to-teacher ratio is kept at 10:1 or less;
the operations team is responsible for all non-instructional responsibilities throughout the building;
the schedule includes ample time for teacher practice, coaching, planning, and collaboration; and
we hire growth-minded teachers who love to practice and to improve their craft from day to day, hour to hour.
We ensure our teachers feel supported by our operations program, celebrated for their excellence, happy to be engaged in the fun work of teaching alongside great colleagues, and excited about the incredible opportunity to learn and improve in each moment.
The Dean of Students ensures a positive, structured, disciplined school culture. He or she will work with the Director of Culture to maintain a safe and positive environment through targeted behavior interventions and restorative consequences. The Dean of Students also leads the rest of the school leadership team to ensure that all students show dramatic student achievement gains, embody high character, and internalize the school’s values. The Dean of Students reports to the Director of Culture.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead all staff and students by modeling how to build and contribute to a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and enjoyable school culture
Develop and implement a comprehensive plan for student behavior both in and out of school
Be highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school maintains a strong culture
Supervise arrival, lunch, recess, dismissal, and breaks, ensuring a strong and productive school culture at these times
Work with the Director of Culture to develop and coordinate ongoing activities for building school culture and teach courses as needed
Ensure that all students have excellent attendance and come to school on time; work aggressively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance
Serve as the point person for all discipline/culture issues; act as the primary contact for all acute discipline issues
Keep extremely accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, merits/demerits, suspension, and family calls for behavior
Coordinate in-school suspension and after-school detention
Develop and track suspension intervention metrics, including prompt communication with families and creation of measurable goals for student reinstatement
Collect and analyze discipline data to identify specific areas of need and targeted programs
Meet with all new parents before the start of the school year to emphasize cultural and academic differences of MDP and highlight the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students
Coordinate and hold parent conferences as needed
Serve as the liaison to the school’s parent organization
Additional duties as assigned
Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
Belief in and alignment with MDP’s mission
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated and documented ability to motivate and inspire others
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required;
Experience in an urban school setting
Documented experience managing and implementing school wide cultural systems
Salary commensurate with experience, along with benefits.