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. Memphis Delta Prep opened with 250 students in grades K-4 in 2016. At full capacity, MDP willserve 480 students in grades K-5 in the South Memphis community.
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 School Leader spends 80% of his time developing the teachers and the Instructional Coaches;
- 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 Instructional Coach will work directly with the School Leader to dramatically improve teacher effectiveness through high repetition practice of Key Teacher Skills based on the Jounce model of teacher development. The Instructional Coach will spend at least 80% of his or her day increasing instructional effectiveness in the building through teacher coaching, as well as developing his or her own coaching skills through practice with the School Leader. He or she will also help maintain and grow the school-wide culture of deliberate practice. The Instructional Coach will report to the School Leader.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Build skill and capacity in teachers across the school
• Work with School Leader to build personal coaching skills
• Monitor and track teacher progress toward measurable goals
• Refine and build the teacher coaching model at MDP
• Model and intentionally build joy, growth mindset, and intellectual curiosity throughout the building
• Model excellent teaching in classrooms daily
• Additional duties as assigned
• Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
• Demonstrated significant positive results with students as a classroom instructor
• Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects
• 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
• Demonstrated expertise in subject area
• At least four years classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting preferred
• Documented experience using data-driven instruction to achieve significant student gains
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
• Ability to spend 80% of job moving about the classroom and school to coach teachers, model teaching, and monitor students.
• Ability to remain in a stationary position when necessary while teaching.
• Ability to operate instructional technology such as laptop, projector, and document camera.
• Ability to occasionally move objects under 10 pounds.
• Sensory: Position requires typical visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, and speaking abilities.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Memphis Delta Preparatory is committed to creating a diverse staff and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. MDP will provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with school leadership.
Nothing in this job description restricts school leadership’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.