Breakthrough Schools, Middle School Director of Curriculum (E Prep) (2017-2018) (Cleveland, OH)

Cleveland, OH


Date published: 20-Apr-2017

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Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (Willard Campus) is building a world class team of passionate, dedicated educators, who will work together to help every one of our scholars climb the mountain to high school and college graduation. We are looking for humble and hungry hard workers, who care about their students' academic, professional, and life outcomes. Founding E-Prep leaders have growth mindsets, value results, model professionalism, and work relentlessly to ensure the development and success of our teachers and students.

The Middle Shcool Director of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) holds primary responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of The Prep School’s academic curriculum.  As part of the administrative team, the DCI plays a central role in the success of the school. The DCI also works closely with the Principal and Dean of School Culture to maintain a channel of communication regarding all areas of school and teacher development.

Primary Responsibilities

The essential functions of this role include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Assessment and Student Progress

     Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement

     Generate and manage standardized test and internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting

     Help teachers read, interpret and act upon student achievement data in order to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among all students

     Collaborate with the Principal, Director of Operations, Dean of School Culture, and the Special Education Interventionist to maximize the ability of E-Prep Willard to support students’ academic and socioemotional development

Curriculum Development

     Establish clear weekly deadlines for curriculum materials (i.e. objectives, lesson plans, class materials, assignments, and assessments including exit tickets)

     Research, design, and/or supplement the academic curriculum based on successful models and approaches

     Visit classrooms on a regular basis to ensure that lesson activities are aligned to objectives-driven curriculum plans


     Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence benchmarks

     Contribute to the Principal’s evaluation of school staff by conducting two classroom teaching evaluations for each teacher annually including a pre and post meeting

     Conducts brief (10-15 minutes) observations of teachers in their classes bi-weekly

     Delivers real-time feedback for all short observations within a timely manner

Teacher Development

     Develop teachers through live coaching, modeling, regular in-class observation of practice and feedback, spending 70% of time in classrooms on teacher development

     Ensure access to and participation in high-quality internal and external professional development for staff

     Meet with Principal on a regular basis to ensure that teachers' professional weaknesses are being addressed with appropriate professional development


1. Required knowledge, skills & abilities

     Evidence of strong student achievement in previous teaching experiences

     Excellent communication skills, especially with students and parents

     Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

     High standards for student achievement

     Ability to work well in a team

     Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships

     Ability to create, monitor and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency

     Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed

     Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the mission and values of The Prep Schools

2. Educational and/or Experience:

     Bachelor's degree required, Master's Degree preferred

     Valid comprehensive teaching or administrative certificate/license required

     Minimum 3-5 years teaching experience required; urban setting strongly preferred

     Curriculum Coach/Leader, administrative or leadership experience in a school setting preferred

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