The Mission Preparatory School, a K-8, college-preparatory, tuition-free, public charter school in San Francisco’s Mission District, is accepting applications for a Dean of Instruction & Culture for the 2018-19 school year. The Dean of Instruction & Culture will lead the 3rd – 7th grade team.
The Mission Preparatory School equips K-8 students with the knowledge, skills, and strength of character needed to succeed in college and serve as leaders in their communities. Our commitment to college preparation is supported by a “whatever-it-takes” approach that maintains the highest expectations and accountability across the board, from leadership, to teachers, to students.
Mission Prep was founded by a diverse group of Bay Area leaders from a variety of sectors who share a commitment to expanding educational opportunity, particularly for children growing up in low-income communities who lack access to high-performing schools. Awarded a charter by the California State Board of Education in September 2010, Mission Prep opened with 50 Kindergarten students in August 2011, earned charter renewal from SFUSD in 2015, and continues to grow by one grade per year through 8th grade.
The Mission Preparatory School’s design is based on the core characteristics common to the highest-performing urban charter schools in the country. We integrate academic rigor, structured school and classroom environments, social-emotional learning principles, and individualized support to ensure college preparation and leadership development for all students. Mission Prep operates with an extended school day (7:40am-4:00pm), extended school year (190 days), and extensive professional development support for teachers, including 28 full days throughout the year and 2 hours every Wednesday afternoon.
On the California Smarter Balanced Assessments, Mission Prep students exceeded state and district averages in ELA and Math, making us the top-performing school for Latino students in San Francisco and earning a 10 (out of 10) Similar Schools rating. We are committed to continuing to improve our instructional program and educational practice in order to ensure Mission Prep students achieve ambitious academic goals and complete 8th grade prepared to access and succeed in college-preparatory high schools and higher education.
The Mission Preparatory School is conducting a nationwide search for educators who share our commitment to high expectations for every child and who will do all that it takes to put each Mission Prep student on the path to college. Our team works hard, works together, and takes ownership for the overall success of our students and school.
- Embody the mission and vision of Mission Prep and uphold the school’s culture of high expectations
- Ensure teachers’ implementation of rigorous, standards-aligned, objective-driven curricula, instructional plans, and assessments
- Lead the implementation of schoolwide and classroom-based procedures, routines, rituals, programs, and systems that support students’ academic achievement and social-emotional development
- Collaborate with members of the leadership team to plan and deliver professional development informed by student achievement data
- Provide individualized, differentiated support to ensure teachers reach student performance goals
- Coordinate school-wide events and programs for students and families that directly support the school’s mission and culture
- Support teachers in creating and sustaining achievement-focused, supportive, peaceful classroom environments
- Partner with teachers to conduct behavior assessments and develop behavior support plans for students as appropriate
- Coordinate school-wide family communication and engagement
- Support the recruitment and selection of teaching faculty
- Coordinate with other organizations to provide enrichment opportunities and family support services
- Complete administrative and operational duties in accordance with school needs and deadlines
- Coordinate and participate in school-wide events, including community meetings, field trips, and other activities
- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
- CA teaching credential; CLAD/BCLAD certification preferred
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Four of more years of urban teaching experience
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Strong organizational and planning capacities
- Ability and desire to influence, motivate, support, and challenge others
- Proven expertise in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom management
- Openness to feedback and commitment to developing continually as a professional educator
- Accountability for meeting school goals