Blueprint Schools Network

  • Math Fellows Program Assistant

    Job Location US-CA-Oakland
    Category
    Fellows Program
  • Overview

    Position Title: Math Fellows Program Assistant

    Location: Oakland, CA   
    Reports to: Regional Manager, Oakland Math Fellows Program

     

    About Blueprint Schools Network (“Blueprint”)

     

    Blueprint Schools Network is a national nonprofit founded in 2010. We are driven by our mission to promote educational equity and improve life outcomes for students. Using strategies proven to close achievement gaps, Blueprint partners with states, districts, and schools to customize and implement either a whole-school improvement strategy or our Math Fellows Program.

     

    Since our 2010 launch in Denver Public Schools, Blueprint has expanded across the country and partnered with more than 100 schools serving over 20,000 students in East St. Louis (IL); St. Louis (MO); Oakland (CA); Leadville (CO); and in Boston, Holyoke, and Salem (MA).

     

    About the Blueprint Math Fellows Program

     

    The Blueprint Math Fellows Program provides intensive, small group math tutoring to students as part of their regular school day. Our tutorial sessions address gaps in foundational mathematics knowledge and promote each student’s ability to problem solve, think critically, and access grade-level coursework. Tutorial groups are small and personalized. Each full-time tutor, known as a “Math Fellow,” works with no more than four students at a time. Tutorial sessions are 45-60 minutes long, highly structured, and research-based. The Math Fellows Program provides each student with an additional opportunity to understand and master math concepts every day of the school year.

     

    Our Math Fellows are also AmeriCorps members and, through their year of national service, make additional contributions to their school and local communities as club leaders, volunteer service day organizers, and coaches. The Math Fellows Program has also become an innovative teacher pipeline. Approximately one out of every four Fellows becomes a full-time teacher, often in the schools where they served as Fellows. 

     

    In August 2016, Blueprint launched a partnership with Oakland Unified School District to implement the Blueprint Math Fellows Program. In the current academic year, the program has 18 full-time Math Fellows serving more than 450 students in seven middle schools. The Math Fellows are an integral part of the school experience, helping build a culture of high expectations for the students they serve. In addition to Oakland (CA), Blueprint is currently implementing the Math Fellows Program in East St Louis School District 189 (IL).

    The Opportunity

     

    Based on the Blueprint School Network’s mission to promote educational equity to improve the life outcomes of students, the Blueprint Math Fellows Program vision of the future is one in which all students are on track to graduate from high school and are fully prepared for success in postsecondary options. The Math Fellows Program Assistant plays a critical role in supporting Site and Regional Managers in a district to ensure Math Fellows maintain high expectations while meeting the needs of their students. The Program Assistants also play an integral role in building a positive school culture that embraces the diversity of our students and communities.

    Responsibilities

    Build Authentic Relationships:

    • Seek to understand the strengths, struggles, experiences, and working styles of teachers, administrators, and school staff, as a means to build collaborative relationships between Fellows and staff that are responsive to the needs of our students.
    • Work alongside Site and Regional Managers to develop trust with Fellows and collaborating teachers by creating a safe space for sharing, reflecting, risk taking, and learning.
    • Systematically engage Fellows in teambuilding and celebrations as a means to maintain a healthy, productive work environment.
    • Systematically connect with Fellows individually to ensure they are feeling heard, understood, and valued.

     

    Ensure High Quality Instruction:

    • Assist with the design and facilitation of professional development for Fellows that provides the skills they need to set and maintain high academic expectations and builds their capacity to plan individualized lessons that leverage effective pedagogy for teaching math.
    • Build Fellow capacity in developing student-centered learning environments that make learning visible.
    • Assist with the design of standards-based lesson objectives and assessments that align with district and core pacing to support Fellows in delivering lessons that provide students the key skills and conceptual understandings needed to access to grade level math content.
    • Support the facilitation of analysis of grade level standards-based assessments as a means to unpack standards and norm Fellows on exemplary levels of work.

     

    Intentionally and Consistently Use Data:

    • Assist with the design and facilitation of ongoing professional development and data meetings focused on building capacity in Fellows to:
    • Analyze student assessments to identify misconceptions and design responsive instruction.
    • Communicate grades, precise praise, and feedback to students.
    • Set and monitor academic goals with students in a way that fosters student ownership. 

     

    Deliberately Develop Leadership:

    • Engage Fellows in the development of next steps when applying new learning or solving problems of practice.
    • Support Site and Regional Managers in setting expectations and holding Fellows accountable for professionalism standards, as they relate to dress, communication, punctuality, and performance.
    • Develop and maintain habits of practice for goal setting and reflections as a means to identify bright spots and challenges, and develop next steps for continuous improvement.
    • Seek opportunities for professional growth by identifying mentors and resources and collaborate with colleagues to reflect upon and integrate new learning.
    • Build capacity in Fellows to develop habits of self-assessment and reflection, and to teach students to develop and internalize reflective habits.
    • Partner with the Blueprint AmeriCorps Program contact to support full compliance of the AmeriCorps Program in Oakland

     

    Commit to Addressing Social Injustices in Education:

    • Model and foster person-first language.
    • Maintain positivity and address negative narration of students or the community among Fellows or staff.
    • Build Fellow capacity in reaching out to learn from and collaborate with parents.
    • Support the design and facilitation of professional development for Fellows focused on Reality Pedagogy that supports unpacking biases, acknowledging privilege, and building relationships with students that honor their experiences and backgrounds.
    • Support Fellows in finding authentic ways to engage in the communities we serve.

    Qualifications

    • Previous experience as a Math Fellow highly preferred
    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Prior supervisory experience preferred
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Strong time management and organization skills
    • Familiarity with MS Office required, cloud-sharing applications (Drive, Box, etc.) preferred

     

    Compensation:

     

    The Math Fellows Program Assistant will receive a market-driven salary based on the competitive external market segment and in recognition of the responsibilities. In addition, Blueprint Schools Network offers a very generous total compensation package including 100% paid medical and dental coverage for employees. 

     

    To Apply:

     

    To be considered for the Math Fellows Program Assistant position, please apply online at www.blueprintschools.org/careers.

     

    Blueprint Schools Network and all applicable school districts are Equal Opportunity Employers and do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.

     

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