Catalyst Academy is searching for a Dean of Instruction who wants to perfect their craft while working alongside communities of color in the east end of Pittsburgh. This role leads a grade level of classroom teachers to improve their pedagogical practices and reach rigorous academic goals with their scholars.
The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate a willingness to “do whatever it takes” to support teachers and scholars in reaching their highest potential possible. The Dean of Instruction will embody what it means to Belong. Grow. Achieve.
Why We’re Different:
- At Catalyst Academy, we know that one of the largest factors in equitable scholar academic outcomes is their dedicated teachers. Such an important role requires meaningful development, effective coaching, and authentic feedback. With that being said, our Leadership Team is focused on investing the time, talent, and resources necessary for success in the classroom. We are committed to the development of each and every teacher that joins our team; from the first year teacher to the teacher with 10+ years of experience.
- Summer Development (Training Camp)
- Catalyst Academy believes in the mindset of practice as an integral tool to spark growth. We will begin our summer development (Training Camp) four weeks before the school year begins. We don’t just talk about the art of teaching, but we hone our craft through intentional and nuanced practice in order to build automaticity. Over the summer, we will use our Training Camp as an arena for development but also to reconnect with the “why” that drove our decision to become educators. The Dean of Instruction will lead, support, and develop sessions for Training Camp.
- Rigorous PA/Common Core Aligned Curriculum
- The discipline of effective instruction does not only center on how you teach, but what you teach as well. Utilizing a shared curriculum for Math, ELA, and STEM, will allow our teachers to spend their time intellectually preparing and practicing the execution of rigorous PA/Common Core-Aligned curricular materials.
- Wednesday Professional Development (Workshops)
- With the momentum generated through Training Camp, the same spirit of pedagogical advancement extends into the school year. Every Wednesday, scholars will have a shortened instructional day (followed by enrichment activities delivered by community partners) while teachers collaborate with their grade level team led by their Dean of Instruction. Through Wednesday Workshops, teachers will analyze data, practice instructional strategies, discuss grade-level trends, and embrace school-wide trends. Truly our growth and preparation never end.
What You’ll Do:
- Build deep relationships with scholars, families, and staff to foster a culture of joy and community. Maintain strong lines of communication with families about scholar progress, and go above and beyond to support and collaborate closely with teammates in the united pursuit of Catalyst’s mission.
- Embrace your capacity to set and achieve ambitious goals, and handle the intensity required to bring your best self to a high-performing school environment where the stakes are high for scholars.
- Share feedback to solve problems, reflect on how your actions impact others, and take ownership over creating the staff culture you want to show up to each day.
- Lead, build and support a cohesive team of professionals that gets results for scholars.
- Offer and receive constructive feedback from colleagues in order to create a professional working atmosphere that aspires to excellence and is conducive to constant improvement; dive humbly into school-wide and individual professional development;
- Support educators in the teaching of a rigorous curriculum aligned to Catalyst’s academic model and PA Common Core Standards;
- Prepare intellectually in order to coach and provide feedback on rigorous instruction, and develop and demonstrate a genuine passion for your content area that is contagious to scholars and staff.
- Ensure that scholars are growing;
- Ensure that teachers are growing.
- Dynamically lead teachers in whole-group and small-group settings, cultivate intellectual curiosity and a love of learning in teachers and scholars, and adjust using qualitative and quantitative data to ensure differentiated instruction in your classroom;
- Develop, uphold, and implement Catalyst’s values and systems to effectively manage a classroom, create a consistent experience for scholars across the school, and lead your team to meet sky-high academic and behavioral expectations.
What You Should Know:
- Prior Experience.
- Prior experience teaching elementary school, experience teaching in a low-income community, and a demonstrated ability to raise achievement levels of traditionally underserved students is highly preferred;
- Prior experience leading/coaching/developing other adults is highly preferred;
- Demonstrable achievement results for students is a must;
- Ability to demonstrate a deep commitment to addressing historic inequity along lines of race, class, and ability required.
- All candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree is exceptional. By the time outlined in an offer letter, all full-time Catalyst teachers must either
- (a) have a valid Pennsylvania teaching license and possess the correct endorsements for contents/grade levels served;
- (b) have a teaching license that has successfully been transferred from another state that offers reciprocity with PA, and / or;
- (c) have demonstrated that he/she is on track to complete required steps to get certified while teaching full time (i.e. enrolled in a certification program, registered for, taken and passed state-required teacher certification exams, etc.).
- Salary is competitive with surrounding school systems;
- Compensation at Catalyst includes a comprehensive benefits packag