Dean of Instruction – Literacy

Posted on: May 8, 2024 |

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About Great Lakes Academy

Great Lakes Academy (GLA) is a high-performing, single-site charter school located in South Chicago. Our mission is to prepare all of our students with the fundamental academic skills, critical thinking ability, and strength of character to excel in high school, college, and a career of their choice. We empower all of our students with the education today that they will need to change the world tomorrow.

Our staff work hard to close opportunity gaps for our scholars, and the data speaks for itself: In 2023, on the rigorous Illinois Assessment of Readiness, GLA had the highest percentage of students reaching proficiency in ELA and Math of all elementary schools in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore, and South Chicago.

We are proud of our growth and achievement, but we have our sights set even higher for the 2024-25 school year, and we need your help to reach our goals. We are seeking a high-capacity, humble, and growth-oriented Dean of Instruction – Literacy to support teachers’ growth, with a special focus on schoolwide literacy instruction.

Job Overview

Reporting directly to the Assistant Principal, the Dean of Instruction – Literacy is a member of the School Leadership Team (SLT) and works closely with the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Team. The Dean of Instruction – Literacy is in a key leadership position for all literacy and social studies teachers in grades K-8, with specific responsibilities outlined below. This is a year-round position.

Key Job Responsibilities

Develops and implements a clear vision for instructional excellence in literacy/humanities across all grades (K-8)
Analyzes and selects rigorous, Common Core Standard-aligned curriculum; updates as needed
Plans and leads high-quality professional development aligned to the vision of excellence
Supervises and coaches portfolio of teachers to reach proficiency on GLA’s teaching rubric, including metrics aligned to both rigorous instruction and classroom culture
Leads data analysis and action planning for K-8 literacy, including analyzing student growth and achievement and supporting teachers with data-driven instruction
Works with the SLT and ILT to develop, implement and maintain every detail of the school’s systems and procedures, including homework, discipline, transitions, entrance and exit, community celebrations, morning meetings, and classroom culture so that GLA is structured and joyful
Works with the MTSS team to analyze student progress and drive implementation of high-quality intervention plans
Leads all literacy and social studies programming in the school, including organizing interim assessments, literacy initiatives, incentive systems, and school-wide academic events
Holds staff accountable to results, including holding difficult conversations that drive learning and change
Creates daily coverage plans and supports school coverage needs in the absence of teachers

Ideal Qualifications

At least four years of teaching experience, preferably in a low-income school, with a track record of student success
Experienced teacher coach with track record of growing instructors in lesson planning, curriculum development, data analysis, classroom management, and lesson execution
Deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for the teacher “taxonomies” per Teach Like a Champion (TLAC) and for elementary and middle school literacy curricula
Strong communicator and relationship builder with adults, including all staff, student families, and community partners
Demonstrated leadership skills – highly organized and efficient, strategic, empathetic, good communicator, adaptable, solution and execution-oriented, self-motivated, self-aware, and humble
Flexible and team-oriented; willing to work with the admin team to support in areas of need in the school
Prioritizes student achievement as highest goal
Committed to serving students of color on the South Side of Chicago

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree is required
Some teaching experience
Some experience coaching teachers
Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
Valid IL Professional Educator License (PEL) preferred, but not required

Tuition reimbursement available for candidates earning their PEL, LBS1, and/or ESL endorsement
Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision
FSA (Flexible Spending Account) and DCA (Dependent Care Account)
Lifestyle Reimbursement Account, $150 towards wellness (physical, mental/emotional, and financial)
Paid STD, LTD, and life insurance
Voluntary benefits include critical illness and accident insurance
403(b) and pension retirement plans
Staff wellness program with mental health, legal support, and financial counseling
Free student breakfasts and lunches provided for staff daily
Opportunities to earn additional stipends for leading after-school enrichment, sports programming, and more!

As an equal opportunity employer, Great Lakes Academy hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law