Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Springfield, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3078635
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 8, 2019
  • Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description

Our Mission

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence prepares kindergarten-through-5th grade students of Springfield for academic success and engaged citizenship through insistence on rigorous, challenging work. The school incorporates Dr. King’s commitment to the highest standards in scholarship, civic participation and the ideal of the beloved community.

Background on MLKCSE
Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence (MLKCSE) is a stand-alone free and public charter school serving 370 students in grades K through 5 in Springfield, Massachusetts. MLKCSE was founded in 2006 and is dedicated to fighting the opportunity gap in Western MA. We are committed to providing each and every one of our students with the quality education they deserve.

MLKCSE is a Title I school. Our MLKCSE students are 34.7% African American and 58.3% Hispanic. 100% of our students qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch. 24.2% of our students are Emerging Bilingual students and 18.8% of our students have special needs.

Our school is meeting or exceeding targets for most (93%) accountability measures. Overall, our school performs better than 60% of elementary and middle schools statewide at the 61st percentile. MLKCSE is ranked one of the six charter schools in Massachusetts to be meeting more than 75% of the criterion-reference targets. MLKCSE ranked as the 4th highest charter school in the State for our math performance.

The Role
The Dean of Students at MLKCSE shares our school’s mission and is committed to working collaboratively with the school’s Principal and Director of Operations to ensure that all students demonstrate dramatic student achievement gains and internalize the school’s values. They are committed to a high-standards, achievement-oriented school culture where students flourish. This individual will also help lead the school’s efforts to maintain a joyful, highly structured, consistent, caring, and routinized school culture.

The Dean of Students at MLKCSE is passionate about social and restorative justice. They have a growth mindset about all of our students. They challenge and support them each and every day to be their best selves. The Dean of Students is an inspiring leader with a strong work ethic, is dependable, and is a team player. The Dean of Students models how to build strong, mutually respectful relationships with students and families and supports teachers and staff to do the same.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Working closely with Executive Director, Principal, and Director of Operations to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture
  • Uphold and model the school’s values
  • Consistently meet our school expectations for professionalism and fulfill required responsibilities in a timely and professional manner
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and professionally with students, families, and colleagues
  • Ensuring that the physical environment of the school reinforces school culture and facilitates student achievement
  • Being highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture
  • Proactively circulating throughout classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support positive school culture
  • Partner with parents and families to build authentic school-wide community
  • Supporting teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations
  • Be a reliable resource to teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of classroom management and leadership, relationships with students, behavior interventions, and school culture
  • Facilitate training for staff on student-teacher relationships, parent partnerships, de-escalation techniques, replacement behavior work, restorative justice practices, social emotional learning, trauma informed practice, and culture systems in collaboration with the Principal
  • Assisting teachers, students, and parents in the effective creation and implementation of individual behavior plans
  • Provide professional development, training, and coaching as needed to support teachers in maintaining a student-centered, highly structured learning environment that actively promotes students’ academic achievement
  • Lead, train, and maintain highly structured and consistent key systems with efficiency in collaboration with the Principal
  • Collaborate with academic and student support team colleagues to ensure students receive the necessary targeted interventions and support
  • Own and manage the school’s character development program and ensure it builds and reinforces positive self-identity, necessary character strengths, and social emotional learning
  • Supervise key systems and ensure staff and students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a tight school culture at these times
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate systems for new and returning student orientation
  • Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to help staff maintain a high bar of excellence in collaboration with the Principal
  • Helping to reinforce the effective use of our school-wide accountability system and manage culture systems and events (scheduling, logistics, student motivation, character building, etc.)
  • Help coordinate recognition assemblies, parent workshops, family and community service events, and other school-wide culture-building activities
  • Oversee effective systems to manage student behavior on school buses and after school program vans
  • Oversee effective systems to manage suspension communication, documentation, and filing
  • Oversee tracking of time out of learning
  • Submit by deadline and own data quality for DESE reports: Student Safety and Discipline (SSDR), Restraint, Bullying
  • Develop, implement and oversee systems to respond to students in crisis
  • Collaborate with the Principal on planning and facilitating monthly Community Meetings
  • Assist Principal in leading staff efforts to ensure all students have excellent attendance, arrive at school on time, and work aggressively with students and families to ensure excellent attendance
  • Serve as the point person for discipline/culture issues
  • Serve as the point person for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues
  • Monitor behavioral pull-out and in-school suspensions
  • Provide and/or arrange individual student counseling for academics, emotional and social issues (refer as needed)
  • Lead, supervise, and evaluate Student Support Team members in collaboration with the Executive Director and Principal
  • Enter all student discipline and other culture related documentation accurately into the required data bases in a timely manner
  • Investigate reports of bullying and maintain clear system for documentation and filing
  • Create, implement and monitor safety plans when there are findings of bullying
  • Conduct annual review of the Student/Family Handbook in collaboration with the Principal
  • May serve as an advisor for a group of students
  • May participate in home visits
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned
  • Shared dedication to MLKCSE’s mission and organizational values
  • Growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through frequent feedback, coaching, and professional development
  • Excellent organizational skills, written and verbal communication skills, people skills and the willingness to be a team player
  • Create a climate where students are held to the highest expectations for interpersonal and academic work
  • Use frequent and varied data collection and analysis to drive awareness of student needs and take responsive and urgent action
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity; belief in the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Relate authentically and professionally with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Work closely with the Principal, teachers, staff, Executive Director and Director of Operations
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum of two years working with students in an elementary or middle school
  • This position is full-time and reports to the Executive Director with a dotted line to the Principal
  • This position is a member of the Leadership team.
  • Salary is competitive and based on experience and education.
Our community and students are diverse, and we are committed to reflecting that diversity in our staff. We strive to have the most diverse applicant pool possible and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply for any position at MLKCSE. By fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, we provide the best educational experience to prepare our students for a future reflective of the world we live in.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
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  • Welcome to Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence!

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    Job Requirements

    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

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    Contact Information

    • Calvin McFadden , Executive Director
    • 285 Dorset Street
    • Springfield, Massachusetts 01108

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