The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. We are currently in the process of creating our next strategic plan. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, our draft strategic priorities include:
Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.
The Office of Elementary Schools is responsible for effective management, operation and achievement of the elementary schools and provides leadership to principals, administrators, and teachers to ensure academic excellence for all students.
The Instructional Superintendent, Elementary is responsible for managing (1) the leadership of his or her assigned schools, (2) the performance of his or her assigned schools, and (3) the operations of his or her assigned schools. The core focus of the Instructional Superintendent, Elementary is to ensure that high quality instruction is delivered in his or her schools, by implementing the Teaching and Learning Framework with fidelity in all of the classrooms that fall under his or her jurisdiction. Therefore, the Instructional Superintendent is well-versed in child development, the fundamentals of sound pedagogy and emerging practices that show the capacity to increase student achievement outcomes. Expertise in these three key areas enables the Instructional Superintendent, Elementary to observe classroom and school-wide practices, identify areas of strength and growth and outline a course of action for continuous improvement. Thus, the Instructional Superintendent, Elementary manages, evaluates, and supports principals according to the standards of the Leadership Framework. The Instructional Superintendent also maintains excellent interpersonal relationships with parents, and represents the District to relevant stakeholders and constituencies, including civic and business leaders on behalf of the Chancellor and the Management Team of the D.C. Public Schools.
The Superintendent, Instructional will report to the Chief, Elementary Schools.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Develops clear, specific, and ambitious performance targets and evaluates progress of his or her cluster programs and initiatives; and holds parties accountable and helps adjust strategy and approach accordingly to achieve goals laid out by the District leadership, especially the system’s A Capital Commitment five-year strategic plan.
Maintains constant contact with schools, spending approximately 80% of his or her time in the schools they manage, working with the leadership teams of those schools.
Develops, supervises, and evaluates school leadership in his or her Cluster.
Builds the instructional leadership capacity of principals and school leadership teams with particular focus on pedagogy, data analysis, intervention and professional development.
Collaborates with Central Office departments to provide the appropriate system resources that address the needs of schools.
Responds and coordinates follow-up support as needed in emergency situations.
Directs the implementation of the District’s shared instructional and operational vision.
Fosters a vibrant and collaborative professional learning community among administrators across assigned schools.
Collaborates with the other Instructional Superintendents to share best practices.
Hears grievances and appeals and may act on behalf of the DCPS Management Team or the Chancellor on student transfers, expulsions, grades, and school staff disputes within the Cluster.
Master's degree with ten years of related experience.
A minimum of five years of experience in the role of Principal or Head of School.
A track record of school improvement success as evidenced by student achievement data.
Urban school district leadership experience is strongly preferred.
Our public school students need your expertise, passion and leadership. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees. DCPS serves 45,000 students in the nation’s capital through the efforts of approximately 4,000 educators in 112 schools. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.