Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families, and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability, and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student-centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning.
Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the Chief of Teaching & Learning (T&L) is responsible for establishing a holistic, research-based strategy for school support. The Chief will oversee the creation and implementation of a PreK-12 Curriculum System, continuous improvement work plans, content departments, and the coaching and development for leaders through formalized goal setting and alignment/convergence of work across academic departments. The Chief will also manage the Resource Hub, the District’s new model for improving network and central office responsiveness and accountability.
The Chief of Teaching & Learning is expected to successfully oversee and/or perform the following core responsibilities:
Lead the design, delivery, and facilitation of teacher and principal professional development strands and the facilitation of professional learning communities
Provide the strategic vision for the Office of Teaching & Learning in alignment with the Chief Schools Officer, Network Chiefs, and other central office departments
Lead the design and implementation of a PreK-12 curriculum system district-wide
Implement the continuous improvement of the Resource Hub, to affect significant, trackable improvement in teacher performance and student achievement
Partner with the Chief Schools Officer and Network Chiefs to identify and coordinate the deployment of differentiated academic supports based on essential data, including formal/informal needs assessments
Lead content specialists and directors in planning for large-scale, district-wide events, and professional development ( e.g. Summit Professional Learning)
Identify resources and partnerships that will accelerate students meeting benchmarks in SAT, PSAT, and NWEA.
Supervise and evaluate directors by modeling a growth mindset, effective collaboration, data utilization and problem-solving and by providing regular feedback on their individual, team and departmental progress
Provide guidance to departments on increasing student access to IB Diploma and AP Programs, particularly for underserved students
Clearly, communicate the T&L priorities to network staff and principals and actively engage in dialogue with varying stakeholders to inform the effectiveness of the work of T&L
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Chief of Teaching & Learning must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Education or related field is required
EdD or Ph.D. in a related field is strongly preferred
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
Minimum of 7 years of leadership experience within a complex educational organization is required
Minimum of 3 years of school leadership experience is required, preferably experience as a principal
Demonstrated experience in teaching; designing and building curriculum; developing assessments and analyzing student performance data
Experience developing differentiated instructional strategies that address achievement gaps and creating, organizing, and leading professional learning experiences for teacher leaders
Experience in professional project and change management is preferred
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to articulate a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals in the realization of expectations set
Expertise in leadership development and instructional leadership. Ability to coach directors and managers toward excellence, build the capacity of content area teams and develop meaningful and high impact professional communities for teachers and school leaders
Strong communication skills (speaking - including presentations - listening, and writing)
Demonstrate high levels of instructional expertise, integrity, honesty, credibility, and the courage to make difficult yet necessary decisions
Effective strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and align/manage activities toward goal fulfillment
Strong leadership and team-building skills, e.g. ability to develop high performing teams united around a clear vision for serving schools and achieving student success
Knowledge of operations, budget/finance, management, and organizational development
Ability to build collaborative relationships with a variety of constituent groups, including external partners, to ensure the entire system operates in the most effective manner possible to support schools and principals
Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps
Residency Requirement: As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.
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