STEM Prep Academy Vision:
Graduates of STEM Prep will become persistent and steadfast problem-solvers, active leaders in the community, and highly engaged and empathetic citizens of the world. By cultivating a community of learning and academic excellence, STEM Prep will bolster the number of underrepresented students who graduate from the most competitive postsecondary programs and universities in the country and lead the discoveries and innovations of the future.
What you need to know about STEM:
STEM Preparatory Academy is a public charter school that serves over one thousand students in grades 5-12. The STEM Prep student body is made up of a unique, highly diverse population from Southeast Nashville. We have one of the highest percentage of Hispanic and Latino students in the state and serve nearly half of the highest-poverty neighborhoods in Nashville. Roughly 80% of STEM Prep students have been classified as English Learners during their academic career.
STEM Prep is among the highest performing public middle schools in Tennessee. STEM has been recognized as a Reward School by the state of Tennessee for performing in the top 5% of schools in the state for progress and growth. Since our inception, students have consistently outperformed their peers in both the district and state in every subject area and 100% of our graduating seniors were accepted into college.
The Director of Humanities Curriculum and Assessment reports to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and is responsible for the quality of Literature, Composition, and History instruction at STEM Prep middle and high schools. The Director of STEM works with teachers and academic deans to implement our collective vision of high quality instruction through coaching, collaboration, professional development, data analysis, and assessment design and implementation.
- Creates internal Literature, Composition, and History summative assessments (interims, unit assessments)
- Manages TNReady testing from the network level and collaborates with school leaders on the execution of testing and data collection and analysis
- Supports the execution of all high stakes testing
- Coaching and Professional Development
- Collaborates and coaches the humanities deans on their practice as instructional coaches
- Coaches a small portfolio of high stakes teachers
- Designs, oversees, and provides feedback on all PD related to humanities teachers and leaders
- Provides logistical and planning support of Teacher Orientation
- Data Analysis
- Analyzes all ELA and History summative assessment data to improve instruction and achievement
- Reviews student work and other formative assessments on a weekly basis
- Other duties as assigned
- At least 4 years of K-12 teaching experience with strong measurable results
- Experience designing internal assessments
- Charter school experience preferred
- Relay and Teach Like a Champion Training highly preferred
- Background in literature, literacy, or history
- Strong mission and vision fit
- A belief that all students can, will, and want to learn
- The discipline to self-reflect and the hunger to continuously improve as a professional through observations, feedback, and coaching conversations.
- Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred
- Experience coaching teachers
- Experience designing adult professional development
- Experience working in an urban district preferred
Perks of being a Charger!
· Free coffee—always stocked!
· 24 hour/7 day access to building and track
· Unlimited copies with copy machines that staple and hole-punch
· Provided school supplies and decorations for your classroom at the beginning of the year
· A projector and document camera in every classroom
· A school issued laptop to use for the school year
· Instructional coaching and frequent professional development to help you achieve student outcomes
· Multiple lunches, breakfasts, and dinners provided throughout the school year
· Teacher salary is 10% higher than MNPS!
· Great benefits including vision, dental, medical, and life
· Assistance with personal financial planning and retirement savings
· Provided curriculum for math, science, reading, and composition teachers
· Staff outings
· Ample number of breaks in accordance to the school calendar
· Generous maternity/paternity leave
· Protective school leaders and administrative staff when it comes to dealing with uncooperative parties
· Referral bonuses up to $1,000 for recruiting teammates
· Stipends for presenting at a local, regional, or national conference
· Tuition reimbursement for hard-to-staff positions