Instructional Support Curriculum & Instruction Fellow
Libertas School of Memphis is a Montessori, liberal arts public charter elementary school serving a high-need neighborhood in Memphis. Our mission is to be a school for human flourishing: cultivating minds, hands, and hearts for lives of wonder, work, and love. We offer students from preschool through fifth grade a rich, rigorous, and personalized education through Montessori learning, supported with rich liberal arts content through Core Knowledge, and the best practices of high-performing urban schools. This work is done within an attachment village of supports between school, families, and our community.
Role Summary: Provide leadership and support for our curriculum, assessment, and academic data initiatives. This is a 1 to 2 year fellowship for an experienced educator with a background in conventional academics who wants to complement and support Montessori learning. Montessori certification is not required, but qualified applicants will have an interest in the Montessori pedagogy and will develop an understanding of Montessori by auditing our Montessori training.
- Full-time role. School hours roughly 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Faculty meetings on Wednesdays until 4:30. Regular leadership, coaching, or academic meetings outside of school hours.
- The role primarily follows the school calendar, although it may require additional weeks of work in the summer for planning and training.
- Reports to: Academic Coordinator
- Key relationships: Principal, Consulting Teachers, Lead Teachers & Assistant Teachers
Measures of Success
- 85% satisfaction among stakeholders with curriculum, assessments, professional development, coaching, etc
- Development of curriculum and assessment materials that meet quality standards (e.g. Louisiana Believes curriculum guideline)
- Fidelity of implementation of and student progress through curriculum
- Student growth and progress on published school metrics (e.g. internal assessments, gradebook, PreK/K Portfolio, Elementary Transition Checklist, MAP, TN Ready, etc)
- Satisfactory performance evaluations
- Other indicators
- Support the Academic Coordinator and Principal in our academic alignment efforts by developing and monitoring a Montessori-based, state standards-aligned roadmap of curriculum and assessment.
- Lead and support the creation, coordination, and administration of aligned assessments and curricula, with an emphasis on math, reading, and writing. Potential projects may include:
- Planning, execution, and oversight of a backwards-designed school-wide math assessment plan that includes both weekly quizzes and periodic “snapshots” that are aligned to both our internal grade-level Montessori scope and sequence and state standards
- Creation of backwards designed, grade-level-standards aligned scope and sequences for daily math seminars, and build-out of daily plans for these seminars
- Development of monthly writing tasks that will be used to track progress on state writing rubrics across multiple grade levels
- Organize and analyze academic data and support teachers’ use of data for planning and reflection.
- Facilitate academic operations including gradebook records, report cards, conference logistics, etc.
- Support teachers in understanding and implementing our curriculum.
- Participate in developing and implementing training and ongoing collaboration for teachers.
- Be a model of character and striving toward virtue for students.
- Serve as classroom staff on an as-needed basis when teachers are absent.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Traits
- At least three years of effective teaching experience with elementary or middle school children in public schools in high-need communities
- High capacity for and consistent follow-through on complex organizational projects
- Deep knowledge of elementary curriculum content, state assessments, and state standards, including an understanding of the progression and coherence of standards across grade levels and subjects
- Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
- Exceptional classroom management skills and instructional practices
- Understanding of children’s developmental needs
- Willing to serve all children, regardless of background or needs, in an inclusive and supportive setting
- Interest in and commitment to Montessori and liberal arts, although Montessori certification is not required
- Bachelor’s degree required and state teaching license strongly preferred
- Love of learning
- Flexibility, initiative, and personal responsibility to work in fast-paced, startup environment
- Fortitude for the challenges we will face
- Warm and firm demeanor
- Work collaboratively, with a growth mindset. Give and receive feedback in a spirit of craftsmanship.
- Salary/wage competitive with the local school district and nearby charter schools.
- Eligible for increases, bonuses, or stipends for performance or additional duties.
- Investment in faculty professional development and growth. We also offer to eligible applicants our Teacher Residency program, which provides financial sponsorship and additional coaching and support to achieve state licensure and/or Montessori certification. Please contact us for more details.
- Paid sick leave. Deferred pay model distributes salary throughout the year (including breaks and vacations).
- Full time employees are eligible for health insurance benefits, which we sponsor at an above-market rate (approx. 80% covered by employer for all levels of coverage). We also offer dental, vision, and other benefits, and retirement plans similar to local schools.