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Job title: Head Administrator/Principal

Location: Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date: July 1, 2019

Head Administrator /Principal Job Description 

Dream Diné is a place-based elementary school where the Diné culture, language and history are the foundation of an experiential curriculum. Through a dual-language program, we will nurture strong, compassionate, bilingual young people who are committed to their personal and community health, wellness, relationships and progress.

General Functions: The principal serves as the primary leader and manager of programs, staff and students. Knowledge of school leadership theory; experience as a principal, an assistant principal and K-8 teacher; school safety; student discipline; data analysis, long term strategic planning and systems thinking as it relates to curricular development, finance, community engagement and charter school development; budgetary oversight and planning; knowledge of local, state and federal school policy and procedures; knowledge of Navajo language and culture; knowledge of K-8 literacy strategies and reading interventions; supervision and evaluation of school personnel; knowledge and experience with NMPED Accountability and Accreditation Process, experience working with boards, parents and various community organizations; mediation and conflict resolution skills.

Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

The Head Administrator position offers an exceptional opportunity to lead and build a unique K-5 educational organization in Shiprock, NM. The Head Administrator will have an educational philosophy that aligns with the school vision and mission with a deep understanding of the Navajo language and culture as well as the knowledge and skills required to develop a high performing charter school.

  • New Mexico Administrative License (3B)
  • Administrative experience in an educational setting with demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Ability to facilitate positive and productive collaborations and to manage a high performing team
  • Highly organized, effective communicator, strong interpersonal skills
  • Takes responsibility for the academic success of all school programs
  • Ensures that the school is in compliance with all applicable governmental laws and regulations and adheres to board adopted policies
  • Willingness and ability to foster and develop formal and informal partnerships with a wide range of groups and organizations including: staff, parents/families, community leaders, community-based/grassroots organizations
  • Understanding of the distinction of roles and responsibilities of governance vs management in a charter school setting

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interacts effectively with students, staff, parents and the overall school community
  • Provides a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community
  • Provides instructional leadership among teachers and other staff to address curriculum development and instruction in the classroom and other learning environments
  • Ability to conduct objective classroom observations and provide actionable feedback to teachers
  • Hires, evaluates and terminates charter school staff members as appropriate
  • Contributes to the creation of the school budget and ensures the charter school follows all fiscal policies and procedures
  • Plans and implement school wide Educational Plan for Student Success aligned with overall school goals, mission, and vision including specific assessment and evaluation components.

1. Responsibilities to the Governing Board:

  • Reports to the Board and attends all Board meetings and functions
  • Keeps the Board President informed of all aspects of school operations
  • Brings to the Board’s attention issues that may require Board action or Board education
  • Communicates all Board policies and changes to the teaching staff and non-teaching staff (and to parents and other partners when appropriate)
  • Serves as a resource for the Board in developing new policies and initiatives
  • Serves as a resource for the Treasurer and the Board on financial matters
  • Serves as a resource to the Secretary in the development and maintenance of board documents, including minutes, in compliance with the Open Meetings Act

2. Personnel Responsibilities

  • Hires his or her own staff with feedback from a committee formed by the Board, parents, and already hired
  • Evaluates the performance of all staff, ensures observation and evaluation of teaching staff is objective and in accordance with state requirements
  • Where necessary, counsels and advises school employees
  • Reviews and updates job descriptions, oversees and coordinates continuing professional growth of staff
  • Terminates staff when appropriate ensuring proper protocol and documentation

3. Instructional Leadership Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the ongoing development, improvement and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and student performance data
  • Responsible for coaching teachers on instructional delivery methods
  • Develops staff development programming
  • Schedules and administers all student assessments
  • Tracks and communicates student academic performance to the board, authorizer and the PED, developing reports as required (e.g., Reads to Lead, bilingual/multicultural program, charter school performance framework, etc.)
  • Supports the overall school improvement process including teacher observation, modeling best practice, and analyzing student data
  • Support the implementation of Response to Intervention and monitors its continued implementation
  • Create a safe, positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment
  • Set and reinforce clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school's overall vision
  • Administers policies dealing with discipline, conduct and attendance

4. Public Relations Responsibilities

  • Serves as the spokesperson for the school
  • Maintains constructive liaisons with other educational institutions and associations
  • Facilitates communication among all of the schools constituents and encourages their participation in school activities and events
  • Represents Dream Dine’ in the community at large
  • Facilitation of staff and community meetings that provide guidance to the educational community while allowing for community input and consultation
  • With the director of operations, co-administers staff communication for new information and upcoming events and weekly communications to families, translating (if bilingual) when possible

4. Professional Development /Personal Growth Expectations

  • Keeps current with educational literature, ideas and practices as well as charter school management practices
  • Cooperates with governing council to undergo a performance evaluation, develop and meet the goals of an individualized professional development plan
  • Attends professional development activities designed to enhance and/or strengthen knowledge and skills that promote student learning and the operation of a charter school

 

Job title: DIne Language Teacher

Location: Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date: Immediate

Dine Language Teacher Job Description 

Dream Diné is a place-based elementary school where the Diné culture, language and history are the foundation of an experiential curriculum. Through a dual-language program, we will nurture strong, compassionate, bilingual young people who are committed to their personal and community health, wellness, relationships and progress.

General Functions: The teacher is responsible for working effectively with students, families and staff, working with teams collaboratively to implement a place-based dual language educational model of instruction, and is responsible for lesson planning, design, assessment, curriculum development, utilizing hands-on experiential education methodologies, dual-language instructional techniques, literacy strategies and special education modifications.

 Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

  • New Mexico Elementary Teaching Licensure (Level II preferred)
    • Classroom experience with Kinder/1st (early childhood) through 5th grade
  • Bilingual and Bi-cultural—has an understanding and appreciation of traditional Diné́ practices and ability to provide instruction in Dine’ 50% of the day
    • Bilingual endorsement or Navajo Language 520 endorsement (required)
    • TESOL endorsement (preferred)
  • Has an understanding of/experience with dual-language instructional methodologies
  • Has an understanding of/experience with hands-on/experiential educational methodologies
  • Possesses collaborative skills and a willingness to work with colleagues in a Professional Learning Community
  • Has a desire to learn and grow, and is open to feedback from instructional leaders and colleagues
  • Has a willingness to be involved in community activities, events and Family Nights outside of typical school hours
  • Possesses technological knowledge/proficiency
  • Experience in working with early elementary students in classroom settings
  • Recognizes the social, emotional and intellectual developmental needs of early elementary school students and understands appropriate responses

Teacher Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interact effectively with students, staff, parents and the overall school community
  • Develop lesson plans that draw from the stories, history, geography, environment, science, arts, language and culture of the local community
  • Utilize school-developed Cultural Unit materials
  • Submit lesson plans to the school administrator no later than one week in advance of actual instruction
  • Ensure the attainment of learning standards in the English Language Arts and Common Core Standards for EL students
  • Provide direct instruction as well as experiential, hands-on activities in both Dine’ and English
  • Provide a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community
  • Administer quarterly assessments and organize student portfolios to capture individual student progress
  • Prepare students for state mandated assessments and assist with providing the assessments
  • Collaborate with parents and communicate student’s progress and classroom expectations
  • Contribute to the overall school community by supporting school/community programs, activities and events related to school’s vision, mission and goals.
  • When working with school support staff, including EAs or Americorps, provide direction, guidance and lesson plans so they may effectively assist students.
  • Familiarize self with and regularly use the Frontline Platform and NMTeach for educator growth and development.
  • Practice, model and teach the school values: Baa ‘áhólyą̨́, Baa nitsíníkees, Aka’ ’anilyeed

Supervisor Contact Information

School administrator, 505-368-2500, administrator@dreamdine.org

Title: AMERICORPS Student Support Facilitators

Program: NISN AmeriCorps Program - NISN Indigenous Educators Corps

Host Site: Dream Diné Charter School

Purpose & Impact:

General: AmeriCorps members serving as Student Support Facilitators will create and deliver enriched educational experiences that build on community-defined needs and strengths for Native American students in New Mexico. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping improve student academic performance in literacy and math, and participating placement sites will have high-quality systems and partnerships in place to continue to deliver academically excellent and culturally relevant education. This program addresses the Corporation for National and Community Service focus area of Education, including its priority on STEM.

The Dream Diné Charter School has a dream and goal to provide a world class Indigenous-centered education to help prepare young people to enter the modern global economy.   The school has a responsibility to create an innovative system of education that focuses on academic rigor while also teaching community rooted values that support the development of holistic identity.  At Dream Diné, academic rigor includes the building of literacy and math skills in the students and the school has set goals that all students will experience academic success.  The student support facilitators will play an important role to provide more concentrated support to help the students to meet their individual goals in the classroom. The student support facilitators will also assist with developing oral Diné language and cultural knowledge among the students in alignment with the school’s dual language mission.

Description of Duties

  • Serves by working with students on an individual basis or in small groups in the classroom to reinforce reading and math curriculum lesson material introduced by the teacher, during student independent learning time or while the teacher is doing whole class instruction
  • Ensures students are on-task and supervised at all times and supports the redirecting of student behavior as needed; assists with monitoring students during bathroom breaks, recess, drop-off and pick-up times and at meal times
  • Collects, prepares and arranges classroom learning materials and equipment
  • Assists teacher in providing direct instruction to students and leading hands-on learning experiences and checks for student understanding
  • Communicates and meets regularly, including debriefings, with teaching staff to provide input into lesson plans and also to provide feedback on the progress of students
  • Supports teachers in the collection of student data and checking and tracking student work for completion
  • Assists teachers and administrator with conducting short term assessments with proper guidance and training
  • Provides extra tutoring students during lunch or after-school study hall as deemed necessary
  • Sets up systems for communicating student progress with families and parents
  • Creates and supports outreach opportunities to engage with school families and community at large
  • Assists teachers with lunchroom and recess duty
  • Assists teachers with classroom inventory and organization
  • Attends monthly family and parent meetings on behalf of the school community/leadership

Qualifications (Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Academic, Experience, Working Relationships)

AmeriCorps Member are individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Who has been selected by a recipient or subrecipient to serve in an approved national service position;
  • Who is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
  • Who is at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service unless the member is out of school and enrolled in a full-time, year-round youth corps or full-time summer program as defined in the NCSA (42 U.S.C. § 12572 (a)(3)(B)(x)), in which case he or she must be between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, and
  • Who has received a high school diploma or its equivalent,
  • agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent (unless this requirement is waived based on an individual education assessment conducted by the program) and the individual did not drop out of an elementary or secondary school to enroll in the program, or is enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and is considered eligible for funds under 20 U.S.C. § 1091 (See Section IX. B.).

NISN Specific Qualifications

  • Meet all NISN AmeriCorps Program Member requirements including completing a Criminal History Check
  • Demonstrate an authentic commitment to the school site location and mission and greater community and member scope of work
  • Be willing to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico and other locations for mandatory trainings

Site Location Qualifications

  • Passion for working on behalf of indigenous communities and education
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively as a team member
  • Demonstrated commitment to taking initiative
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Sense of humor
  • Demonstrate an authentic commitment to the school site location and mission and greater community
  • Experience with writing
  • Commitment to school scheduling and time constraints
  • Awareness of and compliance with workplace policies
  • Computer usage skills
  • Willingness to respond to direction and to grow from on-site mentoring and direction from the teacher and administrator

Term of Service

Choose from list below:

Full-Time members must complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of service

Half-Time members must complete a minimum of 900 hours of service

Time Requirements

Full time:  40 hours/week

Part time: 20 hours/week

School Hours of Operation: M­F   7:50­4:00pm

Orientation & Training

Members will engage in multiple mandatory and ongoing training sessions, starting with an orientation scheduled by NISN, followed by monthly trainings at site schools and/or in Albuquerque, NM at the NISN office.

Site Location Training

  • Members will participate in on and off-site trainings as well as on-line trainings geared towards to developing math and literacy tutors.
  • Members will also participate in monthly staff Professional Development days to learn from fellow members as well as the regular school staff in how to create a supportive learning environment for students and to create school organizational best practices that will produce the most favorable student learning outcomes.

Benefits

Types of Potential Benefits Available:

  • Education Award
  • Living Allowance

Evaluation & Reporting

AmeriCorps members will undergo evaluation from their school site location, NISN, and AmeriCorps*State Program - NMCCV.

Site Location will provide the following evaluation throughout the AmeriCorps member’s experience:

Members will have weekly check-ins with the site supervisor and also the teaching staff to discuss their experiences related to fulfilling their roles as reading and math tutors.  During this time members will have opportunity to suggest recommendations of how to improve their work with the students as well as teaching staff.  Also this time can be used to discuss how the members can develop their skills and knowledge related to their duties (i.e. literacy and math tutoring strategies, classroom and student behavior management, developing work management tools such as databases, spreadsheets, and conducting short term assessments). Members can also support each other by using critique protocols to provide feedback to one another on how they can increase their capacities in providing tutoring supports.

Job title: After-School Tutors, Spring 2019 (part-time)

Location: Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date: Spring 2019

Purpose:   The tutor will assist K-5 grade students with improving their reading and math skills through reading/tutoring sessions conducted at the Dream Diné Charter School after regular school hours.

Qualifications and Competencies:

High school diploma; Associates degree or college credit hours preferred

Familiarity with K-4 elementary curriculum for reading and math.

Excellent reading and math skills and willingness to share your love of reading and math.

Excellent people skills, enthusiasm for helping children, respectful attitude.

Ability to work with individual students and small groups.

Ability to manage students and keep them focused on their learning.

Creative and enthusiastic when covering lessons, reviewing homework and reading selected books.

Attention to detail regarding paperwork.

Background check required to work with students.

Job Duties and Responsibility:

  1. Tutor assists students, K-5 grades, in the development of reading and math skills.
  2. Tutor assists students, K-5 grades, with their homework and lesson review, in a safe and nurturing environment.
  3. Tutor communicates daily with teachers to understand and clarify classroom lessons and homework assigned to the students.
  4. Tutor communicates effectively with school administrator, staff and parents.
  5. Tutor documents all activity conducted with each student.
  6. Tutor must commit to work throughout the school’s spring term.  Consistent, ongoing support is necessary to support he students and teachers.
  7. Tutor will work between the hours of 3:15 and 5:45 p.m., providing tutoring two times per week.
  8. Tutor is required to complete the following:
  1. Attend an initial program orientation, arranged by the school.
  2. Attend weekly meetings with the administrator and staff.
  3. Attend reflection sessions every two-weeks, arranged by the school.
  4. Document monthly program evaluation.

 9.  Practice and model the school values: Baa ‘áhólyą̨́, Baa nitsíníkees, Aka’ ’anilyeed

Contact: School administrator at (505) 368-2500, or onsite at Dream Diné Charter School.

Job Title            Part-time Special Education Teacher, K-3 (4-6 hours per week)

Location:           Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date:          Fall 2018 for SY 2018-2019

School Mission   Dream Diné is a place-based elementary school where the Diné culture, language and history are the foundation of an experiential curriculum. Through a dual-language program, we will nurture strong, compassionate, bilingual young people who are committed to their personal and community health, wellness, relationships and progress.

General Functions: The teacher will provide guidance and instructional experiences that are academically and developmentally appropriate for each assigned student.

Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

  • New Mexico Elementary Teaching Licensure (Level II preferred)
  • Special Education Teaching License required
  • Classroom experience with Kindergarten to 3rd (early childhood)
  • Bilingual and Bi-cultural (preferred)—has an understanding and appreciation of traditional Dine’ practices for teaching elementary students
  • Coordinates and facilitates IEP meetings for students on assigned caseload including the annual review, reevaluation, and other IEP review meetings
  • Has knowledge of elementary school content and approved curriculum
  • Understands and utilizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 as guidance for instruction
  • Understands and ensures compliance with Individual Education Program (IEP) for each caseload student
  • Has ability to differentiate instructional methods and resources in each area taught
  • Uses hands-on kinesthetic instruction, and motivates and encourages students
  • Possesses collaborative skills and a willingness to work with colleagues collaboratively
  • Possesses technological knowledge/proficiency
  • Recognizes the social, emotional and intellectual developmental needs of early elementary school students and understands appropriate responses

Teacher Duties and Responsibilities 

·          Ensures the attainment of learning standards in the English Language Arts and math Common Core Standards

·          Teaches in an inclusion, pull-out, or resource setting and modifies assignments for students with disabilities

  • Collaborates with regular education teacher, and informs education assistants and parents

·          Provides a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community

·          Administers assessments and organizes student portfolios to capture individual student progress

·          Collaborates with parents and communicate student’s progress and classroom expectations

·          Contributes to the overall school community by supporting school/community programs, activities and events related to school’s vision, mission and goals

To apply and learn more about Dream Diné School

· Submit a letter of interest with current resume/CV and copies of teacher licensure and certificate or endorsement(s) to: administrator@dreamdine.org