Launched in 2000 through a unique public-private partnership between
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and The Blake School (Blake),
LearningWorks’s mission is to provide a challenging, year-round
academic and enrichment program for motivated and traditionally
underrepresented students, setting them on a post-secondary path while
preparing and inspiring talented college and high school students to
become the next generation of educators. Formed to address the
barriers to educational equity, LearningWorks has an aspirational
vision of what school and learning could be for all students when
education is student centered, culturally responsive and equitable.
About the Role:
The Director of Curriculum & Instruction (DCI) works on a small
team to ensure the success of LearningWorks in all areas, and is
primarily responsible for the planning and operational management of
the LearningWorks academic program. This includes the recruitment and
development of our aspiring teaching fellows and volunteers and
ensuring they are prepared to provide rigorous, high quality academic
enrichment programming to students. As an ambassador of the program,
the DCI builds strong working relationships with alumni, colleges and
universities, and other key academic stakeholders to ensure the goals
of LearningWorks are met.
Work collaboratively with the leadership team to ensure all
aspects of the LearningWorks model are implemented with intention
Lead the development and execution of safe, engaging, culturally
relevant, and rigorous academic and enrichment programming during
the summer and school year for students (middle and high) and
Develop and manage programs, procedures and partnerships for
recruitment, hiring and supervision of high performing Teaching
Fellows and Instructional Coaches whose lived experiences mirror
those of the students we serve.
Create and implement ongoing training and professional
development for teaching fellows that aligns with rigorous
standards of culturally relevant pedagogy and social emotional learning.
As part of a team, assist in recruitment and admissions of
students into the program; and provide ongoing feedback and
coaching as needed.
Oversee and manage assessment efforts to ensure students and
Teaching Fellows make gains; using data to inform program and
Work closely with the Director of Student Services to ensure all
students are well supported in their academic and social emotional learning.
Manage ongoing engagement with the LearningWorks teaching fellow
community which may include, but is not limited to, connecting
teachers to job opportunities, collecting qualitative and
quantitative data on program impact, and building professional networks.
Manage site activities when the whole leadership team is not
available. Participate in and/or lead special projects as assigned.