KIPP Delta is part of the nation-wide KIPP non-profit network of 242 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP Delta currently serves nearly 1,300 students in Helena and Blytheville, AR.
The Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) Director is a regional position reporting to the Managing Director of Student Success and Support. The RTI2 Director will assist school leaders in administering, monitoring, and implementing district and schoolwide reform initiatives. The RTI2 Director provides leadership and support for staff and collaborates with administrators and instructional staff in ensuring that effective and challenging curriculum and instructional practices are occurring in all classrooms. He or she guides staff in the process of using relevant data to arrive at informed choices in making and adjusting instructional decisions and practices. The RTI2 Director assists the principal in administration and supervising the instructional program by assisting teachers in their classrooms through demonstrations, modeling, peer observations, and active discussions of student data and student work. He or she meets with teachers individually and in small groups, curriculum teams, departments, grade levels, and professional learning communities to support instructional and intervention programs.
To effectively train and support other teachers in the implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention practices, the director must be committed to:
- The collection of accurate and applicable school and student data
- Making data‐based instructional decisions regarding student needs
- Teaching and modeling appropriate differentiation and intervention instructional strategies
- Working closely with administration, curriculum, and instructional staff to ensure implementation of the district and state adopted programs
KDPS leaders make decisions, conduct difficult conversations, and build highly collaborative teams, all while shaping a joyful organizational culture. Self-reflective and humble, our leaders are open to feedback and committed to continuously improving. The Response to Instruction and Intervention Director is hired, supported, and evaluated by the Managing Director of Student Success and Support. Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Vision and Strategy
- Manage the district’s implementation of the Response to Instruction and Intervention plan across the prekindergarten through the twelfth-grade continuum.
- Create a plan for each academic year to increase the number of students who are at- or above-grade-level, including special education students, students with dyslexia, and English language learners.
- Partner with members of the Student Success and Support team along with Academics and Special Education to build and drive a regional academic strategy that ensures KIPP Delta students are college-ready by high school graduation.
- Communicate the vision and strategy across KIPP Delta’s schools to ensure that all instructional staff, students, families, and other stakeholders know and understand the vision for excellent instruction and intervention.
- Ensure all intervention staff and auxiliary service members are oriented to the KIPP Delta Public School’s approach to RTI2.
Teacher and Leader Support
- Coordinate and lead RTI2 Committee meetings in coordination with campus leadership, Special Education, Student Success and Support Coordinators, and district support stakeholders to provide parents/guardians with pertinent student information and academic plans.
- Observe, coach, and debrief lessons, including lessons delivered in intervention, groups, and special education classes, with teachers to improve the quality of instructional practices and lead to increased student growth.
- Support school leaders’ coaching of instruction in order to improve teacher proficiency within their schools.
- Analyze and respond to region-wide teacher performance and achievement data to adjust approach and support struggling teachers and schools.
- Serve as an effective KIPP Delta Public Schools organizational ambassador consistently striving to live as a servant leader with a growth mindset, an intolerance of mediocrity, and a commitment to the success of all students, staff, and families.
- Model being a lead learner and effectively lead adults to accept and demonstrate that his or her actions, decisions, and behaviors can affect student learning and the success of others.
- Reflect, self-critique, and utilize feedback to set and monitor progress toward appropriate goals.
- Ensure meetings are necessary, valuable for participants, and always intentionally designed to aid in the achievement of school/district goals.
- Develop and communicate strategic systems and vision, and build a plan to achieve that vision.
Educational Equity and Inclusion
- Support the KIPP Delta Public Schools vision for academic excellence and critical consciousness, so that our students have “access to pursue the path they choose.”
- Engage with “love, faith, and humility” towards ALL members of our community.
- Regularly do the foundational work of learning and understanding the original dehumanization of African Americans and how the laws and policies created through this process resulted in systemic racism for the purpose of white supremacy and the cultural rules and norms of white supremacy and anti-blackness.
- Commit to developing a working knowledge of internalized racism and how and why educated, intelligent and dynamic BIPOC may produce a fear response in both white and other BIPOC peoples and how to respond and support others if/when this phenomenon occurs.
- Work to ensure students, staff, and families of all identity groups are full participants in decisions that shape the district.
- Commit to working with families as equals, co-educators, learners, and decision-makers.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, preference for a Master’s Degree in reading or a closely related degree.
- Minimum 4 years of experience in a coaching role (dean of instruction, instructional coach, etc.) with demonstrated success in getting academic results through others.
- Possess a depth understanding of intervention services and Response to Intervention principles and processes.
- Must possess excellent assessment, data analysis, case management, crisis intervention, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, staff, and outside agencies.
- Must possess the following skill‐based competencies to satisfactorily perform the function of the position: analyzing; effective listening; facilitating meetings; guiding others; instructional techniques; managing projects/programs; monitoring activities; planning; problem-solving; and supervision.
- Experience leading engaging and effective professional development for adults.
- Strong communication skills and follow-through.
- Demonstrated initiative in prioritizing complex needs and strategically planning to get results.
- Flexibility and ability to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment while also driving toward clarity and solutions.
- Working knowledge of Common Core Standards and the pedagogical shifts they demand.
KIPP Delta offers competitive salary and benefits packages commensurate with experience.
As an equal opportunity employer, KIPP Delta does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.