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Boston Public Schools Data Inquiry Facilitator (SY21-22) in Boston, Massachusetts

REPORTS TO: Director of Data Inquiry Overview: In 2013, Boston Public Schools formed the Data Inquiry Team in the Office of Data and Accountability (ODA). Inquiry is a scaffolded process that guides teams of educators to examine and adjust instruction to understand how teaching impacts student learning, with a focus on disrupting inequitable outcomes to ensure every student succeeds. In each data cycle, teachers analyze student learning data, examine instructional practice, implement changes in classrooms, and gather evidence to gauge improvement in student learning and teacher practice. Inquiry Facilitators work day-to-day to provide coaching to teacher teams, instructional leadership teams (ILTs), and principals in a cohort of schools. School support is differentiated based on instructional priorities and intensity of student need, providing the most support to schools with the greatest student need. The Inquiry Team offers a range of support including year-long intensive coaching partnerships, periodic coaching consultation, and professional learning sessions that are open to all BPS educators. The Inquiry Team currently provides coaching to school leaders and teacher teams across more than 40 schools. Schools are selected for partnership through a process that prioritizes schools with demonstrated need for support and demonstrated readiness for coaching. Inquiry Facilitators are pivotal to the development of high-functioning teams that lead equity-driven, evidence-based school improvement. Each school is matched to work with a particular Inquiry Facilitator, who provides CPT/ILT planning support, guidance on leveraging district assessment resources, access to turn-key agendas and protocols for adult learning, practical tools for identifying and addressing student learning needs, and one-on-one coaching for principals, administrators, and designated teacher leaders. Inquiry Team members deliver exceptional professional development throughout the year, which is available to all BPS schools. Start date flexible through Summer 2022. Responsibilities: Bolster Data Inquiry Practices District-Wide Help improve the consistency of collaborative data inquiry practice across the district and build shared language and understanding of data inquiry. Create protocols, agendas, templates, and data trackers to assist teacher teams in analyzing and gathering evidence relevant to the focus of their inquiry and aligned to grade-level standards. Serve as an advocate and champion of inquiry by spreading best practices, identifying opportunities for alignment and collaboration with other district initiatives, and modelling a relentless focus on evidence. Coach Teacher Leaders and Principals Provide one-on-one coaching to principals, administrators, and teacher leaders. Coaching should empower these leaders to guide their teams through data cycles, engage in effective observation and feedback conversations, demonstrate effective meeting facilitation, build trust, manage conflict, and model responsible data use. Engage in key coaching practices such as provoking reflection through feedback, co-developing agendas/protocols for adult learning, debriefing inquiry meetings, observing instruction together, analyzing recent assessment data, and developing action plans. Collaborate with Central Office Departments Build capacity of central office departments to support a comprehensive and balanced assessment system, including administering, analyzing, and responding to results from MAP Reading assessments and BPS Interim assessments. Share practices for evidence-based instructional coaching. Deliver Effective Professional Development Facilitate adult learning through inquiry by setting clear expectations for collaboration, creating structures for actionable feedback and honest reflection, functioning as an objective process observer, and consolidating team thinking. Design and facilitate professional development opportunities throughout the year for principals and teacher leaders who lead teams of educators through data cycles. Build Internal Team Capacity Contribute to a strong team culture within the Office of Data and Accountability by facilitating highly-effective team meetings, engaging in peer coaching, participating in team-wide reciprocal feedback, and collaboratively creating new structures and resources for schools. Become an expert in responsible data use and how to leverage BPS data systems and assessments. Qualifications - Required: Bachelor’s degree 5 years of experience and demonstrated expertise related to instruction and assessment via a combination of classroom teaching, instructional coaching, or facilitating adult learning Demonstrated history of success working with school-based staff members to lead instructional change through building strong classroom environments and positive school culture to close opportunity and achievement gaps Demonstrated ability to improve student learning through data-driven instructional practices Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally and think at a systems level Demonstrated capability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders, such as school-based staff, district staff, families, youth, community members, and other essential partners Flexible, creative approach to problem-solving and team-oriented mindset Demonstrated cultural proficiency and ability to lead others in conversations of race and culture Strong project and time management skills, which ensure the ability to prioritize competing demands and multiple simultaneous commitments Excellent analytical ability, particularly in translating data into easy-to-interpret, actionable formats Exceptional oral and written communication skills as demonstrated by the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with principals, teachers, colleagues, and diverse community members Mastery of Google Suite (i.e., Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive) and Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint), especially Sheets/Excel Deep knowledge and understanding of, and demonstrated ability to connect with the racial, linguistic, and ethnic background of students and families served Willingness to quickly learn how to utilize district data applications (e.g., BPS data warehouse, BPS student information system, BPS formative assessment platform) Courage - Be unwaveringly student-centered in decision making and keep closing achievement and opportunity gaps at the heart of your work. Operate with a strong conviction that we can accomplish difficult tasks and foster innovation in ourselves and others. Relationship Management - Experience building rapport and trust with others and generating buy-in from key people. Demonstrate a genuine interest in empowering others, and do so by understanding their goals, strengths, and needs. Curiosity – Demonstrate a healthy desire to discover how and why things work the way they do. Look for those explanations in data and anything else that will help. Teamwork - Continuously seek input from a diverse set of perspectives, drawing others into active commitment to the team’s effort, and think critically about the impact of their work. Quantitative Orientation – Let goals drive action and maintain a focus on results. Your approach to everything is rigorous, inquisitive, and analytical. Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment. Qualifications - Preferred: Master’s degree in Education or a related field Background in facilitating adult learning specifically related to data literacy Experience teaching in an urban public school Experience working across multiple teams or multiple sites Familiarity with the Data Wise Improvement Process Hold an SEI endorsement or a dual certification in ESL as well as special education licensure at the appropriate grade levels Experience working with students with disabilities in inclusive settings BPS values linguistic diversity and believe that candidates who speak another language bring added value to the classroom, school, and district culture and diversity. BPS is particularly interested in candidates who are fluent in one of BPS' official languages: Spanish, Creole (Cape Verdean), Creole (Haitian), Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese, & Somali. Term: Managerial, C43. City of Boston Residency is Required. Please refer to www.bostonpublicschools.org/ohc http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/ohc (under "Employee Benefits and Policies") for more information on salary and compensation. Salaries are listed by Unions and Grade/Step. The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work. " />

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Data Inquiry Facilitator (SY21-22)

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Primary Location Central Office - ODA

Salary Range C43 ($94,262) / 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Central Office

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