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Springfield Public Schools Emergence Academy Early College Coord in Springfield, Massachusetts

SY23-24 Emergence Academy Early College Coordinator Positions: Full Time Start Date: Immediate Opening While Massachusetts is consistently ranked as one of the top states for education results in the country, we have one of the highest and most persistent opportunity gaps. The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) - established in 2015 as a collaboration between Springfield Public Schools (SPS), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the Springfield Education Association (SEA) seeks to improve the longitudinal life outcomes of the more than 5,000 students in our 16 middle and high schools. As a \"zone\" of schools within the city of Springfield, SEZP\'s approach draws on a deep and embedded partnership with the school district and local teachers\' union, while harnessing the flexibility and innovation found in autonomous school models. As a result, each school within SEZP is accorded significant school-based autonomies - in curriculum, talent, calendar, schedule, and budget - while being held accountable for realizing achievement gains for historically marginalized students. In all of our work, SEZP is in pursuit of equity and anti-racism acknowledging the systemic oppression our students and families encounter daily and working to disrupt these provision gaps urgently and courageously. Job Details The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) is committed to building anti-racist schools by ensuring the work of equity is fully inclusive of and focused on our students of color, exceptional learners, emerging bilinguals, and all families across our schools. A central SEZP strategy for disrupting institutionalized racism lives in our innovation around Early College for high school students. The SEZP pioneered the \"fifth year\" graduation deferment option for high school seniors to provide enough time for scholars to earn an Associate\'s degree or to amass an equivalent number of college credits, thereby significantly increasing the odds of college matriculation and retention, and drastically reducing the financial burdens of higher education on families. The SEZP supports multiple models of early college programming, including wall-to-wall, dual enrollment, and pathways-focused options. This deeply impactful work is made possible through the most robust college partnership strategy in the state, engaging multiple institutions of higher education in course delivery and degree attainment. Our partners include Worcester State University, Springfield Technical Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Westfield State University, and Holyoke Community College. The SEZP calls upon skilled and passionate professionals to trailblaze a new model of early college instruction in which they are dually employed as both an adjunct faculty member of Worcester State University and our SEZP high schools. Early College Coordinators will work to ensure linguistic and racial equity through academic rigor and personalized supports that empower students and families in maximizing credit accrual, developing personalized college and career plans, and allowing scholars to obtain an Associate?s degree by their high school graduation, if they choose. ECCs serve to make early college a force for disrupting the institutionalized racism inherent in secondary and postsecondary schools for our Springfield scholars. Position Qualifications Bachelor\'s Degree preferred but not required Strong commitment to the philosophy and efficacy of providing early college access to scholars in marginalized populations required Experience in advising in a higher education context preferred Experience working with high school-age students preferred Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred We encourage you to reach out to Kelley Gangi at kgangi@springfieldempowerment.org if you have ques ions.

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