The Noble Network of Charter Schools
Manager of Instructional Development (2018-19 School Year)
Starting as one school in 1999, the Noble Network of Charter Schools (Noble) has grown to serve over 12,000 students from 70 different communities at 17 separate campuses in Chicago. Noble operates Chicago’s highest performing open-enrollment campuses (based on ACT.) Over the next 5 years, Noble’s strategic plan is to expand to more than 20 campuses and serve roughly 20% of all high school students in Chicago.
Noble’s continued improvement relies on our ability to protect and promote a culture of innovation. Whatever the speed or model of growth, we aim to create an environment where campuses can continue to challenge and redefine the “traditional” Noble model; create an environment where our principals have the autonomy to redefine classrooms, rethink the use of space, time, resources, etc.; an environment where principals have the ability to introduce and test new ideas, curriculum, and instruction.
In a highly autonomous model, what is the role of Noble’s academic department in promoting a culture of innovation and continuous improvement? To date, the academic department has aimed to encourage the constant improvement of our model by 1) measuring campus impact through quality assessments, 2) providing transparent, simple, actionable data, and 3) promoting a healthy balance of quality collaboration and competition. Noble’s academic department aims to continue to pull these key levers in addition to centralized adding training capabilities to ensure we continue to be a leading example in the fight for quality education for all students.
We are seeking a Manager of Instructional Development that will report to and work closely with our Director of Academics to oversee the creation and implementation of our centralized teacher development programs. Specifically, the Manager of Instructional Development will oversee the creation of our revamped and accelerated Foundations, Rigor, and Instructional Leadership Training Series. This work includes, but is not limited to, working with campus instructional leaders and teachers to identify internal expertise to supplement our programming, the identification and management of external partners and experts for strategic involvement in the trainings, as well as the direct delivery of a portion of the trainings. In addition, the Manager of Instructional Development will serve as a consultant to Team Talent for questions about our Distinguished Teacher program (evaluating candidate portfolios, etc.).
Key Network Responsibilities
- Foundations Development Series: Oversee the creation, implementation, and continuous improvement of Noble’s Foundations Development Series—trainings aimed toward teachers new to Noble and/or those struggling with the profession. The series content focuses on classroom management, standards-based curriculum design/implementation, and the best practices of data-driven instruction.
- Rigor Development Series: Oversee the creation, implementation, and continuous improvement of Noble’s Rigor Development Series—trainings aimed toward pushing experienced teachers looking to push their practice to the next level. The series content focuses around cognitive lift, student responses and the intentional use of time.
- Instructional Leadership Series: Oversee the creation, implementation, and continuous improvement of Noble’s Instructional Leadership Series—trainings aimed toward any Noble adult responsible for the ongoing coaching and development of teachers. The series content focuses around adult learning, active coaching, observation cycles, data conferences, and supporting the Noble Classroom (see Foundations/Rigor Series)
- Distinguished Teacher Evaluation: Consult with and support Noble’s Talent Team regarding instructional rigor evaluation during the annual Distinguished Teacher application process.
Candidate Qualifications & Ideal Traits
- A general relentless results-orientation, but also a long history of proven results in the classroom
- A strong understanding of and practice in adult learning best practices, instructional rigor, standards-based curriculum design, data driven instruction practices, & assessment design
- A history of direct coaching of teachers (and ideally teacher leaders) with proven results
- A proactive self-starter with the ability to multitask, establish and rearrange priorities, and maintain focus
- Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituents
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Noble provides competitive salaries depending on candidate qualifications. We also provide health, dental, life and disability insurance; 401k contributions; and vacation and sick leave.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.
The Noble Network of Charter Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.