Direct Instruction Program Manager PK-2 - Cincinnati (21-22)

Cincinnati, OH, United States
Apr 14, 2021
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :  


At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that   all   our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 3 times the national rate for students in our communities!  

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve  over 65,000  students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in  Tampa Bay , FL  (2021) ,  and  Jacksonville, FL (2022) !  


When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  


To learn more about IDEA, check out this   video .  

About Cincinnati 

Cincinnati is Ohio's largest metropolitan area, with a population of just over 2 million. The city offers residents a wealth of attractions, including museums, professional sports teams, and a wide selection of restaurants. Cincinnati's strong job market and relative low cost of living make it an attractive place to live for individuals and families. According to U.S. News & World Report, the cost of living is slightly lower than the national average with median rent at $787 and median home rates at $161,483

Role Mission:  The DI Program Manager serves as an expert in Direct Instruction for Pre-K-2 DI within an assigned region, managing and supporting student academic achievement through data analysis, consistent quality coaching and training of leaders. As a national team member, the DI Program Manager will collaborate across regions  and with NIFDI  to implement comprehensive, user friendly and aligned processes that empower school leaders to lead instruction, increase teacher effectiveness and maximize student results.  




Ensure successful implementation of DI in grades Pre-K-2 for a cohort of schools within assigned region so that schools meet the district end of year Pre-K-2 DI student achievement goals.   
  • Support effective DI In struction through weekly data analysis, feedback,  observations  and coaching   
  • Facilitate  and/or participate in  Weekly  Problem Solving  Calls  to provide clear next steps via the Weekly  Problem  Solving  Summary   
  • Provide  group /regroup/test up  recommendations   based on DI Placement /DIBELS  test   results    
  • Conduct in field observations, coaching and support to  school leaders   
  • Communicate priorities so that  schools  meet district student  achievement  goals   
  • Manage and communicate processes related to PK-2 DI implementation, so that leaders in the region are tightly aligned around priorities. Such as:  
  • Participate in operating mechanisms for region to facilitate communication: check-ins/business partnership meetings  
  • Utilize regional newsletters as primary mode of communication to cascade information and/or action items    
  • Troubleshoot in person or remotely,  formally  or informally with school leaders as needed  

Manage district wide systems and processes for DI at the regional level such as DI Testing, 
PK-2  DI Academy,  BoY  Roster creation,  BoY / EoY  Roster Verification, DI Online, Mid-Year Hire, NIFDI and other Pre-K-2 related trainings  so that schools meet the district end of year Pre-K-2 DI student achievement goals.   
  • Collaborate with appropriate teams to determine the process for  PK-2 related trainings ,  attendance  and logistics   
  • Define process and checkpoints for leaders and teachers for registration so that  participants  enroll in appropriate sessions of  PK-2  DI Academy ,  PK-2  DI Academy  make-up,  PK Institute, DI Systems Overview  and all related NIFDI trainings  (Coaching Academ ies I, II, III, III plus, IV, Peer Coaches Training-Level A, B, C)  
  • Provide training and accountability for school leaders in key processes throughout the year such as roster creation and verification and student testing   
  • Collaborate with the  Director of Academics-PK-2  and participate in the design and roll out of Pre-K Institute  and other related PK-2 trainings  

Prioritize and support 
school  lead team members who manage DI teachers so that  90% of  schools meet  defined capacity building targets .  
  • Track and monitor leader   training s  so that appropriate staff complete all required training s    
  • Track and monitor teacher -leader  training so that appropriate staff complete A, B, C Coach Training ,   as well as ,  Trainer of Trainers  
  • Leverage teacher leader c apacity, such as using Trainer  of Trainers to deliver mid-year hire training as needed  

Facilitate business partnerships with NIFDI Project Directors and 
school  leaders at NIFDI supported schools within assigned region       
  • Co-facilitate quarterly trend meetings with Chief Program Officer,  Director of Academics PK-2   and NIFDI Project Directors to facilitate data analysis and next steps ,  so that school leaders develop continuously toward autonomy and student achievement increases quarterly toward goals  
  • Create and maintain operating mechanisms with Project Directors so that the business partnership with NIFDI serves the needs of  schools  and maximizes  new  leader growth   
  • Engage resources such as Teachboost, Problem Solving Summaries, DI Online and  Locus Dashboard  to identify patterns and trends and communicate with NIFDI Project Directors to provide communication to  NIFDI Implementation Managers and  schools about strategies and next steps for improvement  
  • Collaborate with NIFDI P roject  D irector s and campus leaders to identify teacher leaders to attend Peer Coaches Training and/or NIFDI Coaching Academies to build a strong pipeline for campus lead team positions  

We look for Team and Family who embody the followingvaluesand characteristics:
  • Believes and is committed to our missionand being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college  
  • Has demonstrated effectiveoutcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them  
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly  
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes  
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change  
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization  
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes  
  • We believe in education asa professionand hold ourselves to high level of conduct,  professionalism  and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.  

  • Mission Focus  - Focuses on IDEA's core purpose of getting all students into college, with a particular focus on designing an academic program that achieves that goal  
  • Record of Results  - Holds high expectations for self and others to achieve and surpass intended goals  
  • Problem Solving  - Able to synthesize, analyze, and prioritize data and opportunities to develop strategies for achieving quantifiable goals, with a particular focus on student achievement data  
  • Communication  - Effectively conveys information using a variety of channels and techniques  
  • Continuous Improvement  - Proactively identifies opportunities to improve and consistently reflects on past actions to guide future decisions  



Education:  Bachelor's Degree  required  

  • Minimum of 2 years  DI teaching experience in  any of the following programs:    Reading Mastery, Signatures Language  
  • Minimum of  1-year  coaching Reading Mastery    
  • Minimum of 2 years managing  DI program implementation and instruction   


Knowledge and Skills:  
  • Strong k nowledge of multiple DI Programs such as Reading Mastery,  Signatures Language,   DISTAR,  Espanol  to English , Corrective Reading   
  • Ability to analyze data, identify trends/priorities,  as well as,  strategies and next steps  


Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $73,900 and $90,200, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment. 

IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.