STEM Curriculum Manager (Immediate Opening)

Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Jan 11, 2019
Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of 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. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 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 nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2021), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

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.

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Role Mission The mission of the Southern Louisiana STEM Curriculum Manager is to define the science program and manage the math curriculum approach for grades 3 - 7 at IDEA Public Schools. Working in a high performing, rapidly expanding and geographically dispersed charter network, the STEM Curriculum Manager will create and manage implementation of a comprehensive, user friendly, engaging and aligned curriculum as well as a teacher support system to drive teacher effectiveness and student results.


1. Design, develop and deliver reliable and aligned formative assessments by posted bundle drop deadlines.
  • Create, edit and refine mid module, end of module, semester and mock assessments so that they are completed and administered with less than 3 errors.
  • Design, create and deliver high quality and aligned assessments that are posted and visible ahead of the bundle drop deadlines
  • Deliver assessment documents and support materials so they are reviewed with Student Performance & Advocacy Team before posted deadlines
  • Review assessment data with national and regional teams to inform instructional development and instructional changes

2. Create a suite of science and math curriculum products, including a year-long plan, unit plans and instructional resources for grades 3-7 so that the district achieves established student achievement goals.
  • Design and post curriculum materials so that 95% of materials are posted according to curriculum "drop" dates (typically 5 weeks ahead of first instruction)
  • Ninety percent of teachers will report on EOY Curriculum Survey that they would recommend the IDEA Curriculum to a colleague

3. Manage, support and coach course leaders to design and deliver course webinars to improve instructional practices so that 90 of participants rate trainings a 4 out of 5 on the "I recommend this training to a colleague" survey question.
  • Recruit, develop and retain 85% of course leaders for impacted grade levels.
  • Implement and execute a bi-weekly coaching call to determine webinar content and continuously improve facilitation

4 . Design quality professional development sessions aimed at improving instructional practices and coach course leaders and additional facilitators to deliver sessions so that participants rate it 8 or higher on exit surveys.
  • Recruit, develop and retain 85% of course leaders
  • Recruit and train SOLA instructional staff to support training facilitation and implementation
  • Implement and execute a bi-weekly coaching call to determine content and continuously improve facilitation
  • Lead quarterly course collaboration preparation during course leader and facilitator training session s .
  • Facilitate course collaboration and teacher/leader development sessions when necessary.

5 . Design and facilitate the delivery of New Teacher Institute Content Week Sessions to increase student achievement in novice teacher classrooms in 201 9-20 .
  • Work with Human Assets to create a robust teacher onboarding program during New Teacher Institute to increase new teacher effectiveness in executing the district curriculum so that student achievement on Semester 1 Exam in classrooms with new teachers ' trends 5% higher than in previous years
  • Ninety percent of new teacher participants report that they would recommend the training to a colleague

6 . Work on a distributed team where much of the work is completed remotely.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly team meetings and workshops
  • Provide feedback to colleagues and work collaboratively across contents and subject areas
  • Travel at least once a month for site visits and collaborative team workshops
  • Maintain weekly schedule that allows for regional campus visits.

7 . Live values of IDEA
  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Is driven by outcomes 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
  • 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
  • Embodies IDEA's core values

  • 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 - E ffectively 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; Masters or advanced degree preferred
  • Experience:
    • A minimum of three years teaching experience in the relevant content area
    • A strong record of student achievement results as a teacher and if applicable, administrator
    • Experience designing assessments and curriculum products in the relevant content area, system-wide experience preferred
    • Experience in early childhood education

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Knowledge of Amplify Science strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of Eureka Math strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of the Louisiana Student Standards for science required as well as the ability to design curriculum aligned to the standards
  • Knowledge of the Louisiana Student Standards for math strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of the LEAP exam and/or End of Course exam for the relevant content area


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.

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