The Dean of Behavior and Culture will lead the development and maintenance of a strong and safe culture across the school, and consistent and supportive of practice across tiers of support. The Dean will work closely with the school leadership team, classroom teachers, and student support staff to build a safe and inclusive school environment.
The Primary School embraces the Conscious Discipline approach which fosters safety and community and takes a proactive approach to developing strong socio-emotional skills.
The Dean will have the opportunity to leverage the unique model of The Primary School to build strong ties with and across the healthcare system and parent program in order to best support the socio-emotional and behavioral needs of children.
School culture and climate
Provide training and coaching across classrooms to ensure daily practice is supportive and fosters learning
Collaborate with school leaders to strengthen our school climate through structural (e.g., discipline policies) and cultural (e.g., community building events) initiatives
System of behavioral supports
Provide direct supervision and support to all behavioral staff
Conduct observations of staff and provide coaching to teachers as needed
Design and ensure implementation of behavioral support plans
Manage intervention cycles and ensure that all providers are monitoring student progress
Lead data reviews to determine which students will continue in Tier 2 intervention, which students will exit, and which students may require Tier 3 supports
Provide some direct service to Tier 2 and 3 students (e.g., social skills groups, individual check-ins).
Behavioral response team
Oversee system to respond to emergency behavioral needs
Respond to and coordinate responses of other staff to unsafe student behaviors
Oversee the system to collect and analyze behavioral data
Lead the crisis team in analyzing behavioral data and designing/updating interventions to respond to emerging trends
Facilitate regular meeting with the crisis team to norm on their approach and review de-escalation and physical management techniques
Cross-team and family coordination
Collaborate with internal and external specialists to support children in school (e.g.. occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral supports)
Build trusting and aligned relationships with families
Coordinate with parent coaches to build supportive behavior practices across school and home
Experience working with early elementary school students.
Experience developing and managing behavioral support plans inside and/or outside the classroom.
Ability to motivate and support adults to build consistent and supportive practices across classrooms.
A strong commitment to supporting the highest need students in succeeding at school.
A mindset and practice that is understanding of and responsive to trauma and asset based.
Experience building deep and trusting relationships with families.
Management experience, and experience leading training and professional development.
A bonus if you are bilingual (Spanish speaking) and have worked with a diverse population of kids and families.
A flexible mindset and desire to jump in across programming wherever support is needed.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
About The Primary School
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the organization will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care ...during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In 2018-19, the school will serve children in four grades: Pre-K (3 year-olds); Pre-K (4 year-olds); Kindergarten; and 1st grade.
In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable and sustainable on public funding in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.