SPARK Schools is hiring a

Blended Learning Lead

Reports To: Director of Academics

Position Purpose: The Blended Learning Lead drives student achievement in the SPARK Schools network by ensuring that our blended learning education model runs smoothly, efficiently, and consistently across the network. The Blended Learning Lead supports SPARK Schools by designing and implementing instructional systems, both in terms of classroom curriculum and online learning, at each of our schools.

The Blended Learning Lead’s leadership in the SPARK Schools network is integral to the SPARK School's mission to create systemic change in South African education.

Responsibilities:

Monitor, refine, and implement the blended learning model at SPARK Schools.

  • Lead the implementation of a blended learning model that supports the integration of technology using research-based strategies.
  • Train, coach, and support educators responsible for blended learning instructional strategies.
  • Identify, measure, and monitor progress toward program goals and performance targets.
    • Monitor student performance data and effectiveness of instructional responses and interventions in blended learning programs.
  • Monitor student performance data and effectiveness of instructional responses and interventions in blended learning programs.
  • Lead the refinement and articulation of long-term sustainability, scalability, and operating principles of the SPARK Schools blended learning model.
  • Select and evaluate blended learning programs and ensure that the schools have research-based programs that are likely to accelerate performance.
  • Spearhead future blended learning pilots to test and inform model for wide-scale implementation to provide a high quality, personalized education program for students.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team on professional development; develop and lead professional development as appropriate.
  • Actively seek innovative practices and new technologies to improve instructional systems and practices.
  • Synthesize research around the effectiveness of blended learning models, internal best practices, and challenges to design and pilot a hybrid learning model that aligns with SPARK's instructional practices, beliefs and values, and delivers strong student achievement results.
  • Evaluate financial implications of blended learning models for feasibility and short and long-term cost-effectiveness.
  • Identify quality content providers.
  • Demonstrate a relentless commitment to student achievement.

  • Research, design, or supplement the academic curriculum for all subjects and grades based on successful models and approaches.
  • Evaluate, approve, and coordinate the purchase of curricular materials, such as textbooks and manipulatives.
  • Research new and innovative curriculum practices.
  • Align the academic curriculum with government standards, SPARK’s best practice, and international expectations and benchmarks.
  • Document and communicate scope and sequence for each grade level and subject, in conjunction with internal assessments.
  • Monitor grade-level progress against scope and sequence maps and assessments, using data analysis.
    • Clearly communicate network-wide and school data to school leaders, in order to ensure accurate interpretation of student progress.
  • Clearly communicate network-wide and school data to school leaders, in order to ensure accurate interpretation of student progress.
  • Develop content and assessments that meet state and international standards.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of systems to assess student achievement.
    • Generate and manage internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting.
  • Generate and manage internal assessment schedules, logistics, and reporting.
  • Train and orient SPARK staff members in curriculum and instructional best practice.
  • Coordinate the SPARK pre-service training and curriculum professional development with the Director of Academics.
    • Help teachers to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among struggling students.
    • Integrate curricular support with strategies for student social-emotional development.
  • Help teachers to develop instructional strategies and intervention programs that elevate achievement among struggling students.
  • Integrate curricular support with strategies for student social-emotional development.
  • Participate in staff recruitment.

    Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits, such as meeting deadlines, honouring schedules, coordinating resources and meetings in an effective and timely manner, and demonstrating respect for others.

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • At least three years of experience formally coaching teachers.
  • Experience in facilitating professional development and adult training.
  • Experience in curriculum development and assessment.
  • Experience and expertise in leading school-level data inquiry and facilitating professional cycles of inquiry to improve instructional practice.
  • Awareness of innovative practices in R-12 education, particularly around the role of technology in education reform.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong communication, facilitation, and interpersonal abilities to manage cross-teams.
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals.
  • Exhibit flexibility and drive results in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adept at thinking strategically, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent judgment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to lead a design process preferred.
  • Grit: Persistence through challenges.
  • Excellence: A track record of high expectations personally and professionally.
  • Mission and Vision alignment: Understanding of and passion for the SPARK School's mission to provide excellent education at an affordable cost.
  • Self-reflection: Finding the capacity to bring your best self to challenges and opportunities.
  • Service
  • Persistence
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Kindness
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