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Algebra Success Consultant - Job Description
Consultant Project: Algebra Success Consultant
Consultation Term: July 2021 - December 2021
About Algebra Success Program:
Initially piloted in 2017-18, the UA’s Algebra Success program was developed to address two key realities for UA students and schools: understanding of and facility with Algebra stands as a critical gateway to ongoing success and access to higher-level coursework (and, by extension, college and career opportunities); and the UA’s outcomes in math have historically lagged far behind those in ELA, both due to the complexity of the subject and insufficient targeted UA programming to address it.
Over the past two years, the Algebra Success program has produced dramatic increases in students’ college readiness in math (as displayed in the chart below) and better positioned students for success in school, post-secondary education, and professional endeavors.
The UA Algebra Success program was an instructional initiative launched in 2017 by Dr. Bisola Neil, former Math Program Manager. After working consistently with math teachers from the UA School for Law and Justice and the UA Bronx Academy of Letters, she noticed a shift in practice that resulted in higher math college readiness for students. Algebra Success became a network-wide initiative designed to increase curricular alignment, build teacher pedagogical practices, and optimize assessment practices, the goal of this program is to dramatically increase students’ ability to pass math Regents exams at or above the college-ready threshold, thereby decreasing the need for college remediation.
The UA’s Algebra Success program maximizes post-secondary opportunities for all students by explicitly addressing under-preparedness in Algebra, which for too many students has become a hindrance that prevents them from achieving advanced mathematical competence. This begins with actively engaging in an inquiry-based curriculum focused on conceptually understanding the overarching concepts in Algebra for a two-semester course in the 9th grade. This curriculum explicitly addresses varying disportionalities in mathematics classrooms by centering students' identity and sense of belonging to enhance their experiences with such a curriculum. It supports leaders and teachers in pushing their practice in ways that deepen their pedagogy, content knowledge and beliefs about the teaching and learning of mathematics.
This approach mirrors the stance of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in creating, supporting, and sustaining a culture of access and equity in the teaching and learning of mathematics by ensuring that:
Algebra Success assists schools in:
Scope of Work:
The Algebra Success consultant will work closely with the Program Manager to write and refine curriculum and create professional development sessions. That consultant will primarily focus on supporting the development of middle schools in the program.
First, this consultant will work on making revisions to the assessment and curriculum tools, and tailor them for a middle school experience. Second, this consultant will work alongside the Program Manager in planning for the execution for the high quality planning PLCs of the implementation of Algebra Success curriculum. Finally, the consultant will be focused on adding integrated, real-world performance based tasks to both middle and high school curriculum in alignment with the UA model.
Scope of Work:
The Algebra Success consultant will:
The Urban Assembly
The Urban Assembly (UA) is a non-profit provider of school support solutions that boost school and student performance. Under the mission of advancing students’ social and economic mobility by improving public education, the UA provides schools and districts with innovative data-driven, student-centered approaches to academics, social-emotional learning, and postsecondary readiness. The (UA) founded a network of unique, small public secondary schools throughout NYC. UA schools are open to all students, and our goal is to prepare 100% of UA graduates for success in the 21st century economy.
The UA’s Commitment to Equity
The UA values the uniqueness that each student brings into our schools, and our work honors the various social and cultural contexts from which they come. We acknowledge the historical barriers created by education systems to perpetuate the social inequities that keep students of color from accessing postsecondary and career opportunities - and commit to dismantling these barriers.
This role calls for a person deeply committed to UA’s mission and commitment to equity. The Math Program Manager will lead the deployment of our highly successful Algebra Success program, which includes refining and maintaining the programmatic resources (curriculum, tools, etc.), coaching, and leading professional learning. In addition, they will lead a broader expansion of the program, both outside of our network of schools and in expanding the middle school Algebra pilot which took place in the 2019-2020 school year. The ideal candidate has strong project management skills, is an excellent coach, and is relentless in improving student outcomes through data-driven analysis. This role calls for an agile contributor, who can split their time coaching at school sites, leading professional development (virtually and in person), and collaborating with teammates at our central office in downtown Manhattan and remotely.
Unfortunately, due to a non-compete clause, we are unable to hire staff directly out of DOE schools or central offices, but former DOE staff (out of the system for more than 1 year) are encouraged to apply.
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package, including: employer-funded healthcare, a monthly metrocard, phone stipend, financial support for professional development, and generous vacation time. Interested and qualified applicants, please email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Our target start date is September 7, 2021
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