Colorado Department of Education State Review Panelists needed for Winter/Spring 2018
As the designee of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), SchoolWorks is recruiting panelists to participate on the Colorado State Review Panel (SRP) – the body assigned to critically evaluate improvement plans for schools and districts on the accountability clock, and to make recommendations to the State Board of Education on required actions when schools and districts fail to make progress. CDE and SchoolWorks is seeking experienced Colorado-based educators to serve as State Review Panelists for the 2017-18 academic year. Applicants with experience and expertise in alternative education and online learning are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants will be expected to participate in an SRP orientation session and training workshop on February 27, 2018 in Parker, CO. Upon demonstrating proficiency in the activities associated with evidence collection and analysis, State Review Panelists will be assigned to teams tasked with reviewing school/district Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) and other supporting documents, or to teams tasked with completing a site visit to a school/district. Panelists assigned to complete a site visit will be expected to participate in a site visit training session on March 5, 2018 in Parker, CO. For both types of assignments, State Review Panelists will be charged with providing a critical evaluation of the UIP, including capacity of the school/district to engage in dramatic change. Panelists will then provide recommendations to the Commissioner and State Board of Education on potential actions when a school or district remains on the accountability clock for more than five consecutive years or earlier upon request.
Resources and procedures will be provided for panelists to support their examination of the six areas outlined in legislation:
- Whether the leadership is adequate to implement change to improve results;
- Whether the infrastructure is adequate to support school improvement;
- The readiness and apparent capacity of personnel to plan effectively and lead the implementation of appropriate actions to improve student academic performance within the school or district;
- The readiness and apparent capacity of personnel to engage productively with, and benefit from, the assistance provided by an external partner;
- The likelihood of positive returns on state investments of assistance and support to improve the performance within the current management structure and staffing; and
- The necessity that the public school/district remain in operation to serve students.
Time Commitment and Compensation. In addition to the two-day orientation and training session, the estimated time commitment for the review process is approximately 8 hours per document review, and 1.5 days on site for each site visit. In addition, those panelists completing site visits will spend approximately 4-to-6 hours following the visit, completing a written recommendation to be submitted to the Commissioner and State Board of Education. Compensation will be provided through an honorarium for each site visit or document review completed, as well as travel reimbursements when overnight travel is required. Panelists will also be eligible to earn Continuing Education Credits from CDE for their time participating in the training, document reviews, and site visits.
Working with SchoolWorks’ diverse client base to address national issues in education, the primary responsibility of the Consultant is to assist in execution of projects. Consultants serve as education experts and utilize a variety of skills to provide a range of consulting services.
The services in which a Consultant may engage include:
- School Quality Reviews – we measure a school’s performance against a set of research-based criteria in order to identify strengths and areas for improvement; develop an objective, evidence-based report on school quality; and collaborate with the school to create an action plan to improve student achievement.
- Improvement Planning – we design a process for a school to collect and analyze data on student attainment, curriculum implementation and classroom instruction to inform school improvement planning and make decisions about how best to manage teaching and learning.
- Leadership Coaching – our coaches collaborate with school leaders to help them develop the skills, knowledge and behavior needed to improve organizational capacity, resulting in change that is systematic and sustainable.
- School Turnarounds – we revitalize some of the nation’s lowest-performing schools by developing actionable plans and a coherent strategy for executing those plans to enable schools to become and stay high-performing.
- Charter School Applications – we collaborate with clients to write quality charter school applications that present a clear, realistic picture of how the school expects to operate and inspires confidence in the applicant’s capacity to carry out the plan effectively.
- Special Projects – we meet the unique consulting needs of our clients through intensive, focused engagements that result in a specific set of outcomes.
- Work collaboratively with the project manager and team to deliver services to clients as outlined in the scope of work, ensuring client satisfaction.
- Analyze complex issues and develop tools, strategies and recommendations to build the organizational capacity of our clients in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and school culture
- Guide and manage teams of adults through project meetings and site visit activities, including organizing schedules and details, serving as team liaison with school and/or client, facilitating team deliberations, and leading the process of coming to findings
- Write strong, compelling, evidence-based reports
The exceptional candidate will excel in the following competencies:
- Stakeholder Management: Develops strong, trusting, respectful relationships with others; is respectful to all stakeholders, even in extremely challenging circumstances.
- Planning and Execution: Manages time and resources effectively; prioritizes efforts according to organizational goals. Compares actual progress to planned milestones and adjusts plans accordingly.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Gathers information from different sources; sifts through complexity; analyzes and synthesizes information (the big picture and details), and proposes relevant solutions.
- Achievement Orientation: Sets challenging goals and follows through to get results. Has a history of personal success and achieving excellence.
- Communication: Listens carefully; speaks and writes in a compelling way.
- Advanced degree in education
- A minimum of 5 years of experience working in a district or charter school, with demonstrated success and expertise in the fields of leadership, curriculum, instruction, assessment and/or school culture.
- School administration experience and successful turnaround experience a plus
- Strong knowledge of data-driven decision-making practices
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Strong project management skills
- Superior relationship-building and relationship management skills
- Willingness to travel
Compensation and Location
This is a contract position. Compensation will be based on the project and commensurate with experience. Candidates must be able to travel during our peak seasons in the spring and fall.
SchoolWorks is an equal opportunity employer.