Job Title: Specialist, MTSS
Office: Office of Social Emotional Academic Development
Date Posted: 10/3/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,007 - $92,534
NTE Date: N/A
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The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. We are currently in the process of creating our next strategic plan. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, our draft strategic priorities include:
- Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
- Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
- Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
- Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
- Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.
The Specialist, MTSS will ensure the District's MTSS Model is implemented at schools in a way that aligns social-emotional and academic development in a fully integrated system of supports that creates the conditions for excellent schools by addressing the needs of the whole child, which will accelerate achievement for students furthest from opportunity and eliminate the predictability of outcomes by race/ethnicity, language proficiency, and ability. The Specialis will facilitate professional development training sessions for district teachers and administrators on the uses of data, including but not limited to: universal screening data, attendance data, discipline data, formative assessment data, and state and national assessment data to identify areas of strength and weakness to support students through the MTSS framework with specific focus on Reading/Language Arts, Language Acquisition, Language Proficiency, Mathematics, and Student Engagement.
The Specialist will keep abreast of professional trends and developments related to response to intervention, research-based intervention practices tied to student outcomes and use of assessment data, and digital learning for instructional decision-making. Additionally, the Specialist will serve as an active member of the MTSS team, engaging in efforts such as strategy setting, performance management, and team building. Furthermore, the Specialist will communicate and report status of progress with the Chief, Deputy Chief, Director, and Manager of the Office of School Improvement and Supports-MTSS.
The key components of the DCPS MTSS Framework are: shared leadership and strong ownership, and effective school-level systems and structures; layered system of evidence-based supports and interventions for academics, attendance, behavior, and social-emotional learning; data-based problem-solving model and progress monitoring; integrated data system and universal screeners; differentiated and job-embedded professional development aligned to improving student outcomes; and authentic family and community collaboration and engagement connected to student/school improvement.
The Specialist, MTSS will report to the Manager, MTSS.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Applies deep content knowledge and relevant expertise to DCPS MTSS Model implementation projects and general operations; advises senior management in specific area of focus; and helps build competency in others.
Creates detailed timelines for each MTSS initiative; assesses and tracks MTSS implementation project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools, such as the MTSS data system; and drives project completion holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.
Helps manage the analysis and presentation of MTSS data and progress of data-driven initiatives for senior management team and external audiences; and communicates MTSS progress to key stakeholder groups and incorporates their input.
Anticipates, identifies, and resolves complex obstacles to success of overall MTSS program as well as specific projects.
Interviews and surveys other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement within MTSS team; researches specific issues; and develops detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve.
Works with school-selected MTSS coordinators/teams and district-level staff in providing direct support for implementation of and staff utilization of evidence-based best practices for supporting students using a whole-child perspective.
Uses MTSS data analysis protocols to identify and deliver school-specific targeted technical assistance and coaching to build the capacity of school staff in the following areas: (a) implementation of the MTSS Model; and (b) strategies and interventions to support students holistically across multiple areas of need.
Develops school-facing MTSS implementation support strategy and clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for individual projects that are easily translated into individual work goals and deliverables for other MTSS team members aligned to overall MTSS team goals.
Provides interactive and relevant professional development to school leaders and staff designed to increase their skill level in developing academic, attendance, behavior, and social-emotional supports for students.
Collaborates with other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement; researches specific issues; and develops detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve.
- Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration, MTSS integration, and implementation success; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
- Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.