Memphis Freshman Success Coach
The Memphis Freshmen Success Network (FSN) is an initiative of Stand for Children (Stand) to increase the number of Memphis high school freshmen who are on track to graduate by the end of 9th grade. Research from the University of Chicago found that students who finished 9th grade on track were more than 3 times more likely to graduate high school. The Network for College Success (NCS) took this research and developed practices, tools, and coaching to transform the research into effective practice. Stand for Children has partnered with NCS to bring these best practices to Memphis.
The Memphis FSN will provide professional learning and supports to help school and district leaders focus on what matters most for high school students. FSN will provide adults within and across schools with supports that help build their capacity to lead change, improve instruction, and support student transitions into high school. In collaboration with partner schools and districts, FSN will help design systems and structures that facilitate collaborative planning and continuous improvement that will ultimately ensure that students complete their 9th-grade year on-track for on-time graduation and post-secondary success.
The Freshman Success Coach (the Coach) is responsible for the successful creation and implementation of proven freshman success systems, structures, and practices at FSN’s partner schools. Using the evidence-based Freshman Success Framework developed by NCS, the Coach will work in partnership with school-based leaders to develop and operate effective Freshman Success Teams that meet regularly to review data on freshman performance; identify trends and systems problems of practice; and design and monitor the effective implementation of supports that help mitigate failure and increase achievement. The Coach will collaborate with Stand staff and partners to continuously advance a coaching model that meets the needs of school leaders, and design and facilitate professional learning for principal leadership development and instructional leadership.
The goal is to help embed the systemic conditions and organizational practices proven to help improve student course performance in 9th grade—a research validated predictor of high school graduation and college persistence.
Stand is a non-profit education advocacy group that believes ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life. Stand works to accomplish this mission through:
- Education and empowerment of parents, teachers and communities
- Advocacy at state, local and federal levels
- Ensuring that policies and funding reach classrooms and help students
- Election of courageous leaders who will stand for our priorities
We focus primarily on increasing early literacy and high school success. Additional priorities include, improving school quality and ensuring adequate funding spent wisely.
- Work collaboratively with high schools identified as partners in the FSN to develop processes, structures, and tools for maximizing freshman success rates.
- Build partnerships with identified school principals and grade level teams to improve grade-level freshman on-track rates; improve student course performance as reflected in their grade point average; and increase school attendance.
- Coach Freshman Success Team leaders to build their capacity to successfully perform their role in leading school change; effectively facilitating collaboration, data analysis, and problem solving; and creating conditions that support overall student success.
- Maintain on-going communication with school leaders and select school staff, record and document contacts and progress.
- Regularly communicate the work and progress to the FSN and its school partners.
- Support school-based Freshman Success Team Leaders (FTLs) with establishing team roles, norms, and protocols that organize the team for success and allow for routinization of best practices.
- Use the NCS Freshman Success Framework to guide school-based coaching and the development and implementation of systems for monitoring and addressing student progress and supports.
- Support schools with developing tools and systems for documenting process and outcome measures including but not limited to notes, objectives, and outcomes of Freshman Success meetings.
- Support schools with developing a tiered system of supports and interventions for students at-risk of missing their freshman on-track benchmarks.
- Ensure that team meetings are action and outcomes oriented with clear connections to team goals and objectives.
- Ensure that team meeting agendas have clear reporting and accountability structures that identify responsible parties and timelines - for what, to whom, and by when.
- Establish regular meeting schedules with partner school Principals.
- In collaboration with partner Principals, establish Freshman Success Team goals and benchmarks, and determine the specific data, data sources, and inquiry/intervention cycles that will be employed to support progress monitoring and evaluation.
- Participate in regularly scheduled Freshman Success Coach trainings and supervision with National Freshman Success Director.
- Provide regular and as-needed reports on FSN implementation and progress towards Freshman Success goals and benchmarks.
- Conduct ongoing needs assessment to help identify structural or resource gaps, and to inform resource allocation and or funding strategy.
- Identify and co-facilitate cross-functional collaboration with other school teams whose work intersects with that of the Freshman Success Team.
- Co-facilitate professional learning around Freshman Success for partner schools and more broadly as part of the FSN’s professional development offerings.
- Support partner schools with organizing Freshman Success assemblies in recognition of students’, teachers’, and families’ efforts towards improving student outcomes.
- Organize quarterly meetings of FSN member schools for learning, practice sharing, and engagement.
- Master’s Degree in Education or related field.
- A minimum of 8 years’ experience in school improvement, preferably at the high school level.
- A relentless commitment to public education, social justice, and equitable outcomes for all students.
- A commitment to self-reflection, examination of identity and role in systems of oppression and to challenging inequities.
- Proven ability to build relationships with and communicate effectively with people at different levels of an organizational hierarchy.
- Proven ability to manage for results.
- Proven ability to analyze and synthesize data to help define challenges, set goals, measure progress and solve problems.
- Innovative and entrepreneurial with a record of generating innovative ideas to solve sticky challenges.
- Strong facilitation skills and demonstrated knowledge of adult learning principles.
- Eagerness to participate in ongoing professional development and team and self-evaluation.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and project management skills and ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
- Ability to respond with flexibility to demands and requirements and adjust to ambiguous circumstances and change.
- Ability to be in multiple locations in the course of a given day, the ability to transport items, and the ability to set up and take down meeting equipment (chairs, tables, projectors, screens, etc.); May require the ability to climb stairs;
- Principal or assistant principal experience, preferably at the high school level.
- Experience coaching, evaluating, and supervising teams.
Stand for Children consists of two separate entities. Stand for Children, Inc., a grassroots membership organization is exempt under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, and Stand for Children Leadership Center, a leadership development organization is exempt under section 501(c)(3)
Stand for Children and Stand for Children Leadership Center are Equal Opportunity Employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. We are committed to a diverse and culturally inclusive workplace in which our differences broaden our awareness, enrich our daily experiences and contribute to our collective strength. People of color, members of underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic populations and bilingual/multi-lingual speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.