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Summary

At Connections Academy, helping students maximize their potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning program is at the core of our mission. Connections Academy was founded in 2001 to deliver high-quality, highly accountable online education to students in grades K-12. Hallmarks of Connections Academy-supported online schools include personalized learning, an award-winning curriculum and Education Management System (EMS), dedicated state-certified teachers, and a supportive school community. Parents of enrolled students consistently share their satisfaction with Connections Academy: 92% would recommend the schools to other families and 95% say the curriculum is high quality. In 2017, Connections Academy-supported public schools serve students in 27 states, while the private online school, International Connections Academy meets the online school needs of students worldwide. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum and leadership, Connections Academy is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. Connections Academy is part of the global learning company, Pearson, and its Online & Blended Learning group. For more information, visit www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH) is a Texas Online School that offers 100% virtual instruction to public school students across Texas in grades 3-12 who are not physically present on a campus during instruction. The TxVSN OLS program is authorized by Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 30A and administered through TEA. For the 2018-2019 school year, TCAH has a 6,000 student enrollment cap. Connections Education, LLC is in partnership with Houston ISD to provide this high quality and rigorous virtual instruction through TCAH.

Position Summary

From your home office in Texas, the Assistant Principal will support the Principal and Executive Director in the overall school operation of a team of professional certified staff working with parents, students providing teacher directed instruction in a virtual home-based student instructional program. Additionally, the Assistant Principal will work closely with key Connections Academy departments including Enrollment, Technical Support, Materials Management, and Fulfillment. The Assistant Principal will report to the Principal under the direction of the Executive Director/School Leader.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with supporting the Connections Academy Mission Statement, school goals and School Improvement Plan;
  • Oversee student data accounting functions including attendance and reporting with dual reporting systems;
  • Provide data management for continuous school improvement in a team setting;
  • Use multiple sources of data to assess student achievement and school improvement;
  • Monitor enrollment requirements and communicate requirements to the CA Enrollment Department;
  • Assist the principal and work collaboratively with the administrative team in implementing, monitoring, and supervising the Connections Academy School Year Cycle;
  • Assist the principal in supervising and evaluating the effectiveness of the staff in a performance-based environment;
  • Provide leadership to Master Teachers who are evaluating the effectiveness of the staff in a performance-based environment;
  • Collaborate with stakeholders for the purpose of serving as a liaison and resource for development of dropout prevention, intervention and recovery support opportunities for students;
  • Manage process of contacting students within ten days of withdrawal and again 20 to 30 days later for the purpose of ensuring that the student engaged in another schooling option;
  • Educate parents, students, and staff regarding compulsory attendance and truancy laws;
  • Investigate absences, interpret and enforce state attendance laws, issue warnings to violators, file complaints to appropriate agencies, and, if necessary, participate in court hearings with repeat offenders;
  • Adhere to and supervise teachers in the Standards for Teaching at Connections Academy Respond to all Learning Coach inquiries within 24 hours, including responses in WebMail, email, telephone, and message board postings, as appropriate;Develop and supervise processes for Welcome Calls and Registrant Mailings Document all interactions in user logs; Work with Learning Coaches to keep students on track; Supervise escalation systems and Escalation Action Plans;
  • Supervise and support state requirements such as PGP and SSI requirements;
  • Communicate and support caretakers/Learning Coaches in successfully supporting their student in a state aligned curriculum that is accessed from home or any place where internet is accessible;
  • Support professional development of Career Ladder staff;
  • Support college-readiness;
  • Supervise the review of student transcripts and the entry of credits into the online transcript system;
  • Develop and implement procedures to ensure that transcripts are accurate and up-to-date;
  • Supervise efforts to secure complete and maintain accuracy of student records;
  • Authorize official transcripts for families upon request;
  • Counsel families through the school withdrawal process, assisting with data collection regarding withdrawal;
  • Lead school teams in identifying school and community resources and maintain an up-to-date list of those resources, making them available to school teams and to families;
  • Design and implement professional development activities for teachers and school staff members;
  • Support the Principal and Executive Director in managing the schools budget and various grants;
  • Provide local support for facilities acquisition and maintenance as requested;
  • Act as the technology liaison for teachers and administrative staff;
  • Provide state testing support including logistics for scheduling, monitoring, tracking participation, and contracting for testing facilities;
  • Manage and support the implementation of a state testing plan for a virtual hub within the state;
  • Monitor and track all school-based assets;
  • Support the Marketing Department with student outreach, marketing and public relations;
  • Stay current on the states policies, procedures and legislation;
  • Be able to handle all emergencies; and
  • All other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements
  • Masters in Education, Principal Certification
  • Minimum of three (3) years of successful teaching experience, prior virtual school administrative experience preferred
  • Certificate of completion of a TxVSN approved online facilitators course or commitment to complete immediately upon hire
  • Operational or logistics experience and/or administrative or management experience
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast paced environment
  • Team player track record with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft OS, MS Office programs, and Google Suite)
  • High degree of flexibility,excellent attention to detail, and superb organizational skills
  • Willingness to travel for marketing events, field trips, and state testing
  • Ability to work remotely during state testing and at other times, if necessary
  • Ability to work extended hours

  • Associated topics: early education, gs 1702, instructor, lecturer, school, special education, student, substitute teacher, teach, teacher

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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