My High School Search (MHSS) Associate

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 27, 2018
Closes
Jul 01, 2018
Hours
Full Time

My High School Search (MHSS) Associate

Two Rivers Public Charter School is looking for an energetic, dedicated, flexible My High School Search (MHSS) Associate to work with our students, families, and the Director of TRConnect to implement high school selection and application programming in our middle school.

 

About Two Rivers

Two Rivers Public Charter School serves a diverse group of learners across three locations in Wards 5 and 6. Staff at Two Rivers create an exciting educational environment in which students and staff become a community of learners on a journey of discovery. Two Rivers uses the EL Education model, which emphasizes interactive, hands-on, project-based learning. The school focuses on the whole child, recognizing the importance of character education and the social-emotional needs of children while helping them achieve academic excellence.

The Two Rivers staff shares a strong belief that all children can learn and be high achievers. The curriculum at Two Rivers is rigorous, standards-based, and provides opportunities for students to excel in all areas. An integrated arts program and a content-based Spanish program augment the school’s demanding academic program. These elements come together through learning expeditions that allow students to incorporate and apply their classroom learning through real world experiences. The mission of Two Rivers is to nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society.

 

Responsibilities

The My High School Search Associate is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the MHSS program, including working with participants/families to identify, research, and apply to a minimum of five high schools of the student’s (and the family’s) choice. In addition to program management, the MHSS Associate is responsible for delivering, revamping, and bringing the My High School Search curriculum to life for students to help them better understand how to determine best-fit high schools. The MHSS Associate teaches a course covering the basics of researching high schools and applying to high schools, preparing for high school interviews, and navigating through the admissions process. Specifically, the MHSS Associate is responsible for the following activities:

Programming

8th Grade Focus

  • Develop calendar of activities and curriculum for students and families, including evening sessions, off-campus fairs, and college trips
  • Strengthen relationships with admissions staff at “college-ready” high schools
  • Provide 1:1 support for all students to help ensure all families receive hands on support throughout the process
  • Manage and maintain strategic partnerships with organizations aligned with goals of MHSS (Black/Latino Student Fund,  Higher Achievement, A Better Chance, etc.)
  • Revamp and update MHSS curriculum and activities
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the systems of Two Rivers
  • Organize and implement MHSS evening and weekend events that focus on student data, essay writing, applications (public and private), and interviewing
  • Identify and implement high school speaker series
  • Participate in IEP/504 meeting for 7th and 8th graders when possible
  • Work with Student Support Services Team to provide additional services to students with an IEP or 504 as it relates to high school fit/match and transitions
  • Collaborate with Director, TRConnect to address possible issues around the high school application process and student/family needs
  • Work with middle school staff to meet application deadlines
  • Coordinate with outside providers to implement a high quality SSAT prep class

7th Grade Focus

  • Develop and implement 7th grade MHSS curriculum
  • Start conversations and goal setting around high school ready indicators in fall of 7th grade year
  • Starting in late fall, identify and assist qualifying students in the Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation application process
  • Start the high school research process in winter of 7th grade year
  • Conduct small group check-ins with students who have similar high-school interests
  • Provide two MHSS evening events for families (MHSS/JKC intro and individual goal setting for 8th grade year)
  • Offer high school placement test prep class
  • Provide intensive 1-to-1 support around understanding middle school data and how it translates for high school applications
  • Small group high school visits based on initial interests
  • Provide special attention to students with IEP/504’s check in with students about support needs
  • Host a Two Rivers Alumni panel night for 7th/8th grade
  • Pioneer a high school prep summer bridge program

6th Grade Focus

  • Winter of 6th grade year, introduce the JKC foundation to students and families
  • Spring introduction to MHSS for students and families

Data Collection and Management

  • Administrative responsibilities as it relates to organizing and transitioning academic records to high schools
  • Monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies and guide students/families throughout the MHSS experience
  • Organize and manage updates on individual student progress; track and report on individual student challenges to identify needed supports
  • Track students’ interviews, open houses, and shadow days for attendance purposes
  • Collaborate with the Public Ally to provide support and services to all students/families participating in the MHSS process
  • Create systems to track every students status in process and use data to intervene as needed
  • Track and report on where students are matched/accepted for high school
  • Track and report on which high schools meet the college ready status via US News & World Report Best High Schools (public) report or Niche.com report (private)
  • Secure academic release forms for all 8th grade participants prior to the end of the 8th grade year

Communications

  • Communicate with 8th grade families at least monthly (outside of the parent nights)
  • Communicate/work with the 8th Grade Team (specifically Crew Leaders) to get a well-rounded view of student strengths/challenges and update team on student progress within the MHSS process.
  • Communicate and collaborate with the Director, TRConnect about program and student needs, success, and challenges
  • Communicate with MS Leadership to provide program updates and solicit support when needed  
  • Communicate and collaborate with Ops Team to schedule evening/weekend MHSS events
  • Communicate and collaborate with Student Support Services Team about students with IEP/504’s
  • Communicate with high school partners to identify and expose students/families to best fit school options

Additional Support/Activities

  • Work with 8th grade Crew Leaders to prepare for all year and end of the year activities including (but not limited to): the college tour, graduation, thrift store, end of the year celebration, My DC Identity Project, etc.
  • Coordinate and manage college tour experience  

 

Qualifications

  • Belief in the Two Rivers mission and educational model
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Teaching experience preferred
  • Highly organized with a keen attention to detail
  • Results-oriented
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills
  • Able to work independently and within teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and computer programs
  • Must be able to travel independently between high schools for admissions meetings and information sessions

 

Compensation

We offer a competitive compensation package and a comprehensive package of benefits.

 

Two Rivers is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without unlawful consideration of race, religion, age, color, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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