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Director of Learning Acceleration

Portland Public Schools

How To Apply: Visit and use job number #21862

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, we believe every employee plays a supportive role in our students’ achieving success. We hope to attract a talented Director of Learning Acceleration who models the core PPS Educator Essentials and is committed to lead and coordinate, through a racial equity and social justice lens, our district’s efforts to provide students with additional learning opportunities to accelerate students towards meeting grade level academic expectations and assist in supporting their social emotional wellbeing. To achieve our vision, we are seeking someone who has a demonstrated commitment to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional leadership and learning. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic there is an understanding that education as we know it has changed tremendously in unprecedented ways. It is the charge of educational leaders to begin taking the necessary steps to restore, reconstruct, and re-design education to address the needs of students, families, staff, faculty, and school communities.

The Director of Learning Acceleration is charged with providing leadership, direction, and coordination for all aspects of transforming educational delivery and accelerating progress in learning, supporting measures to ensure quality of education, creating targeted programs to recover learning losses with a focus on improving education service delivery and the individual learning of every child, including specialized remedial education. In collaboration with principal supervisors, and our teaching & learning (OTL) and system performance departments, the Director of Learning Acceleration will help educators and leaders determine and understand where students are instructionally, identify gaps in learning, and prepare a path for academic success and educational recovery. In collaboration with key stakeholders, the Director of Learning Acceleration will create a plan for using formative and summative assessments to gauge learning loss and inform corrective action and school improvement planning.

The Director of Learning Acceleration will also support special projects and initiatives as directed by the Senior Director of College and Career Readiness. We seek candidates with a demonstrable commitment to racial equity and social justice.


- Coordinate, implement, and evaluate the district’s learning and credit recovery plans and initiatives, leveraging allocated resources to meet key objectives.
- Collaborate with instructional leadership for the design and delivery of professional development aligned to the district learning recovery curriculum. Collaborate with OTL departments to develop and implement professional development to support district-wide acceleration and remediation of literacy and numeracy initiatives.
- Focus on effective and best teaching practices throughout all schools, across multiple content areas. Work to expand project based learning opportunities K-12.
- Manage high school credit recovery budgets and ensure fidelity to district plans and goals (e.g. Measure 98, HS Success Plan). Communicate guidance to schools regarding the status of their credit recovery allocation. Provide guidance to school secretaries and business managers on appropriate credit recovery expenditures and account codes.
- Work with STEAM and Humanities to develop Essential Skills Work Sample scoring plan and budget.
- Lead the creation and implementation of course designer positions to develop learning recovery units broken down into smaller chunks for individual, smaller groups of standards.
- Facilitate cross-functional teams to build consensus around district-wide activities and programs connected to learning recovery.
- Partner with Virtual Scholars to create or expand credit recovery programming and a virtual school option for student learning recovery and acceleration options including asynchronous learning module design.
- Provide input and feedback regarding the implementation of the district’s teaching and learning platform and supporting digital resources.
- Develop and execute plans for summer programming, tutoring, and Saturday school to include partnerships with culturally specific CBOs, RESJ Partners and other providers to implement summer and extended learning programming; academic integration of after school activities with SUN programs and other culturally specific partners.
- Assist in coordinating, leading and/or participating in meetings and attend events on behalf of the district to describe and present educational recovery and/or extended learning programming and initiative progress, as well as other appearances as delegated.
- Manage records, progress monitoring, oversight and reporting on student learning and credit recovery.
- Create a plan for using formative and summative assessments to gauge learning loss and inform corrective action and find student strengths to scaffold future learning based on what students know and are able to do- promoting learning.
- Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools vision, theory of action, and emerging strategic plan by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Equity and other board policies, participate in staff development, in-services and training related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Perform other duties as assigned.


Directs the development, deployment and ongoing management of key initiatives covering multiple major disciplines with direct accountability for results in terms of effectiveness, costs, methods, and employees. Establishes operational objectives and assignments for multiple disciplines/functional areas and possibly departments. Evaluates recommendations of others, deciding on course of action in ambiguous situations, and oversees the deployment of innovative solutions. Collaborates with senior leadership and OTL teams to develop strategies and broad departmental objectives; establishes methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs and people in the achievement of strategic objectives.


Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education or related field.


- Minimum of five years successful experience as a school administrator, with evidence of organizational leadership, implementation of comprehensive school programming, and demonstrated leadership in improving student outcomes.
- Leadership experience in both elementary and secondary school levels preferred.
- Experience in collaborating with community-based organizations, including culturally-specific providers, to meet school improvement and student learning goals..
- Knowledge of best practices in curricular and instructional areas; an understanding of how technology can be integrated to improve student achievement and teacher instruction; experience managing federally funded programs; familiarity with local school board policies and administrative directives; working knowledge of federal, State Board of Education, and Oregon Department of Education policies and procedures.


PK-12 Administrator License, TSPC Certification


This position is classified as Director - Academic Programs on the Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule FLSA Exempt. The Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here:

Position Ends June 30, 2023. Extension to be evaluated.