The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.
Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are supported by a growing coalition of philanthropic partners, building on the generous support of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay.
We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school program, we currently serve over 300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds) and kindergarten through fifth grade. Integrated into our program are the other core components of our model including our parent program - partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and providing wellness programming for caregivers; our birth to 3 program - coordinating early developmental screenings and intervention services; and our medical home partnerships - working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.
We opened our second site with a founding class of four-year-old children and families who started preschool in August 2021. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include our parent program - partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and providing wellness programming for caregivers; our birth to 3 program - coordinating early developmental screenings and intervention services; and our medical home partnerships - working with existing health care providers in the community, including Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay, to coordinate care for children.
The Manager of Learning and Innovation will work with the Vice President of Learning and Innovation to support the implementation of learning systems that help us understand how our programs are impacting child and family outcomes and develop insights that will help us improve our day-to-day work. This role will focus on learning and data related to our Parent and Birth-3 Programs, at each of our sites and with external partners piloting our strategies.
This position will support a rich ecosystem in which our team actively uses data to understand, develop, and refine the various elements of our new model to deliver the best possible outcomes to our children and families. This role is action-based - we seek to learn information that can help us modify the way we serve children and families, immediately.
Over the long term, The Primary School seeks to contribute to national change in policy and practice, across multiple sectors that affect children and families, by understanding and disseminating what works. We have a dual mission of 1) directly achieving the best possible outcomes for the children and families we serve and 2) broadly impacting the space through policy and practice change. This position will play a key role in understanding and documenting what works and what can be replicated in other environments. The Parent Program and parts of the Birth-3 program are two of our “Big Bets”, which are components of our model we have identified as being most innovative and are focusing on for dissemination.
The Manager of Learning and Innovation reports to the Vice President of Learning and Innovation and will be part of the Central Office Team.
Support children and families to learn, grow, and be healthy
Support sites to learn from their implementation of our model and gather evidence to demonstrate that our model significantly impacts child academic, social-emotional, and health outcomes, with a focus on the Parent and Birth-3 Programs at each site
Develop, codify, and share unique program components with partners
Lead learning related to partner implementation of TPS model components grounded in our “big bets” (Start early, partner with parents, and Integrated Health/Education Approach)
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.
Annual salary range begins at $75,900-$93,400; compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits (medical, dental, and vision), 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit. TPS will cover 93% of the total premium cost for individual team members in our HMO and PPO plans, and 95% for individual team members in our HDHP plan. TPS also covers 50% of enrolled partners and/or dependents' costs on all three of our medical plans (HMO,PPO, HDHP).
To ensure fair and equitable compensation for all of our employees, The Primary School has a no-negotiation policy on all offers extended. Final offers are determined using role descriptions, job market data, internal parity, and semi-annual benchmarking. We hope that this policy, paired with ongoing transparency in our compensation process, will make TPS a more fair, inclusive, and diverse workplace.
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The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.