Title: Program Director, California MTSS
Research Organization: Center for the Transformation of Schools; School of Education & Information Studies; University of California, Los Angeles
Start Date: Immediately
Application Link: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=82791

Job Description:
The Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies serves as a thought partner and critical source of support for schools, districts and county offices of education across the country in fulfilling their mission of ensuring that all children receive the education they deserve. CTS’ research and tools helps school systems, government leaders and community members reimagine the ways in which they can raise academic achievement by getting students more motivated and involved in learning, building on their strengths and the cultural resources of their families, and using education as a means to break cycles of poverty.

The California Research Director is responsible for developing, managing and executing the project’s research and implementation agenda for California Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) a state funded school discipline pilot intended to address racial disparities in discipline rates and students of color identified for special education services. Reporting to the Center Directors, the Research Director will act as the primary point of contact for the Center with Orange and Butte counties on all issues related to the pilot’s research agenda, including their senior leadership team and the California Department of Education as the other lead entities involved in the effort. This state pilot is part of a five year collaborative (2018-2013) with CTS at UCLA, Orange and Butte County. The Research Director will design and manage the research agenda for documenting changes in student learning outcomes, school climate indicators including in-school and out-of-school suspensions, referrals and any other relevant data for participating pilot sites. This will include determining the impact of pilot site coaches, an online learning module and the overall efficacy of the project. Annual case studies of seven districts and up to 35 schools will be managed by the Research Director and supported by CTS research team.

The Research Director will work autonomously with the Center Director and Faculty Director (Center Directors) to identifying related research projects, product development, disseminating activities, and cultivating relationship with scholarly, practitioner, and/or policy experts in order to promote the MTSS model. The Project Director will also be responsible for managing monthly meetings with Orange and Butte County, meetings with Center staff working on the California MTSS research agenda and periodic reporting to the state. The Research Director will engage with various professional organizations, state agencies, school sites and districts, community and civil rights groups, researchers, and youth to shape the research goals and strategies for CA MTSS.

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