Seeking exceptional educators!
TNTP is currently seeking experienced educators to conduct a series of classroom observations of early career teachers across northern California. This position has a start date of January 2019 for training, with observers conducting classroom observations from February 2019 – April 2019. Observers must be willing to travel across northern California; all travel costs will be reimbursed.
Who We Are
TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
What You’ll Do
Observers will be responsible for conducting classroom observations for recent graduates of a university teacher preparation program. These observations will inform program development for the school of education.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Completing 20-25 hours of virtual training on the program’s classroom evaluation tool, called the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric. Initial training will be conducted virtually via an online course supplemented by conference calls.
- Attending one-on-one check-in meetings with TNTP or evaluation partner staff as needed; these may include virtual meetings to discuss observation logistics like caseloads and scheduling or to practice norming with other observers.
- Conducting observations in specified schools, beginning in February and continuing through April (specific dates TBD). The information gathered by observers will aid in our understanding of beginning teachers’ growth trajectory and form an important part of how we ultimately measure their effect on student learning. These observation ratings may also be included in external research studies or contribute to evidence informing teacher licensure recommendations, depending the university’s preferences.
- Scheduling observations for all assigned teachers during the specified observation window based on teachers’ schedules and availability.
- Observing each assigned teacher during the designated observation dates for an announced observation during the regular school day that will last 45-90 minutes per participant (February through April).
- Traveling to schools to conduct observations. Depending on observer location and availability, this may involve arranging personal travel logistics for travel within California (including air or train transportation and lodging), or using personal transportation when applicable. Observations may be conducted all across the state but are expected to be concentrated in northern California.
- Providing observation ratings, entered into our designated data collection system, for each assigned teacher using the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric.
- Writing a comprehensive observation report aligned to TNTP standards for rating and submitting reports electronically to the program.
- Participating in all required introductory and ongoing training, team meetings, and one-on-one check-ins.
- Demonstrating the ability to accurately observe and rate teacher performance based on TNTP Core Teaching Rubric.
What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.
Successful applicants to the Classroom Observer position will demonstrate strong time management, organizational, and communication skills, both oral and written; self-motivation; understanding of and empathy for the challenges faced by early career teachers; and a commitment to improving teacher effectiveness for all students.
We expect our observers to:
- Demonstrate strong familiarity with and understanding of college and career ready standards (specifically the California state standards in all core academic subjects)
- Demonstrate a track record of meeting ambitious academic goals with students
- Possess the ability to provide polished, professional, and comprehensive written observation reports of new teachers
- Demonstrate ability to successfully work in a self-directed role
- Successfully complete the TNTP Core Teaching Rubric norming training and associated calibration assessment
- Have a strong education background, content knowledge, and instructional skill set with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience in high-need schools (experience teaching with a curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards preferred)
- Have strong written and communication skills
- Have experience observing and rating early career teachers using a rubric (preferred)
All candidates must also pass the final assessment administered at the close of initial training to continue as a Classroom Observer. In the event that a candidate does not pass, s/he will be paid for participation in initial training but not for any of the subsequent follow-up meetings or check-ins.
Observers will be assigned a caseload of teachers (generally 15-25) with whom they must schedule observations during each the observation round based on the teachers’ instructional schedules and the observer’s availability. While observers can expect to work ~10-15 hours per week during observation cycles, weekly working time will vary based on how the observers chooses to schedule his/her assigned observations. Observers have the opportunity to take part in paid travel to complete observations outside of their geographic area, primarily in northern California.
Training (20-25 hours) will take place in January via an online course and conference call; more details about the structure and content of training will be shared later in the hiring process. Observations will be conducted between February and April of 2019, with each teacher receiving one observation. The rate of pay for this position is $25/hr.
Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online.
It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position.
At TNTP, we believe that diversity makes us stronger and challenges us to think differently every day. TNTP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.
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