Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!
TNTP seeks a summer Teacher Development Manager for the RootsLA Teaching Pathway. This position is based in Los Angeles and is available in Summer 2019.
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.
The RootsLA Teaching Pathway is a new teaching fellowship which recruits and trains diverse college-aged Angelenos who want to return to their community to make a difference in the classroom. The fellowship will introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and the education reform movement, serving as an early pipeline to teach in L.A. schools after graduation.
RootsLA prepares Fellows to achieve immediate, measurable success with their students in the fall after they graduate from college. Our Pre-Service Training (PST) combines real practice with students in 1:1, small group, and whole group settings in the morning with intensive skill-building sessions in the afternoon. Fellows must demonstrate proficiency in core skills to successfully complete pre-service training and be recommended for a teaching position with a Roots LA charter partner school.
What You’ll Do
Teacher Development Managers are strong leaders who manage a group of pre-service training staff toward ambitious goals and ensure Fellows have meaningful teaching experiences in summer classrooms. You will be the lead coaches and PD facilitators for Roots LA fellows as they learn essential teaching skills at a South Los Angeles charter school from June 17 – July 19, 2019.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Plan and facilitate daily skill-building sessions for groups of Fellows on classroom culture, equity, professionalism, and instruction, including:
- Expertly modeling techniques so that Fellows understand the essential components of the techniques and their impact on student learning
- Structuring professional learning sessions to be rigorous, engaging, integrate repeated practice, and provide immediate feedback so that fellows get better faster
- Manage a team of about 4-5 Mentor Teachers (MTs), who directly coach Fellows. This includes:
- Ensuring each MT is fulfilling the responsibilities of their role and is coaching Fellows to reach ambitious goals with students
- Meeting with MTs to plan or practice sessions or coaching, and norm on Fellow performance standards
- Ensuring that staff members keep accurate and timely records of Fellow performance in the program’s data system
- Identify and communicate progress of Fellow performance by communicating performance trends to MTs
- Administering formal evaluations of Mentor Teacher and Fellow performance
- Identify and act on trends in Fellow performance by using data to identify trends and potential interventions/strategies for improving individual, group and cohort-wide performance
- Support the planning and smooth execution of Fellows field experience/classroom teaching practice in coordination with host school staff
- Meet with other PST team members to plan meaningful training activities and norm on Fellow performance standards
How You’ll Benefit
- Benefits for You:
- Fantastic leadership development opportunity, including training and experience in coaching coaches and professional development facilitation
- Opportunity to collaborate with and grow from other excellent teacher leaders from across the city
- Benefits for Your School:
- High quality PD for irreplaceable teacher leaders and junior level administrators, creating a bench for future leaders
- Participants will develop in-house expertise on TNTP’s nationally vetted tools (e.g. Core Rubric, Instructional Practice Guides) that support excellent instruction in any classroom
- Participants will gain an inside look at Roots LA talent, helping attract and recruit top fellows to your school
What You Bring
We are looking for the best teacher-leaders, coaches, or school leaders in charter schools across Los Angeles. We expect our Teacher Development Managers to demonstrate a record of academic success working with diverse students, high expectations for all students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills. Our Teacher Development Managers should be comfortable leading others and delivering feedback. You’ll be right at home here if you can cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. Additionally, Teacher Development Managers are highly skilled facilitators of adult learning and can effectively lead professional development for both Mentor Teachers and Fellows.
Teacher Development Managers will demonstrate an ability to motivate and inspire adults, strong time management, organizational and communication skills, and a history of high expectations for, and success with, students and teachers.
- Minimum of 5 years of successful teaching and/or leading experience in Los Angeles (required)
- Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (required)
- Experience with Teach Like a Champion techniques (highly preferred)
- Experience directly managing adults and coaching towards improvement (highly preferred)
- Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
- Strong data indicative of consistent student growth and achievement
- Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers and colleagues, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement
- Experience facilitating professional learning and/or modeling instructional practice
- Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and mentoring relationships
- Exceptional skills in time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment
- Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making
- Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the pre-service training
- A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
- Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings
Teacher Development Managers can expect up to 50 hours of training in advance of PST over multiple days between March and June. This will include three full-day trainings (on weekends, one in March, April, and May) and approximately 6-8 training phone calls on weekday afternoons. The Teacher Development Managers will also receive ongoing support 1:1 with our Program Director.
During the summer Pre-Service Training (June 17 – July 19, 2019), Teacher Development Managers will work up to 50 hours per week. You will spend your day observing instruction, observing MTs coach, giving feedback to both MTs and fellows, co-planning with MTs, or facilitating professional learning.
If you are interested in becoming a Teacher Development Manager for RootsLA, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:
- Why does your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to manage new teacher coaches who are preparing teachers for their first years in high need classrooms?
- What do you believe are biggest challenges pre-service training staff will face in preparing brand new teachers and how you will help your staff overcome these challenges during pre-service training?
Please also submit a letter of recommendation from your principal, coach, or other instructional leader at your school who can speak to your classroom/leadership practice and expertise.
Please submit your application online.
Upon successful review of the online application, candidates may be asked to:
- Complete a hiring exercise, including a video analysis task
- Be observed teaching by TNTP staff
- Engage in a 1:1 interview
What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience in a similar position. TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day
TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
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