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Launch Skills Instructor – Dragons Teach Middle Years Program

Location: Pennsylvania
Type of Vacancy: Part-Time Seasonal


Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!

TNTP seeks a summer Pre-Residency Launch Skills Instructor for the Dragons Teacher Middle Years (DTMY) program, a partnership program with Drexel University. This position is based in Philadelphia at the Young Scholars Charter School and is available in late Spring and 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.

DTMY is a partnership founded by Drexel University, the Philadelphia School Partnership, and TNTP in addition to several local Philadelphia middle schools.  DTMY is an innovative undergraduate teacher preparation program that, in partnership with schools in Philadelphia, is committed to creating a new pipeline of effective teachers for urban Philadelphia middle schools drawn from Drexel's undergraduate student population. By allowing Drexel students to pursue both their content degree and teacher certification, and by aggressively recruiting the most promising and diverse undergraduates from across the university into the program, DTMY hopes to create an entirely new teacher pipeline for local area urban middle schools. 

DTMY prepares undergraduate students to achieve immediate, measurable success with their students when they graduate and enter the classroom. Our training approach, called Fast Start, focuses on foundational skills that we believe Pre-Residents must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher.  Over the summer, Pre-Residents rehearse foundational skills, receive coaching, and practice them with students.  

What You’ll Do
Instructors lead skill-building sessions supplemental to Drexel University Coursework focused on the foundational skills of Pre-Residency, ensuring Pre-Residents have high quality opportunities to both learn and practice the skills. In addition, Instructors design and facilitate sessions that support Pre-Residents’ ability to plan and execute instruction. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Internalize common teaching techniques, including strategies from Teach Like a Champion and the principles of effective practice with the techniques
  • Plan and facilitate daily skill-building sessions for two groups of Pre-Residents, including:
    • Expertly modeling teaching strategies, including Teach Like a Champion techniques, so that Pre-Residents understand the essential components of the techniques and their impact on student learning
    • Providing targeted, actionable feedback to Pre-Residents on their practice of the techniques
    • Maintaining high levels of session rigor through skillful facilitation
  • Plan and facilitate collaborative planning sessions for two groups of Pre-Residents, that include designing and leading weekly lesson planning sessions that support Pre-Residents’ acquisition of instructional planning skills
  • Identify and communicate trends in Pre-Resident performance by communicating with part-time Effectiveness Coaches who work with smaller groups of Pre-Residents to further develop skills in the classroom 
  • Meet with other team members to plan meaningful training activities and norm on Pre-Resident performance standards 

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. 

Instructors are experienced educators who demonstrate a track record of success working with students in high-need schools, hold high expectations for students and teachers, and have strong organizational and communication skills.  


  • Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in high-need subject areas (required) 
  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (highly preferred)
  • Experience with Teach Like a Champion techniques (highly preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
  • Experience and comfort providing direct, in-the-moment feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement
  • Experience in facilitating effective training experiences for adult learners
  • 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
  • Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the Pre-Residency (15-20 hours per week)
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
  • Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings 
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making

What We Offer 
TNTP offers a competitive hourly wage of $25 per hour for Pre-Residency and training in the spring. 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.

Time Commitment 
Pre-Residency Launch Skills Instructor can expect up to 20 hours of training over multiple days in the spring and the summer, for which they will be compensated. 

Pre-Residency Launch Skills Instructor are focused on preparation work in advance of Pre-Residency and a time commitment of 15-20+hours/week during Pre-Residency, which takes place Monday-Friday from June 24th – August 2nd, 2019.

Application Instructions
If you are interested in becoming a Pre-Residency Launch Skills Instructor for DTMY, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter online that answers the following questions:

  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are preparing for their first years in high need classrooms?
  • What do you believe to be the biggest challenges that will beset the incoming Pre-Residents in their first year and how you will help them to overcome these challenges during the sessions you will lead?

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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