The mission of Teach Plus is to improve the achievement of urban children by ensuring that a greater proportion of students have access to excellent, experienced teachers. Half of new teachers leave urban classrooms within three years, just as they are beginning to have the strongest impact on student learning. We give effective teachers a reason to stay. Teach Plus runs three programs designed to place teacher leaders at the center of reform. These programs include: the Teaching Policy Fellows Program, the T+ Network, and T3: Turnaround Teacher Teams.
The T3 Initiative is a partnership between Teach Plus and local districts to recruit, develop, and support effective, experienced teachers to serve in the lowest performing schools. This program was designed by teachers to address the problem of inequitable access to effective teachers in the highest need schools.
Research shows that nothing is more important for a student's success in school that the teacher in front of that child's classroom, yet the students who need effective, experienced teachers the most are the least likely to be assigned to them. T3 Teacher Leaders are selected through a rigorous selection process, and placed in teams that make up 25% of the staff at the partner schools. T3 Teacher Leaders hold full-time classroom teaching responsibilities as well as leadership roles in their schools. The T3 Initiative launched in Boston in 2010. We currently partner with public schools in Boston, Fall River and Holyoke, MA and Washington, DC.
The T3 Coach position is a critical school-based leadership opportunity for a skilled coach who is looking to support school reform driven by teacher leaders. Teach Plus has identified five attributes that effective teacher leaders use to improve student outcomes across their schools.
The Coach will support Teacher Leaders in developing capacity to be:
With support of Teach Plus staff, T3 Coaches collaborate across the T3 network to provide the following out-of-school support for the T3 Teacher Leaders across the district:
Teach Plus invests heavily in the development of the coaching team, supporting travel to ensure that coaches learn from and with each other in the following ways:
Teach Plus provides T3 Coaches with opportunities to present at conferences, contribute to articles, and share their knowledge and skills to support the ongoing development of the organization.
To be successful in this role, ideal candidates should have:
The start date is July 30, with required attendance at a Coach Orientation (beginning August 4, 2014). The roles and responsibilities of the position may be customized for the specific needs of each school. Depending on the size of the school and T3 team, positions may be part time or full time. This position will require occasional travel.
To apply, submit an application here.
Questions about the positions may be directed to Erin Haggerty at firstname.lastname@example.org. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.