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NYCDOE Teacher Observers for NYC STEP

NYC Specialized Teacher Enhancement Pathway (NYC STEP)


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October 31, 2020
$42/hr

Seeking Passionate Program Observers! 

The NYC Department of Education seeks Program Observers in or near the New York City area and may require travel to different NYCDOE schools, if social distancing restrictions are eased. Please note, candidates cannot be or have been full-time DOE employees within the last year. Candidates must possess deep knowledge of specific instructional skills (teaching experience) in Bilingual Education and/or Secondary Special Education.

This position is available September 2020 – May 2021. Training will begin September 2020.

Who We Are 

The NYC Specialized Teacher Enhancement Pathway (NYC STEP) is a district-led (and grant-supported) initiative to create a district lead teacher preparation and development program for DOE teachers to better meet the needs of secondary students with disabilities and English language learners.  NYC STEP: 

  • Leverages best practices in professional development and coaching to equip current teachers with instructional skills; 
  • Increases access to certification for current educators interested in subject- shortage areas; and  
  • Breaks down barriers and confront challenges that prevent current educators from obtaining certificates and extensions. 

NYC STEP is designed to be a supportive and school-embedded training program for current teachers with an existing base certificate to leverage their skills and experiences to meet the needs of secondary students with disabilities and multilingual and English language learners. Teacher participants will complete self-guided online coursework, receive coaching and support from high-quality NYC DOE teacher facilitators and may be able to apply credit equivalency towards a Secondary Students with Disabilities (SwD) Grades 7-12 Generalist additional certification or Bilingual Education Extension.  

What You’ll Do 

Program Observers will observe and evaluate NYC STEP teacher participants in-person and/or virtually four times throughout the program year using the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Program Observer duties and responsibilities include: 

Communication and Implementation 

  • Communicate regularly, openly and collaboratively with program staff in a timely way about participant performance; 
  • Communicate and openly accept feedback from program staff about ways in which you are evaluating teacher participants and supporting program goals; and  
  • Collect data and participate in data analysis related to participant performance. 

 Evaluating 

  • Responsible for the formal evaluation of up to 10 program participants at four points throughout the school year; 
  • Visit schools throughout NYC to observe and evaluate teacher participants four times in-person and/or virtually; 
  • Use a subset of components from the Danielson Framework for Teaching rubric to accurately evaluate participant performance 
  • Communicate evaluation ratings and feedback to participants aligned to the focus of the coursework for the corresponding work cycle and the impact on their students 
  • Facilitate post-observation debrief conversations, directly following observations, that are grounded in evidence from the Danielson Framework, that will lead to improvements in the program participants performance; 
  • Submit observation evaluations using Survey Gizmo in a timely manner. 

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. 

Program Observers have an unwavering belief that ALL children can learn. A passion for education is essential to being successful in this role. Deadlines, fast-paced environments, and high expectations don’t overwhelm you. Instead, they inspire you to rise to the occasion. 

Program Observers have: 

 Teacher Skills 

  • Possesses deep knowledge of student population specific instructional skills (Bilingual Education and/or Secondary Special Education); and  
  • Previous experience implementing a performance-based evaluation using a rubric. 

 Evaluator/Leadership Skills:  

  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to adults, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement; 
  • Comfort using a rubric to evaluate teacher performance using the Danielson Framework for Teaching; 
  • Ability to facilitate post-observation debrief conversations, directly following observations, that are grounded in evidence from the Danielson Framework, that will lead to improvements in the program participants performance; 
  • High-energy collaborator with the drive necessary to be a key player in sustaining a new program; 
  • Holds high expectations for students and colleagues; 
  • Models habits of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and continually improving own practice; and  
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills. 

 Program Commitment: 

  • Investment in the success of teacher participants to master new student population teaching skills and reach ambitious goals with students. 

What We Offer  

Program Observers will be paid at an hourly rate of $42 pre hour for all training, school-year norming check-in meetings, scheduling, and observations (classroom time, writing reports, debriefs, etc.). 

Time Commitment  

Program Observers will be assigned a caseload of teachers (generally fewer than 10) with whom they must schedule observations during each round based on the teachers’ instructional schedules and the observer’s availability. Program Observers will travel to teacher schools throughout the City. While Program Observers can expect to work approximately 10-20 hours per week during observation cycles, weekly working time will vary based on how the Program Observers choose to schedule his/her assigned observations. Program Observers will not be expected to work more than 20 hours per week, and there will be several weeks or months without any observations between each round. 

Program Observers must successfully complete staff training in September and any required post-work.  More details about the structure and content of training will be shared later in the hiring process. Observations will be conducted in four distinct rounds from October 2020 through May 2021. 

To Apply 

If you are interested in becoming an observer, please submit a resume and one-page tailored cover letter to nycstep@schools.nyc.gov. Please include “NYC STEP Observer” in the subject line.  

It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. 

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, arrest record, conviction record, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of TNTP, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, and administering all personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs or terminations. 

Seeking Passionate Program Observers! 

The NYC Department of Education seeks Program Observers in or near the New York City area and may require travel to different NYCDOE schools, if social distancing restrictions are eased. Please note…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Temporary

Location

New York, NY

How to Apply

If you are interested in becoming an observer, please submit a resume and one-page tailored cover letter to nycstep@schools.nyc.gov. Please include “NYC STEP Observer” in the subject line.  

If you are interested in becoming an observer, please submit a resume and one-page tailored cover letter to nycstep@schools.nyc.gov. Please include “NYC STEP Observer” in the subject…

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