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TWM Residency - Content Specialist (Math, Mod. Dis., ESL)

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Teach Western Mass


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May 1, 2021
February 10, 2021
$4,400 - $5,000This is a flexible, contract opportunity that takes place in the Summer/Fall of 2021.

Title: Teach Western Mass (TWM) Residency Faculty: Content Specialist

Teach Western Mass (TWM) seeks TWM Residency Content Specialists in the content areas of Math, Moderate Disabilities, and English as a Second Language. This part-time faculty position is based in Springfield/Holyoke that runs from May 2021-December 2021. The compensation is either $4400 (Math & ESL) or $5,000 (Moderate Disabilities)

Reports to: TWM Director of Instruction

Position Overview

The TWM residency team is seeking skilled and dedicated educators in Western Massachusetts to serve as Faculty Content Specialists for the TWM Residency program for the 2021-2022 cohort.

TWM is a partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools and the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, with support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, we’re joined by several local charter schools. Collectively, we represent 29 schools serving more than 11,000 students in Western Massachusetts.

The TWM Residency is an innovative teacher preparation program that, in partnership with schools in Western Massachusetts, is committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce to better reflect the local student population, and to training teachers to fill high needs areas such as ESL, Math, and Moderate Disabilities.

The program identifies, prepares, and supports candidates to teach in a TWM partner school through an intensive 18 month residency culminating in initial certification. With our schools growing more diverse and vibrant, it is our top priority to ensure that we have the best educators in every classroom for our students. The Moderate Disabilities Content Specialist will play a critical role in this effort by serving as the lead instructor for existing content-specific coursework that is completed in a hybrid online/in person format for TWM residents in Western Massachusetts classrooms during the course of their training.

Roles and Responsibilities

What You’ll Do

TWM Residency Content Specialists will be experienced and successful teachers who support Residents as they develop mastery of content-specific pedagogy critical to being an effective teacher of students in needed content areas - Middle School Math, Moderate Disabilities, and English as a Second Language. As the most significant content-specific support for TWM Residents throughout their first school year, you will:

  • Serve as moderator for online content-specific courses
  • Learn to navigate and use Canvas, our Learning Management System. In Canvas, you will grade online modules for approximately 10-15 residents each week, providing helpful feedback that supports residents’ mastery of content pedagogy.
  • Plan and execute weekly content-specific, in-person practice sessions for the cohort.
  • Host weekly office hours for Residents with questions about content or its application.
  • Participate in data check-ins with the TWM Residency Team once a week.
  • Promote a growth mindset and analytical self-reflection in Residents in order to accelerate growth and student achievement.
  • Build positive, professional relationships with residents and model principles of collaboration, actively working to develop these in residents.
  • Build and develop Residents’ skills in creating safe and welcoming learning communities, providing cognitively demanding tasks, and facilitating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.

What You Bring

We are looking for candidates 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 are a constant learner who sees failure as an opportunity to improve, if you are a strong critical thinker with an unrelenting focus on educational equity who cultivates strong relationships, and pushes yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

We expect our Moderate Disabilities Content Specialist to demonstrate a record of academic success working with students in high-needs schools, high expectations for students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills. Ideal candidates will also have:

  • Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in Moderate Disabilities, Middle School Math, or English as a Second Language (required), with additional years of experience highly preferred.
  • Holds a valid MA teacher license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Teacher of Middle School Math/Secondary Math, or Teacher of Students who are English Learners
  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (highly preferred)
  • Experience with effective teaching techniques and strategies (required)
  • Experience coaching teachers and leading adult learning (preferred)
  • Experience leading and/or participating in affinity groups (preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate teacher improvement
  • 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 environment.
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and solutions oriented mindset 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 and prioritize the highest leverage action step for new teachers.

Time Commitment

Summer Semester: May 1st -August 31st

~10 hours of training in a combination of in-person and independent sessions.

~15 hours of session preparation, delivery and Friday office hours in June

~35 hours of session preparation, delivery and Friday office hours in July

~3 hours of session deliver in August

~20 hours of grading and follow up work through Canvas LMS

Grading Resident’s enrollment coursework

Grading Residents weekly Module Assignments

Planning and delivering weekly seminars on the material introduced in the online modules.

Supporting Residents to master the content through grading coursework and using data to strategically support struggling Residents

Attending and contributing to weekly Residency staff data analysis meeting

Time Commitment

Fall Semester: September- November 30th

~10 hours of In-person session delivery

Bi-weekly 1 hour office hours

~20 hours of grading and follow up work through Canvas LMS

Grading Module Assignments on a weekly basis

Planning 3 seminars on the material covered in the Modules

Supporting Residents to master the content through grading coursework, and using data to strategically support struggling Residents

Compensation

In line with rates paid for similar positions in the region, Content Specialists will be compensated either $4400 (Math & ESL) or $5,000 (Moderate Disabilities).

Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Content Specialist for the TWM Residency, please click HERE to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but must be received by 8 AM on Monday, February 8th.

An up-to-date resume that includes your current areas of certification.

A cover letter that answers the following questions:

  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are in their first year in TWM partner school classrooms and completing content coursework?
  • What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Residents will face in their first year and how will you help them to overcome these challenges?
  • How will you work with your residents to build strong professional relationships grounded in a foundation of trust?

Application Process

After receiving your application, TWM Residency Staff will review your resume and cover letter. Should you advance, you be notified of the next step in the application process, which. Applications are due by 8 AM on Monday, February 8th and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Our Commitment to Equity:

Here at Teach Western Mass, we’re looking for educators dedicated to bringing an excellent education to every classroom in our region. As educators, we share a belief that all families—regardless of where they live or how much money they earn—have the right to a great education and a bright future for their children. For us, this starts with committed teachers, and that could mean you.

We acknowledge that some candidates - especially those from underrepresented populations in the education and nonprofit sectors - may feel their professional experience and skill-sets are not a perfect match for this opportunity. Please apply if you are passionate about this work and/or our mission calls to you, even if you are unsure whether you should apply.

We’re committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and encourage all to apply.

Not sure if you’re a perfect fit? Contact us at teachwesternmass.com.

COVID-19 precautions

  • Remote interview process
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Teach Western Mass will continue to monitor and adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations in the weeks and months ahead, and are committed to providing the safest possible work environments for our staff and partners.

Title: Teach Western Mass (TWM) Residency Faculty: Content Specialist

Teach Western Mass (TWM) seeks TWM Residency Content Specialists in the content areas of Math, Moderate Disabilities, and English as a Second Language. This part-time…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Location

1000 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109

How to Apply

Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Content Specialist for the TWM Residency, please visit our website - https://airtable.com/shrn2tlddsvSsaG53 - to apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis but must be received by 8 AM on Monday, February 8th.

  1. An up-to-date resume that includes your current areas of certification.
  2. A cover letter that answers the following questions:
  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are in their first year in TWM partner school classrooms and completing content coursework?
  • What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Residents will face in their first year and how will you help them to overcome these challenges?
  • How will you work with your residents to build strong professional relationships grounded in a foundation of trust?

Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Content Specialist for the TWM Residency, please visit our website - https://airtable.com/shrn2tlddsvSsaG53 - to apply…

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