The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is seeking a Director of Teacher Residency. The Partnership’s School Talent Team is responsible for the recruitment and retention of highly effective teachers and school leaders who will best serve our 19 schools in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. Reporting to the Vice President of Talent Management, the Director of Teacher Residency is primarily responsible for the oversight and execution of a brand new teacher residency program for the Partnership for LA Schools network in partnership with Alder Graduate School of Education. The teacher residency will serve as a core piece of our long-term talent strategy, with aims of recruiting and supporting more teacher candidates who are people of color and who are from our school communities and retaining these teachers over the long term. The Director will also provide leadership around supports for other teachers-in-training and brand new teachers in our network, including through supporting peer coaches.
The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Director of Teacher Residency will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.
Alder Graduate School of Education is a stand-alone graduate program to support teacher candidates to earn a credential and master’s degree in one year. The mission of the Alder GSE is to create opportunity and cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our schools’ communities. Alder GSE and the Partnership will collaboratively support the work of the Director of Teacher Residency, who will serve as one of several residency directors leading Alder’s regional residency programs. In 2021-22, we plan to have 12 Residents learning in 12 Partnership Mentor teachers’ classrooms, and for the following three years we plan to have between 20-23 Residents in 20-23 classrooms.
You can read more about Alder GSE here.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
~75% Run the Teacher Residency
- Assume full ownership of the success of the teacher residency program, owning the vision and direction for the program in its entirety, and leading the execution of the program
- Set short and long term goals for the program as well as for support and retention of teachers once they complete the residency
- Design and facilitate group instruction for all Residents in the Partnership network each week of the school year based on best practices in adult learning and teacher education, working very closely with the other Alder residency directors to align trainings to meet the needs of the Residents in the network.
- Supervise, manage, and support Residents through the residency year
- Support and collaborate with principals who work with Residents, including providing coaching and advising as needed to ensure host schools are excellent places of learning for Residents
- Use data to track and monitor progress toward goals, and adjust course as needed
- Engage in collaborative, cross-regional work with the partner directors in Alder’s other regional residencies (these include other school districts and charter networks)
- Design and facilitate a full day of group instruction for all Mentors each month and provide on-going coaching and support
- Lead site visits that foster Resident and Mentor growth
- Collaborate with the Alder team and Partnership colleagues to recruit, select and match excellent Residents and Mentors each year, with sights set on building a Resident cohort that mirrors our students as much as possible; promote the growth of the Alder Graduate School of Education
- Co-plan and run summer Mentor-Resident Orientation and other training activities for Mentors and Residents
- Participate in weekly residency team meetings, Leadership Retreats, all Resident selection and assessment, and other events as part of the Leadership Team (e.g., Alder directors’ meetings)
- Envision the residency as an important part of the Partnership’s growing brand; publicly represent the residency to stakeholders inside and outside the Partnership network, including for the promotion of the program to potential residents, to current Partnership staff and school staff, and to potential funders
- Maintain relationships with the other teacher residencies with whom LAUSD partners (UCLA, CSULA, CSUDH, and CSUN), and participate in regular gatherings of the LAUSD HR team and these residency leaders in order to share best practices and provide advising as needed
- Fulfill grant requirements as needed (including by engaging other team members), such as for grants received from Alder GSE and from the US Dept of Education
~10% Support for peer coaches in the Partnership network
- Maintain the Partnership’s Peer Coach program, strategically distinguishing a path for Mentors in the Residency to develop as Coaches as well as a separate path for other Peer Coaches such as full-time instructional coaches (and help shape ways in which these programs will operate in the network going forward)
~8% New Teacher Onboarding and New Teacher Supports
- Collaborate with other Partnership staff to plan and execute a high-quality New Teacher Orientation for any teachers new to the network each August
- Play a key role in determining the network’s supports for brand new teachers, which are provided by school administrators and coaches, and also by Partnership staff
~7% Support for other School Talent initiatives, including teacher recruitment and retention, and administrator recruitment and retention
1) Shared Beliefs
- Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.
- Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students, as well as a commitment to the mission of Alder GSE
- A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members
- Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students
- Reflective and a life-long learner
- Strong work ethic
- Highest level of integrity
- Unwavering commitment to the advancement of opportunities for Black and Brown youth;
- belief that growing current and future teachers’ knowledge, skills, and social-emotional learning is one pathway to support young people in our schools to thrive
- Belief that education transforms lives and that every student deserves the opportunity to go to college
- Passion for graduate schools of education and the opportunities that future teachers, particularly teachers of color from historically under-served communities, should have access to through a graduate school experience
- A positive outlook, flexibility, and a sense of possibility in stressful situations
2) Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
- Experienced in supporting the instructional growth of highly effective teachers and brand new teachers
- Proven experience leading professional development for adults, growing the skills of teachers (and ideally of instructional coaches and/or school leaders) through the use of coaching cycles, modeling, co-teaching, reflection, and other effective practices
- Deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction and adult learning
- Knowledge of and exposure to talent practices, including best practices for screening candidates, structuring interviews and selection processes that minimize bias, and accessing many points of view and references for full assessment of candidates
- Proven ability to manage and achieve results through others, even without formal authority
- Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects concurrently and consistently meet deadlines
- Ability to work independently with limited guidance from supervisor; confidently navigates planning and decision-making, knows when to move forward and when to gather more insight before making a decision
- Ability to handle confidential and sensitive issues with diplomacy and even-handedness and ability to work effectively with teammates of all levels
- Proven leadership skills with exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships; demonstrated ability to motivate, inspire, and build strong working and mentoring relationships with adults
- Ability to work in ambiguous, complex, and rapidly changing environments, including as a member of the Partnership team, as a partner to LAUSD recruitment, and with other teacher residencies in Southern California
- Excellent communication skills and demonstrated experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders; demonstrated ability to navigate difficult conversations with leaders and teachers
- Exceptional critical thinking skills and professional judgment
- Excellent computer and instructional technology skills; strong understanding of what classroom teaching looks like when live instruction and tech are integrated
3) Minimum educational level:
- Bachelors degree required; an earned master’s degree or advanced degree preferred
- Minimum of 5 years successful full-time teaching experience in a public school setting required
- 2 or more years successful full-time experience as an instructional coach, instructional coordinator, or school administrator required
- Experience managing a program or team preferred, where you were responsible for everything from goal setting, to engaging others to achieve goals, to reflection and data collection, to adjustment of the approach in response to data gathered
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization.
The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.
Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here.
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Application Deadline: Friday, May 7 at 5:00 pm