The TWM residency team is seeking skilled and dedicated educators in Western Massachusetts to serve as Program Supervisors for the TWM Residency program for the 2018-2019 school year.
TWM is a partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, and UP Education Network, 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 27 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 and Special Education.
The program identifies, prepares, and supports candidates to teach in a TWM partner school through an intensive 14 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. TWM Residency Program Supervisors will play a critical role in this effort by providing new teachers with weekly observations, feedback, and coaching debriefs as they begin their experiences in Western Massachusetts classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year.
Roles and Responsibilities
What You’ll Do
TWM Residency Program Supervisors are experienced and successful teachers who develop Residents towards mastery of the foundational skills they must have to ensure a strong start as a new teacher. As the most significant support for TWM Residents throughout their first school year, the Program Supervisor will:
- Support, coach, and motivate a group of 2-10 Residents to reach ambitious goals with students and master foundational skills aligned to the TWM Residency Program of Study.
- Provide one classroom observation and one coaching conversation to each Resident on a weekly basis throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
- Plan and execute in-classroom interventions based on performance data and offer opportunities for practice and immediate feedback.
- Evaluate Resident performance by assessing Resident proficiency on the CAP rubric and other performance measures, using data to identify trends in teacher performance and identifying the highest priority development areas on an individual and group level
- Participate in virtual data check-ins with the TWM Residency Team twice a month.
- 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.
TWM Residency Program Supervisors can expect to attend 6-8 hours of training over two evenings at the end of August. Program Supervisors will complete about 5 hours of preparation work in advance of pre-service training and a commit to coach a caseload of Residents on a weekly basis. The number of Residents in each caseload is flexible and will depend on the Program Supervisor’s capacity.
August Training Dates: Tuesday 8/21 and Wednesday 8/22 from 5:00-8:00 PM
Program Supervisors will be required to commit to the following dates in order to be considered for the position.
In line with rates paid for similar positions in the region, Program Supervisors will be compensated a total of $1200 per resident for the year, making the total compensation dependent upon total number of residents in their caseload.
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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 Program Supervisors 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 high-need subject areas (required), five years of successful teaching experience and Special Education or English Language Learner experience (highly preferred)
- 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)
- 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.
- Readiness to train for two evenings at the end of August - dates below.
- 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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Program Supervisor for TWM Residency, please submit the following application materials to Residency@teachwesternmass.com by 8 AM on August 13th.
- 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 preparing for their first years in TWM partner school classrooms?
- 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?
- A completed Candidate Exercise. You should expect this to take approximately 1-1.5 hours.
After receiving your application, TWM Residency Staff will review your resume, cover letter, and candidate exercise. Should you advance, you will participate in a phone call with a TWM Residency staff member who will provide feedback on your Candidate Exercise. You will then be asked to revise your candidate exercise in preparation for your final in-person interview with TWM Residency Staff Members.
Applications are due by 8 AM on August 13th, 2018 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified if they are invited to the in-person interview stage no later than August 17, 2018.