Teacher Development Coordinator

Posted by: The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Los Angeles, CA, US

ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW

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The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a non-profit organization that manages a portfolio of some of LA’s most underserved public schools and focuses on piloting innovations that can be scaled across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and state of California. Launched in 2008 by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Partnership is a collaboration of LAUSD, the City of Los Angeles and the philanthropic sector. Today it serves approximately 14,000 students across 17 campuses in Watts, Boyle Heights and South LA. The Partnership is one of the largest public school transformation initiatives in the nation. Over its first five years, the Partnership was the #1 improving mid-to-large-size school district in the state according to the Academic Performance Index (API). Since it was founded, four-year graduation rates have more than doubled from 36% to 77%. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit our website at www.PartnershipLA.org.

OPPORTUNITY

The Partnership Teacher Development team’s mission is to transform student outcomes by improving the implementation of highly effective teaching strategies and professional growth opportunities across our schools. To achieve this mission, we directly coach, support, and develop groups of new teachers and teacher leaders across the Partnership, while also building administrators’ capacity to establish and implement strong systems for observing and coaching teachers, and supporting strong instruction throughout their schools. All of our instructional work is in support of the Common Core standards and shifts, and often integrates technology into daily learning.

The Teacher Development team leads the front on two of the Partnership’s key teacher development programs – the Signature Series and the Peer Coach program. The Signature Series are created to specifically support new teachers, as well as to support the ongoing development of more experienced teachers in a variety of high leverage areas. The Peer Coach program recruits high performing, innovative teachers from across the Partnership with an interest in transforming the outcomes for all students in their schools by coaching and leading professional development for their peers.

The Teacher Development Coordinator will primarily plan and implement aspects of our Signature Series, as well as lead PD, observations, and coaching conversations with our Peer Coaches at school sites. The Coordinator will also plan and implement targeted PD, work with administrators, and other teachers as needed at school sites. In order to do this work effectively, this individual will also work collaboratively with various stakeholders and across teams to support the growth and development of teachers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct classroom observations and coaching conversations to support teacher growth and positively impact student outcomes
  • Engage, coach, and support teacher leaders to complete and implement professional growth plans and analysis of classroom assessment data
  • Engage, coach, and support teacher leaders to conduct classroom observations and coaching conversations with peers at their school
  • Develop and deliver training materials for teacher leaders related to a variety of areas, including new teacher support, implementation of Common Core curriculum, and observing and coaching peers to improve student outcomes
  • Engage teacher leaders in developing and sharing effective teaching strategies and curriculum, including classroom visits and video observations
  • Assist school leaders to observe and coach teachers, and engage in effective professional growth cycles
  • Support teachers in aligning classroom instruction to the Common Core standards
  • Act as a liaison between school sites, the teacher development team, Partnership staff, and appropriate LAUSD central office staff
  • Support the teacher development team with implementation planning and improving processes to support our teacher leader and professional development programs
  • Participate as a member of the academic team and other relevant work groups to exchange information, coordinate activities, develop teacher support resources, and resolve issues or concerns
  • Organize and maintain records, schedules, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS:

The ideal candidate will have:

Skills

  • Experience teaching and leading in traditionally underserved communities (in positions such as coach, coordinator, or assistant principal)
  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement
  • Experience facilitating professional development for adult learners rooted in an effective teaching strategies and Common Core Standards
  • Schoolwide leadership experiences, including designing and organizing professional development
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong working and mentoring relationships with adults that lead to demonstrated improvement in classroom practice and student outcomes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with administrative, instructional, and support staff
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making
  • Exceptional critical thinking skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast paced work environment
  • A positive outlook and flexibility in stressful situations
  • Strong computer skills (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs, Dropbox, etc.)

Knowledge

  • Strong content area knowledge, preferably including Balanced Literacy instruction, content area literacy, and conceptual mathematics instruction
  • Common Core Standards and instructional shifts
  • Adult learning theory, facilitation skills, and design of professional development
  • Use and analysis of assessment data to inform instruction
  • Integrating technology, classroom observation, and supplementary materials

Required prerequisites:

  • High expectations for all students and teachers, and a proven track record of academic success working with students in historically underserved communities
  • At least three (3) years of successful full-time teaching experience
  • At least two (2) years of successful school leadership experience (coaching, department chair, BTSA coach, peer observer, lead teachers, instructional specialist, mentor teacher, etc.)
  • An earned master’s degree or advanced degree preferred
  • Ability to travel between seventeen schools in Watts, South Los Angeles, and East Los Angeles (must possess a valid Driver’s License)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including health and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.

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