The Regents Research Fund is seeking an innovative, accomplished and passionate education reformer to serve as a Fellow for ELA Resources in The Common Core. The position, based in New York City, will report to the Senior Fellow for The Common Core & Educator Engagement in order to advise the Board of Regents and the staff of the New York State Education Department on the development of statewide implementation of Common Core standards-aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessments; data-driven instruction; and teacher/leader evaluations and support measures. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who cares deeply about improving educational opportunity for all students; thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, has a record or effectively working cross-functionally to drive change, and wants to develop a national model for statewide education reform.
ABOUT THE REGENTS RESEARCH FUND
The New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) oversee all education institutions in the State—including the Regents Research Fund. The philanthropically-supported Regents Research Fund, a separate 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City, provides critical research, analysis and capacity in support of the Regents' and NYSED's core initiatives.
The Board has developed an ambitious reform agenda to transform Pre-K - 12 education for the more than three million children and adult learners in the State: to redesign teacher and principal preparation to create a truly effective corps of teachers and principals and hold them accountable for student achievement; provide educators with college- and career-ready curriculum and assessment standards; work aggressively to turn around low-performing schools and create a statewide portfolio of innovative school models; create a state-of-the-art data system that will inform system-wide continuous improvement and accountability; and transform the State's GED system. Recently awarded nearly $700 million through the federal Race to the Top competition—representing the largest population of students impacted by any single state through this national grant initiative—New York State is poised not only to deliver substantial reforms to its own students, but to serve as a pioneer for the country's education reform movement.
Commissioner John B. King, Jr.—one of the country's most passionate education change agents—has called upon the Regents Research Fund to design new policies, programs, and systems that will ensure that the promise of the Reform Agenda and Race to the Top is fulfilled. To this end, the Fund has built a growing team of nationally recognized education thought leaders—the Regents Research Fellows—to perform this challenging and vital work. The Fund has identified seven core initiatives in support of the Regents Reform Agenda: Statewide Common Core-Aligned Curriculum, Teacher and Principal Effectiveness, Performance-based College and Career Readiness-Aligned Assessments, the Education Data Portal, Virtual Learning & Technology Initiatives and School Innovation.
THE POSITION AND ITS KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
The Regents Reform Agenda calls for the development of statewide curricular modules in ELA/ Literacy in grades P-12 aligned to The Common Core State Standards. To drive the quality, rigor, and alignment in implementation of the ELA/ Literacy standards through this curriculum the state is seeking an ELA/ Literacy content expert and project manager who will ensure accurate and consistent interpretation and actualization of the standards as they are written through teacher facing and student facing materials.
The Fellow will support the work of the Senior Fellow for Assessment and the Senior Fellow for the Common Core & Educator Engagement in recommending policies and strategies to the Board of Regents and NYSED regarding curriculum and assessment design. The Fellow will work closely with counterparts at NYSED; other Fellows in the areas of Assessment, Educator Engagement, Common Core, and Teacher/Leader Effectiveness; partner organizations, including vendors and funders; the U.S. Education Department; officials in other states performing similar work; and stakeholders around the State including Districts and Boards of Educational and Cooperative Services (BOCES).
Required Skills and Experience:
- Closely managing and driving the performance of P-12 curriculum vendors who are producing comprehensive, open source curricular materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards so that they meet the bar articulated by the Publishers Criteria and the Tri-State Rubric
- Providing research and analysis to inform the Board of Regents as the Board establishes policies regarding ELA curriculum, instruction and professional development
- Serving as a cross-functional coordinator of the ELA initiatives of the Regents Research Fund to help drive the curriculum and assessment resources of the state.
- Working closely with NYSED Curriculum, Assessment, and Educational Technologies staff to project manage ELA (grades P-12) curriculum vendors in order to ensure effective project management and high quality content of curriculum modules to be implemented across the state and to ensure alignment between the two.
- Engage with state and district leaders about implementation strategies for the Common Core for ELA/ Literacy and working collaboratively to develop implementation resources
- Developing and publishing research and policy papers
- Proven results in project management
- Rich ELA experience in either curriculum/ instruction or assessment design/ item review
- Deep understanding of the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Experience as a K-16 educator (ELA instruction background preferred, experience as a school leader preferred) and/or extensive experience outside the classroom in the education reform space
- Experience managing teams (including vendors) to results within urgent, short deadlines preferred
- Flexibility to incorporate and react to feedback from multiple layers of leadership
- Proven effectiveness as an agent of change at the classroom, school, and/or organizational level
- Project management experience (project managing vendors)
- Understanding and knowledge of the Common Core ELA standards
- Knowledge of the education reform landscape
- Comfortable working in a fast paced environment with critical deadlines
- Demonstrated willingness to hold oneself personally accountable for results in a rapidly changing government context
- Advanced degree and 5+ years relevant experience
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a competitive health insurance plan, retirement plan, and vacation and sick leave policies.
The USNY Regents Research Fund is strongly committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all individuals. The Fund will make all employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.
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