The Regents Research Fund is seeking an innovative, accomplished and passionate education reformer to serve as a Fellow for Math in the Common Core. The position, based in New York City, will partner with the Senior Fellow and Fellow for The Common Core & Educator Engagement 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 three significant statewide reforms to be implemented at the classroom level: Common Core Standards for college and career readiness in grades Pre-K – 12; Data Driven Instruction; and Teacher/ Leader Effectiveness. Implementation of these measures in the field will be supported by over 200 Race To The Top-supported Network Teams—three-person NYSED teams or district equivalents charged with engaging, training and supporting principals and teachers at every public school across the state—as well as through online resources on EngageNY.org and other measures.
The Fellow will support the work of the Senior Fellow for the Common Core and Educator Engagement in recommending policies and strategies to the Board of Regents and NYSED regarding the professional development, quality assurance, outreach and resources required to implement these reforms. The Fellow will work closely with both the Senior Fellow and Fellow for the Common Core and Educator Engagement; counterparts at NYSED; other Fellows in the areas of Assessment, Teacher/Leader Effectiveness, School Innovation, and Virtual Learning/ Technology; 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:
- Performing research related to rigorous, enacted mathematics curriculum and instruction at the middle and high school level, data driven instruction, teacher/leader effectiveness, and professional development including resources, models, tools, and job-embedded support.
- Providing research and analysis to inform the Board of Regents as the Board establishes policies related to data driven instruction, teacher/principal effectiveness, and the Common Core Mathematics Standards.
- Provide professional development on Common Core Math Standards and/or data driven instruction - including but not limited: to in-person professional development, district-embedded quality assurance visits, field communications, webinar production/ facilitation, speaking engagements, tools and resources, and virtual professional development
- Working closely with the Fund's and NYSED's Curriculum and Assessment teams to make decisions and act on embedding formative and interim assessments (largely performance tasks) into curricula, designing an item bank (aligned with CCSS) to be used for interim purposes, articulating and fostering the relationship between baseline/ summative assessments used for SLO's and periodic assessments used for formative/ instructional purposes.
- Working closely with the Fund's and NYSED's Teacher and Leader Effectiveness team and NYSED's Higher Education, Accountability and District Services staff to inform the effective implementation of new regulations requiring Teacher and Leader evaluation
- Playing a key role in the Request for Proposals (RFP) process, including conceptualization, recommending requirements and specifications, drafting and serving on review panels, and managing vendor delivery.
- Long term project management of key initiatives
- Extensive project management skills
- Ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders with different perspectives
- Experience in developing and executing effective professional development resulting in demonstrable gains in student achievement
- Cross functional impact and change management in the absence of positional authority
- Deep understanding of the Common Core Math Standards and the instructional shifts required by the Standards, particularly at the 6-12 grade level
- Deep understanding of curriculum and instruction and the relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Experience as a K-12 teacher, plus experience outside the classroom in school leadership or the education reform space
- Proven effectiveness as an agent of change at the classroom, school, and/or organizational level
- Knowledge of the education reform landscape
- Comfortable working in a fast paced environment which must often be reactive to current events with critical, often short term deadlines
- Demonstrated willingness to hold oneself personally accountable for results in a rapidly changing government context
- Advanced degree and 4+ 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.