Part-Time Effectiveness Coach – Philadelphia Teaching Fellows
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Part-Time Effectiveness Coach – Philadelphia Teaching Fellows

Philadelphia, PA

TNTP seeks a Part-Time Effectiveness Coach for our Philadelphia Teaching Fellows program. This position will be based in the program office in location. The commitment for this part-time position is 20-25 hours per week through April with the possibility of extending into the summer and fall. This position is available immediately.

New Teacher Effectiveness

TNTP’s New Teacher Effectiveness Group is responsible for recruiting great teachers to teach in high-need schools and subject areas, and for preparing those teachers to be immediately effective in the classroom. TNTP’s Teaching Fellows programs streamline the path to teaching for accomplished career changers and recent graduates. In 2011, TNTP recruited, selected and provided training to outstanding teachers in more than 20 cities and 18 states. In 9 of those states and the District of Columbia, TNTP is also approved to recommend teachers for certification through our rigorous, relevant preparation model, TNTP Academy, which has been shown to produce highly effective teachers. Building on this strong track record, TNTP is pioneering an evaluation program to recommend certification only for teachers who demonstrate their ability to advance student learning.

Philadelphia Teaching Fellows

In Philadelphia, TNTP has managed such a program, Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, since 2005, recruiting, selecting, and training teachers to teach in Philadelphia’s most high-need public schools. Philadelphia Teaching Fellows believes that high-quality teachers not only shape the future of our students’ lives; they can also be critical forces in ensuring that more qualified and energetic individuals teach Philadelphia’s students.

Role and Responsibilities

The program is currently seeking experienced educators for the part-time position of Effectiveness Coach to help prepare and coach a new cohort of effective teachers who began teaching full time in the 2012-2013 school year.

PTF’s Effectiveness Coaches are experienced and successful educators responsible for increasing the effectiveness of the Teaching Fellows by observing and providing constructive feedback during the 2012-2013 school year. Additionally, the Effectiveness Coach will be responsible for providing targeted interventions for Fellows who are identified as needing additional support (e.g. classroom visits, guided instructional planning, classroom management interventions, modeled lessons). Fellows teach in the subject areas of math, science, special education, elementary education, Spanish, English, or Social Studies, in a Philadelphia public school.

The Effectiveness Coach will work with a group of 10-15 Fellows to provide them with the support, feedback, and professional development they need to become an effective teacher.

The Effectiveness Coach will coordinate weekly with PTF staff to monitor and track new teacher performance using a variety of data sources and determine the best support structures to improve the effectiveness of their Fellows.

Specifically, the Effectiveness Coach will be expected to:

• Develop in-depth understanding of the Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE) school year performance rubric, coaching structures, and observation/debrief protocols.
• Accurately assess Fellow performance using classroom observation and student achievement data.
• Provide constructive, bite-sized, and actionable feedback through biweekly observations of Fellows’ teaching
• Establish short, medium and long-term professional development goals with Fellows.
• Prepare for Fellow observations/coaching sessions by reviewing Fellow planning documents, including lesson plans, supporting documents for the scheduled observations, and student achievement data
• Travel to schools to conduct observations and debriefs across the city of Philadelphia
• Document and report Fellows’ observations and other performance data using TeacherTrack, TNTP’s web-based data platform
• Complete observations/debriefs and submit all required documentation by established deadlines
• Develop a relationship with Principals to gain and provide insight on Fellow performance, professional development needs, and key next steps to improve their classroom practice
• With PTF’s Site Manager (SM), schedule and track Fellow observations, debriefs, and additional interventions
• With PTF’s SM, monitor, track and report out on Fellows’ effectiveness in the classroom
• Communicate weekly with SM and other PTF staff via email and phone and/or participate in regular check-ins
• Maintain updated effectiveness data and records for each assigned Fellow
• Remain accessible to assigned Fellows throughout duration of coaching and respond to email and phone communication with Fellows and PTF staff within 1-2 business days

Time Frame

We are looking for candidates who can commit to approximately 20-25 hours per week from March 6th – April 30th. This position has the potential to continue as a part to full time coaching position for the summer and next school year.

Qualifications

Successful applicants to the Effectiveness Coach position will demonstrate strong time management, organizational and communication skills, and a history of setting high expectations and achieving strong results with students and teachers. Ideal candidates will also have:
• At least two years successful K-12 teaching experience in Philadelphia public schools or another high-need school environment, with demonstrated results increasing student achievement
• Experience mentoring and/or advising beginning teachers
• A demonstrated ability to provide constructive, appropriate feedback to adult learners
• Experience collecting, tracking and using student achievement data to drive classroom instruction
• Previous experience with an alternate route program (Teaching Fellows Programs, Teach For America, etc.) (preferred, not required)
• Openness to receiving critical feedback from PTF staff and the ability to incorporate feedback immediately in your practice
• Flexibility and comfort with ambiguity
Compensation
The salary for this part-time position is $28 per hour or commensurate with experience in a similar position. This part-time position is not eligible for benefits.
TNTP (www.tntp.org) offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, as well as the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven non-profit organization that is committed to the success of our nation’s children in the classroom.

Application Instructions

To read more about our program, please visit www.philadelphiateachingfellows.org. If you are interested in becoming a Part-time Effectiveness Coach for Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:

• Why do you want to be an Effectiveness Coach?

• What standards and expectations would you set for your Fellows as first-year teachers?

• What challenges do you anticipate you will encounter as an Effectiveness Coach working with first-year Teaching Fellows? How will you plan to overcome these challenges?

Send application materials to ptfhiring@gmail.com. Application materials are due no later than March 1st.

DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS ONLINE for this position (only applications sent to (ptfcoaches@gmail.com) will be considered).

We review applications on a rolling basis – so it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. We will not consider applications without a cover letter tailored to this position, which can be addressed to the Human Capital department. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check. TNTP is committed to fostering and capitalizing on the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position. If you would like to learn more about our mission, please visit our web site at www.tntp.org.

TNTP strives to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. A national nonprofit organization founded by teachers, TNTP is driven by the knowledge that effective teachers have a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor. In response, TNTP develops customized programs and policy interventions that enable education leaders to find, develop and keep great teachers. Since its inception in 1997, TNTP has recruited or trained approximately 49,000 teachers - mainly through its highly selective Teaching Fellows programs - benefiting an estimated 8 million students. TNTP has also released a series of acclaimed studies of the policies and practices that affect the quality of the nation's teacher workforce, including The Widget Effect (2009), Teacher Evaluation 2.0 (2010) and The Irreplaceables (2012). Today TNTP is active in more than 25 cities, including 10 of the nation's 15 largest. For more information, please visit www.tntp.org.

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