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Teacher Leadership Coach

Posted by | December 6, 2019 |

I. Overview of Teach Plus

Teach Plus is dedicated to the mission of empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders across the country to exercise their leadership in shaping education policy and improving teaching and learning, to create an education system driven by access and excellence for all.

 

II. Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Teacher Leadership Coach is a short-term, part-time (.75FTE) role with benefits with the potential to go full-time contingent upon funding. This opportunity is ideal for a skilled coach who is looking to lead and support K-12 teacher leaders from across Indiana in collaborative and sustained teacher-led professional development around teacher leadership and equity. The Teacher Leadership Coach also plays an instrumental role in building partnerships both in Indianapolis and across the state to expand instructional programs.

 

Currently, we have active partnerships with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Kokomo Community Schools focused on developing teacher leaders as Change Agents in the schools and districts, while also building up the culture of teacher leadership through professional learning communities. Specifically, the Teacher Leadership Coach will be responsible for:

 

Coaching and Leadership Development

  • Provide one-on-one coaching to Teacher Leaders working in partner schools or districts, helping teachers to set vision and goals to drive their projects.
  • Execute learning goals designated by program design (e.g., quality of support, facilitation, and participant learning) for Teacher Leaders.
  • Identify development opportunities, monitoring and evaluation of development progress, lessons learned & implications for Teacher Leader coaching.
  • In partnership with National Coach, design and facilitate high-impact professional learning for Teacher Leaders.
  • Support the ongoing growth and development of Teacher Leaders by doing the following:
    • Monitoring Teacher Leaders progress toward goals
    • Plan, attend, observe, and debrief coaching sessions (1:1 or cohort)
    • Partner with National Coach to review and plan for ongoing teacher leader engagement
  • Partner closely with identified district or organization to design and deliver content focused on teacher leadership and aligned to Teach Plus coaching models and overall program requirements.
  • Manage existing instructional program partnerships to ensure that programs are meeting the needs of partners, by communicating regularly with partners as determined by program design and goals, including but not limited to updates, survey results, and program management.

 

Program Management

Program Analytics

●        Lead data collection and measurement of impact as it pertains to relevant objectives like improving teacher practice and student outcomes; use data to meaningfully inform and make recommendations about any modifications or variations of the program.

●        Collaborate with colleagues in other cities on analysis of data, and marketing and engagement strategies for all cities.

 

Recruitment & Selection

●        Lead the recruitment & selection process to identify and select high-quality teacher leaders for participation in any classroom-based work in Indiana, as needed.

●        Build a strategy and develop messaging to engage and recruit teachers interested in teacher leadership instructional practice programs and events.

●        Collaborate with classroom-based colleagues in other sites to make continuous improvements to the recruitment and selection processes.

 

Partnership Development

●        Collaborate with Executive Director to identify high potential prospects for fee-for service opportunities in the charter sector and in traditional public schools.

●        In collaboration with the Executive Director, develop relationships with key instructional leaders and other decision-makers within the high potential prospects pool.

●        Determine professional development and other needs of high potential prospects and structure programming proposals for fee-for-service opportunities.

 

III. Qualifications

A successful candidate will have these qualities:

●        4+ years in the education field, with preference given to candidates who have both a teaching background and experience coaching teachers and school leaders

●        Preference for experienced coaches who have led transformative change in instruction and/or school culture/climate in high-need schools

●        Instructional coaching experience, with specific experience in leadership development and facilitation of inquiry with teachers and/or school leaders

●        A relentless focus on data, including analysis and using it to inform instruction and make decisions

●        Dedication to equity for students, and a deep belief in the power of teachers to bring about positive change

●        Strong project management skills and the ability to complete projects independently

●        Ability to translate the work into impact for external audiences to build our brand and expand our programs

●        Comfort working in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous, and highly entrepreneurial environment

●        Excellent written and oral communication skills, relationship-building, and interpersonal skills

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job with the potential to develop and succeed with coaching and support. We recognize that such a candidate may have a less traditional background or have different kinds of relevant experience. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

 

Our Culture

At Teach Plus, we are driven by our mission and our core values are a driving force behind everything we do: Leadership, Diversity and Equity, Solutions-orientation, Joy, Integrity in Practice, and Collaboration. We love what we do and we work hard to make a difference for teachers and students.  We are smart, passionate, and engaged with one another.  We are thought partners, collaborators, and constant learners.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. This position offers a full benefits package to include medical and dental insurance, retirement, disability, and generous vacation benefits.

 

Work hours and Commitment

This is a short-term, .75 FTE part-time position with benefits, with a tentative start date of March 2, 2020 or earlier based on candidate’s availability and end date of June 30, 2020, with the potential to be renewed and become full-time contingent on performance and funding.  Candidates would need to commit to working 30 hours per week and be willing to work occasional nights and weekends to meet with teachers, partners, and facilitate cohort meetings. This role will involve travel to partner schools as needed.

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Social Media Strategist

Posted by | October 18, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a social media strategist to grow our audience, help develop and maintain online communities on- and off-platform, and advise our local and national bureaus on daily social best practices.

Chalkbeat’s social media strategist will join a growing engagement team to help our network of local bureaus and national desk take full advantage of opportunities to promote our work and embrace new readers. The social media strategist will dive deep into our readership on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and emerging platforms to cultivate relationships with niche audiences, and expand our reach to bring vital education reporting to the people that need it most.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and put the audience first. You have a capacity for creating safe, inclusive spaces online and stoking productive conversation among readers. You’re sharp, thorough, and organized, with a deep affection for spreadsheets and systems. You’re a self-starter who can keep up with the daily flow of stories publishing while also developing strategy for long-term projects. You like collaborative work, and can adapt social media plans for the newsroom’s various levels of familiarity and capacity. You’re known for your follow-through, and enjoy running experiments, collecting results, and making recommendations based on solid data. 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 2+ years of work experience in digital media and/or journalism
  • Strong overall writing and editing skills
  • Excellent news judgment
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Experience with growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through social media
  • Experience using data to inform your work
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices

We know there are great candidates who may not have all the skills we list, or who have other skills we haven’t thought of. If that sounds like you, please still apply and tell us more about yourself! 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Fine-tune social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk), according to best practices
  • Manage scheduling for Chalkbeat’s main Facebook and Twitter profiles
  • Support local bureaus with strategies to boost reach and make major features, projects, and investigations get the readership they deserve
  • Collaborate with reporters, editors, and your engagement colleagues to identify and execute on growth opportunities, including new platforms 
  • Develop and maintain online forums (e.g., Facebook Groups) for new and existing Chalkbeat readers

Ideally, you’d be based in one of seven cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate. 

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 25 – January 1.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values, and what’s in store for our next five years

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Chalkbeat 2020 Reporting Internships

Posted by | October 8, 2019 |

We’re looking for interns to report on education in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, New York City, and Memphis. 

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in seven cities — Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City — and our national bureau covers issues affecting schools across the country.

The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2020 offers students the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists at a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At this critical moment for an active, independent press, join us as we produce journalism that matters.

Interns will work 40-hour weeks and undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in our reporting teams in every way. 

Learn more about what it’s like to be an intern at Chalkbeat here.

Who are you?

You’re energized by our mission and excited to help us build a news organization that reimagines daily newsgathering while upholding traditional journalistic values. You have a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, plus strong reporting and writing skills, and you’re eager for feedback to become even better. You’re an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporter. 

Candidates should have:

  • Clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills.
  • Meaningful high school, college, or professional journalism experience.
  • A passion for and curiosity about education.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Graphic Designer/Project Manager

Posted by | September 20, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a graphic designer with strong project management skills to join the product team. Chalkbeat’s mission is to provide deep, local coverage of education policy and practice to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families, especially those in low-income communities. We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. In our seven bureaus (and growing), we’re working with communities to reimagine and recreate the press public education deserves. Learn more about how our unique model — a nonprofit newsroom covering a single topic in multiple locations — represents a promising path forward for local news.

Chalkbeat’s product team is responsible for our digital products and visual storytelling. We also provide support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. 

Your impact as the graphic designer/project manager will be:

  • Designing and building new products to reach parents, teachers and other members of our communities to increase Chalkbeat’s sustainability and audience engagement.
  • Elevating our brand while designing daily. From event flyers and social media assets to branding for new products to internal reports and pitch templates, you’ll work with teams across Chalkbeat and ensure brand consistency across our external and internal materials. 
  • Enhance the visual presentation of Chalkbeat’s journalism by developing an illustration strategy, maintaining our photo archives and managing freelance photography.

What background and skills do you have?

  • You’ve designed and delivered a wide range of visual materials, from printed flyers and banners to digital media assets.
  • You are comfortable working remotely or with remote team members.
  • You enjoy working in fast-paced environments, such as a newsroom.
  • You are a solid communicator who knows how to ask for help, empathize with teammates and take ownership of your work.
  • You are highly organized and adept at managing projects. 
  • You use modern design tools, such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop and web design software, such as Figma, Sketch or InDesign. 
  • Bonus points for: Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS). An understanding of web accessibility requirements and best practices.

We recognize that every candidate brings interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Washington D.C. or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Managing Editor for Style and Standards

Posted by | May 16, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Managing Editor for Style and Standards to lead our editing team, oversee editorial operations, and boost our newsroom leadership.

The Managing Editor for Style and Standards will help elevate our overall story quality and improve our collective skills so that our journalism is the best it can possibly be. This person will supervise a team of four story editors, oversee style and voice guides, and manage onboarding and training programs for reporters and editors. The role will blend day-to-day guidance on story editing with strategic thinking on how the newsroom functions.

This position will report to the executive editor and sit on the network management team that helps guide organization-wide strategy and planning.    

Who are you?

You know that good writing starts with good reporting, and that editing starts before any words hit the page. You recognize the value of context. You believe that style standards matter, and so does voice, both organizationally and individually. You’re committed to providing learning opportunities no matter how experienced the employee (all of us can always improve!), and you understand the importance of a new reporter’s first few months. You geek out on process (perhaps you even enjoy a good spreadsheet). You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven local journalism can do that. You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to audiences and forging lasting relationships. Whether or not you have experience covering education, you find the topic fascinating.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 10+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working in a digital environment
  • Experience editing breaking news, daily, and/or enterprise stories
  • Proven track record of team management with positive culture
  • Experience managing copy and other workflows, with examples of improvements you’ve made
  • Experience with onboarding and training programs, even informal ones, with examples of ones you’ve overseen
  • Ability to work autonomously while sharing pertinent information up, down, and across
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Supervising a team of four story editors, likely with more to come in the next year as Chalkbeat continues its growth trajectory, to create compelling, impactful journalism
  • Managing and updating our style and voice guides
  • Examining and optimizing our newsroom workflows and systems so that they better support our journalism
  • Working with our Operations team to revise our current onboarding programs for reporters and editors
  • Working with other team leads in Chalkbeat’s “networked model” to help guide newsroom decisions
  • Representing local needs to network leadership, and organizational priorities to story editors and local teams
  • Working with the Executive Editor and other leaders on organizational growth planning, with an eye toward future expansion
  • Collaborating with the Director of Product on CMS improvements  

Ideally, you’d be based in one of seven cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City or Newark. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.


About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Indiana Reporter

Posted by | May 16, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization covering the story of public education in America, is seeking an ambitious reporter to join our Indiana bureau.

As a hub for educational change, Indiana is bursting with important stories to tell. Because of the extensive choice landscape, public education branches into many different schools, which compete for students and resources. Indianapolis Public Schools is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is redefining the role of a traditional public school district, and the district is currently searching for its next superintendent. Over the past two years, Chalkbeat has also been investigating the fast-growing, poor-performing virtual charter school sector.

We’re looking for a reporter who can hit the ground running on a beat. We want you to break news, pitch smart ideas, and execute both quick-turn daily stories and long-term enterprise work.

This reporter will cover education at the state level, translating how high-level decisions affect educators, families, and communities. Your reporting will examine how decisions about what and how to teach play out in the classroom, and how the state holds schools, students, and teachers accountable. You will explain how Indiana’s education policies and politics fit into national contexts. You will shed light on the state’s educational inequities, focusing on socioeconomic, racial, and other divides. You’ll also communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekday newsletters, social media, and events.

Who are you?

  • You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield.
  • You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism.
  • You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition.
  • You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news to enterprise and long-term investigative projects.
  • Most importantly, you can serve as a guide for our readers — school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how education in Indiana works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have? (We know not all strong candidates will have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!)

  • Experience reporting on public policy issues and/or education. (We’re open to hiring veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike.)
  • A passion for education and the future of Indiana and its children.
  • Specific knowledge about education issues and the state of Indiana are strong pluses, but not required.
  • Experience in data journalism and visual production is a plus.
  • Ability to report in a language other than English is a plus.

The position will be based at our Indianapolis office and report to our Indiana bureau chief.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Chief, South Bend Empowerment Zone

Posted by | May 14, 2019 |

Reporting directly to the South Bend Empowerment Zone (SBEZ) Board, the South Bend Empowerment Zone Chief will be the founding leader of the Zone. The Chief will support the execution of the overall vision and strategy for the Zone and build and maintain a strong partnership and learning culture between the Zone and the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC). The Chief is responsible for all aspects of the Zone’s organizational health, including overseeing a sound budget process, supporting school leaders in advancing schools’ missions/visions and academic goals, and ensuring that schools within the Zone have the necessary operational and financial support to use their autonomy to accomplish dramatic improvements in achievement for all student groups. The Chief will have the opportunity to both hire a small team to support his or her work and utilize coaches and supports through Empower Schools and Education Resource Strategies, two key partners of the SBEZ.

 

Who We Are:

SBCSC is in a historic period of change and innovation. Recently, the Indiana State Board of Education approved a plan to create a transformation zone within South Bend. The goal of this zone is to accelerate improvement in several schools by empowering them with additional autonomy and providing these schools with support partners to guide them through the work of school redesign. SBEZ is uniquely poised to transform one middle and four elementary schools into environments where all children regardless of background have the opportunities and supports they need to succeed. SBEZ is committed to supporting and developing talented and committed Instructional Leaders and, at each SBEZ school, Teacher Leadership Teams will work alongside School Leaders to design and implement customized School Plans that serve as the guiding templates for school transformation. SBEZ schools have autonomy over their budget, staffing structure, calendar, schedule, curriculum, and professional development.

 

Responsibilities:

The core responsibilities of the Chief include but are not limited to:

Leadership and Partnership: Provide key guidance to and build strong relationships with SBCSC leadership, SBEZ school leaders and staff, and community stakeholders to facilitate true partnership in the interest of SBEZ students

  • In collaboration with the SBEZ Board and key SBCSC partners, develop the Zone’s founding strategy and associated “Zone team” organizational structure
  • Facilitate regular communication and collaboration across the Zone and SBCSC
  • Build strong relationships with Zone school leaders, understand their needs, and help them access supports aligned to those needs
  • Work to expand the pool of high-quality partners supporting Zone schools
  • Hire and manage SBEZ staff

 

Improvement Systems and School Planning and Operations: Design and implement systems and operational strategies to ensure a strong Zone launch and ongoing performance

  • Develop and implement systems for sharing good practices and lessons learned across Zone schools and with SBCSC
  • Lead the process of developing and evaluating School Operational Plans in coordination with support partner organizations and subject to the approval of the SBEZ Board
  • Coordinate with SBCSC on key centralized functions, operational services, and federal and state reporting requirements, resolving any issues that may arise
  • Develop deliberate talent pipelines for school leaders and teacher leaders
  • Make school leadership transition recommendations to the SBEZ Board and facilitate change management at schools as needed
  • Hire and manage a team member to work with SBCSC staff in the development and execution of operational guidelines for the Zone’s autonomous district schools

 

Accountability and Monitoring: Develop a school performance framework and support schools to collect, analyze, and respond to data to inform their school improvement efforts

  • Develop and refine, with direction and input from the SBEZ Board and Zone school leaders, a Zone school performance framework to measure school and subgroup performance against a set of measures
  • Liaise with state representatives to ensure that Zone school monitoring and compliance processes align with state requirements, especially for English Language Learners and students with disabilities
  • Hire and manage a team member to design and implement data collection and analysis processes

 

Finance: Serve as the Zone’s point person on all financial aspects of the Zone, including school-based budgeting and shared service contracts

  • Partner with SBCSC to facilitate school-based budgeting processes across all Zone schools and ensure smooth functioning of key Zone financial systems, including procurement and HR
  • Lead the Zone’s funding negotiations with the district
  • Negotiate and manage contracts for any shared services across the Zone schools

 

External Relations: Serve as a spokesperson for the Zone and communicate with internal and external stakeholders about the Zone’s strategy and progress

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Zone, articulating a clear vision of the Zone’s strategic goals and objectives and engaging all stakeholders
  • Communicate with and make regular presentations to the SBEZ Board of Directors and when necessary, the SBCSC School Board
  • Develop and share communications materials about the Zone’s strategy and progress

 

Desired Attributes:

  • An unwavering commitment to equity and excellence for all students and demonstrated ability in promoting equity in every decision
  • A demonstrated belief in and alignment with the mission, vision, and values for a high-autonomy, high-accountability system built to empower educators to improve student outcomes
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships and build trust and credibility with a diverse group of key stakeholders
  • Ability to speak effectively on behalf of the Zone and instill confidence and buy-in from key stakeholders, including SBCSC leadership, state and federal agencies, local school board, educational associations, interest groups, and parents
  • Strong background in municipal and/or school operations, including finance and human capital
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and oversee implementation of multiple initiatives
  • Outstanding problem solving, strategic thinking, and decision making skills, including the ability to balance data, wisdom, experience, and judgement to make sound decisions
  • Incredible work ethic and ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Bachelor’s degree required (advanced degree strongly preferred)
  • At least 7-10 years of work experience
  • School or organizational leadership experience preferred

 

Additional Information:

The base salary range for this position is $110,000 – $140,000.  Additional performance-based incentives and competitive benefits including access to medical, dental, and vision insurance; FSA and dependent care reimbursement accounts; and a retirement program will be included in the total compensation package.

SBEZ is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Director of Academic Affairs- MBEZ

Posted by | April 27, 2019 |

 

 
Director of Academic Affairs- MBEZ  
 
The Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC) was established as the East Side Christian Center in 1941. In 1946 
the Center became a home mission of the American Baptist Churches, USA. As a result of this affiliation, the 
services and programs of the center expanded to include social services to strengthen families in the 
neighborhood. EMCC is actively seeking a Director of Academic Affairs for the ​Martindale-Brighwood 
Education Zone (MBEZ). This individual will serve as the primary liaison between the MBEZ and the greater 
community, and as the public “face” of the initiative.  
 
BACKGROUND:  
 
The MBEZ is set to launch in 2019. MBEZ is one of the 7 initiatives from the Martindale-Brightwood 
Community Plan. It seeks to connect families to the resources needed to ensure their children are born healthy 
and meet developmental milestones; access high-quality childcare; are kindergarten ready; achieve 
academically; and are prepared for college and careers. To do this, we continue our work to stabilize families 
through supports offered through Center for Working Families (CWF) , social services, CETA and other great 
head of household services in house and in our community. More than 40 organizations are now MBEZ partners 
with the list of partners growing to meet the needs of families. 
 
 
PURPOSE:  
 
The Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer MBEZ and has overall responsibility for the educational 
advancement of the community. The position is designed to improve the connectivity, vitality and attractiveness 
of the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood; actively engage neighborhood residents in educational enrichment 
and community change; and provide opportunities for young people and adults alike with increased access to 
educational opportunities and services. 
 
The Director provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the initiative, including academics, finance, 
healthcare, career training and other key areas. School leaders, health care professionals, clergy, and several 
other stakeholders will convene with the Director to measure effectiveness and service delivery. The Director 
works closely with community partners to ensure that the strategic direction and policies of the MBEZ are 
aligned with its mission. The Director reports to the President and Board of Directors in establishing policies to 
guide the initiative. As the Chief Executive Officer, the Director has principal responsibility for the planning, 
development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all programs and policies.  
 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES: 
 
Serve as a compelling spokesperson for high quality education within the Martindale-Brightwood 
community and greater Indianapolis 
Be the chief advocate and leader of the community’s mission 
Address and meet the challenges facing education while enhancing offerings and accessibility for 
residents of Martindale-Brightwood 
Lead efforts to enhance and implement the strategic plan 
Cultivate a cohesive steering committee 
Assist in creating partnerships between families, residents, neighborhood-based organizations, 
faith-based organizations, city/state government, health and human service providers, community 
development corporations, job training, and educational institutions, housing, local businesses and other 
community assets 
Oversee the gathering and distribution of data and provide access to information for the benefit of 
residents, groups, organizations and institutions 
Preside over neighborhood meetings specific to educational advancements as related to quality of life 
planning 
Engage in neighborhood events for outreach and public relations of MBEZ 
Identify and pursue fundraising opportunities to enhance MBEZ initiatives  
Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of a Masters Degree in Education or related field from an accredited institution required
  • Ed Specialist degree or valid Indiana Administrator License Preferred
  • Familiarity and experience working with the Martindale-Brightwood community
  • Ability to satisfy pre-employment screenings
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All positions needed K-12

Posted by | April 23, 2019 |

GEO Academies is a network of high achieving charter schools.  Our network currently includes K-12 schools, as well as a second chance high school for non-traditional students to earn their high school degree.  Our schools are innovative schools with a strong STEM focus and a focused, dedicated, and data-driven staff. We offer middle college programs at our schools, through which high school students can take college classes, on a real college campus, while the school pays for tuition, books, and transportation.

GEO Academies is an excellent place to learn and work. We have high expectations of our students—we expect them to achieve above grade level, and matriculate to college.  Teaching here is a great way to professionally advance your career.  We operate through the TAP framework, ensuring that each teacher is on a career advancement pathway and financially rewarded for their success in the classroom. Explore our website and learn more about why we are a great place to learn and work!

21st Century Charter School @ Gary is a school within the GEO Foundation network. GEO incubates quality charter schools and then supports their growth. All GEO-sponsored public charter schools are high academic growth schools and feature a unique K-14 model–full day kindergarten all the way through two years of college. GEO Academies provide longer school days and a longer school year to ensure student success. GEO Academies partner with Teach For America, New Teacher Project, and College Summit, too. GEO students graduate from high school with an average of 20 college credits–and this number is growing–earn thousands in academic scholarships and go to college.

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High School English Language Arts Teacher

Posted by | April 23, 2019 |

21st Century Charter School is looking for an energetic highly qualified person to teach English Language Arts to grades 6 and 9.  Candidates must show evidence of academic success. Salary is highly competitive

About Us:
21st Century Charter School at Gary is a free K-12 public charter school.  We are building a team of excellence.  We are the top performing charter school in Gary, Indiana.  We are one of the few Indiana schools offering an early college program, which allows our qualifying high school students to take real college courses for real college credit, free of charge to our students and their families.  Our curriculum and our teaching methods are designed using Core Knowledge in K-8, Project Lead the Way beginning in middle school, and a blended learning model in middle school through high school.  We are a TAP school!  Please join us if you are committed to excellence, mission-driven, and ready to take 21st Century Charter School @ Gary to uncommonly high levels of achievement! Our teachers cultivate in our students the critical thinking skills they will need to understand how the world around them works and to become leaders and agents of positive change in the world. 

 

REPORTS TO/TERM:

Principal and Administrative Team
This is a full-time 10-month position.

 

Job Summary:

Position is responsible for creating a classroom environment that develops in each student skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing that is fundamental to effective communication and literate citizenship; that develops appreciation of good literature of all types; that motivates students to read widely for information and recreation; that develops standards for critical judgment of written and oral communications; and that discovers and develops special talents of students in the field of English to prepare each student to meet the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP .)

Licenses: 

Valid Indiana Teacher’s License in English or Language Arts. Ability to meet Highly Qualified Status according to IDOE guidelines

 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-year minimum experience in the content area with evidence of student’s Academic Success
  • TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) Experience
  • Core Knowledge Experience
  • 3.5 GPA or higher in Master and Undergraduate work

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

A High School Teacher is required to perform the following duties:

  • Plan and implement a blended learning environment, providing direct and indirect instruction in the area of Language Arts based on state standards
  • Participation in all TAP requirements, focusing on data-driven instruction
  • Create an inviting, innovative and engaging learning environment that develops student critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Prepare students for strong academic achievement and passing of all required assessments
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Continually assess student progress toward mastery of standards and keep students and parents well informed of student progress by collecting  and tracking data, providing daily feedback, weekly assessments, and occasional parent/teacher conferences
  • Work with the Special Education teachers and administration to serve special needs students in the classroom
  • Attend all grade level and staff meetings and attend designated school functions outside of school hours
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom you are responsible
  • Accept and incorporate feedback and coaching from the administrative staff
  • Perform necessary duties including but not limited to morning, lunch, dismissal, and after-school duties
  •  Performs other duties, as deemed appropriate, by the principal
  • Dress professionally and uphold all school policies
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Secondary Math Teacher

Posted by | April 23, 2019 |

About Us:
21st Century Charter School at Gary is a free K-12 public charter school.  We are building a team of excellence.  We are the top performing charter school in Gary, Indiana.  We are one of the few Indiana schools offering an early college program, which allows our qualifying high school students to take real college courses for real college credit, free of charge to our students and their families.  Our curriculum and our teaching methods are designed using Core Knowledge in K-8, Project Lead the Way beginning in middle school, and a blended learning model in middle school through high school.  We are a TAP school!  Please join us if you are committed to excellence, mission-driven, and ready to take 21st Century Charter School @ Gary to uncommonly high levels of achievement! Our teachers cultivate in our students the critical thinking skills they will need to understand how the world around them works and to become leaders and agents of positive change in the world. 


REPORTS TO/TERM:
Principal and Administrative Team
This is a full-time 10-month position.

 

21st Century Charter School is looking for an energetic highly qualified person to teach High School Math, Algebra I & II, and Geometry.  Candidates must show evidence of academic success. Salary is highly competitive.

Job Summary:

The position is responsible for creating a classroom environment to develop competencies in mathematical skills and an understanding of the structure of mathematics; to motivate each pupil to apply mathematical understanding and skills in the solution of practical problems; to prepare each student to meet the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP .)

Licenses: 

Valid Indiana Teacher’s License in Secondary Mathematics. Ability to meet Highly Qualified Status according to IDOE guidelines

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree
  • 5-year minimum experience in the content area with evidence of student’s Academic Success
  • TAP (Teacher Advancement Program) Experience
  • Core Knowledge Experience
  • 3.5 GPA or higher in Master and Undergraduate work

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
A High School Teacher is required to perform the following duties:

  • Plan and implement a blended learning environment, providing direct and indirect instruction in the areas of  Mathematics based on state standards
  • Participation in all TAP requirements, focusing on data-driven instruction
  • Create an inviting, innovative and engaging learning environment that develops student critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Prepare students for strong academic achievement and passing of all required assessments
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Continually assess student progress toward mastery of standards and keep students and parents well informed of student progress by collecting  and tracking data, providing daily feedback, weekly assessments, and occasional parent/teacher conferences
  • Work with the Special Education teachers and administration to serve special needs students in the classroom
  • Attend all grade level and staff meetings and attend designated school functions outside of school hours
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom you are responsible
  • Accept and incorporate feedback and coaching from the administrative staff
  • Perform necessary duties including but not limited to morning, lunch, dismissal, and after-school duties
  • Performs other duties, as deemed appropriate, by the principal
  • Dress professionally and uphold all school policies
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Certified High School Science Teacher – Grades 9-12

Posted by | April 22, 2019 |

About Us:
21st Century Charter School at Gary is a free K-12 public charter school.  We are building a team of excellence.  We are the top performing charter school in Gary, Indiana.  We are one of the few Indiana schools offering an early college program, which allows our qualifying high school students to take real college courses for real college credit, free of charge to our students and their families.  Our curriculum and our teaching methods are designed using Core Knowledge in K-8, Project Lead the Way beginning in middle school, and a blended learning model in middle school through high school.  We are a TAP school!  Please join us if you are committed to excellence, mission-driven, and ready to take 21st Century Charter School @ Gary to uncommonly high levels of achievement! Our teachers cultivate in our students the critical thinking skills they will need to understand how the world around them works and to become leaders and agents of positive change in the world. 

 

REPORTS TO/TERM:

Principal and Administrative Team
This is a full-time 10-month position.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  A bachelor’s degree or higher or at least 24 credit hours in the content area
  • Valid Teaching License for Grades 9-12
  • Demonstrates strong writing skills as evidenced by a written response included with Application, answering the following questions:

Describe one experience where you made a significant difference in a student’s academic achievement.

Describe a time in which you have used student data to drive greater levels of student achievement.

Describe one way you have successfully integrated technology into your classroom.

Strong technical skills, particularly in integrating technology in the classroom to drive academic achievement

Demonstrated volunteer or community service.

 At least one (or more) of the following:

  • National Board Certification
  • TAP Experience (sign on bonus for TAP certification)
  • Core Knowledge Experience
  • Experience with Blended Learning
  • At least two years of successful teaching in an urban environment

 

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
A High School Teacher is required to perform the following duties:

  •  Plan and implement a blended learning environment, providing direct and indirect instruction in the area of Science based on state standards
  • Participation in all TAP requirements, focusing on data-driven instruction
  • Create an inviting, innovative and engaging learning environment that develops student critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Prepare students for strong academic achievement and passing of all required assessments
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Continually assess student progress toward mastery of standards and keep students and parents well informed of student progress by collecting  and tracking data, providing daily feedback, weekly assessments, and occasional parent/teacher conferences
  • Work with the Special Education teachers and administration to serve special needs students in the classroom
  • Attend all grade level and staff meetings and attend designated school functions outside of school hours
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom you are responsible
  • Accept and incorporate feedback and coaching from administrative staff
  • Perform necessary duties including but not limited to morning, lunch, dismissal, and after-school duties
  • Performs other duties, as deemed appropriate, by the principal
  • Dress professionally and uphold all school policies
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Principal – High School

Posted by | March 27, 2019 |

PERSONNEL VACANCY NOTICE
GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
1988 Polk Street
Gary, IN 46407
Melisha Jones-Henderson Dr. Pete Morikis,
Executive Director Human Resources Emergency Manager
POSITION: Principal – High School
SALARY: $90,000 – $95,000.00
REPORTS TO: Emergency Manager
PURPOSE STATEMENT
To use leadership, supervisory and administrative skills to promote the educational
development of each student. Administers and coordinates curriculum and instruction for
the assigned school; supervises and evaluates programs and activities; establishes standards
and expectations for assigned school; communicates with school community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing
of all the duties and responsibilities performed by this position.
• Administers and coordinates curriculum and instruction for the assigned school.
• Establishes and maintains an effective learning climate in the school.
• Supervises and evaluates programs and activities.
• Maintains active relationships with student and parents.
• Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, lists and all other
paperwork required or appropriate to the school’s administration.
• Develops and implements effective school/community relationships.
• Supervises the evaluation of the teaching, secretarial, and custodial staff in the
management of the school building and facilities.
• Establishes goals and objectives for the assigned school.
• Works with various members of the central administrative staff on school problems
of more than in-school import, such as transportation and special services.
• Prepares and conducts staff development activities.
• Establishes and implements policies and procedures for the assigned school.
• Makes recommendations concerning the school’s administration and instruction.
• Supervises the maintenance of all required building records and reports.
• Keeps supervisor informed of events and activities of an unusual nature as well as
routine matters related to the supervisor’s accountability.
• Interprets and enforces district policies and administrative regulations.
• Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient
and effective working environment.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Teachers and all other personnel assigned to the school.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill
and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Secondary education curriculum and instruction techniques.
• Preparing and administering the school budget and supervising school finances.
Ability to:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, students,
parents, and the public.
• Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Master’s degree in education, educational administration or a related area from an
accredited college or university. A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching
experience. Demonstrated supervisory (administrative) experience in a secondary school
preferred. Previous administrative/supervisory experience.
CERTIFICATION
Indiana Secondary Administrative/Supervisory License.
Required Testing: Drug Test
Clearances: Fingerprinting/Background Check

Human Resources Department
Certified: January 3, 2019
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYEE

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Principal – Middle School

Posted by | March 27, 2019 |

PERSONNEL VACANCY NOTICE
GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
1988 Polk Street
Gary, IN 46407
Melisha Jones-Henderson Dr. Pete Morikis,
Executive Director Human Resources Emergency Manager
POSITION: Principal – Middle School
SALARY: $83,000 – $87,000.00
REPORTS TO: Emergency Manager
PURPOSE STATEMENT
To use transformational leadership, supervisory and administrative skills to create a nurturing
school climate that promotes student engagement and promotes academic performance.
Administers and coordinates curriculum and instruction for the assigned school; supervises
and evaluates classroom instruction; monitors student progress; sets standards and
expectations for the assigned school; communicates with the school community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of
all the duties and responsibilities performed by this position.
• Establishes and maintains an effective learning climate in the school.
• Administers and coordinates curriculum and instruction for the assigned school.
• Monitors student progress and uses data and research to assist with improving student
achievement.
• Prepares and conducts staff development activities that are staff embedded.
• Initiates, designs and implements programs to meet specific needs of the school.
• Develops and implements effective school/community relationships.
• Administers, supervises and evaluates classroom instruction according to local and state
guidelines.
• Collaborates with staff to address the needs of adolescents through instruction, support
and research-based learning opportunities.
• Makes recommendations concerning the school’s administration and instruction.
• Prepares and administers the school budget and supervises school finances.
• Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports and records as required at the local
and state levels.
• Works with various members of the central administrative staff on school problems of
more than in-school import, such as transportation and special services.
• Keeps supervisor informed of events and activities of an unusual nature as well as
routine matters related to the supervisor’s accountability.
• Maintains active relationships with students and parents.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Teachers and all other personnel assigned to the school.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Secondary education curriculum and instruction strategies.
• Initiating curriculum programs which would include middle level exploratory concepts.
• Effective instructional strategies for students of varied abilities.
Ability to:
• Develop leadership among the teaching staff
• Manage the school’s educational and extra-curricular programs, activities and
operations.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Master’s degree in education, educational administration or a related area from an accredited
college or university. Previous administrative/supervisory experience preferred. A minimum
of five (5) years of successful teaching experience at the secondary level. Experience at the
secondary level preferred. Document skills in leading highly productive teams through
complex situations.
CERTIFICATION
Possess or be eligible for Indiana Certification for Secondary Administration/Supervision.
Required Testing: Drug Test
Clearances: Fingerprinting/Background Check

Human Resources Department
Certified: January 3, 2019
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Principal – Elementary School

Posted by | March 27, 2019 |

PERSONNEL VACANCY NOTICE
GARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION
1988 Polk Street
Gary, IN 46407
Melisha Jones-Henderson Dr. Pete Morikis,
Executive Director Human Resources Emergency Manager
POSITION: Principal – Elementary School
SALARY: $70,000 – $75,000.00
REPORTS TO: Emergency Manager
PURPOSE STATEMENT
To use leadership, supervisory and administrative skills to promote the educational
development of each student. Administers and coordinates curriculum and instruction for
the assigned school; supervises and evaluates classroom instruction; monitors student
progress; sets standards and expectations for the assigned school; communicates with the
school community.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing
of all the duties and responsibilities performed by this position.
• Establishes and maintains an effective learning climate in the school.
• Monitors student progresses and develops methods for monitoring student
achievement.
• Establishes and implements policies and procedures for assigned school.
• Prepares and conducts staff development activities.
• Initiates designs and implements programs to meet specific needs of the school.
• Develops and implements effective school/community relationships.
• Administers, supervises and evaluates classroom instruction.
• Makes recommendations concerning the school’s administration and instruction.
• Prepares and administers the school budget and supervises school finances.
• Supervises the maintenance of all required building records and reports.
• Prepares or supervises the preparation of reports, records, lists and all other
paperwork required or appropriate to the school’s administration.
• Works with various members of the central administrative staff on school problems
of more than in-school import, such as transportation and special services.
• Keeps supervisor informed of events and activities of an unusual nature as well as
routine matters related to the supervisor’s accountability.
• Interprets and enforces district policies and administrative regulations.
• Maintains active relationships with students and parents.
• Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient
and effective working environment.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Teachers and all other personnel assigned to the school.
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill
and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Elementary school education curriculum and instruction techniques.
• Administering and coordinating curriculum and instruction for the assigned school.
Ability to:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, students,
parents, and the public.
• Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
A Master’s degree in education, educational administration or a related area from an
accredited college or university. Previous administrative/supervisory experience preferred.
A minimum of five (5) years of successful teaching experience. Experience at the elementary
level preferred.
CERTIFICATION
Indiana Certification for Elementary Administration/Supervision.
Required Testing: Drug Test
Clearances: Fingerprinting/Background Check

Human Resources Department
Certified: January 3, 2019
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYEE

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Elementary Principal

Posted by | March 19, 2019 |

Elementary Principal Job Opportunity

 

A growing independent K-8 elementary school, in the Indianapolis region, is seeking applicants for the position of Principal.   The ideal applicant will have a strong focus on intellectual and academic development.

 

As part of a local and international network of schools, there is tremendous opportunity to grow professionally.  We seek highly motivated applicants, who can inspire teachers and build deep, meaningful relationships with families.  

The position offers a highly competitive salary and an extensive benefits package.  

 

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Senior Instructional Fellow, Relay Indianapolis

Posted by | March 5, 2019 |

Type: Full-Time

Start Date: Spring 2019

If you love coaching teachers, grading assignments, working on a team of experienced high-performing educators, and are hungry to further build your instructional leadership skillset, the Instructional Fellow role is right for you. In this role, you’ll be able to build relationships with graduate students and adapt our curriculum to meet their needs. Your responsibilities will be challenging and diverse.

During an average week, you can expect to do things like work closely with a senior faculty member (e.g., Dean) to prepare to teach graduate students during evening classes, meet in-person with graduate students that need extra help, observe graduate students teaching in their K-12 classrooms, and grade assessments.

As a result of this effort, you’ll benefit from seeing teachers that you’ve worked with during the year grow as people and professionals. Plus, you’ll maximize your community impact by supporting teachers in generating significant, measurable student achievement gains in their K-12 classrooms.

To grow your own skills as a teacher coach and leader of adults, you will have the opportunity to participate in individual, team, and institution-wide professional development. You will also receive individualized coaching. We will support you in your development in the same way that you will support your graduate students.

WHAT YOU’LL TACKLE

Support Assistant Professors and/or Deans:

  • Provide a first audience and feedback of weekly instruction
  • Aid in the facilitation of weeknight classes 2-6 nights/month by orchestrating and supervising student practice and small-group work; provide tactical observation and feedback to graduate students; answer questions; assist in activities; and run all logistical elements of class time
  • Grade assessments, synthesize performance data, track cohort progress, and identify gaps in graduate student understanding
  • Assist in teaching and facilitating classes in spring / summer
  • Monitor and advise graduate students’ towards completion of their state certification requirements, providing support and follow through as needed.
  • Advise and support graduate students as their primary point of contact and support as they navigate their Relay experience
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned

 

Ensure graduate students’ progress and succeed:

  • Observe graduate students in their K-12 classrooms at least three times a year as their primary source of practical evaluation and provide them with specific, actionable feedback around best teaching practices
  • Provide graduate students with additional classroom support and observations as needed
  • Hold routine office hours to support graduate students
  • Serve as the first responder and primary contact for graduate students, channeling only the most difficult questions to Assistant Professors or Deans and provide quality feedback to graduate students on Relay assessments
  • Create and maintain a positive work environment and sense of community with all graduate students
  • Monitor and advise graduate students’ towards completion of their state certification requirements, providing support and follow through as needed
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

First and foremost, Instructional Fellows must share the team’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement through phenomenal teacher preparation.  Additionally, you must possess the following:

  • A master’s degree or PhD
  • Only three to five years of experience teaching in a school serving a high-needs community with demonstrated K-12 student achievement
  • At least one year of experience observing, coaching, and developing novice teachers
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and intensely in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • A demonstrated passion for urban education and closing the opportunity gap
  • Experience teaching middle school or high school students is a plus
  • Experience with data tracking & creating systems is a plus
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

COMPENSATION

Relay offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees.

Please note: This is an entry to a mid-level position within our faculty. The salary for this role is most aligned to the compensation someone with 5 years of experience would receive.

CONSIDERATIONS TO NOTE

  • Faculty must have the ability to transport themselves to public schools across the city in order to conduct
    classroom observations.
  • As part of our hiring process, we ask for candidates’ current manager as a final reference before an offer is extended.

Relay Graduate School of Education provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

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Teacher Education Accreditation Manager

Posted by | January 18, 2019 |

College of Education: The Manager of Teacher Education Accreditation manages overall assessment, reporting and continuous improvement for Teacher Education accreditation, with specific attention to the preparation and maintenance of national and state accreditation processes and procedures (e.g., CAEP), including continuous improvement procedures for teacher education at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Manage accreditation-related assessments for licensure programs, including, design and implementation of the quality assurance system for Purdue Teacher Education, nationally standardized assessment and reporting processes for continuous improvement, validity and reliability, e.g., edTPA, CPAST, and, key assessments and reporting processes adopted by individual programs, for areas including candidate recruitment and selectivity, content and pedagogical content knowledge, planning and assessing instruction, clinical experiences, among others. Manage unit accreditation reporting and visits, including, all aspects of national and state accreditation reporting, writing unit and program level self-study reports, and any related follow-up reports, state and national visits and facilitate the organization of data for use in accreditation and state approval processes, and, coordinate annual reporting to national and state accrediting bodies, such as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the state of Indiana. Manage accreditation reporting tools, requiring collaboration with the Director of Strategic Assessment and Director of Information Technology to coordinate the design and implementation of data and document collection, management, and usage. Manage teacher education continuous improvement, including accreditation and continuous improvement initiatives for assessment and reporting for state and national accrediting bodies. Maintain and strengthen a culture of assessment by routinely reviewing assessments and reports to determine necessary adjustments to existing curricula, assessments, data sources and activities, and if any new initiatives should be developed. Represent Purdue’s Teacher Education programs at relevant accreditation conferences and meetings, and consistently communicate accreditation status and progress to relevant internal and external stakeholders. Provide training to those involved in accreditation activities, including the development and evaluation of key assessments, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Qualifications: Candidates should have at least a Master’s degree in a relevant area (PhD preferred) and three to five years of direct experience with teacher education accreditation, including a deep knowledge of accreditation standards, procedures, processes, the ability to handle complex tasks, as well as strong skills in collaboration and communication with multiple stakeholders. Strong leadership ability and collaborative experience, knowledgeable about teacher education issues, including assessment, accreditation, academic program review and continuous improvement. Proficient written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills with attention to detail, ability to develop, implement, and utilize information systems, integrate and utilize technology systems, ability to coordinate multi-level business functions.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references through this link. Direct any inquiries to Kathryn Obenchain at kobench@purdue.edu. Application screening will begin January 28, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Director of Instructional Support

Posted by | December 12, 2018 |

This is a full-time, remote position located in Indianapolis, with regular travel throughout Indianapolis and some national travel expected.

What You’ll Do

Our Directors of Instructional Support are our instructional leaders on the ground with our partners. As a Director of Instructional Support, you’ll lead the effort to improve instruction in partnership with schools and charter systems throughout the Indianapolis area. You will manage a team of content experts to support the work in a subject-specific way and support a network of schools and systems to improve instruction for students. You will be on our Innovation Team, which supports charter and autonomously zoned schools, and will report to the Executive Director. Specifically, you will:

Responsibilities

System Support

•Support a portfolio of schools and charter systems to improve instruction in core academic subjects and support student growth

•Lead system instructional reviews to diagnose needs and develop a comprehensive sense of partners’ approaches, assets and needs

•Work closely with partners to develop actions plans in line with their values and resources to support instructional improvement

•Build relationships with school and system leaders to support implementation of action plans and adjust course where needed

•Connect partners to resources, information and research from within the network and across the sector to help schools and systems solve targeted instructional challenges.

•Serve as the primary point of contact to answer partners’ questions and help locate key resources and information

Management

•Manage a team to provide content-specific support to partners, including supporting assignment and staff growth

•Manage partner contracts and deliverables to achieve school-level goals based on instruction and student achievement

Training

•Plan cross-system support opportunities targeting common instructional challenges across the partner network, including:

•Planning and facilitating classroom visits and meetings for instructional leaders

•Researching and writing case studies of particular examples of instructional improvement

•Identify common instructional challenges across systems and propose, design and execute new services to target common challenges

•Facilitate adult learning experiences for school and system leaders both within and across systems

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

•8+ years of educational experience and 3+ years of system-level instructional leadership

•Experience leading instructional improvement for a school, charter system and/or district, with a track record of improving student achievement

•Quick ability to understand the assets, needs and personalities of a school system in order to help develop plans that will work for their context

•Strong instructional instincts and experience across content domains; deep understanding of all content areas is not expected and Directors of Instructional Support will have content consultants they can call on – however, strong content knowledge is certainly valued

•Strong management skills and experience developing team members

•Great communication skills verbally and in writing, with an ability to develop quick rapport and build trust

•Detail orientation, organization and ability to keep multiple projects moving forward concurrently

•Data driven orientation and a commitment to whatever works best rather than attachment to pet theories or particular ideologies

•Versatility and a total learner mentality: comfort learning about new content areas and approaches to work

•Able to travel to schools and systems in Indianapolis weekly, to Nashville quarterly, to team meetings (location TBD) bi-annually, and nationally as needed

•Travel often includes early morning departures and/or overnight stays. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.

Compensation:

Starting salary for this role is $90,000-$105,000, depending on experience. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Instruction Partners offers flexible work hours and location. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.

Application Process:

Please submit the application components, including a cover letter, through the online application system. The process will include a work exercise as well as multiple interviews with members of the Instruction Partners Team.

Timeline:

We expect to make decisions and offers to qualified candidates in the first quarter  with an expected start date in early 2019.

Instruction Partners provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Instruction Partners complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Who We Are:

At Instruction Partners, we are a team of educators obsessed with instructional excellence. We dig deep into the often overlooked practical actions that power progress to learn what works, and translate it into support for schools and educators. We believe we can get better faster, together, and make every classroom a place of great learning that prepares students for successful, rewarding lives.

What We Do:

We work shoulder to shoulder with schools and educators to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions or push particular programs. Instead, we get into classrooms together and work through a collaborative process, with a singular focus of improving student outcomes. We work in two ways: we partner with schools and districts to support academic growth, and we provide deep-dive professional development for educators.

Our Core Values:

We are optimists: We believe that every student can succeed and that educators, with the right supports, can lead them to success. We aren’t scared of challenges, but have the courage and sense of possibility to overcome obstacles while holding high expectations and maintaining a sense of possibility for students, educators, and ourselves.

We are learners: We know there are always ways to improve. We believe our long-term success is a result of how well we learn. We seek to understand the best of what is known, we reflect on successes and challenges and we always look for ways we can grow.

We are big-hearted: We care deeply about each other and our work, and we know we can accomplish more together than alone. At all times, we communicate with kindness and empathy. We value diverse perspectives and honor individuality. We operate with no egos.

We are relentless: We pursue excellence by setting ambitious goals, working hard to overcome obstacles and boldly trying new things to ensure each student learns at a high level.

We are practical: We believe support should be thoughtful by meeting people, schools, and districts where they are. We look for ways to work smart, focus on the most relevant impact, and reduce friction to make it easier to take action.

We are direct: We honor each other by being honest, even when it is difficult.  We are straightforward about what we know and what we do not. Our respectful directness allows us to align our relationships and conversations toward our shared goals.

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Music Teacher

Posted by | October 10, 2018 |

The position includes both band and choral elements. Applicants with MYP and/or DP experience preferred but not required.  Professional development opportunities will be made available for the right candidate lacking MYP/DP training and/or experience.  Bachelor/teacher qualification required.

We seek qualified applicants who are highly collaborative, effective communicators, have strong skills at building rapport with students, parents and colleagues and are solutions-oriented.

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School Leader/Principal

Posted by | October 3, 2018 |

Overview

Opportunity America is seeking an experienced educator to launch a new career-focused charter school in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The position is a unique and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to build a school from the ground up. Applicants should have knowledge and experience in the field of career education and a proven track record in meeting if not exceeding academic benchmarks.

The organization and the school

Opportunity America is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans. The organization’s principal activities are research, policy development and working to build consensus around policy proposals. Our primary area of interest is career education, secondary and postsecondary, and we have done extensive research on career-focused charter schools.

Once one of the most disparaged forms of education in the US, what used to be called vocational education, now renamed and reimagined as career and technical education, has emerged in the past decade as one of the most promising approaches to equipping students for the future. Many charter educators, traditionally focused on preparing disadvantaged students for a conventional academic path, have been slow to see the advantages of career education. But Opportunity America believes the flexibility of the charter model offers an ideal platform to launch a break-the-mold career-focused school.

Our ambitious goal: reinventing high school to produce not just students who are technically proficient and college- and career-ready, but the kind of employees employers in every industry say they want – flexible, adaptive, autonomous problem solvers who can change with the company as the economy changes, making the most of new technology and new ways of organizing the workplace. We aim to launch a school that will become a national model – proof of concept that can be replicated by educators and employers nationwide.

A vibrant, innovative city with a robust economy, Indianapolis is among the American jurisdictions most hospitable to charter startups. Several employers in the area have expressed interest in partnering with Opportunity America to launch a career-focused high school, and we anticipate a planning process in which school leader and employer sponsors work together closely over an extended period to develop curriculum, redesign the school day, plan a continuum of work-based learning and more. We are committed to the principle of diversity by design – a school that is racially, culturally and socioeconomically integrated.

Our promise to students: a rigorous STEM-focused academic course of study, state-of-the-art technical instruction, an intentional and robust focus on employability skills, an innovative and engaging day-to-day school experience, a series of opportunities for work-based learning – including in later grades, full-fledged internships for all students – a high school diploma, one or more industry-recognized credentials and some college exposure, including the opportunity to earn an associate degree.

Position

We are conducting a national search for a proven educator with substantial experience in a career-focused school and a proven track record for student achievement.

Essential attributes include a commitment to academic excellence, keen entrepreneurialism and determination to build a school that works for Indianapolis, meeting the needs of an Indianapolis neighborhood, Indianapolis employers and a broad range of Indianapolis students. The right candidate will be a proven innovator and self-starter eager to take on an array of tasks and responsibilities.

We anticipate a two-year planning and charter-application process. During this start-up phase, the school leader will be responsible for addressing a variety of academic and nonacademic challenges, including:

▪ Exploring the city of Indianapolis’ unique opportunities and barriers to establishing a first-class career-focused charter
▪ Developing a deep understanding of Indiana policies and regulations that pertain to secondary and postsecondary education
▪ Solidifying relationships with the school’s founding employer partners, establishing relationships with additional employer partners
▪ Establishing relationships with local community groups and institutions, building community support
▪ Establishing relationships with state and local education officials
▪ Establishing relationships with local colleges and universities
▪ Working with the school’s employer partners to plan a curriculum that embraces strong academics, work-based learning and industry-recognized skills certification
▪ Working with Opportunity America to establish an Indiana 501(c)(3) and build a board
▪ Working with Opportunity America to find and secure a suitable location for the school
▪ Applying for a charter with the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office of Education Engagement, overseeing the preparation of materials to be submitted, including a letter of intent, prospectus, full application and budget template
▪ Working with Opportunity America to secure funding, including state, local and federal support, as well as philanthropic grants
▪ Other duties as assigned

The chosen candidate will support Opportunity America as it applies for an Innovation School Fellowship with the Indianapolis nonprofit, The Mind Trust. Should our proposal be selected, the fellowship will provide for leadership development, executive coaching, assistance with essential tactical steps required to design and launch the school and an opportunity to learn from a cohort of exceptional fellows also working to build innovative charter schools.

Once a charter has been approved, the school leader will be responsible for:

▪ Cementing relationships with participating K-12, nonprofit, industry and college partners
▪ Finalizing curriculum that embraces strong academics, work-based learning and industry-recognized skills certification
▪ Recruiting students
▪ Recruiting passionate, effective teachers and school administrators
▪ Establishing goals and metrics for the school, including test scores, graduation rates, credentialing, internships, college and career placement and degree attainment
▪ Working with school staff to develop and implement strategies to achieve the school’s academic and career education goals
▪ Developing and implementing an annual budget, marshaling general fund, Perkins and capital funds to support school goals
▪ Identifying and pursuing opportunities to make use of external resources, optimizing the allocation of staff and resources
▪ Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

▪ Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred
▪ Minimum of three years of high school leadership experience as a principal or in another leadership role, preferably in a career education/early college setting
▪ Proven results that indicate student growth and achievement as measured by traditional academic metrics and career-education outcomes
▪ Evidence that the candidate has built and managed systems for observation and feedback of teachers and strong professional development of teachers
▪ An innovating, entrepreneurial personality
▪ A dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion as it relates to students, teachers, communities and governance
▪ An Indianapolis resident or someone willing to relocate to Indianapolis and make a long-term commitment to the city

Compensation

Two-year fellowship for planning and school start-up includes competitive six-figure salary and benefits.

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Digital Marketing Manager

Posted by | September 7, 2018 |

Chalkbeatthe nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a digital marketing manager to help Chalkbeat grow into one of the largest nonprofit news sites in the country.

Chalkbeat’s digital marketing manager will drive key outcomes for both our revenue and editorial teams — increasing digital revenue, growing email subscribers, and piloting new audience growth initiatives. This is a highly interdisciplinary role, working in tandem with almost every team at Chalkbeat, from editorial, revenue, tech, analytics, etc. This position will report to the Head of Growth.

Who are you?

You are mission-driven, and you understand that the success of Chalkbeat means combining excellent journalism with a strong business model. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and are highly collaborative, able to earn trust and drive outcomes along the way.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 3+ years of work experience related to marketing or audience growth
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with stories to tell
  • Proven track record of email-based conversion (either donations or e-commerce sales), and experience utilizing the capabilities of an email service provider
  • Comfort with segmentation and data
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to take initiative without heavy oversight

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Membership: Driving growth in reader revenue, specifically the evolution and expansion of our brand new membership program.
  • Email marketing: Creating a sustainable and scalable email experience across teams, especially as our reach continues to expand into new locales and topics within the education space.
  • New initiatives and market research: Identifying, evaluating, and piloting promising initiatives that support Chalkbeat’s growth, from re-investing in existing products to incubating new high-potential opportunities.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Designer/Developer

Posted by | September 5, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a designer/developer to join the product team.

Chalkbeat’s product team is predominantly responsible for our technology — the CMS, chalkbeat.org, analytics, and visual storytelling. But we’re also responsible for providing support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. As the designer/developer, you’ll have the opportunity to work on both large-scale product design — like our website and newsletters — and help us find innovative ways to create engaging storytelling. You will have a high degree of autonomy and trust in your expertise. This position will report to the Director of Product.

Who are you?

  • You have a proven track record of solving complex design challenges, and have an online portfolio to demonstrate your experience with real work examples.
  • You value user experience and have strong communication skills, deftly connecting design decisions to the organization’s goals.
  • You are highly organized and enthusiastic about building systems that are easy to scale and adapt to new features.
  • You are curious, seeking out new ideas and skills to continuously inform your work.
  • You are passionate about supporting a new journalism model and contributing to sustainable local news coverage with a focus on education.

What background and skills do you have?

  • A solid foundation in design thinking, user experience principles, and UI design
  • A background in visual design with an appreciation for the finer arts of typography, layouts, and spacing
  • 4+ years work experience, ideally in web design, UX/UI design, or frontend development
  • Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS), and a working knowledge of modern JavaScript
  • An understanding of accessibility requirements and best practices
  • Experience or interest working remotely or with remote team members

We don’t expect you to check all of these boxes, and we also know you’ll bring interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Whether you identify as a designer or a developer — or both — we want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Math Lead

Posted by | September 4, 2018 |

We seek to hire a full-time Math Lead to lead the effort to improve math instruction in partner schools and systems, to deliver support that leads to measurable change in instruction and to offer professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders. We seek a self-motivated and detail-oriented educator with a strong background in mathematics and instructional coaching in grades K-12 as well as in developing and facilitating impactful adult learning experiences. Candidates should be passionate about improving instructional effectiveness and believe in the potential of students, teachers, and systems. The Math Lead reports to the Director of Instructional Support.

 

Responsibilities:

System Support

  • Accompany Directors of Instructional Support on school walkthroughs, use the Instructional Practices Guide (IPG) to observe and score math instruction, and give feedback on trends to system and school leaders and teachers
  • Conduct reviews and create reports on quality of assessments, curricula, pacing guides, scope and sequence guides, and other materials to inform system strategy for instructional improvement
  • Answer partners’ questions (directly and via Directors of Instructional Support) to support effective, informed decision-making
  • Supervise and train IPG specialists in the IPG Norming process during school walkthroughs
  • Work with partners’ math teams to support their instructional improvement cycle, including school visits, classroom observations, professional development, and content support
  • Assist with the build-out of curriculum implementation playbooks for systems

Content Development & Delivery

  • Develop content, such as model lessons, content exercises, and training session materials and PowerPoints
  • Lead professional development for teachers and leaders, and train content specialists to deliver training content
  • Support development of curriculum-specific transition and implementation plans and resources
  • Prepare materials for and lead the math portions of professional learning opportunities for teachers and leaders
  • Prepare materials for and lead sessions during topical meetings, quarterly network meetings, and other events as needed

Team Coordination

  • Train and manage part-time math content specialists to assist on content development and delivery

 

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

  • Commitment to excellent daily instruction for all students
  • 3+ years of experience as a math teacher and 3+ years as an administrator or instructional coach, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes and improving student learning
  • Deep knowledge of math content and pedagogy in grades K-12
  • Deep understanding of the math standards, assessments, and instructional implications
  • Detail orientation, organization, and follow through
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience building positive relationships with diverse team members and stakeholders
  • Able to travel to schools in Indianapolis weekly and to team meetings (location TBD) bi-annually
    • Travel often includes early morning departures and/or overnight stays. A flexible schedule Monday through Friday is required. Instruction Partners covers all travel expenses.

 

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive with charter and nonprofit sector positions and is commensurate with experience. Detailed information about the organizational compensation philosophy is available upon application. Instruction Partners offers flexible work hours and location. Competitive benefits and private retirement investment options are available, as well as a generous vacation policy.

Location:

We are looking for candidates in Memphis and Indianapolis. Remote candidates who are able to travel will also be considered.

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Design Teacher

Posted by | August 17, 2018 |

Job Description

PPHS is seeking passionate, flexible, and optimistic teachers who will thrive in a dynamic environment.  Our teachers are personal learning coaches that help each student investigate what interests and drives them.  Fulfilling the role as a personal learning coach means encouraging students to demonstrate high levels of social responsibility, personal accountability, and independent thinking.  Thus, at PPHS, teachers are referred to as “coaches”. A PPHS coach embodies design-thinking by empathizing with students, parents, guardians, and co-workers. Coaches also prototype and iterate upon systems to best support student achievement.   Through this, our coaches help students discover their superpower and unique capabilities in order to prepare them for jobs that do not yet exist.

 

A Purdue Polytechnic Personal Learning Coach is a…

Collaborator

  • Successful working in a team environment
  • Skilled in motivating students
  • Able to relate to a diverse population
  • Desire to learn from multiple sources to grow professionally and personally

Communicator

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of technology applications to enhance instruction and perform administrative tasks
  • Experience working with online learning is a plus
  • Dedication to building a rapport with student families and the surrounding community

Innovator

  • Adaptable to shifting priorities while attaining a positive learning environment
  • Able to think and act creatively
  • Passionate about shaking up the traditional curriculum status quo
  • Strategic in using multiple sources to plan and implement supports for exceptional student

 

In addition to the qualifications above, we are seeking someone with the following:

  • Current Teaching Certification in subject specialty, dual licensure preferred
  • Experience working with high school age students in a non-traditional setting highly preferred
  • Experience and dedication working with restorative practices
  • Able to gather and analyze data for informed decision making

 

Personal Learning Coach Duties

  • Create and support an outstanding experience for each student.
  • Analyze and interpret data (academic, personal growth, and 21st-century skills) and make necessary adjustments to ensure students are fully engaged and achieving to the best of their ability.
  • Mentor all students on academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • Assist in activities such as recruitment, enrollment, culture establishment, and curriculum development.
  • Reflect and promote PPHS core values at all times, including in serving as the school’s main point of contact between a student and their guardians.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned

 

What Purdue Polytechnic High School offers:

As a coach at PPHS, you will have the opportunity to reinvent high school by analyzing the future of work, partnering with local organizations, and coaching students how to learn and problem solve. You will expose students to different career pathways, work-based learning opportunities, and internships to help them better prepare for their future. You will have a dedicated and mission-driven team for continuous collaboration. Finally, you will have dedicated instructional coaching and support to help you grow professionally.  

 

Additional Information

  • Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Purdue Polytechnic High School Indianapolis offers competitive compensation and benefits.

 

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Engagement Editor

Posted by | August 17, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks an engagement editor to grow our audience and deepen our relationship with readers.

Chalkbeat’s next engagement editor will help our network of local bureaus and national team better understand the news needs of our core audiences, elevate voices that are often ignored by mainstream media, build stronger relationships with communities that need critical information about schools, and expand our reach to inform as many people as possible about key developments in public education. This position will report to the Executive Editor.    

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and understand that means putting the audience first.  You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven journalism can do that.  You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to communities and fostering lasting relationships. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and moving in between the education policy world and journalism industry circles. You have experience in building and engaging audiences on social media, and growing newsletter subscribers. You think in headlines, tweets, and subject lines. You can strategize about in-person events, and you care deeply about the user experience online.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working on the digital side of media, journalism, or communications
  • Experience reporting and writing news and/or feature stories
  • Proven track record of growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through email lists and social media
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Proficiency with third-party email service providers
  • Experience developing strategy informed by analytics
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Develop social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk)
  • Own newsletter strategy and help grow subscriber base
  • Manage national and local news partners
  • Support local bureaus with strategies for in-person events and engagement-driven reporting that brings in voices from the communities we serve
  • Leverage analytics to develop best practices for growth and engagement
  • Collaborate with Product, Analytics, and Revenue teams to identify and execute on optimization and growth opportunities

We’re building this team out, so you’ll also be hiring and overseeing another engagement team member, who will be responsible for supporting social and email strategy and execution.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of six cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Director of Product

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team.

Who are you?

You thrive in smaller organizations where you can make a huge impact, and you can draw clear lines from broad organizational goals to products that delight users and drive results. You translate strategy into execution and enjoy doing the work, not just calling the shots. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.

What background and skills do you have? (Not all are required, but we hope you’ll have several of these.)

  • Significant product management experience, ideally at a news organization
  • Background in UX and/or design and an innate sense for what looks good and works well
  • Experience using data to influence product strategy and the ability to present data findings in an authoritative way
  • Strong skills in data analysis and interpretation; experience with analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics) and A/B testing methodologies
  • Strong technical background, including knowledge of frontend, backend, and infrastructure technologies, and experience managing developers
  • Understanding of data visualization
  • Proven record of successfully launching and scaling products while working with multiple inputs
  • Outstanding communication: stellar listening skills, the ability to clearly capture other people’s viewpoints, and a knack for driving consensus and decision-making across the organization
  • Past creator of roadmaps/project plans, style guides, user manuals, and other relevant process documentation
  • Familiarity with best-in-class digital products across the journalism landscape and beyond, plus existing relationships with other news and/or product organizations
  • Interest in education and passion for Chalkbeat’s equity mission

What will you do?

  • Develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue
  • Define and own the product roadmap and feature prioritization to build and improve the user experience and outcomes
  • Establish ideal product development process and oversee product requirements and documentation
  • Communicate evolving priorities across the company, respond to requests from the newsroom and business teams, and design effective tools to document processes and train people to follow them
  • Use data to test assumptions, make recommendations, and drive actions
  • Build use cases and user stories and communicate them effectively
  • Serve as player-coach: You’re a manager, but you’re also a doer. You demonstrate capability to inspire a team while moving quickly to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Coach, mentor, and manage your direct reports, including a full-stack developer and digital producer, plus oversee relationships with outside web development and design consultants

This position is ideally based in New York City or one of Chalkbeat’s other locations: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, or Memphis. We will also consider remote candidates. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s executive editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor (Part-Time)

Posted by | March 14, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our seven local bureaus: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, or Memphis is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Indiana Standards Bootcamps Content Coach

Posted by | March 13, 2018 |

This is a part-time, contract position located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The application deadline is March 30. Applicants will be notified regarding whether or not they have been selected by April 13.

 

Who We Are:

At Instruction Partners, we are a team of educators obsessed with instructional excellence. We dig deep into the often overlooked practical actions that power progress to learn what works, and translate it into support for schools and educators. We believe we can get better faster, together, and make every classroom a place of great learning that prepares students for successful, rewarding lives.

 

What We Do:

We work shoulder to shoulder with schools and educators to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. We don’t offer one-size-fits-all solutions or push particular programs. Instead, we get into classrooms together and work through a collaborative process, with a singular focus of improving student outcomes. We work in two ways: we partner with schools and districts to support academic growth, and we provide deep-dive professional development for educators.

 

Position Description:

This summer, Instruction Partners is offering Standards Bootcamps, three-day intensive trainings offered in both math and ELA for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands, focused on the most challenging domains for each content area. The goal of Standards Bootcamps is to provide cross-system, grade- and content-specific support to educators in various roles, especially teachers.

Content Coaches are current educators, ideally classroom teachers or instructional coaches, in the grade band and content area they coach. We are seeking educators who know their content deeply, have a strong command and understanding of the rigor and expectations of the standards, and are passionate about helping other teachers. Ideally, Content Coaches will have taught for several years in the content area and grade band and have experience in leading professional development or other learning experiences for adults.

As a Content Coach, you can expect:

  • Deep, personal learning around the focus domains
  • To have your thinking and understanding of the content and standards challenged
  • Training to strengthen knowledge and skill in facilitating adult learning
  • To work directly with teachers to build their understanding of the standards and the underlying content
  • To build your network of passionate, committed educators from across Indiana

We are seeking a cohort of Content Coaches in the following grade bands and content area:

  • K-2 ELA (June only)
  • K-2 Math (July only)
  • 3-5 ELA
  • 3-5 Math
  • 6-8 ELA
  • 6-8 Math
  • 9-12 ELA
  • 9-12 Math

 

Key Qualifications

  • Deep belief in the ability of all students to meet high expectations
  • Passion for supporting teachers through building their knowledge of the standards and skills for teaching
  • 3+ years of experience as a teacher or instructional coach in ELA or math, with a record of success improving student learning
  • Deep understanding of the math or ELA standards, assessments, and instructional strategies and implications
  • Experience leading adult learning experiences
  • Detail orientation, organization, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to attend one in-person training on May 11-12, and Bootcamps on June 26-28 and/or July 17-19

 

Estimated Time Commitment

Content Coaches are part-time contractors. All work for this position can be done outside of regular school hours, in the evenings, weekends, or over the summer. Facilitation opportunities may vary depending on enrollment. Please see below for expected Content Coach activities and time estimates.

 

Preparation

To prepare to serve as a Content Coach during Bootcamps this summer, you will engage in virtual meetings throughout the spring, as well as a two-day, in-person training. During the virtual training, you will first engage with the content deeply as a learner to challenge your own understanding and practice. During the in-person training, you will turn your attention to preparing to lead the training experience for your peers. These trainings will also provide an opportunity for you to network with other great educators.

May:

  • Attend Virtual Content Coach Orientation (1.5 Hours)
  • May 11-12: In-person facilitator training in Indianapolis (4:00-8:00 EST on Friday, 9:00-4:00 EST on Saturday)

June

  • Attend Virtual Content Coach Training (1.5 Hours)
  • Complete Virtual Bridge-to-Practice Assignment (1.5 Hours)
  • June 26: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)
  • June 27: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)
  • June 28: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)

July

  • Attend Virtual Content Coach Meetings (1.5 Hours)
  • Complete Virtual Bridge-to-Practice Assignment (1.5 Hours)
  • July 17: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)
  • June 18: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)
  • June 19: Facilitate Standards Bootcamps (8 Hours)

 

Compensation

Travel expenses to in-person training and facilitation for Content Coaches will be covered. Selected Content Coaches will earn $500 per day for in-person facilitation and $50 per hour for virtual work, such as reviewing and providing feedback on participant learning checkpoints.

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National Reporter

Posted by | March 2, 2018 |

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We’re currently in six locations — Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee — and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most or all of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced, high-volume news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policy makers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

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Director of Curriculum

Posted by | January 26, 2018 |

Summary
Act in accordance with the network team and school level leadership to provide leadership in planning developing,
maintaining, and evaluating the curriculum and instruction; to coordinate, organize, perform duties dealing with instructional
support, supervision, budgeting, investments, and professional development; collaborate with instructional program
leadership and is responsible for representing the best interests of the school programs; provide direct supervision
of staff responsible for curriculum and instruction development; provide leadership to the network in complying with federal
and state laws and regulations.

Education and Experience
• Master’s Degree in education, curriculum, or related field
• Five (5) years’ experience in the area of curriculum and instruction
• At least three (3) years of teaching experience
• Valid Indiana Teaching License
• Valid Indiana Administrative license preferred; not required

Qualifications
● Experience with STEM, preferred
● Knowledge of curriculum and instruction
● Strong knowledge of Indiana State Academic Standards and Graduation Requirements
● Knowledge of state assessment requirements
● Ability to evaluate instructional programs and teaching effectiveness
● Ability to manage budget and personnel
● Ability to implement policy and procedures
● Ability to interpret data
● Strong communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills

Duties
● Plans and carries out a program of curriculum review and development that is aligned using the Design Thinking
Process.
● Align certification and work experiences to Indiana State Standards to allow for credit application.
● Manage teacher licensing and renewals
● Apply research and data to improve the content, sequence, and outcomes of the teaching-learning process
● Work with appropriate faculty to develop, maintain, and revise curriculum documents based on systematic review
and analysis
● Involve instructional faculty team in evaluating and selecting instructional materials to meet student learning
needs.
● Monitor professional research and disseminate ideas and information to others.
● Ensure the use of technology in the teaching-learning process.
● Plan the necessary time, resources, and materials to support accomplishments of education goals.
● Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement data to examine curriculum and instruction
program effectiveness.
● Provide effective staff development activities that incorporate the mission of the school, program evaluation
outcomes, and input from teachers and others.
● Acts as a liaison with other networks, universities, and State Department personnel in order to keep abreast of
new educational developments and ideas.
● Keeps current with educational developments and the literature in the field of education and participates in the
affairs of state and national professional societies devoted to the advancement of education.
● Assists with all assessment and accountability programs, data analysis and interpretation.
● Provides leadership in the evaluation of instructional methods and programs, and recommends such changes and
improvements as are needed.
● Guides individual professional development experiences
● Supervises the instructional and professional development programs of the staff
● Assist in the planning and implementation of effective programs of supervision and evaluation.
● Designs, recommends, carries out educational initiatives; disseminates and interprets the results to
administrators, teachers, and parents as appropriate.
● Supervises and coordinates the work of curriculum resource consultants.
● Provides guidance in the selection and use of instructional materials
● Works with teachers in the preparation of curriculum materials.
● Perform other duties consistent with the position assigned.

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English, Math, Science, or Social Studies Teachers

Posted by | January 24, 2018 |

Math, Science, English, or Social Studies Teacher

Summary

Teachers of Purdue Polytechnic High School will facilitate an academic experience with social supports tailored specifically to the needs of students. Teachers and students work together to schedule time for instruction, which can occur individually, in small groups, or in large groups depending on the learning styles of the students. Fulfilling the role as a personal learning coach, teachers will encourage students to demonstrate high levels of social responsibility, personal accountability, and independent thinking. Through design-based problems and projects teachers will facilitate student learning in a variety of formats to master Indiana state standards, pass state high school graduation exams, and meet college requirements.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in subject specialty required. Prefer a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.

Qualifications

  • Current Indiana Teaching Certification in subject specialty, dual licensure preferred.
  • Experience working with high school age students in a non-traditional setting highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success meeting educational needs and understanding student learning styles.
  • Demonstrated success in working in a team environment.
  • Has working knowledge of technology applications to enhance instruction and perform administrative tasks.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong motivational skills.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with others.
  • Adaptable to shifting priorities while attaining a positive learning environment.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population.
  • Experience working with online learning is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish, highly preferred.
  • Must be able to successfully pass a background check.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data for informed decision making.
  • Possess the essential mindset that all students can succeed.

 

Duties

  • To provide support for learning that contributes to an outstanding student experience from the start of the PPHS journey to progressing into further study or employment.
  • To work directly with Facilitators, Peers and Partners to ensure students are fully engaged with all aspects of student personal learning and achieving to the best of their ability.
  • To provide, on a one to one and group basis, high quality interventions that encourage learners to engage and enable the achievement of realistic yet challenging goals to support future success and progression.
  • To measure the impact of personalized learning and project management to evaluate effectiveness and inform continual improvement.
  • To assist in activities such as recruitment events, enrollment activities and assessment of support needs.
  • To understand barriers to learning and to support learners to overcome these by guiding students in developing a growth mindset and delivering a consistently outstanding service.
  • Establishes and maintains PPHS core values and guides all interactions between students, parents, community and industry members to achieve a positive learning environment conducive to the success of the students.
  • Manages and monitors students’ learning experience to ensure student engagement and accomplish learning goals.
  • Analyze and interpret data and make necessary adjustments to achieve learning goals
  • Attend all team and professional development meetings.
  • Evaluate academic, personal growth, and 21st Century skills data.
  • Accepts responsibility for appropriate utilization of and the care of equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Performs such other duties as assigned that will lead towards the success of the PPHS

 

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2018 Standards Training Facilitator, K-12 ELA & Math + Leadership

Posted by | January 10, 2018 |

This is a contract position requiring three in-person days in the spring (as well as roughly 10 hours of virtual work) and is based in Indianapolis, IN.

The application deadline is January 26, 2018.

 

Who We Are:

Instruction Partners is a team of educators guided by a simple belief: you should be able to walk into any classroom and see every student engaged in the kind of challenging, inspiring, and supportive learning that will open doors and help them reach their potential. We believe this vision can be a reality for every child, in every classroom, in every school, in every district.

 

What We Do:

We believe if we can unlock the practical actions that have powered student growth and translate it into effective support for educators, we can get better faster, together, and make every classroom a place of great learning that prepares students for successful, rewarding lives. We do this by working shoulder-to-shoulder with teachers and leaders to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. Specializing in small schools and districts, we work in two ways: through partnerships with districts and schools to assess and pursue options for instructional improvement, and by providing teachers and leaders with targeted support to solve the real-world instructional challenges they face in their classrooms.

 

Position Description:

This spring, Instruction Partners is launching a three-part training series on the Indiana standards and instructional shifts. The goal of this training is to build Indianapolis instructional leaders’ understanding of the standards and underlying content to ensure students consistently receive rigorous instruction.

We are looking for local Indianapolis practitioners to help co-facilitate each of the five tracks we plan on offering: K-5 Math, 6-12 Math, K-5 ELA, 6-12 ELA, and a CAO/Leadership track.

We are seeking current educators, ideally classroom teachers or instructional coaches, with experience in leading professional development or other learning experiences for adults. We are looking for candidates who know their content deeply, have a strong command and understanding of the rigor and expectations of the standards, and are passionate about helping other educators.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate professional development sessions for three days from February-April 2018
  • Participate in three one-hour training sessions in preparation for facilitation
  • Review predesigned training materials, including PowerPoints, facilitator notes, and digital and print participant materials

 

Candidate Qualifications and Traits:

  • 3+ years of experience as a teacher, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes and improving student learning
  • 3+ years as an instructional coach or content developer, with a record of success achieving clearly-defined outcomes and improving student learning
  • Experience leading adult learning experiences
  • Passion for supporting teachers through building their knowledge of the standards and shifts
  • Deep belief in the ability of all students to meet high expectations
  • Deep knowledge of content and pedagogy in candidates’ chosen track
  • Deep understanding of the rigorous academic standards, assessments, and instructional implications
  • Detail orientation, organization, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

 

Dates of Training

K-5 Math:

  • Session 1 Date: February 13
  • Session 2 Date: March 12
  • Session 3 Date: April 10

6-12 ELA:

  • Session 1 Date: February 13
  • Session 2 Date: March 21
  • Session 3 Date: April 10

K-5 ELA:

  • Session 1 Date: February 15
  • Session 2 Date: March 22
  • Session 3 Date: April 11

6-12 Math:

  • Session 1 Date: February 15
  • Session 2 Date: March 22
  • Session 3 Date: April 11

CAO/System Leaders:

  • Session 1 Date: February 15
  • Session 2 Date: March 22
  • Session 3 Date: April 11

 

Compensation:

Facilitators will earn $500 per day for in-person facilitation and $50 per hour for virtual work, such as participating in the three facilitator trainings and reviewing and providing feedback on predesigned session materials.

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Indiana Policy Associate

Posted by | October 30, 2017 |

Overview of Teach Plus

Mission. The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success.

Programs. Teach Plus programs are designed to place highly effective teachers at the center of improvements in schools as leaders of their peers and outside schools influencing policy decisions that affect their classrooms.  The programs develop excellent teachers into leaders who achieve change and mobilize others in their school, district, state, and across the nation to bring change to scale.

Impact. Teach Plus ensures that effective teachers have influence beyond their classrooms as:

  • a key voice in legislation in local, district, state, and federal policy
  • change agents in transforming student learning across a school
  • leaders of other teachers in improving practice
  • a grounded perspective in the media and on research

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the Indiana Policy Manager, the Indiana Policy Associate is primarily responsibility for supporting teacher directed communications around our Policy Fellowship and additional events, opportunities, and programs for teachers.  In addition the Indiana Policy Associate will support the basic management and operations for the Policy Fellowship and greater teaching network. The role will include opportunities for professional growth in education policy and nonprofit management. Primary responsibilities will include:

Communications

  • Update social media and other forms of communication to keep local teachers informed about key educational issues and to promote Teach Plus.
  • Identify opportunities for teacher leadership and publicize them through a monthly Teacher Leadership Email and social media outreach.
  • Review major publications covering education policy and drafting tweets highlighting key articles for the @teachplusindy Twitter handle.
  • Maintain certain local pages of the Indiana website.

Events Management

  • Manage logistics and set up for monthly Fellows Sessions (in-person and virtual) including, but not limited to, building and sharing surveys, sending follow up emails with pre-work, and communicating logistics with fellows.
  • Support and implement marketing for upcoming teacher leadership and policy events.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations, handouts, and other relevant materials to support events.
  • Coordinate logistics for policy events, including site research, vendor research, set up, technology support, and ordering necessary food and supplies.

Recruitment and Selection of Program Participants

  • Support the recruitment and selection process across the policy fellowship programs in collaboration with the Program Coordinator by helping to craft messaging, support logistics, promote opportunities, etc.
  • Support the Program Coordinator in communicating application requirements and program details to applicants through multiple channels across the state, including in-person presentations, webinars, etc.

Policy Support

  • Provide administrative, logistical, and editorial support for the policy work as needed including but not limited to, policy briefs, policy memos, testimonies, and op-eds.

Data Management

  • Maintain accurate and timely data and enter appropriate information as it relates to the policy programs into the Salesforce database for ongoing accountability reports.

Administrative Support

  • Support the daily needs of the office including scheduling meetings, greeting and directing office visitors, initiating and answering telephone calls, and responding to direct requests for information.
  • Provide meeting support as needed, e.g. preparing materials, logistics.
  • Support the daily operational needs of the office such as ordering necessary supplies, technical requests, etc.

Qualifications

In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should have:

  • Demonstrated passion for policy and ensuring that all urban students have access to highly-effective teachers
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Comfort with Excel and database programs
  • Strong project management skills
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, highly entrepreneurial environment and the willingness to contribute as needed to a growing organization
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent relationship-building and interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail and dedication to data-informed decision-making
  • Solutions-orientation
  • Sense of humor
  • Teaching experience a plus

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be based on prior experience and qualifications. Full benefits package includes medical, dental, retirement, disability, life insurance, and generous paid time off benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.

Application Link:  https://www.tfaforms.com/4643487

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Indiana Bureau Chief

Posted by | October 24, 2017 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a seasoned journalist with management experience to serve as our Indiana bureau chief.

The bureau chief will lead our Indiana bureau’s coverage, with a focus on bottom-up reporting on the debate around how to create educational equity. This is a “player-coach” role, meaning you’ll be balancing both management of staff and your own reporting. You will oversee a strong team of two reporters, and be responsible for guiding our coverage decisions and priorities, working with reporters and senior editors to help shape stories on the front end so they connect to the important story Chalkbeat is telling across the country. (You may pinch-hit on editing when one of our ace story editors is out, too.) You’ll also serve as Chalkbeat’s public face in Indiana, working with our experienced leadership to build a local community strategy and representing the organization in the community. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You find coaching reporters energizing, from helping them connect the dots across several incremental stories to instructing them in the fine art of source-building. You can balance quick news hits with enterprise work, and have experience planning longer-term projects. While you love being on the ground and in the community, you’re also inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across the Chalkbeat network to learn and share best practices and get the support you need to lead your team to greatness. You can serve as a guide for our readers—school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens—in explaining how education works in Colorado. And you’re not afraid to call officials to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • Strong track record in journalism, preferably in digital, with experience on public policy issues
  • Familiarity with Indiana and experience covering the news here
  • Proven strategies for building an effective team. Experience managing direct reports preferred.
  • Experience managing budgets and other administrative duties preferred
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with curious reporters and skeptical editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor

Posted by | September 12, 2017 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our five local bureaus: Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Chicago, Newark, and/or the Bay Area is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in New York, Denver, Indianapolis, Detroit, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess. We will also consider a part-time schedule for the right candidate.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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President

Posted by | August 3, 2017 |

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the President will be a dynamic leader committed to the mission of Catholic education and the Cristo Rey model. The President will be expected to demonstrate a record of executive and fiscal management, along with the achievement of strategic and operational goals. The ideal candidate is a practicing Catholic and leader who can effectively articulate the school’s mission to its various constituencies. Preference will be given to candidates with a mission orientation that incorporates Catholic education and Cristo Rey ideals with a strategic vision for the development of all aspects of the school and students—mission, academics, work-study, finance, operations, admissions, and advancement.  Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred.  A competitive salary and benefits package is offered.  Expected start date is November 1, 2017.

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High School Principal (18-19 SY)

Posted by | July 31, 2017 |

Indianapolis Public Schools is reinventing the high school experience by offering more college and career options and 100 percent school choice in the 2018-2019 school year.  We know that our vision requires bold and innovative school leadership.  With an increased salary range up to $150,000 annually and significant building autonomy, we are looking for leaders who are able to articulate a vision for excellence and work relentlessly to achieve this vision alongside students, staff, parents, and community members.  Access and apply for the position posting here.

If you are interested in learning more about high school leadership with Indianapolis Public Schools, complete this short form, and a member of our leadership search committee will be in contact. If you have any questions, please email Alex Moseman at MosemanR@myips.org.

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SUMMARY: Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is looking for exceptional founding principals to lead our new, autonomous high schools focused on college and career readiness through innovative choice programs and career themed academies.  By 2020, we expect every high school student in IPS to have either chosen a career pathway, be actively engaged in researching pathways, or be enrolled in one of IPS’ existing, high -performing choice programs.

Our new High Schools require bold and visionary leadership combined with relevant career experience and a demonstrated skill set.  Specifically, we are looking for leaders who are able to articulate a vision for excellence and work relentlessly to achieve this vision alongside students, staff, parents, and community members.  In addition to demonstrated instructional leadership, we are seeking individuals who are strong human capital managers and skilled in hiring, developing, and retaining mission-driven team members.  Our principals must be able to navigate uncertainty, operate with autonomy, demonstrate strong judgement, and deliver results in an outcomes-oriented environment. Above all, we are looking for individuals who believe in the potential of our students and are passionate about demonstrating what is possible in secondary education.

As principal, you are the chief building administrator responsible for developing and implementing policies, programs, curriculum activities and budgets in a manner that promotes the educational development of each student and the professional development of each staff member.  The principal is responsible for managing and overseeing all functions of the individual school site including all aspects of the instructional program, school environment, and the operational and fiscal health of the school. As IPS high schools continue to expand to serve more students, the principal will develop and refine a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure every high school student is on the path to be enrolled in a two or four-year college or university, enlisted into the military or employed with a livable wage upon graduation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:  

  • Develops and Implements Plans to
    • Increase student achievement
    • Increase graduation rate
    • Increase attendance
    • Strengthen instructional opportunities
    • Provide a safe learning environment
    • Provide student services
    • Ensure all students are employed, enrolled, or enlisted upon graduation
  • Communicates, collaborates, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders including:
    • Teachers and staff
    • Students and parents
    • Community and business partners
    • Other members of the school and district community
  • Selects and mentors a highly quality school staff through professional development, formal, and informal observations.
  • Develops and maintains quality data, a balanced budget and operational systems closely tied to instructional priorities.
  • Directs and maintains records on the materials, supplies and equipment, which are necessary to carry out the daily school routine.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: A strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students. A minimum of 3-5 years of developing instructional expertise in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary results.

  • At least three years of leadership in a low-income school with demonstrated exemplary results
  • A record of success in leading adults; prior experience with direct management, supervision and growth of employees with high staff retention rates.
  • A deep passion for social justice and equity for all children; believes that all students can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of demography
  • Alignment with IPS Core Commitments and Beliefs
  • A history of leadership in engaging a team in the development of task-focused, organized and systematic work habits.
  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

Education/Experience: Master’s degree required.  A minimum of three years’ teaching experience and experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity.  Must possess successful experiences working with a diverse population of students and faculty.

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Teachers, Elementary Education

Posted by | May 8, 2017 |

Title: Teacher, Elementary Education (K – 6)

 

 

Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA) is a growing network of public charter schools in Indianapolis. We employ a “blended” instructional approach, utilizing whole-group, small group, and computer-enabled instruction on award-winning educational software to provide research-based and rigorous instruction in core academic subjects. Our certified teachers and teacher’s assistants lead instruction ultimately, creating a highly personalized learning experience. The PLA model also incorporates other best practices from the nation’s top schools emphasizing social-emotional growth, art and music programs, character education, and college readiness. Check us out at http://www.phalenacademies.org.

 

The passionate dedication of our teachers is the foundation of our success.

 

At PLA, we maintain high expectations of teachers and students, and we work together to ensure that all PLA Teachers perform in the capacity of self-contained academic practitioners able to use the Phalen model, which is a blended learning curriculum. PLA Teachers effectively lead lessons and activities for scholars that will support academic skill development and support the core learning objectives.  Our expectation is that under the direct teaching and guidance of our PLA Teachers, our scholars:

 

  • Can articulate what they are learning, why it matters to their lives, and how it contributes to college and career readiness
  • Assume ownership for routines and procedures in an orderly, efficient, self-directed manner
  • Feel emotionally and physically safe and secure in their classroom, and feel empowered to seize academic risks and persist through difficult tasks or texts
  • Make genuine connections to prior experience, personal interests or their community context to deepen understanding of the ideas and narratives presented in rich texts
  • Strive to achieve personal goals and are motivated to learn and improve, not merely to win prizes or surpass their peers.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A passion for working with students and families in under-served communities
  • High sense of possibility; unwavering commitment that every student receives a quality instruction & achieves at high levels
  • Demonstrates a wide range of instructional techniques based on instructional and content based best practices
  • Previous experience with blended-learning and/or technology based curriculum preferred
  • Effective pedagogical skills that are driven by curriculum standards and data driven assessment; and promote critical thinking, and problem solving
  • High proficiency of grade-level standards, benchmarks, and curriculum
  • Proficiency in backwards planning and unit design
  • Experience informing parents about student progress, providing daily, weekly and quarterly feedback
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Indiana Teachers Certificate or out of state equivalent for appropriate grade level and/or subject area assignment; no license, expired license and/or emergency license does not meet position eligibility
  • Experience teaching primary, upper elementary and middle school grade-levels

 

 

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Director of Engagement – Education

Posted by | April 10, 2017 |

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has engaged EFL Associates in a search for a Director level role, which will be responsible for working with the Vice President of Public Affairs to serve as an advocate and constituency builder for the Foundation’s key urban educational outreach programs.

Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Foundation (www.kauffman.org) is among the thirty largest foundations in the United States with an endowment base of approximately $2 billion.  The Foundation works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the educational achievement of urban youth, and spends approximately $47 million annually on education programs. We are seeking candidates who possess:

At least 5 years of experience in constituency-building or advocacy roles involving the development and execution of strategic plans.

  • Significant knowledge of urban education environments and an understanding of national trends in urban school improvement practices.
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to mobilize both internal and external resources to achieve goals.
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IPS Opportunity Culture

Posted by | February 8, 2017 |

IPS has adopted an Opportunity Culture model for teachers to develop a world class staff for our students. This innovative staffing structure creates high impact roles for exceptional teachers by increasing the number of students they reach and investing in their ongoing development. This initiative creates empowered teams of educators who are able to collaborate and obtain measurable results, transforming the schools, students, and the city of Indianapolis. We are looking to grow the number of OC roles in the district by more than 70% and are eager to see the direct impact that these teachers will make on over 5000 students across Indianapolis.

 

Application for Opportunity Culture teacher leadership positions are now open; Priority applications will be accepted until February 17th and will receive notice of next steps by March 6.

To stay up to date with opportunities and important deadlines sign up here.

Learn more about Opportunity Culture, click here.