Teach Western Mass (TWM) seeks TWM Residency Summer Coaches.
This part-time position is based in Springfield/Holyoke and is available in late Spring and Summer 2019.
Reports to: TWM Director of Instruction
The TWM residency team is seeking skilled and dedicated educators from schools in Western Massachusetts to serve as Summer Coaches for the TWM Residency program.
TWM is a partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, and UP Education Network, with support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, we're joined by several local charter schools.
Collectively, we represent 30 schools serving more than 11,000 students in Western Massachusetts. The TWM Residency is an innovative teacher preparation program that, in partnership with schools in Western Massachusetts, is committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce to better reflect the local student population, and to training teachers to fill high needs areas such as ESL, Special Education, and Math.
The program identifies, prepares and supports candidates to teach in a TWM partner school through an intensive 15 month residency culminating in initial certification. With our schools growing more diverse and vibrant, it is our top priority to ensure that we have the best educators in every classroom for our students. TWM Residency Summer Coaches will play a critical role in this effort by providing new teachers with feedback and coaching as they begin their experiences in Western Massachusetts classrooms during their Pre-practicum over the course of the summer.
Roles and Responsibilities
What You’ll Do
TWM Residency Summer Coaches are experienced and successful teachers who develop Residents towards mastery of the foundational skills residents must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher.
As the most significant support for TWM Residents during Pre-practicum, the Summer Coach will:
- Support, coach, and motivate a group of 8-12 Residents to reach ambitious goals with students and master foundational skills aligned to the TWM Residency Program of Study.
- Observe and provide specific, actionable, on-the-spot feedback to individual Residents twice per week on their teaching performance in a summer school classroom.
- Plan and execute daily coaching experiences, including in-classroom interventions, that are based on performance data and offer opportunities for practice and immediate feedback.
- Plan and facilitate lesson planning and skill-building workshops which support Residents’ instructional planning and delivery skills.
- Evaluate Resident performance by assessing Resident proficiency on the CAP rubric and other performance measures, using data to identify trends in teacher performance and identifying the highest priority development areas on an individual and group level
- Promote a growth mindset and analytical self-reflection in Residents in order to accelerate growth and student achievement.
- Model principles of professional collaboration and actively work to develop these in residents.
- Build and develop Residents’ skills in creating safe and welcoming learning communities, providing cognitively demanding tasks, and facilitating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.
- Collaborate with other Teach Western Mass faculty and staff to plan meaningful training activities and norm on resident performance standards.
What You Bring
We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you are a constant learner who sees failure as an opportunity to improve, if you are a strong critical thinker with an unrelenting focus on educational equity who cultivates strong relationships, and pushes yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. We expect our Summer Coaches to demonstrate a record of academic success working with students in high-needs schools, high expectations for students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills.
Ideal candidates will also have:
- Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in high-need subject areas (required), five years of successful teaching experience in Special Education, Math, Elementary or English Language Learner experience (highly preferred)
- Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (highly preferred)
- Experience with effective teaching techniques and strategies (required)
- Experience coaching teachers and leading adult learning (preferred)
- Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
- Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate teacher improvement
- Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and mentoring relationships
- Exceptional skills in time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Readiness to train throughout the spring and work throughout the summer over the course of the pre-service training (~38 hours per week)
- A positive outlook, flexibility, and solutions oriented mindset in stressful situations
- Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings
- Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making and prioritize the highest leverage action step for new teachers.
TWM Residency Summer Coaches can expect to attend up to 30 hours of training over multiple days in the spring. Trainings will take place in the afternoons and evenings after school hours. Coaches will complete about 5 hours of preparation work in advance of pre-service training and a commitment of ~38 or more hours per week for the four weeks of pre-service training.
Additional Schedule Information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ktSCGWMw6dTpjXe0oLodfOvvzKeAjTl5/view?usp=sharing
In line with rates paid for similar positions in the region, Summer Coaches will earn a stipend of $5,750 for the spring and summer time commitment outlined above.
If you are interested in becoming a Summer Coach for TWM Residency, please complete the application questions below, and submit additional materials to Residency@teachwesternmass.com by one of the two deadlines:
Priority Deadline: 8pm on Sunday, February 24th.
Second Deadline: 8pm on Sunday, April 7th.
Applications will be reviewed and offers will be made on a rolling basis.
- An up-to-date resume that includes your current areas of certification.
- Two professional letters of reference to support your candidacy for this role.
- A cover letter that answers the following questions:
- (a) Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are preparing for their first years in TWM partner school classrooms?
- (b) What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Residents will face in their first year and how will you help them to overcome these challenges during pre-service (summer) training?
4. A completed Candidate Exercise (see below)
Candidate Application Exercise
Part A: Review the CAP Rubric for Pre-Service Training (PST), which describes the performance areas and descriptors used to assess teacher performance during Pre-Service Training.
● CAP Rubric
Part B: Imagine you observe the teacher in the video below. Using the video of the teacher’s instruction and the CAP Rubric, complete the following template of your CAP ratings and the planning of a coaching conversation with this teacher.
● CAP Ratings and Coaching Conversation
Please watch this video: 4th grade ELA video