Classroom Innovator at TNTP - The New Teacher Project
Good to Great Classroom Innovator, Virtual
- Remote – USA
- Good to Great Innovators – K-8 Math, 3-8 Literacy, or K-2 literacy
- Various Locations – Virtual/Remote
- Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!
TNTP seeks summer Good to Great Classroom Innovators. This position is fully virtual, based in a home office and is available in Spring/Summer 2021.
Who We Are
TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.
Good to Great is a coaching and learning experience that helps experienced teachers and school leaders internalize high standards and align their practice around the belief that all kids—even kids who are far behind—can master challenging content. This summer, Good to Great Institutes will be held in multiple locations, with training delivered virtually.
Seeing what’s possible. Teachers believe their students can master more challenging material when they’ve seen them demonstrate success. Good to Great gives teachers a safe and supportive environment to deliver high-quality academic content without watering it down. They can watch first-hand as students rise to the challenge—and feel more confident about adopting higher expectations in their own classrooms.
Coaching and practice on key skills. Teaching to higher standards requires instructional shifts that can feel daunting, even for experienced teachers. Good to Great helps experienced educators make this crucial pivot. Participants observe classroom innovators model the changes, so they can reflect on gaps in their own instruction. Each day, teachers work with experienced coaches, classroom innovators and their peers to practice identifying, preparing for, and delivering challenging content—and receive immediate feedback to use as they hone their skills.
What You’ll Do
In this role, you are responsible for acting as an instructional model and trainer for a group of 8-12 teachers. You will plan and implement lessons that utilize research-based instructional practices as a model in your own classroom this spring and participate in independent and group preparation activities prior to the start of the Institute. During the institute you will be responsible for facilitating training sessions, leading reflection protocols, observing and providing feedback on live instruction via video, modeling instruction aligned with research-based instructional practices, and reporting overall trends and needed changes to the institute director.
You will be expected to:
- Ensure participants make meaningful and lasting changes to their approach and practice, by building their understanding of the impact of rigorous, standards-aligned instruction on students’ ability to achieve their goals.
- Bring a deep understanding of research-based instructional strategies for the content areas and grade level(s) you support.
- Expertly model standards aligned instruction using high-quality instructional materials.
- Have clear and aligned vision of excellent instruction in your content area that you clearly articulate and model for participating teachers.
- Build teacher mindset and expectations about what students are capable of and communicate an unwavering belief that students can and will meet the demands of the standards – regardless of the entry point.
- Create conditions for participating teachers to feel comfortable taking risks and trying new instructional moves that challenge them.
- Plan and facilitate lesson preparation protocols, student work analyses, and video professional learning communities in alignment with the Good to Great curriculum, state standards, and research-based instructional practices..
- Be comfortable working virtually to model lessons, lead professional development, observe classrooms and coach teachers.
- Deeply internalize the instructional materials selected for Good to Great to successfully coach and support your participants.
- Provide meaningful feedback to participants throughout the day that helps them considerably change their mindsets and practice.
- Observe teachers’ classroom instruction to inform the direction of afternoon reflection sessions.
- Contribute to the Good to Great team by:
- Meeting twice daily with the Good to Great team to plan meaningful activities that result in changes in practice.
- Designing and/or facilitating additional sessions or workshops as needed.
- Establishing and reinforcing a culture of growth and change.
What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people 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 learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.
Classroom Innovators are experienced educators who have a demonstrated track record of success implementing standards-aligned instruction and are knowledgeable about research-based instructional practices in their content area. Innovators hold high expectations for what students and teachers are capable of and have strong organizational and communication skills. Ideal candidates will also have:
- Minimum four years of successful teaching experience, with at least two years teaching in the selected content area (required)
- Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
- Experience and comfort providing direct, in-the-moment feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement, and comfort receiving direct feedback on performance
- Experience in facilitating effective training experiences for adult learners, both in-person (required) and virtually (preferred)
- 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 work environment
- A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
- Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings
Time Frame And Compensation
Classroom Innovators can expect to complete about 25 hours of virtual and independent training and preparation in the spring, including filming in their classrooms, and will work full time for a three-week Institute in June or July 2021. Institutes are taking place in multiple locations in California, Georgia and Kansas this summer, and exact dates and schedule vary by location. While teachers participating in the training will be physically present in their classrooms each day, all training activities will take place remotely, and innovators may be based in a home office anywhere in the United States.
TNTP offers a highly competitive salary for Institute work and Classroom Innovators can expect to earn an hourly rate starting at $36/hour, depending on prior experience in the role.
Seasonal (Fixed Term) (Seasonal)
TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record, conviction record, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of TNTP, including recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, and administering all personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs or terminations.
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