We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid, most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.
The DCPS Division of Teacher Effectiveness works to ensure that a highly effective teacher is in every DCPS classroom. Comprised of two teams ; Teacher Effectiveness Strategy and IMPACT ; this division is on the cutting edge of the national education policy landscape, looking at teacher and school-based staff quality across our schools.
As part of the IMPACT team, Master Educators work to operationalize the IMPACT performance assessment system by evaluating the instructional performance of teachers in the district. Master Educators have three primary responsibilities: 1) to serve as impartial, third-party evaluators of teacher performance, 2) to provide teachers with targeted, content-specific feedback and resources and 3) to provide instructional capacity to support DCPS reform initiatives.
DCPS is currently hiring for master educators for the 2013-2014 school year in the following content areas:
- Dual Languages/Bilingual Education
- Elementary (Grades 1-6)
- English as a Second Language
- Secondary Math
- World Languages
Specific responsibilities of the master educator role include, but are not limited to the following:
- Evaluating teacher practice through classroom observations. Each master educator will complete approximately 100 30-minute observations per observation cycle (2 observation cycles per academic year).
- Maintaining detailed observational records, thoroughly documenting and rating evidence from each observation.
- Writing detailed reports to accompany each observation. Reports will include explanations of the teacher's ratings, evidence, and suggestions for growth.
- Conducting one-on-one post-observation conferences with all observed teachers which allow opportunity to dialogue about specific areas of development.
- Providing targeted professional development to teachers by providing clear and direct feedback, leading content-specific professional development workshops, and connecting teachers with professional development resources.
- Collaborating with other DCPS departments to further support implementation of the DCPS academic plan, including curricular and professional development design.
- Collaborating with other members of the Teacher Effectiveness team to reach programmatic goals, including school outreach and master educator recruitment and selection efforts.
- Attending meetings and on-going trainings as required.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
Ideal candidates would possess the following:
- At least 5 years of teaching experience in a low-income school;
- Documented evidence of success raising student achievement in a low-income school;
- Exceptional writing and oral communication skills;
- The ability to work effectively with others at all levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions;
- An ability to critically assess challenges and identify appropriate solutions;
- Strong organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines;
- Excellent time-management and a willingness to work non-standard hours;
- Ability to work in ambiguous situations, while maintaining a sense of possibility;
- Previous experience developing and providing support and training to other educators (preferred);
- Knowledge of adult learner theory (preferred);
- Comfort working with Microsoft Office suite (preferred).
To submit an application for the 2013-2014 school year, please visit our website: http://dcps.force.com.
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