Master Educator

Our public school students need your expertise, passion and leadership.

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. In order to accomplish this goal, DCPS seeks to have a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.

Position Overview

The Office of Human Capital at DC Public Schools is at the center of many of the Chancellor's most important reforms. Led by Jason Kamras, Chief of Human Capital, this office focuses on a range of key initiatives spanning school-based staff recruitment and selection, district-wide human resources, principal effectiveness, and teacher effectiveness. Each of these key initiatives is housed in a smaller division.

The Division of Teacher Effectiveness works to ensure a highly effective teacher for every DCPS classroom through a range of initiatives. 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. Members of the IMPACT team work to operationalize the groundbreaking teacher evaluation system which was introduced in the 2009-2010 school year.

One of the key elements of IMPACT is the master educator role. 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 in the following content areas:

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6)
  • Language Acquisition (Dual Language, ELL, World Languages)

Roles & Responsibilities

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).
  • 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.
  • Maintaining detailed observational records, thoroughly documenting and rating evidence from each observation.
  • Collaborating with other DCPS staff and departments to further support implementation of the DCPS academic plan, including curricular and professional development design.
  • Attending meetings and on-going trainings as required.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The successful candidate is motivated by the mission to transform the District of Columbia Public Schools into the nation's highest performing public school system, ensuring that all students acquire the knowledge, skills and values necessary to live rich and fulfilling lives as responsible, productive and enlightened members of a democratic society. This position offers the opportunity to have a profound and lasting impact on student learning and achievement. Candidates must possess the following professional qualifications:

  • 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).

Compensation/Other Information

The Master Educator is a DCPS employee who primarily works in the field, conducting observations of, and conferencing with, teachers across the District of Columbia Public Schools system. The position therefore requires significant travel within the city. Master Educators receive extensive training on the Teaching and Learning Framework, as well as, delivering effective oral and written feedback. Master Educators work as 12-month employees of the District of Columbia Public School system.

The annual salary for the Master Educator role is $90,000. In addition, Master Educators receive a comprehensive benefits package through the Council of School Officers union, which includes health, dental, and vision benefits.

How to apply

In order to submit your application, please visit our website: http:dcps.force.com. Only applications received online will be considered for the position.

Washington, District of Columbia
2012-12-15
Washington DC Public Schools
Human Resources



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