Position: Project Director, Match Teacher Residency/Graduate School of Education
Location: Boston, MA
Start date: Immediate. No later than July, 2014.
About the Match Teacher Residency and Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education
The mission of the Match Teacher Residency (MTR) and the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education (CSGSE) is to create unusually effective rookie teachers for urban schools with a "whatever it takes" college preparatory mission. We accomplish this through an intensive, one-year residency. Teacher residents tutor full-time in the Match Schools – a network of high performing urban charters in Boston – and receive Friday and Saturday training sessions that involve graduate school classes, simulations, and ultimately student-teaching.
Our teacher residents go on to work at some of the best achievement gap-closing schools in the country (i.e. KIPP, Achievement First, Noble Schools, Strive and more.)
Closely related to MTR is the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. This is a new independent institution, recently approved the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to offer Master's degrees in Effective Teaching. Counter to traditional Master's Degree programs — where degrees are conferred primarily for completing readings, written assignments, and student teaching —degree recipients from CSGSE must also demonstrate concretely that they are capable of driving student achievement, in addition to passing required coursework
The core work of MTR/CSGSE has been featured in USA Today, EdWeek, and the NY Times. More recently, the organization has begun to broaden its impact by disseminating what it's learning about teacher training outside of Match. For example, MTR/CSGSE just launched a program in New Orleans that will train principals to be effective teacher coaches, and they are disseminating content through the publication of books and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
About the Opportunity
We are looking for a talented individual to lead the development of a new initiative to bring MTR training to graduates of traditional education schools who are bound for jobs in mainstream public schools. We will recruit a cohort of recent education school graduates – individuals who have already obtained a teaching license, but have yet to start their first year in the classroom – to whom we will deliver a summer training institute and yearlong coaching program based on the best practices developed in MTR. The project will be carefully evaluated by a team of researchers at Harvard's Center for Education Policy Research. These evaluation results will be disseminated nationally; we are optimistic they will have profound effects on the broader debate regarding teacher preparation.
The project director will become fully immersed in the MTR/Sposato curriculum and will have an important role in preparing MTR's next cohort of teachers. That includes designing and teaching graduate classes in instructional methods, classroom management, and relationship building; running teaching simulations; and coaching rookie teachers in Boston area schools. Concurrently, s/he will work with various stakeholders – school district officials, leaders of teacher preparation programs, potential funders, and the Harvard research team – to craft a detailed business plan for implementing the new program for recent education school grads with an expected launch date of July 2015.
We are looking for a director who is an experienced instructional leader – someone who has achieved strong results coaching or managing teachers – but who also has an interest / experience with managing complex start-up projects.
The position could be a good fit for someone who is currently a high-performing teacher who has taken on leadership roles in their school, but is now ready to step up to assume a more robust leadership opportunity.
Or this could be ideal for a leader/principal of a high-performing school who is passionate about developing new teachers and wants to focus primarily on that aspect of the work.
About Match Education
Match Education (www.matcheducation.org) is an innovative education organization that is committed to closing the achievement gap. Match Education runs nationally acclaimed charter schools, trains urban teachers through our graduate school of education, and disseminates our work to other schools, districts, and non-profits. Our headquarters are in Boston, MA.
How to apply
How to Apply
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