Sponsor Funded Professional | Project Manager

Job description

Georgia State University’s Department of Middle & Secondary Education invites applications for two Project Manager-Instructional Mentor positions for the CREATE teacher residency program, currently funded through a US Department of Education, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. This program serves teacher candidates from the university as they move into the field of teaching at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), with an overall goal of supporting critically conscious, compassionate, skilled educators who are committed to practices of teaching that prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities in schools. CREATE approaches this work from three angles, simultaneously: (1) recruiting and supporting new teachers who want to start and stay in APS schools, (2) developing teacher leaders in APS/CREATE schools, and (3) addressing systemic induction challenges through deeper GSU-APS-community collaboration.

This 12-month position, in particular, will work on strengthening the pipeline of GSU teacher candidates into teaching positions within APS, with work in 3 main areas: (1) mentoring new teacher residents who are in their first two years of full-time teaching in APS, (2) working with GSU faculty, community leaders, and CREATE staff to support innovative new teacher induction curriculum and experiences, and (3) collaborating with school and district leaders to support new teachers in APS. Applicants with expertise in equity-centered development and coaching, a clear focus on anti-racist practices in teacher education, and expertise in facilitating deep conversations centered on educational equity, the impact of teacher identity on teaching practices, oppressive practices in schools, etc. are encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience developing innovative systems of supports for new teachers and particularly Black teachers, are particularly welcome.

More specifically, primary responsibilities include:

Direct mentorship of new teachers:

  • Coach residents through observations, team teaching, demonstrations, simulations and consultations
    • Caseload commitment likely to range from 6 to 10
    • Meet with residents on an average of 60-90 minutes three times per month
    • Support the implementation of instructional resources and best practices for equity-centered teaching for residents
  • Facilitate collaborative professional development sessions for residents to build their practice
  • Provide informative assessments and processes including non-evaluative conversations with residents by utilizing classroom practices and student learning methods
  • Track resident progress using online databases
  • Assist residents in reflecting on and analyzing their practices by reviewing student work to inform instruction for student achievement
  • Confer with residents to encourage utilization of Critical Friendship, Cognitively-Based Compassion Training, culturally responsive pedagogy, and adult learning theory
Work with GSU faculty, CREATE team members, and community leaders to support the development of new teachers:

  • Collaborate with GSU faculty to understand the foundational coursework, methods, and theories that teacher candidates are asked to try out during practicum and student teaching to GSU CREATE's overall Mission & Vision
  • Act as a guest lecturer and/or co-facilitate select preservice teacher class meetings with GSU faculty
  • Work with CREATE research staff to design formative assessments that will inform Instructional Mentor program improvement and meet overall goals associated with the CREATE project
  • Work with the CREATE Clinical Assistant Professor to ensure Instructional Mentor methods and curriculum are aligned with overall mission/vision of GSU’s CREATE teacher residency program, GSU teacher prep programs, and APS strategic plan
  • Participate in professional development programs, including weekly team meetings, throughout the year to develop the knowledge and skills related to effective mentoring
  • Assist with design and facilitation of Summer Resident Academies for residents, including work with community leaders in SRA 1 and/or the design and facilitation of a co-teaching professional learning workshop
Collaboration with school and district leaders:

  • Work collaboratively with APS teacher induction staff, experienced educators in CREATE schools, and school leaders to support and implement the vision and goals of the GSU CREATE program
  • Serve as a liaison between residency and school leadership to establish, maintain, and promote a confidential and non-evaluative relationship with residents
  • Perform other duties as assigned by GSU CREATE administrators

Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

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College/Business Unit: College of Education & Human Development
Location: Atlanta Campus
Job Posting: 05/03/21, 2:28:27 PM




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Job No:
Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 8/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time