Mentor Teacher – RootsLA Teaching Pathway

    • Reedley, CA

Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!

TNTP seeks summer Mentor Teachers for the RootsLA Teaching Pathway. This position is based in Los Angeles and is available in Summer 2019.

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.

The RootsLA Teaching Pathway is a teaching fellowship which recruits and trains diverse college-aged Angelenos who want to return to their community to make a difference in the classroom. The fellowship will introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and the education reform movement, serving as an early pipeline to teach in L.A. schools after graduation.

RootsLA prepares Fellows to achieve immediate, measurable success with their students in the fall after they graduate from college. Our Pre-Service Training (PST) combines real practice with students in 1:1, small group, and whole group settings in the morning with intensive skill-building sessions in the afternoon. Fellows must demonstrate proficiency in core skills to successfully complete pre-service training and be recommended for a teaching position with a Roots LA charter partner school.

What You'll Do
Mentor Teachers are experienced and successful teachers who develop Fellows towards mastery of essential skills that we believe Fellows must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher. You will be the primary coach and source of support for Roots LA fellows as they learn essential teaching skills at a South Los Angeles charter school from June 17 - July 19, 2019.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Influence, coach, and motivate a group of 10-12 Fellows to reach ambitious performance expectations and student-learning goals by:
  • Conducting observations and providing specific, actionable, on-the-spot feedback to individual Fellows at least twice per week on their teaching performance in a summer school classroom
  • Planning regular opportunities for practice prior to instruction for immediate, low-stakes feedback,
  • Executing daily coaching supports including co-planning, rehearsals, examining data or student work, or direct feedback conversations
  • Co-facilitating skill building sessions, which support Fellows' acquisition of techniques
  • Evaluate Fellow performance by assessing Fellow proficiency, using data to identify trends in teacher performance and identifying the highest priority development areas on an individual and group level
  • Promote analytical self-reflection in Fellows to accelerate growth and student achievement
  • Meet with other PST team members to plan meaningful training activities and norm on Fellow performance standards

How You'll Benefit
  • Benefits for You:
    • Fantastic leadership development opportunity, including training and experience in coaching and Professional Development facilitation
    • Opportunity to collaborate with and grow from other excellent teachers from across the city
    • Compensated over $6,000 for your 6 -week commitment
  • Benefits for Your School:
    • High quality PD for irreplaceable teacher leaders, creating a bench for future leaders
    • Teachers will develop in-house expertise on TNTP's nationally vetted tools (e.g. Core Rubric, Instructional Practice Guides) that support excellent instruction in any classroom
    • Mentors will gain an inside look at Roots LA talent, helping attract and recruit top fellows to your school

What You Bring
We are looking for the best teachers in charter schools across Los Angeles. We expect our Mentor Teachers to demonstrate a record of academic success working with diverse students, high expectations for all students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills. Our Mentor Teachers should be comfortable leading others and delivering feedback. You'll be right at home here if you can cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

  • Minimum 3-5-years of successful teaching experience in Middle or High school grades in Los Angeles (required)
  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (required)
  • Experience with Teach Like a Champion techniques (preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
  • Strong data indicative of consistent student growth and achievement
  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate teacher improvement
  • 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 environment.
  • Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the pre-service training (50+ hours per week)
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
  • Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making.

Time Commitment
Mentor Teachers can expect up to 50 hours of training in advance of PST over multiple days between March and June. This will include three full-day trainings (on weekends, one in March, April, and May) and approximately 6-8 training phone calls on weekday afternoons. Mentor Teachers will also receive ongoing support throughout the summer training.

During the summer Pre-Service Training (June 17 - July 19, 2019), Mentor Teachers will work up to 40 hours per week. You will spend your day observing instruction, giving feedback, co-planning, or facilitating professional learning.

To Apply
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor Teacher for RootsLA, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:
  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are preparing for their first years in high need classrooms?
  • What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Fellows will face in their first year and how you will help them to overcome these challenges during pre-service training?

Please also submit a letter of recommendation from your principal, coach, or other instructional leader at your school who can speak to your classroom practice and expertise.

Please submit your application online.

Upon successful review of the online application, candidates may be asked to:
  • Be observed teaching by TNTP staff
  • Engage in a 1:1 interview, including a role-play

What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience in a similar position. TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation's children. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day.

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, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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