Monday, January 20, 2020

Vice President, Systems Impact

Team: Systems Learning Lab
Reports To: Co-Founder, Systems Learning Lab
Location: Flexible

THE ROLE
The Vice President, Systems Impact will play an essential leadership role ensuring all Teach For America regions are pursuing our 10-year goal guided by locally-informed strategic clarity. You will partner closely with the Co-Founder of the Systems Learning Lab to accelerate the pace of educational progress in the nine regions that compose the Systems Impact Cohort, and also build resources and offerings that allow all 51 regions a strong grounding in our Six Questions framework. If executed at a high level, the VP, Systems Impact will leave an indelible mark on the next chapter of Teach For America’s work expanding educational opportunity in the communities where we work. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, be a strong systems thinker and communicator, bring robust experience and knowledge of systems change and have a proven track record leading successful change efforts within complex, public education systems.

THE ORGANIZATION
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.


Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.
THE PERSON 
In this role you will:

Strengthen the Systems Impact Cohort’s ability to accelerate the pace of progress in their communities
  • Internalize these 9 regions’ systems leadership “bets” & partner with the Co-Founder to provide strategic supports that drive the bets forward
  • Design content & facilitate learning during Impact Cohort programs (i.e. in-person Convenings, virtual Systems Confidentials)
  • Collect data & articulate insights/learnings for individual regions & at the level of the Cohort
  • Create a framework & infrastructure for network learning to facilitate the adoption of best practices across the Cohort 
  • Build & curate a partner base of experts – senior systems leaders and/or technical experts – to coach, advise, & support regions and the Lab team in pursuing solutions
 
Ensure every region has the tools to align and integrate their strategic clarity towards our 10-year goal
  • Diagnose the rigor of regions’ answers to the Six Questions framework
  • Coach & provide feedback to regions to facilitate their ongoing iterative strategic clarity work
  • Design content for & facilitate “bootcamp” learning experiences that cultivate strategic clarity
 
Build capacity among regions & national leadership to ensure a deeper strategic clarity
  • Develop collateral & curriculum tools that build the capacity of regional executives, teams and participants in pursuit of deeper insights around systems leadership & systems change 
  • Create strategy to drive regional engagement with a “portal” of curated tools and resources related to the Six Questions
  • Design & launch trainings for leaders at TFA -- and eventually for the field -- to build facilitative skill with the strategic clarity framework
  • Provide direct coaching supports to targeted regions based on enterprise-wide impact (e.g. new EDs, ED Fellowship, those pivoting to an “alumni-first” strategy)

THE MUST HAVES
Prior Experience
  • Previous Teach For America staff experience strongly preferred
  • Experience in adult learning design & facilitation strongly preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in education or education policy
  • Previous C-Level responsibilities in a district or statewide role preferred

Work Demands
  • Some weekend and evening work may be required due to the start-up nature of the Lab
  • Ability to travel to our regions in various US cities & to host trainings (<20%)
  • Working with colleagues who are based across the country in various time zones
 
THE TEAM
For nearly 30 years, Teach For America has been on the vanguard of the fight for educational equity. Our network of leaders, in partnership with a broad coalition, has made remarkable strides for children and communities. In building on this momentum, we are called to consider how we both protect and continue the progress to date, but also what it would take to exponentially accelerate change across the country.
 
Our students, and our organization, confront a rapidly-changing world – one in which technological advances and other forces have democratized access to information, while creating new demands and requiring adaptive approaches to meet the opportunities of the future of work, global citizenship and of learning itself.
 
The Systems Learning Lab was launched in 2019 to fuel learning for Teach For America’s 51 regions and keep the organization on the vanguard of educational innovation. We are beginning by working with a small cohort of regions that are motivated to advance and refine their strategic clarity and build their systems thinking capacity while honing a systems-leadership perspective on the path to transformative change in their region, and use that process to chart a course of designing and implementing new tactics with their corps members and alumni in their community to achieve this impact. The Lab seeks to support concrete progress for communities but also to capture insights about what works, doesn’t, and how that might shape the broader organization and field. These insights will in turn fuel back to the broader organization by way of our 2025 strategic plan, internal consulting opportunities and targeted learning experiences.
 
THE PERKS
By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS
In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:
  • Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America’s greatest strengths. 
  • The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
  • The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
 
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
 
Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.

NEXT STEPS
Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

Education Analyst

TEAM: Org-Wide Learning and Strategy
REPORTS TO: Managing Director, Data Governance & Strategy
LOCATION: Flexible

THE ROLE
As the Analyst, Cross-functional Data Analysis, Reporting & Governance*, you will have the unique opportunity to drive org-wide alignment around cross-functional data by playing a pivotal role in shaping the reporting on top-line data for all critical outcomes (programmatic, financial, and operational). Specifically, you will influence how and when regional and national stakeholders interact with data on our most fundamental measures of success by leveraging your abilities to manipulate data and conduct robust analyses, to visualize data in innovative ways, and to design and evolve the tools, systems, and feedback channels needed to do so most effectively. In addition, you will participate in accelerating our data governance maturity through contributions to the org-wide data governance initiative. This position is a unique opportunity for an individual with exceptional data analytics and visualization skills as well as advanced communication and relationship building skills. The ideal candidate will also have a track record of exercising strong judgment and operating independently in complex situations.

* - Internally, this position is referred to as Director, Cross-functional Data Analysis, Reporting, & Governance.

THE ORGANIZATION
There are more than 16 million children growing up in poverty in the U.S., and less than 10 percent of them will graduate from college. These statistics are not a reflection of our children’s potential; we know that children growing up in poverty can and do achieve at the highest levels. Rather, these statistics reflect the systemic lack of access and opportunity for children in low-income communities.

Teach For America’s (TFA) mission is to find, develop, and support a diverse network of leaders committed to expanding opportunity for children from classrooms, schools, and every sector and field that shapes the broader systems in which schools operate. We are seeking individuals who align with our mission, core values and commitment to Diversity Equity & Inclusiveness and are ready to join us in this global movement.
THE PERSON
The basic responsibilities of the Director, Cross-functional Data Analysis, Reporting, & Governance include:
  • Cross-functional reporting (40%)
    • Work closely with the Managing Director of Data Governance & Strategy to refine and implement our org-wide cross-functional reporting strategy
    • Clean, structure, and analyze cross-functional data for purposes of reporting, analytics, and visualization
    • Design and produce reports that:
      • Summarize a cross-section of top-line data on fundamental measures of organizational success,
      • Present information in a way that maximizes insight and action for end users, and
      • Leverage sophisticated technical approaches to enable dramatically enhanced team productivity through process optimization and automation
    • Develop and utilize vibrant feedback channels to enhance and support these reports
    • Lead and execute other cross-functional data and reporting projects as needed, setting the vision and direction and developing project goals, timelines, and measures of success
       
  • Data governance (40%)
    • Support the design and implementation of an initiative to mature our data governance discipline
    • Drive improvements in data documentation, quality, and security as well as cross-team data integration and consistency
    • Assist in documentation and communication of data governance processes and standards to the larger organization
    • Monitor compliance with agreed upon data governance standards
       
  • Technical expertise (20%)
    • Support the evolution of the data analytics, visualization, and automation capabilities of the Org-Wide Learning & Strategy team
    • Grow your skills and expertise in analytics, reporting, and data visualization to meet the needs of the organization through professional development and hands-on learning

THE MUST HAVES
Prior Experience

 
  • 3+ years of experience organizing and managing robust data, conducting analysis, and displaying information in insightful ways
  • Substantial experience with managing data and conducting analysis in a statistical software package (SAS preferred)
  • Experience with sophisticated data visualization tools (PowerBI preferred)
  • Distinctive impact/progression of increasing responsibility in previous work


Skills
 
  • Ability to clean, aggregate, and analyze data using SAS (or comparable tool)
  • Ability to utilize PowerBI (or comparable tool) to present and visualize complex information for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Drive to create efficient, repeatable processes to support reporting products and experience using SAS (or comparable tool) for automation purposes
  • High level of comfort with the use of Excel to support data management, analytics, and reporting
  • Basic understanding of statistical methods and survey methodology
  • High level of proficiency in using PowerPoint and/or Google Slides to present complex information to a range of stakeholders
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills
  • Develop and maintain highly collaborative working relationships across all levels of the organization to build the network and knowledge base necessary for this body of work
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, critical consciousness, and ability to work across lines of difference
  • Ability to envision, plan, and manage multiple complex, collaborative projects simultaneously, leveraging available resources to achieve impeccable follow-through on execution
  • Deep critical thinking and problem solving skills, driven by clear, rigorous logic
  • Ability to both lead in a dynamic environment and be a team player who contributes effectively to the work of others
Education
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (with coursework focusing on data analysis and/or statistics)
Work Demands

 
  • Ability to travel to in-person meetings in various U.S. cities 1-2 times/quarter
  • Occasional weekend or evening work is required
  • Work with colleagues who are based all over the country using remote technologies
  • Deeply invested in and inspired by Teach For America’s core values and understands that the work that we do has an extraordinary impact on teachers and children

THE TEAM
The Org-Wide Learning and Strategy (OWLS) team is charged with accelerating our organizational learning and helping to ensure that the resulting knowledge drives strategic and tactical decisions at every level of the organization. We do this through a wide variety of different supports and structures: working with leaders across the organization to define and evolve our organizational learning agenda; leading internal and external research efforts; providing consultative support on high-leverage problems of strategy and practice; ensuring that data, analytics, and reporting are driving impact at every level of the organization; organizing our knowledge management work; designing and facilitating regional impact reviews centered on learning; and providing central expertise and consultative supports on how adults most effectively learn, adapt, and change.

THE PERKS
By joining staff, you join a network of individuals committed to pursuing equity for all students and developing themselves as professionals in the process. We as an organization value the longevity of our employees and offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits plan. The salary for this position is also competitive and depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
 
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSIVENESS
In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:
  • Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America’s greatest strengths. 
  • The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
  • The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
Teach For America encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Teach For America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
 
*This job description reflects Teach For America's assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing in this herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time.
 
NEXT STEPS
Interested in this position? Apply now! Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link to the online application. If you still have questions regarding the role, feel free to contact our recruitment team at StaffHiring@teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org/about-us/careers.

Implementation Training Specialist

Renaissance® is the leader in K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 90 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com. 

Job Description

* This is a 20 hour weekly part time position. *
Are you someone who is passionate about sharing technology with others? Do you love training large groups of teachers? Then this part time role is for you!
This is a customer-facing role that will give you the opportunity to work with our mid-market customers both virtually and in person after they purchase Freckle. Your job will be to lead our trainings, getting teachers and administrators excited to implement Freckle in their classrooms immediately!

This position pays $20/hr.
About Us
Here at Freckle by Renaissance, our mission is to ensure that every student gets a world-class education. We believe that students do their best learning when teachers can reach them at their individual levels. Yet, most teachers are only provided with resources that teach to one specific level. To overcome this, teachers work nights and weekends to find the perfect piece of content for each of their students. Then, during the day, they work with their classes in small groups so they can personalize their instruction as best they can. Teachers are doing this all on their own and they deserve our help! That’s why, at Freckle, we’re passionate about providing teachers with the resources and data they need to teach all of their students at the level that’s best for them. As of today, we reach nearly 9 million students across 35% of American schools and, with your help, we’re excited to make an even larger impact.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate:
  • Has been a teacher for K-12 students in a public school in the US
  • Must be willing to travel, mainly August through November
  • Has availability in their calendar during the school day 
  • Has experience with training large groups of people, both virtually and in person
  •  Has experience using Freckle in the classroom, or a willingness to learn
  •  Has a passion for education
  •  Effective communication skills, both written and verbal and effectively advocates for the customer

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

APPLY HERE

CS Curriculum Developer

What is CodeHS?

CodeHS is a comprehensive program for helping schools teach computer science. We provide web-based curriculum, teacher tools and resources, and professional development.

Mission

The mission of CodeHS is to empower all students to meaningfully impact the future.

We believe that in the 21st century, coding is a foundational skill, just like reading and writing. That’s why we say: Read, Write, Code. We do this by providing great curriculum, tools, and resources to teachers, students, and schools to implement high quality computer science programs. We believe that everyone should get the chance to learn coding, and that it’s a skill that provides limitless creative opportunity to students. We want to help make computer science education fun and accessible, and believe you need both great tools as well as a great community to make this happen. 
  

Curriculum Developer Job Description


As a Curriculum Developer at CodeHS, you'll be repsonsible for helping to build high quality computer science curriculum for students as part of our curriculum team. You'll be focused on the teacher side, helping to create materials, resources, lessons plans, alignment to standards and much more.
Job Responsibilities Include:
Help maintain and improve existing computer science curriculum
* Help to build new courses with curriculum team
* Building teacher resources
* Writing lesson plans
* Creating handouts and activities
* Writing alignments to standards
* Customizing courses for schools, districts and states
* Creating instructional videos

Qualifications
* Experience working in the K12 educational system
* Fantastic organizational skills and attention to detail
* A team player, very communicative and collaborative
* Creative and brings positive energy to the office
* Self-motived and ability to work independently
* A basic level of programming experience
Note- this is not an engineering role as it is more curriculum focused than engineering focused, but because we are building a computer science curriculum, knowledge of programming is very important.
Teaching at the high school level is a big bonus, teaching computer science is a big plus.
Benefits
* Health benefits and dental benefits
* Company 401(k) plan
* $100 of Lyft credit/month
* Credit card for buying lunch
* We support distributed work/ work from home / flexible schedules

What's it like to work at CodeHS?
Our team is a distributed team, with team members in 10+ states. We support working from home, or working from a coworking space, or working at an office. We have a passionate team who cares about the work we do in education. You'll be a good match for CodeHS if you bring excitement around education, are a self-starter, and always looking to learn more. We do a lot of video chats and have systems in place to help with communication and planning. You should be a proactive communicator.
In this position you will create and manage curriculum that impacts hundreds of thousands of students and 15,000 classrooms each month.
Before applying to this position we recommend you create a CodeHS teacher account and try out some of the courses and lessons.

Company Values

 Encourage Teaching and Learning

CodeHS is about providing excellent teaching and learning opportunities in computer science for students all over the world. We value creating fun, accessible and creative learning experiences for teachers, for students, and for team members at CodeHS. We believe that education--and specifically coding--within the formal K-12 system, the higher-education system, and beyond has the power to allow everyone to unlock their full potential.

 Create a Direct Positive Impact

At CodeHS we value creating a direct positive social impact with our work. We work directly with students, teachers, schools and districts to implement computer science classes. Through building great curriculum, tools and resources to allow high schools to teach computer science, we can create a direct educational benefit to students to help explore the limitless world of computing. We believe that expanding access to computer science education will empower students to take an active role in creating the future.

 Make It Fun and Creative

Bringing fun and creativity to every aspect of our work is a main focus for us at CodeHS. It starts with a fun, friendly and accessible curriculum, that allows students the opportunity to build creatively and engage in thoughtful problem solving. We also focus on developing a creative and fun environment to work in, and think that this allows us to bring novel approaches to challenging problems. Computing is about logic--but it’s also about creativity--and we hope to share that excitement with teachers and students through CodeHS.

CodeHS is an equal opportunity employer. CodeHS maintains a drug-free workplace.

APPLY HERE

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Freelance Content Contributor

What do content contributors do?
Our contributors are the foundation for all of the engaging content we produce at Newsela. We utilize contributor talent to do the following tasks:
  • Level content
  • Assessment writing
  • Vocabulary writing
  • Translation (Spanish)
  • Proofreading 
  • Curriculum development
  • ...and more!
Who are our contributors?
Our contributors bring a wide variety of experiences to the table. They are journalists, writers, editors, and educators, to name a few. Some are content-matter experts, or have experience producing children’s content. No matter the experience, they are united by their:
  • Commitment to developing engaging, student-centered, and culturally responsive resources 
  • Passion for improving the lives of teachers and students
  • Attention to deadlines
How do I apply, and what happens next?
Do you think you would be a good fit for one (or more) of our tasks? Great! We’d love to hear from you.

Please complete the information below. When you submit this, your resume and application will be added to our database, and should we recruit for any tasks that match your skills and experience, we will reach out to you. 

Please note that while we recruit for freelance work on a rolling basis, our needs change rapidly and applying to this interest pool does not guarantee you will be contacted.

About Newsela 
Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that combines engaging, leveled content with integrated formative assessments and insights to supercharge engagement and learning in every subject. Students and teachers use Newsela to find digital content from 100+ of the best sources—from National Geographic to NASA, Biography.com to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Washington Post to the Wichita Eagle. Content is instructionalized to meet students where they are, with interactive tools and analytics to take them where they want to go. Newsela has become an essential solution for schools and districts, with a presence in over 90% of U.S. K-12 schools. Newsela is the content platform for the connected classroom.

Looking for more information? Check out our Contributor site!
https://www.newselacontributors.com/apply

Freelance Product Designer

We are looking for a number of independent designers who can work in a fast paced environment and can support a variety of projects ranging from inspiring emails to defining next generation classroom products. Reliable, data driven, detail oriented, a sense of humor, are a just a few reasons why we can’t wait to work with you. You are a jack of all trades, but a master of at least one of these tools in a designers’ toolkit: 

APPLY HERE

Curriculum Grapher

A pioneer in K–12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help students at every skill level build a strong foundation in early reading and math. Our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of all their students. Today, Amplify serves five million students in all 50 states.

The Grapher will work as part of the Graphing Team, which itself is part of the larger Amplify Math Curriculum Team. While Curriculum Developers author initial versions of digital lessons, the Graphing Team is responsible for improving and finalizing these digital lessons. This work includes making graphs and digital manipulatives fully functional, as well as ideating new manipulatives in tandem with the Curriculum Developers.

***This position can work out of our Brooklyn office or remotely.
***Full-time and Part-time opportunities are both available.
In general, Amplify Math lessons (and their digital lesson counterparts):
  • are consistent with a student-centered, problem-based pedagogical philosophy
  • foster a social, collaborative learning environment
  • teach and demonstrate math in an engaging way
  • help students identify as mathematicians
  • demonstrate the utility, power, and beauty of math
  • assist educators in orchestrating productive mathematical discussions
Responsibilities of the Grapher:
  • Adapt print-based lessons into digital lessons
  • Work with Curriculum Developers in ideating and then executing digital manipulatives
  • Work with Design team in integrating images into digital lessons
  • Tag lesson content with appropriate metadata, including activity titles and standards
  • Participate in workshops with Curriculum and Design teams
Basic Qualifications of the Grapher:
  • Experience with web-based mathematical authoring tools and graphing calculators, including Desmos Activity Builder or GeoGebra
  • Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, mathematics education, or another quantitative field
  • Comfort in the following mathematical domains:
    • Advanced algebra
    • Trigonometry
    • Calculus
    • Statistics
  • Basic tutoring or teaching experience, including online or as a teaching assistant
  • Proficiency using digital teamwork tools, including spreadsheets and Google Drive
  • Willingness to travel to Amplify’s New York Office Headquarters for occasional workshops
Preferred (but not Required) Qualifications of the Grapher:

  • Face-to-face classroom teaching experience, at any grade level
  • Coding experience in mathematical languages (e.g., MATLAB, Mathematica) or other languages (e.g., JavaScript, Python)

 
We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To that end, we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 
Amplify is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. 

This position may be funded, in whole or in part, through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds.
Amplify Education, Inc. is an E-Verify participant.