TITLE: Elementary English Language Arts Methods Instructor
REPORTS TO: Director of Curriculum and Program
DATE: July 2018
LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri
The Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) is designed to accelerate student achievement in local district and charter schools through the recruitment, preparation, and support of highly skilled and diverse new teachers. KCTR’s mission is to serve high-need urban schools in Kansas City, Missouri through the lens of our core values of mission-driven, high expectations, collaboration, growth mindset, care and love, ownership, and persistence. The Kansas City Teacher Residency is a post-graduate teacher preparation program that offers more time and development that is focused on teaching in high-need urban schools, more coaching and support through the residency year and in the first three years of teaching, and more time in schools learning alongside a master teacher for a full school year.
Pioneered in the early 2000s in Boston, Chicago, and Denver, urban teacher residency programs adapt the medical residency model to teacher preparation and are designed to provide residents with the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences necessary to become effective urban teachers. The Kansas City Teacher Residency will prepare residents to be highly effective teachers by providing the following:
- A rigorous, year-long clinical experience with a highly effective mentor teacher focusing on the instructional practices that drive student learning;
- Concentrated and aligned coursework focused on urban education culminating in a teacher certification and Master’s Degree;
- A collaborative cohort experience with fellow residents who share a passion for urban education;
- A comprehensive Resident Graduate program during years 1-3 as a teacher of record
- Planning course sessions – A course scope and sequence, as well as individual session plans have been created. However, as we are continually seeking to improve, revisions will need to be made, in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Program, as well as other Methods Instructors.
- Developing course syllabi – Two weeks prior to the start of each semester, a course syllabi (using the template provided by KCTR) needs to be submitted to the Director of Curriculum and Program.
- Delivery of course sessions – Methods courses are held weekly from 5:30 – 7:30 on Wednesday evenings. Instructors are expected to arrive in time to have everything set-up by 5:15 and stay until the space has been put back in order.
- Grading – Instructors are expected to provide ongoing, timely feedback to Residents. All assignments must be graded within two weeks of the due date.
- Resident support – Instructors are expected to provide ongoing support to Residents. This may include, but is not limited to: posting announcement on Classroom, clarifying expectations (whole group, small group, or individual), responding to Resident emails within 48 hours, initiating a conversation when a Resident isn’t meeting course expectations, etc.
- Methods Instructor Meetings – Methods Instructors meeting together with the Director of Curriculum and Program once a month, prior to a Methods class. The purpose of these meetings varies, but all will be centered around Relationships, Ownership, and Clarity.
- Professional Development – Job embedded professional development is conducted through regular observations and feedback by the Director of Curriculum and Program. Feedback is provided digitally, and should be reviewed. Should there be anything to discuss, a meeting will be held with the Director of Curriculum within a week of the feedback being delivered.
- Curriculum Revision – An annual review of Methods curriculum will be conducted in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum and Program, as well as other Methods Instructors. Revisions will be made based off the review.
- Master’s Degree required; Doctorate or Ed. Specialist preferred
- 5 or more years of teaching in an urban school setting in the content/certification area
- Ability to design and deliver highly effective instruction to adult learners
- Passionate about education reform and innovative teacher preparation programs
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
- Strong organizational skills to work efficiently and independently
- Awareness of and comfort with issues of diversity, specifically around race, class, and gender; ability to easily engage in and facilitate discussions about diversity without unduly focusing on them
- Ability to interact with diverse populations
- Experience in urban public schools, with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges within that dynamic environment is preferred
- Ability to work under pressure to meet goals and deadlines both independently and cooperatively
- Ability to analyze and evaluate data to drive decision making
A successful candidate profile:
- The successful candidate must believe in the core values of Kansas City Teacher Residency, and be driven by the mission
- Track record of success in academic and professional settings
- Strong communication skills that to effectively communicate with diverse colleagues and stakeholders
- must exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities, and constant change.
- Solid working knowledge of visualization and or data management software Intermediate or advanced knowledge of excel is a plus
- A willingness and ability to learn new software
- Embody an entrepreneurial spirit encompassing a sense of personal urgency and responsibility for program success
- Excellent communication skills: well-developed verbal skills, writing skills, and strong presentation skills
- Skilled in managing and building relationships
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to communicate effectively with all members of the KCTR team at all levels within the organization
- Capacity to make verbal presentations as required
- Adequate understanding of nonprofit start-up and team dynamics
- Strong analytical skills with an ability to assimilate to new information and processes quickly with solid judgment and decision-making abilities
- Solid understanding of the content, processes, deliverables and overall objective of the KCTR program
- Ability to remain a calm and competent demeanor in uncomfortable situations
- Should be tactful and diplomatic with good listening skills and an approachable personality. Must be capable of building and sustaining long-term relationships
Travel: This position will require occasional business travel.
All of the statements in this position description are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed, and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. KCTR reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time, including after the position is filled.
The Kansas City Teacher Residency offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience level, credentials and anticipated duties and responsibilities.