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Part Time Field Observers – Denver Licensure Pilot
The Denver Licensure Pilot is an innovative approach that will use multiple streams of evidence to assess the performance of new alternate route teachers in Denver Public Schools (DPS). Measures of new alternate route teachers’ effectiveness, which include observations and impact on student growth, will be factored into DPS recommendations for their state professional licensure after two to three years. A secondary goal of this initiative is to gather data that will inform DPS’ strategic supports for new educators. The Denver Licensure Pilot is currently seeking experienced educators to conduct a series of classroom observations of first- and second-year alternate route teachers.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Field Observers are evaluators who are responsible for conducting classroom observations assessing alternate route teachers in the Licensure Pilot with the DPS Framework for Effective Teaching, and providing both comprehensive oral and written feedback. Alternate route teachers – along with their principals, mentors, and programs – will use written feedback from observers to inform growth and development throughout the year. Ultimately, evaluations by observers will help to determine whether or not alternate route teachers meet performance requirements in order to receive a district recommendation for state professional licensure.
Observers will be required to attend 40 hours of initial training as well as monthly professional development for the observer team and one-on-one check-in meetings with the Lead Observer. Field Observers will conduct observations beginning September 2011 and continuing through May 2012. The information gathered by the observers will inform DPS’ understanding of beginning teachers’ growth trajectory. A Field Observer is responsible for:
o Observing each assigned teacher for 45 minute unannounced observations four times in her/his classroom from September 2011 through May 2012
o Evaluating each teacher using the DPS Framework for Effective Teaching to (1) write a comprehensive feedback report aligned to the DPS norms for ratings, (2) submit reports electronically to the Lead Observer, (3) incorporate feedback from the Lead Observer into reports, (4) prepare an outline for the debrief conference, and (5) complete a 30-45 minute conference with the teacher to debrief the observation and provide feedback.
o Participating in introductory and ongoing training, team meetings, co-observations with the Lead Observer, and one-on-one check-ins
July – August 2011: Observer Training (40 hours)
September 2011 – May 2012: Teacher Observations (45 minutes per observation and 45 minutes per post-observation feedback conference with teacher plus independent time to schedule observations, travel, write and revise observation reports, and outline the phone conference)
Monthly team meetings (3 hours per month)
One-on-one check-ins and joint observations with Lead Observer (1-2 hours per month)
Successful Field Observers are self-motivated with strong organizational skills and a commitment to improving teacher effectiveness for all students. The ideal candidate must also:
o Have a strong education background, content knowledge, and instructional skill set with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience in high-need schools
o Support alternate routes to teacher licensure and be interested in providing meaningful feedback to all new teachers
o Possess expertise teaching special education, language arts, mathematics, or science in grades 2 through 12
o Demonstrate a track record of meeting ambitious academic goals with students
o Have strong written and communication skills and organization skills
o Possess a sense of possibility and flexibility
o Experience working well independently in a self-directed role
o Possess the ability to provide effective, comprehensive written feedback to new teachers
o Have experience using an evaluation system to provide written teacher feedback (preferred)
Field Observers will receive a $2,000 stipend (paid in four installments throughout the year) plus $360 per each teacher observed throughout the year. Each field observer will be assigned approximately 15 teachers. (In subject areas for which there are fewer than 15 Licensure Pilot teachers, observers may be responsible for a smaller caseload.)
Field Observers will be non-salaried employees of The New Teacher Project, which partnered with DPS to develop, launch, and operate the Denver Licensure Pilot. For more information on The New Teacher Project, please visit www.tntp.org.
If you are interested in becoming a field observer, please email a one-page cover letter and resume to Carrie Miller at email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The cover letter must specifically address the following questions:
1.) What is your definition of an effective teacher, and how would you quantify effectiveness?
2.) To what extent should a first-year teacher be held accountable for student achievement gains?
3.) Why do you want to become an evaluator who provides feedback from observations to teachers?
Please submit any questions or concerns electronically to the email address provided above.