MASTER Program Induction Year Math Coach – P/T

Department:  Science & Technology, Programs & Research (NY Hall of Science) and Hunter School of Education
Reports to:  Director of Pre-Service Science Teacher Education Program (NYSCI) and  Assistant Director of the Office of Special Programs (Hunter)

Background: New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, with a mission to bring the excitement and understanding of science to children, families and teachers by galvanizing their curiosity and providing creative, participatory ways to learn. Located in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors annually. Since our founding at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has earned an international reputation as a provider of teacher professional development, classroom resources and curricula, out-of-school programming and other educational initiatives. Our exhibitions, programs, and products are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play (DMP). The defining characteristics of Design Make Play—open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight—are the ingredients that inspire passionate STEM learners. NYSCI has approximately 110 full-time and over 170 part-time staff-members.

Hunter was the City’s first teacher training program, founded 1870, and to this day we carry on a proud tradition of achievement and commitment to preparing teachers, counselors and administrators in over 40 specializations who make a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and consumers in communities throughout New York City and beyond. The Hunter College School of Education is dedicated to the preparation of deeply thoughtful, knowledgeable and highly effective teachers, administrators and counselors. Our commitment is to educating future professionals who will make a significant impact on the academic achievement, as well as the intellectual, social and emotional development of their students. The 2014 National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) review of teacher preparation programs, published by U.S. News & World Report, indicates that the Hunter College School of Education offers the greatest breadth of quality across programs in the mid-Atlantic United States and the highest overall ranking in New York State.

Departmental Role: The Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Residency (MASTER) program is run in partnership by NYSCI, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New Visions for Public Schools, and the New York City Department of Education with funding from the National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership. MASTER is a novel alternative certification teacher preparation program that is extensively clinically based. Instruction occurs around cycles of designing, teaching, reflecting, and refining inquiry-based lessons. An extensive research program to study the impact of MASTER is also a part of the project.

Function: Candidates should have strong disciplinary content knowledge in mathematics along with expertise in and commitment to mathematics teacher education. Preference will be given to candidates with K-12 teaching experience. Candidates should be prepared to participate actively in working with the team to conceptualize this new teacher preparation program.

The Math and Science Teacher Education Residency Program (MASTER), a partnership among Hunter College, New Visions for Public Schools, and the New York Hall of Science, is accepting resumes and interviewing applicants to serve as the Induction Year Math Coach for adolescent education teacher candidates in mathematics.

Principal Responsibilities:

  1. Observe up to 6 students, a minimum of twice per semester as a Hunter College field supervisor
  2. Conduct in-person post-observation meetings with each teacher candidate to provide constructive feedback on what was observed
  3. Provide extra support for all students, especially struggling students, as needed in the form of extra observations or coaching visits for a maximum of 30 hours
  4. Provide support and resources for students as they prepare for New York State licensing exam (EdTPA).
  5. Utilize a suite of assessment tools to monitor teacher candidate progress
  6. Document teacher candidate progress; prepare reports after each observation and submit them to the teacher candidate and program staff in a timely manner
  7. Identify any struggling teacher candidates who require additional help and craft a plan for support
  8. Meet with program faculty and staff at least three times per year to share information and feedback as needed to support struggling students
  9. Meet with the Director of Pre-Service Science Teacher Education Program (NYSCI) and the Assistant Director of the Office of Special Programs (Hunter) monthly to report on coaching work
  10. Contribute to the development of, as needed, and provide resources to support residents around effective, engaging inquiry-oriented mathematics teaching
  11. Contribute to the development of resources to support the development of professional practices, such as video-supported reflection on teaching.
  12. Contribute to the design of professional development supports for MASTER alumni
  13. Complete other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:
Education:    MA and teacher certification in mathematics
Experience:

  • Have at least 5 years teaching experience in NYC public school system (preferred)
  • Have at least 5 years coaching, instructional supervision, training, professional development, or mentoring experience (preferred)

Knowledge:          

  • Commitment to the philosophy and mission of MASTER and its partner organizations: NY Hall of Science, Hunter College of the City University of New York, and New Visions for Public Schools.
  • Strong grounding in current ideas about how people learn math and how to teach math accordingly
  • A commitment to improving teaching and learning in under-resourced schools with diverse students
  • Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support creative, engaged learning. Experience developing innovative and novel content for informal settings.
  • Ability to get ideas accepted and to guide a group or individual to accomplish the task.
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
  • Experience serving diverse audiences.

Demonstrate knowledge of

  1. Pedagogical Content Knowledge in mathematics
  2. Schools as organization
  3. Curriculum and assessment
  4. A range of instructional practices
  5. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the use of data to drive instruction
  6. Action research methods and the inquiry cycle Be knowledgeable about the NYS secondary mathematics curriculum, standards and assessment (e.g. Common Core, NYS Regents examinations)

Compensation: Commensurate with academic background and experience and pursuant to PSC-CUNY adjunct faculty rate.

Candidates are required to:

  • Be available to observe teacher candidates at their school sites during school day

HOW TO APPLY:

Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements. No calls please.
Application Deadline: July 1st, 2015
Targeted Start Date: August 15, 2015
Email to: jobs@nysci.org
Please include job title in subject line. 

The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace.

At Hunter College, we are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community by actively encouraging people with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women to apply.  We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence through diversity and inclusion. EO/AA Employer.