MASTER Program Residency Year Science Coach – PT

Department:   Science & Technology, Programs & Research
Reports to:      Director of Pre-Service Science Teacher Education Program

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 one or more disciplines in science along with expertise in and commitment to science 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 Residency Year Science Coach for adolescent education teacher candidates in science—biology, chemistry, and earth science.

Principal Responsibilities:

Hunter College Practicum Instruction

  1. Plan and facilitate biweekly Hunter College practicum seminar with MASTER residents (15 sessions total.)
  2. Develop syllabus for Hunter College practicum seminar that aligns with MASTER program goals and Hunter College requirements and evaluate assigned work. Syllabus should support novice teacher skill development in using inquiry and assessment to drive instruction.

Hunter College Field Supervisor

  1. Observe up to 10 MASTER residents in their school placements two times per semester as a Hunter College field supervisor.
  2. Conduct in-person post-observation meeting with each MASTER resident to provide constructive feedback on what was observed.

Residency Science Coach

  1. Provide coaching for up to 10 MASTER residents by observing residents in their school placements twice per month and supporting residents’ teacher inquiry projects.
  2. Facilitate debriefing/coaching meetings with up to 10 resident/mentor pairs.
  3. Support up to 10 resident/mentor pair relationship.
  4. Co-plan and facilitate regular professional development sessions for mentors.
  5. Coordinate support of struggling residents with intervention plans as needed.
  6. Contribute to the development of, as needed, and provide resources to support residents around effective, engaging inquiry-oriented science teaching and the growth of professional practices, such as video-supported reflection on teaching.


  1. Utilize a suite of assessment tools to monitor resident progress.
  2. Document resident and mentor progress; prepare reports after each observation and submit them to the resident and program staff.
  3. Provide resources and support to residents around performance-based assessments (e.g. Danielson, NYS Licensing assessment portfolios [EdTPA]).
  4. Provide resident-mentor pairs with support for teacher inquiry work.
  5. Participate in professional development meetings as required.
  6. Attend meetings as required with program staff to discuss any issues or problems involving the MASTER residents.
  7. Attend and co-facilitate quarterly mentor professional development days.
  8. Complete other tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Supervise up to 10 residents in the MASTER program


Education:    MA and teacher certification in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Earth science.


  • 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).


  • 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 science and how to teach science accordingly
  • Knowledge of youth growth and development; of programmatic responses to youth strengths and needs.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with teams of educators.
  • Strong science disciplinary content knowledge, in particular in the areas of biology, chemistry, and/or earth science
  • 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.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of:
    1. Pedagogical Content Knowledge in science
    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
  • Experience serving diverse audiences.

A science center, natural history museum, or children’s museum background is preferred but not required.

Compensation: Commensurate with academic background and experience and pursuant to PSC-CUNY adjunct faculty rate and exact number of resident/mentor pairs coached.

Candidates are required to:

  • Be available to facilitate biweekly practicum seminar during school day
  • Be available to observe teacher candidates at their school sites during school day

Qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter with salary range/requirements. No calls please.
Application Deadline:       July 10th , 2015
Targeted Start Date:          August 3rd, 2015
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The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace