CREATE Liaison of University to District Teacher Leadership

Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) is a teacher residency program, currently funded primarily through a US Department of Education, Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. This program is housed primarily at Georgia State University, and Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is a sub-awardee on the SEED grant. Some of the programming employees of CREATE are employees of ANCS. This person serving in this position will be an employee of ANCS.

CREATE serves teacher-candidates from Georgia State University as they move into the field of teaching at Atlanta Public Schools (APS), with an overall goal of supporting critically conscious, compassionate, skilled educators who are committed to practices of teaching that prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities in schools. CREATE approaches this work from three angles, simultaneously: (1) recruiting and supporting new teachers who want to start and stay in APS schools, (2) developing teacher leaders in APS/CREATE schools, and (3) addressing systemic induction challenges through deeper GSU-APS-community collaboration.


This position, in particular, will work on strengthening the pipeline of GSU teacher candidates into teaching positions within APS by developing partnerships between the university, schools, and district leaders, and working directly with APS cooperating teachers who are supporting novice teachers. The person in this role will be an employee of Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and will work closely with the CREATE Manager of University-District Teacher Leadership.  The specific duties include:

  • Collaborating with school leaders to identify strong APS Cooperating Teachers (CTs) to participate in CT professional development (PD) and/or the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement courses offered at GSU
  • Collaborating with school leaders to identify strong APS School-Based Mentors (SBMs) to participate in SBM professional development (PD) and/or the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement courses offered at GSU
  • Developing and maintain relationships with CREATE school leaders and APS district leadership
  • Collaborating with GSU faculty to build understanding of the foundational coursework, methods, and theories that teacher candidates are asked to try out during practicum and student teaching
  • Attending GSU Initial Teacher Preparation meetings with teacher-candidates to become familiar with requirements for student teaching practicums and university supervision that will directly impact CTs work with teacher candidates
  • Coordinating and tracking participation in CT and SBM Professional Development (PD), including monitoring/updating calendars of CREATE schools and management of CREATE calendar and professional learning events
  • Assisting with design and facilitation of the Summer Resident Academy for residents
    • Facilitating SBM PD and co-facilitating CT PD in CREATE schools and in gradually increasing numbers of other district schools; co-facilitate the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement courses
  • Supporting the CREATE Manager of University-District Teacher Leadership with the design of Cooperating Teacher (CT) curriculum/professional learning, including
    • Alignment to CREATE’s overall Mission & Vision
    • Alignment to curriculum priorities of GSU’s College of Education and Human Development Early Childhood & Elementary Education and Middle and Secondary Education Department priorities, specifically aligning with cultural foundations/equity/diversity course content
    • Consideration of APS’s (1) Strategic Plan, specifically focused on equity initiatives, and (2) Academic Systems Framework and initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with CREATE administrative team members, GSU faculty, APS teacher induction staff, residents, experienced educators in CREATE schools, school leaders and community members to support and implement the vision and goals of the CREATE program
  • Assisting with other assignments, as needed, to benefit the program
  • Mentor and support a group of Y1 residents

The ideal candidate has education, experience, and skills as follows:

Education/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Master’s degree or higher in education or related field (preferred)
  • Teacher Support Endorsement certification or related (preferred)

Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years K-12 classroom teaching experience (required)
  • Successfully facilitated professional learning for educators, drawing on adult learning theory and equity-centered best practices, particularly when working with diverse groups of teachers (required)
  • Served as a teacher-mentor or cooperating teacher (required)
  • Experience facilitating deep conversations centered on equity, race, and oppressive practices in schools, and can model what it looks like to do that work with preservice teachers and youth (preferred)
  • Experience supporting teachers or youth with restorative and/or mindfulness practices (preferred)
  • Prior work experience at GSU or another similar university, in Atlanta Public Schools, and/or with CREATE (preferred)
  • Designed curriculum (preferred)
  • Served as the coordinator or manager of a project and/or program (preferred)

Skills/Characteristics

  • Possesses a deep passion for supporting teachers who are committed to prioritizing equity and justice in schools, and who are committed to seeing historically marginalized and minoritized youth thrive in schools
  • Has strong communication skills
  • Collaborative, works well with others, and seeks and provides feedback
  • Eager to learn new skills
  • Extensive experience with Google Drive and Apps

At this time, we have secured funds for this position through Summer 2023. This is a full time position with benefits, including TRS contributions (includes Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) that follows the Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School academic calendar, with the potential need for slight adjustments to accommodate APS school schedules. Salary commensurate with experience. It is our hope that this position will be staffed, with the Liaison ideally in place by February, 2021.

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