CREATE Manager of University-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 partnering with university, school, and district leaders, and working directly with APS cooperating teachers who are supporting novice teachers. The specific duties include:

  • Refining 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
  • Facilitating CT PD in CREATE schools and in gradually increasing numbers of other district schools; co-facilitate the Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement courses
  • Attending APS Equity team meetings to develop an understanding of what the district hopes its teachers will know and understand
  • Coordinating and tracking participation in CT PD, including monitoring/updating calendars of CREATE schools and management of CREATE calendar and professional learning events
  • Collaborating with GSU faculty to understand 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
  • Assisting with design and facilitation of the Summer Resident Academy for residents
  • 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

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:

  • Has a minimum of 5 years K-12 classroom teaching experience (required)
  • Has 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)
  • Has served as a teacher-mentor or cooperating teacher (required)
  • Has 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)
  • Has experience supporting teachers or youth with restorative and/or mindfulness practices (preferred)
  • Has prior work experience at GSU or another similar university, in Atlanta Public Schools, and/or with CREATE (preferred)
  • Has designed curriculum (preferred)
  • Has 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 Manager ideally in place by February, 2021.

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