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.
The Summer Resident Academy (SRA) is an essential component of the GSU CREATE Teacher Residency Program for all residents and occurs across three summers, utilizing a progressive curriculum, and is described in more detail below.
SRA provides intensive preparation for developing an equity-centered classroom. SRA1 occurs during the summer following the first year of residency; SRA 2 occurs during the summer following the second year of residency. SRA1 is a 5 week immersive experience that invites residents to apply skills and knowledge in a real-world classroom setting. SRA2 is a 2-week experience focused on reflection on the year past, and planning for the year ahead. Across all years, SRA provides intensive preparation for developing an equity-centered classroom.
The SRA Coordinator will work to strengthen the pipeline of GSU teacher candidates into teaching positions within APS by partnering with university, school, community, and district leaders, and working directly with novice teachers during the SRA experience. The person in this role will work most closely with the GSU CREATE Instructional Mentor (IM) team, university professors, and the CREATE administrative team. The specific duties include:
- Collaborate with IM team and GSU faculty to design the SRA curriculum, including:
- Alignment with GSU CREATE’s overall Vision and Mission
- 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
- Collaborate with IM team and GSU faculty to plan, execute, evaluate and research SRA
- Collaborate with Instructional Mentor (IM) team to make Y2 and Y3 resident placements in SRA
- Serve as on-site administrator throughout SRA experience
- Schedule and coordinate all logistics in advance and during SRA, including personnel, buildings, classrooms, speakers, field trips, and materials to host SRA
- Coordinate and track attendance and participation in SRA; process stipends for residents and payment for employees
- Work with Instructional Mentors in the fall toward the execution of Together Times in order to inform content and direction of SRA
- Sit in on university courses in the fall to bridge the transition from preservice to inservice teaching
- Collaborate with the University Supervisor Cooperating Teacher Mentors (USCTM)
- Work collaboratively with GSU CREATE administrative team as needed
- Assist with other assignments, as needed, to benefit the program
The ideal candidate has education, experience, and skills as follows:
- Bachelor’s degree (required)
- Master’s degree or higher in education or related field (preferred)
- Teacher Support and Coaching Endorsement certification or related (preferred)
- A minimum of 5 years K-12 classroom teaching experience (required)
- Successfully designed curriculum and 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 (preferred)
- 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)
- Served as the coordinator or manager of a project and/or program (preferred)
- 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 and organizational skills
- Collaborative, works well with others, and seeks and provides feedback
- Eager to learn new skills
- Extensive experience with data management software, 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 SRA Coordinator ideally in place by February, 2021.