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Teacher, TOSA Differentiation Specialist - Online Learning - 6-12 Grade (2022-2023)

Date: May 10, 2022

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Teacher, TOSA Differentiation Specialist - Online Learning - 6-12 Grade (2022-2023)  and Requisition ID number: 87688

Close Date: 11:59pm on [[close date]]

Organizational Unit:  MPS Online 6-12 (10000750) 

Site:  MPS Online (0801) 

FTE .5 FTE; 39 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Teachers(04) 

Functional Area:  Teaching 


Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.

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POSITION SUMMARY


The Differentiation Specialist must have a strong understanding of pedagogy, academic standards and MTSS in order to provide effective coaching, support and feedback to teachers. The Differentiation Specialist must be committed to educational equity and understand how student strengths, identities and abilities are essential in providing culturally sustaining instruction using a tiered approach of differentiation for all students. The Differentiation Specialist will increase teacher capacity and confidence by:

  • Providing professional development, coaching, feedback and support for teachers with implementing differentiated instructional strategies that engage students individually, and collectively and foster increased higher levels of thinking

  • Coaching teachers to create and administer appropriate assessments that measure growth for students in the classroom and build teacher capacity in analyzing student data to prioritize needs, allowing teachers to plan in response to the data

  • Facilitating teams of teachers in using the Long Term and Short Term Planning Core Components to develop instructional plans responsive to student needs

  • Facilitating teams of teachers in using the MTSS Data Dives & Diagnostics Core Component to develop instructional plans responsive to student needs

  • Planning and/or facilitating PLCs/grade level team meetings and providing periodic progress updates to the ILT

  • Supporting implementation of math and literacy district-approved core tier 1 and tier 2 curricula

  • Applying and providing new learning from bi-weekly, district-provided professional development 

  • Following up on PLC/grade level team and individual teacher coaching meetings by providing support in classrooms including: modeling lessons, co-teaching, observing with feedback, coaching on instructional strategies or co-planning

  • Support secondary teacher observations and on-going coaching at the site to provide licensed staff with feedback and coaching from a fellow licensed staff member who is trained in the Standards of Effective Instruction (SOEI)

  • Supervise and support Americorps volunteers providing literacy and math interventions

  • Actively participating in ILT and MTSS meetings

 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Differentiation Specialist supports teacher efficacy in differentiated daily instruction in order to equitably increase academic growth and achievement for all learners.

 

Collaborate with classroom teachers and build teacher capacity by:

  • Providing ongoing coaching, feedback and professional development

  • Co-planning with teachers and collaborative teams

  • Model teaching 

  • Co-teaching

Support teachers using the Levels of  Service Model in MTSS and provide classroom teachers with strategies around:

  • Scaffolding

  • Accommodations

  • Tiered activities

  • Formative assessments 

 

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Experience in and knowledge of equity principles and cultural competencies of academic standards and the district’s mission, goals, programs, and curriculum to support teachers and sites (ie: Best practices PD by Indian Education or PD with OBSA)

  • Proven track record of effective classroom instruction and experience differentiating instruction, specifically tiering lessons and activities. 

  • Knowledge of assessment strategies, resources and appropriately differentiated materials, curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on math and literacy instruction

  • Ability to provide effective instruction and coaching to support teachers’ abilities to further analyze, communicate, model, and assess elements of the teaching process while using academic standards grades PK-12

  • Knowledge of best practices for specific student groups such as EL, SPED, and Advanced Learners, to ensure all students show adequate academic growth

  • Ability to collaborate with all adults in the building regarding instructional strategies

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain trustful, confidential and supportive relationships with teachers in order to help develop them professionally

  • Ability to foster collegiality and community among educators and staff

  • Seeks multiple perspectives and resolves conflict in a professional manner

  • Knowledge of adult learning needs and processes and how to use coaching cycles to maximize teacher growth

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • A valid Minnesota Teaching License

  • A minimum of 5 years of classroom experience 

  • Complete Indian Ed’s Best Practices PD, OBSA’s Becoming An Unapologetic Advocate for Black Students, and We Are Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx course

  • Hold an MPS certificate in Talent Development and Advanced Learner Education or be willing to obtain the certificate by December 1st, 2022.

  • Certified SOEI observer through MPS or be willing to complete certification by September 2022.

 

*Note, the Differentiation Specialist must attend bimonthly district professional development provided by the Teaching and Learning Department, in collaboration with other academic departments. 

 

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY:

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


 

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Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY:
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.

 

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On 05/01/2022 | MPS Online 6-12 (10000750) | MPS Online (0801) | Teaching 
 


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