Post Date:  Apr 2, 2024

Minneapolis, MN, US

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Job Title: Teacher, TOSA - K-5 Math & Literacy Specialist (1.0 FTE) - Lyndale  and Requisition ID number: 100876

Close Date:  No established closing date;  open until filled

Organizational Unit:  Lyndale Elementary (10000070) 

Site:  Lyndale (0144) 

FTE 1.0 FTE 39 Weeks/Year; 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.




The primary focus of this TOSA is to support both K-5 Math and K-5 Literacy programming and instruction. The TOSA understands the MPS MTSS process. They will coach teachers to use this tiered approach of differentiated instruction for all students in K-5 math and literacy. 

  • Facilitate teams of teachers to use the MTSS Data Dives & Diagnostics Core Component to develop instructional plans responsive to student needs.  

  • Ensure administration by teachers of required K-5 screeners and diagnostics.

  • Support teachers in the implementation of differentiated instructional strategies in math and literacy for grades K-5.

  • Support teachers in the development of cognitively demanding tasks to engage students individually and collectively in grades K-5 in math and literacy. 

  • Support teachers in the use of strategies that foster increased higher levels of thinking for grades K-5 in math and literacy. 

  • Coach teachers to create,  administer, respond with appropriate assessments that measure growth in math and reading for all K-5 students and respond to meet student needs.  

  • Increase teachers’ capacity and confidence to  implementation of K-5 math and literacy district approved core tier 1 and tier 2 curriculum



The TOSA supports teacher efficacy in differentiated daily instruction in order to equitably increase academic growth and achievement for all learners in grades K-5. The TOSA will spend their FTE time working collaboratively with K-5 classroom teachers on a weekly basis by:

  • Coaching

  • Co-planning

  • Model teaching

  • Co-teaching


The TOSA will also support the teachers through the Levels of Service Model in MTSS, providing K-5 classroom teachers with strategies around:

  • Scaffolding

  • Accommodations

  • Tiered activities

  • Formative assessments to ensure diverse groups of learners and all ability ranges of students are addressed in the classroom.  

  • Ensure administration by teachers of required K-5 screeners and diagnostics.


Coaches teachers in the required curricula using strategies that foster thinking, reasoning, and problem solving for grades K-2 in math and literacy.



  • Deep understanding of K-5 instructional practices in numeracy and early literacy.

  • Knowledge of assessment strategies, resources and appropriately differentiated materials, curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on math and literacy instruction for grades K-5. 

  • Experience in and knowledge of equity principles and cultural competencies of academic standards and the district's mission, goals, programs, and curriculum to support K-5 teachers and sites (ie: Best practices PD by Indian Education or PD with OBSA).

  • Knowledge of effective instruction to support teacher’s ability to further analyze, communicate, model, and assess elements of the teaching process while using academic standards in grades K-5.

  • Knowledge of unique student populations such as EL, SPED, and Advanced Learners, in order to ensure all sub-groups show adequate academic growth.

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

  • Ability to establish and maintain trustful, confidential and supportive relationships with teachers to help develop them as professionals.

  • Ability to foster collegiality and community among teachers through professional development.

  • Ability to encourage multiple perspectives and resolve conflicts in a professional manner. 

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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.



  • Valid Minnesota Teaching License

  • Has taken or is willing to take an early numeracy development class, such as, OGAP Additive Thinking, Thinking Math K-5, AVMR Math Recovery

  • Has taken or is willing to participate in early literacy professional development, such as, FAST earlyReading  certification, PRESS training, dyslexia training, LETRS training.

  • A minimum of 5 years of classroom experience, preferably, but not required, in grades K-5. 

  •  grades K-5. 


*All TOSAs must attend district professional development twice a month provided by District DPFs  in collaboration with other departments such as OBSA, Indian Ed., SPED, or Multi-Lingual. They will also attend additional training in June. 




Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.
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: | [No Established Closing Date]  | Lyndale Elementary (10000070)  | Lyndale (0144)  | Teaching

Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis