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Jerry P. Becker

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Position Announcement: Prog Off Tchr Dev't/KSTF Fdn
Posted: Jun 2, 2013 10:24 PM
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Information provided by Jeanne Vissa.
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KSTF Job Announcement
Program Officer for Teacher Development
Start date flexible, ASAP preferred

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) a private, operating
foundation, established in 1999 and funded by an endowment from C.
Harry and Janet H. Knowles, continues to grow and is seeking a
Program Officer for Teacher Development to work as part of a team
developing, implementing and refining the KSTF Teaching Fellowship
Program. KSTF seeks to strengthen the teaching profession and
increase the US education system's capacity to continually improve
STEM education by creating a networked community of teachers who
mentor and sustain new teachers, set and meet high standards for
student learning, and create and uphold benchmarks of teacher
professionalism grounded in a deep and nuanced understanding of the
work of teaching. Rather than waiting for leaders to emerge from
within the educational system, KSTF identifies and selects beginning
teachers who show the potential to develop into master teachers and
teacher leaders. Furthermore, KSTF seeks to understand and provide
the kinds of sustained support, professional development, and
learning opportunities these promising individuals need to reach
their potential as teachers and leaders. KSTF supports new science,
math and biology high school teachers with a 5-year fellowship that
provides these young teachers with professional development and
financial support. After the five-year program, a KSTF Teaching
Fellow becomes a Senior Fellow where they continue to participate in
our professional community.

KSTF Teacher Developers are committed to the belief that teaching is
a critically important, complex, intellectually challenging
profession that demands the best efforts of our nation's finest.
Teacher Developers have experience teaching at the high school level,
knowledge and experience in teacher mentoring and development, and
substantial knowledge of their subject matter. Three teams, each led
by a Senior Program Officer for Teacher Development, work together to
design, implement, refine and study the KSTF Teaching Fellowship
Program. The Fellowship Program offers support and professional
development for 165 of the nation's best new high school science and
math teachers for five years. Teacher Developers work at the center
of a broader national learning community that includes Teaching
Fellows and KSTF Staff as well as expert teachers and teacher
educators, researchers and evaluators.

Our immediate need is for a Teacher Developer with a mathematics
education background who will join a team supporting fellows during
their third and fourth years of the fellowship, focusing on
developing exemplary teaching practices and an inquiry stance towards
teaching and leadership capacity. Although preference will be given
to applicants with a background in mathematics education, we will
consider highly-qualified applicants who have background in any STEM
field. The position requires in-person and online mentoring of
fellows and working collaboratively with experts in various aspects
of science and/or mathematics education to implement and evaluate a
five-year comprehensive and cohesive professional development
experience for fellows. Teacher Developers are expected to
contribute to KSTF efforts to synthesize and use existing research,
as well as contribute to the research on teacher development, teacher
leadership and the effective teaching and learning of math and
science at the high school level aligned with KSTF's goals. The
Teacher Developer will be a crucial contributor to the success of the
KSTF Teaching Fellowship and must be committed to continually
developing his or her own professional knowledge and skills.

The ideal candidate for this position has a combination of the
following strengths and abilities:

_ High school teaching experience in science or mathematics,
preference for mathematics (REQUIRED)
_ Experience mentoring beginning high school teachers, educating
pre-service teachers and/or developing and providing professional
development to high school teachers (REQUIRED)
_ Experience teaching innovative, problem solving and inquiry-based
approaches in science or mathematics and coaching or mentoring other
teachers in those methods
_ Working knowledge of and capacity to produce educational research
relevant to the development and support of new teachers
_ Deep and extensive content knowledge in science and/or mathematics
_ A passion for science and mathematics education and a desire to
work on its improvement
_ Experience and expertise in designing, facilitating, implementing,
evaluating and refining innovative programs, courses or professional
development workshops
_ An advanced degree in science or mathematics education or a
related field (or anticipating such), doctorate preferred

Position is full-time, on-site in NJ and will report to a Senior
Program Officer for Teacher Development. Some (10 - 15%) travel is
required. Salary based on education and experience and is highly
competitive with K-12 administrative and/or university academic
positions. Search will remain open until position is filled.

Interested applicants should review the KSTF website
(http://www.kstf.org/) and send a letter of interest and a resume or
CV to: careers@kstf.org or 856-608-0008 (fax).

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu



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