Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning

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The WW Academy is reinventing American teacher preparation for the 21st century.


Chief Learning Officer

In cooperation with MIT, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is developing the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy), a new educator preparation program. Rooted in the skills, knowledge, and values new teachers and school leaders need to succeed in today’s classrooms and lead their schools into the future, the WW Academy will prepare teachers and school leaders for the global, digital, information economy. It abandons the current credit- and time-based model of education in favor of an outcome-/competency-based model. Accordingly, the Academy’s course of study will be individualized, problem-based, and time-independent. Students will complete their preparation when they demonstrate mastery of the competencies.

The WW Academy will be complemented by a research and development lab, which has the dual assignment of studying what works in education and developing needed educational products and services. The aspiration of the WW Academy is not only to create the educator preparation program needed for the future but also to transform the preparation of teachers and school leaders across America.

Much about the WW Academy is newly designed: the competencies, the time-independent curriculum focusing on the challenges teachers face, the integration of academic and clinical education, the design of clinical education, the work of faculty, and more. All of the WW Academy’s creations will be open source.

Position Description

The WW Academy is a startup making the transition from planning to operation. The result is that the WW Academy will begin operation with a design year. In fall 2017, the WW Academy will enroll a group of Design Fellows, a select group of prospective teachers committed to both middle and high school STEM teaching licensure and in helping to create a new educator preparation program. These Fellows will be core members of a team that will co-design the curriculum and all other important elements of the WW Academy. It is our belief that involving teacher candidates in the design process provides the best opportunity for creating a program that will transform the preparation of teachers and school leaders so they can thrive in today’s diverse classrooms and lead the schools of tomorrow. The CLO will lead the program design during this year.

The process of designing the WW Academy program is being carried out by interdisciplinary teams of Woodrow Wilson, MIT staffers and Design Fellows with expertise in the disciplines, teacher education, learning design, technology and assessment. The CLO will be charged with overseeing the design and development of the curriculum and coordinate the work of several design teams. In addition to overseeing the design process, the CLO will serve as a hands-on leader who will guide the design teams to develop curriculum and assessments and who will coordinate with members of the MIT partnership.

The CLO will be one of four senior leaders of the WW Academy along with the President, the Executive Director, and the Chief Administrative Officer (the CLO’s counterpart).

Core Responsibilities

  • Oversee/coordinate the continuing development/refinement of the competencies that inform the curriculum.
  • Lead the effort to define, develop, and refine a blended, problem-based curriculum that will lead to mastery of program competencies. This work will include determining the balance between and integration of collaborative and individual learning, face-to-face and online learning, and clinical and academic instruction. It also will ensure the integration of all learning with the clinical experience.
  • Contribute to and coordinate among multiple design teams applying a systemic design approach to ensure the coherence and quality of the program.
  • Employ user-centered design processes and methods to create high-functioning design teams comprised of diverse levels of expertise and perspectives.

Other Responsibilities

  • Work with other WW Academy staff to develop and facilitate additional aspects of the Design Year experience to enhance teacher-candidates’ learning curricular experience.
  • Engage with external groups to inform the design work of the WW Academy.

Desired Experience and Skills

  • Commitment and passion for the WW Academy and its mission
  • Experience leading ed tech or learning systems development projects
  • Knowledge of the landscape of innovative and traditional K–16 teaching and learning
  • Experience/knowledge of competency-based learning curricula, assessments, cognitive/learning sciences, and personalized learning program
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively and to solve problems creatively as well as ability to thrive in a fast-paced startup environment
  • Knowledge and experience in teacher preparation
  • An earned doctorate
  • Experience teaching, preferably in a STEM subject at the secondary school level

This is a full-time, renewable twelve-month appointment, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It offers competitive compensation and benefits.

Please send a cover letter, CV, and any additional material that will help us understand why you would be a great member of our team. We will accept applications until the position is filled. Questions and materials should be directed to Dr. Deborah Hirsch, Executive Director, WW Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].


An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer. The Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.