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

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President

The President will serve as chief executive and leader of this ground-breaking initiative, with responsibilities traditionally assigned to college Presidents as well as those associated with leading a start-up and a think tank. S/he will join as the WW Academy evolves from planning to a free-standing graduate school, with faculty and staff, and a $2M+ operating budget. A pilot class of Design Fellows has launched and the WW Academy’s independent Board of Directors has been formed. MIT is collaborating with faculty to co-design elements of the program. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation will continue to support the back office until the WW Academy moves functions in-house.

The President will translate the WW Academy’s vision into aligned strategic and operational business plans, clear objectives, and the financial and team resources required to deliver on this important mission. S/he will also:

  • actively champion the WW Academy’s approach, model and vision with multiple audiences;
  • attract significant financial resources;
  • engage critical partners (graduate schools of education, practitioners, school districts, accreditation bodies, etc.);
  • advocate for changes in national education policy and practice;
  • and develop the WW Academy’s long-term sustainability.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a strategic and inspiring current or future college president to lead a startup into the preeminent graduate school revolutionizing the field of teacher and leader preparation in the United States.

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Nominations may be confidentially shared with Viewcrest Advisors at: [email protected]

Please submit resume and cover letter, in MS Word format to: [email protected]

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Senior Assessment Designer

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation, in close collaboration with MIT, is developing a new graduate school of education—the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning—that aims to create a national model of mastery-based, time-independent teacher preparation that readies science and math teachers to succeed in the schools of today—and build the schools of tomorrow.

Position Overview

The WW Academy seeks a Senior Assessment Designer who will be involved in every stage of building its problem-based curriculum for teacher candidates. The process of designing this curriculum is being carried out by a large interdisciplinary team with expertise in the STEM fields, teacher education, learning design, technology, and assessment. This team comprises Woodrow Wilson faculty and staff, MIT staffers, and WW Academy Design Fellows, working together in various cross-functional work groups.

The Senior Assessment Designer will join this team and will oversee the design and development of assessments—both formative and summative—through which teacher candidates will demonstrate that they are mastering the elements of the curriculum and, ultimately, that they have developed the necessary competencies to graduate from the program. In addition to overseeing the development of the program’s assessments, the Senior Assessment Designer will be a hands-on leader, working closely with the various work groups to develop a curriculum that integrates the assessments.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with design teams during curriculum-building process to ensure a sharp focus on the WW Academy’s core competencies.
  • Develop capacity in assessment across the WW Academy’s staff.
  • Develop creative, valid assessment tools that:
    • Evaluators can use to assess student performance within specific curricular units.
    • Evaluators can use to review teacher candidate progress toward the program’s core competencies.
    • Teacher candidates can use to receive feedback that will keep them on track as they move through curricular units and through the program as a whole.
  • Develop assessment design processes that combine agility and scalability.
  • Design and develop reports to visualize performance data for various audiences.
  • Manage all milestones related to assessment design and product-related content development and delivery (e.g. ensuring that outsourced components are delivered according to the project plan).
  • Lead user testing and pilots, including the communication of observations and insights back to the team.

The ideal candidate will bring to the position the following characteristics:

  • Master’s degree (or higher) with an emphasis in assessment design, psychometrics, learning analytics, learning sciences, instructional design, cognitive psychology or related area.
  • 5+ years of experience in assessment design.
  • Experience in psychometric/statistical data analysis, validation, scoring, analyzing and reporting quantitative data.
  • Experience designing authentic assessments, simulations/games, and/or adaptive learning systems.
  • Experience with competency-based education.
  • Experience teaching, preferably K–12.
  • An ability to meet deadlines in a dynamic environment
  • A gift for collaboration, and
  • A sense of humor.

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. Peter Laipson, Chief Administrative Officer, WW Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].

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Part-Time Instructor of Special Education

Position Overview
The Academy has welcomed a cohort of 10 Design Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year who will codesign the curriculum with Academy and MIT faculty and staff. We seek a highly qualified Special Education instructor who can advise and collaborate with the team of Design Fellows in these efforts. The Special Education instructor will be involved in the design of a challenge that focuses on the competencies associated with accommodating special education needs in an inclusive classroom.

Responsibilities include:

  • helping the design team to identify appropriate research resources;
  • supporting the team as they create learning experiences that will prepare teacher candidates for the summative
    challenge;
  • and working with the learning designer to establish rubrics to assess mastery.

The Special Education instructor also will consult with the Design Fellows and faculty/staff design team across the year to help integrate knowledge of SPED concerns and pedagogy throughout the curriculum, including learning experiences and challenges.

Work Hours
The ideal candidate will consult for approximately 70 hours over the course of the academic year. Approximately 35 of these will be devoted to helping the team build one challenge over an 8-week design cycle. The other 35 will be allocated to 5 hours per month of consultation which likely will include some direct work with teacher candidates. The chosen candidate must be able to meet with the design team at the Academy offices in East Cambridge at times to be arranged (likely afternoons, after the end of the school day, and early evenings), to be available remotely, and to participate in an orientation to the Academy prior to beginning work.

Qualifications and Compensation
Certification in Special Education and minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience at the secondary level. Master’s Degree in Special Education strongly preferred.

Compensation: The Academy will offer hourly compensation.

To apply
Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Peter Laipson, Chief Administrative Officer, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].

Please title the email “SPED instructor position.”

Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment background investigation and degree verification to be hired for this position.

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Part-Time Instructor of English Language Learners

Position Overview

The Academy has welcomed a cohort of 10 Design Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year who will codesign the curriculum with Academy and MIT faculty and staff. We seek a highly qualified English Language Learners (ELL) instructor who can advise and collaborate with the team of Design Fellows in these efforts. The ELL instructor will be involved in the design of a specific challenge that focuses on the competencies associated with accommodating the needs of English language learners in math and science classrooms.

Responsibilities include:

  • helping the design team to identify appropriate research resources;
  • supporting the team as they create learning experiences that will prepare teacher candidates for the summative challenge;
  • and working with the learning designer to establish rubrics to assess mastery.

The ELL instructor also will consult with the Design Fellows and faculty/staff design team across the year to help integrate knowledge of ELL pedagogy throughout the curriculum, including learning experiences and challenges.

Work Hours
The ideal candidate will consult for approximately 70 hours over the course of the academic year. Approximately 35 of these will be devoted to helping the team build Challenge X over an 8-week design cycle. The other 35 will be allocated to 5 hours per month of consultation which likely will include some direct work with teacher candidates. The chosen candidate must be able to meet with the design team at the Academy offices in East Cambridge at times to be arranged (likely afternoons, after the end of the school day, and early evenings), to be available remotely, and to participate in an orientation to the Academy prior to beginning work.

Qualifications and Compensation
Certification in ESL and minimum of 3-5 years experience teaching at the secondary
level. Master’s Degree in ESL strongly preferred.

Compensation: The Academy will offer hourly compensation.

To apply
Candidates should send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to Peter Laipson, Chief Administrative Officer, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].

Please title the email “ELL instructor position.”

Selected candidates must pass a pre-employment background investigation and degree verification to be hired for this position.

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An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.