Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning



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




Assistant Director of Clinical Practice and Student Support

The Woodrow Wilson Academy – developed by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in collaboration with MIT — seeks to transform the existing model of teacher education by instituting a competency-based program, which shifts the current focus of education from how long candidates must be taught to what they have learned and can do. It changes the emphasis in education from common, time-fixed processes—credits that must be accumulated, courses that must be completed and lengths of time students must spend in college classes—to common, time- independent outcomes: the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful teacher or school leader on day one.

The Academy’s competency-based program has three components: 1) a set of outcomes or competencies that all candidates must attain in order to earn a degree; 2) assessment tools designed to determine candidate competencies; and 3) a problem-based, individualized, adaptive curriculum tied to these competencies. Teacher candidates progress through the curriculum by mastery of competencies and graduate when they can demonstrate all of the competencies. The amount of time required will vary from student to student. Students will experience the challenge-based curriculum – based on real problems of practice that new teachers face — in a blended environment including online, face-to-face, and clinical education.

The Academy is reimagining clinical education to fully integrate with teacher candidates’ academic work. The Clinical provides a vehicle for instruction, practice and demonstration that is targeted to the competencies that each teacher candidate needs to master. It includes three types of clinical experiences: time in schools, simulations, and out-of-school time (OST).  In this way, the clinical component of the Academy’s teacher preparation provides strategic opportunities for teacher candidates to learn and demonstrate the skills they will need to thrive as teachers of record.

The Role

The Assistant Director of Clinical Practice and Student Support will work alongside the Director of Clinical Practice and Student Support to design and implement a rigorous Clinical program.

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Ensuring that teacher candidates complete all the necessary requirements for licensure
  • Providing training and support for collaborating educators in the schools and districts that are partnering with the Academy
  • Offering ongoing feedback to teacher candidates in their clinical experiences
  • Documenting teacher candidates’ demonstration of competencies or where they need additional practice and support

Work Hours

This is a part-time position of 20 hours a week.

Qualifications and Compensation

A minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience at the secondary level and a Master’s Degree in Education are strongly preferred.

To apply:

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

Please title the email “Assistant Clinical Director position”

Selected candidates are subject to a pre-employment background investigation and degree verification.

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Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant position offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment that is mission-driven, committed to learning and improvement, deeply collaborative, and fun (really). We are looking for someone who wants to be part of building a new institution and who relishes the chance to join an equally enthusiastic team.

The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, detail oriented, flexible, and diplomatic individual who is able to juggle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, set and achieve priorities, manage time and delegate appropriately in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. The Administrative Assistant must demonstrate an eager willingness to take on tasks, operational problems, projects and processes as they arise to enthusiastically support the needs of an evolving organization.

The Administrative Assistant reports to President and functions as a key member of the Academy team providing overall office support, as required and assigned.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative supportfor the President and Academy faculty and staff.  Tasks include: organize meetings and phone/video conferences, manage calendars, arrange travel, process reimbursements, maintain inventory and order needed office supplies and equipment.
  • Draft routine correspondence on behalf of the President and senior staff, prepare briefings for meetings and conference calls and maintain accurate, organized files. Draft and edit material for use or presentation by the President and WW Academy team.
  • Represent the Academy to visitors and callers.
  • Coordinate communication within and across the Academy, with partners and external stakeholders including MIT and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and partner schools and districts.
  • Oversee communications, maintain databases, archive shared work so that it can be accessed and archived.
  • Manage and schedule special events and group/committee meetings and conferences for a broad range of stakeholders, coordinate both AV and catering needs; organize seminars and workshops.
  • Assist with management of project resources and assist with preparation of project budgets and monitor budgets and expenses.
  • Process requisitions and handle purchasing matters including vendor selection, contracts and invoices; and handle financial transactions.

Job Requirements: 

Bachelor’s Degree, minimum three-five years of relevant professional experience; project management experience, and excellent communication skills. The successful candidate must pay attention to detail and accuracy, possess strong organizational, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Familiarity with MS office suite, Slack, Google-docs, and remote communications technology.

To apply:

Candidates should 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, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, [email protected].

Please title the email “Administrative Assistant.”


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Part-Time Instructor of Special Education

Spring and/or Summer 2018 Opportunity

Position Overview
The Academy has welcomed a cohort of 10 Design Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year who will co- design 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 to help integrate knowledge of SPED concerns and pedagogy throughout the curriculum, including learning experiences and challenges.

Work Hours
Hours will be decided in collaboration with the successful candidate.

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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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.