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Seeking Passionate Instructional Leaders!

TNTP seeks summer Pre-Service Training Coaches for teachNOLA. This position is based in New Orleans and is available in Summer 2018.

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

TNTP’s teachNOLA Teaching Fellows Program is an alternative route to a career in teaching for talented professionals committed to improving the odds for kids by raising student achievement. 

teachNOLA prepares Fellows to achieve immediate, measurable success with their students in the fall. Our training approach, called Fast Start, focuses on foundational skills that we believe Fellows must have to ensure a strong start to the school year as a new teacher.  During their pre-service training, Fellows rehearse the foundational skills, receive coaching, and practice them with students.  Fellows must demonstrate proficiency in these skills in order to successfully complete pre-service training and become a teacher of record in the fall.  

What You’ll Do

Pre-service Training Coaches customize and lead sessions focused on foundational classroom and instructional skills ensuring Fellows have high quality opportunities to both learn and practice the skills. Specifically you will be expected to: 

  • Plan and facilitate sessions demonstrating effective instruction in alignment with the Louisiana Student Standards including
    • Leveraging best practices in adult learning to rapidly develop Fellows’ capacity to deliver engaging and rigorous instruction, both in-person and virtually (webinars)
    • Expertly modelling lesson delivery to build Fellows’ vision of rigorous and engaging instruction that is standards-aligned and incorporates culturally responsive teaching practices
    • Leading lesson planning and preparation sessions that support Fellows’ acquisition of instructional planning and delivery skills
    • Expertly modelling techniques to engage students in learning, including Teach Like a Champion techniques
  • Influence, coach, and motivate Fellows to reach ambitious goals with students and to master foundational teaching skills by:
    • Observing and providing specific, actionable, on-the-spot feedback to Fellows multiple times per week in a summer school classrooms and in sessions
    • Planning and executing daily coaching experiences, including in-classroom interventions, that are based on performance data and offer opportunities for practice and immediate feedback
    • Developing expertise in summer school curriculum in order to model lessons, support lesson planning and delivery, and provide feedback on Fellow lesson plans and lesson execution.  
    • Promote analytical self-reflection in Fellows in order to accelerate their development as culturally responsive teachers as well as their students’ achievement 
  • Collaborate with other Pre-service Training (PST) team members to plan meaningful training activities and norm on Fellow performance standards 
  • Evaluate Fellow performance by assessing Fellow proficiency, using data to identify trends in teacher performance and identifying the highest priority development areas on an individual and group level
  • Participate in staff training during the spring to build a strong team with the capacity to reach teachNOLA’s ambitious vision 

What You Bring

We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level. 

Coaches are experienced educators who demonstrate a track record of success working with students in high-need schools, hold high expectations for students and teachers, and have strong organizational and communication skills.  Ideal candidates will also have:

  • Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in high-need subject areas (required) 
  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Louisiana Student Standards (required) and the summer school curriculum (preferred - Engage NY/Eureka math, CKLA Skills, LA Guidebooks) 
  • Experience with Teach Like a Champion techniques (highly preferred)
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults
  • Experience and comfort providing direct, in-the-moment feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate improvement
  • Experience in facilitating effective training experiences for adult learners
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and mentoring relationships
  • Exceptional skills in time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment
  • Readiness to work non-standard hours over the course of the pre-service training (35 – 50 hours per week)
  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and sense of possibility in stressful situations
  • Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings 
  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making

What We Offer 

TNTP offers a competitive hourly wage commensurate with experience in a similar position. Instructional Coaches’ hourly wage can range from $22 - $23 per hour, based on experience. 

TNTP offers a motivated team of dynamic colleagues, a collegial atmosphere that values professional development and valuable feedback, and the chance to impact the direction of a growing, mission-driven company that is committed to the success of our nation’s children.

Time Commitment 

Coaches can expect to attend up to 50 hours of training over multiple days in the spring with additional training hours completed on-line.  In the summer, coaches are focused on preparation and direct work with Fellows and can expect a commitment of 35-50 during the weeks of in-person PST.   

Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Pre-Service Coach for teachNOLA, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter that answers the following questions:

  • Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are preparing for their first years in high need classrooms?
  • What do you believe are the foundational content and skills that incoming Fellows need in order to deliver rigorous instruction and build strong relationships with their students and how will you help your Fellows develop this expertise?

Please submit your application online. 

Learn More

TNTP: www.tntp.org

teachNOLA: http://tntpteachingfellows.org/new-orleans

Hiring process: http://tntp.org/join/hiring-process


When will the Fishman Prize application open?

TNTP has been proud to offer the Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice to extraordinary public school teachers every year for six years. As we look ahead to the future, we plan to continue to offer the Prize every other year to gain additional time to innovate on the award and cultivate relationships with our ever-growing body of past winners and finalists. Please keep an eye out for an update on the Fishman Prize’s return in the fall of 2018, and thank you to all who do the hard work of educating our students every day.

What is the timeline for the application process?

Please see How to Apply to view the application process timeline.

How much time should I spend on the application?

While the amount of time it takes to finish the application varies from person to person, we recommend that you give yourself a few days to thoroughly read and respond to all portions of the application. Giving yourself as much time as possible to work through the application will help to ensure that you’ve answered all questions thoughtfully and to the best of your ability.

How many winners will be selected?

The Fishman Prize will be awarded to four winners each year.

Who determines the winners?

TNTP staff review applications and select the finalists. A panel of judges, including Shira Fishman Printup and other previous Fishman Prize recipients, determine the winners.

Am I eligible if I don’t work in a Title I school?

Yes, although eligible applicants are required to work in schools with at least 40 percent of students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, which generally excludes non-Title I schools.

Are private school teachers eligible?

No, the Fishman Prize recognizes public school teachers, specifically.

If I applied last year, am I allowed to reapply?

Absolutely, as long as you haven’t won previously. We believe that great teachers are constantly honing and improving their classroom practice, so an applicant who did not win in previous years may be ready to try again this year.

If I applied last year, how do I reapply?

Visit our online application system and sign in with the same account you used to apply previously. Instructions are provided if you have forgotten your username or password. The current application will appear in the Application tab of your Dashboard when the application period opens. You will not be able to submit anything from your previous applications and will need to completely fill out a new application.

When can I find out who the winners are?

Winners are typically selected in the spring and announced in April or May.

Are there restrictions on how the monetary award can be used?

No. Use of the monetary award is solely at the winner's discretion.

Do the finalists receive anything?

Yes. Finalists who do not win the Fishman Prize will receive $1,000 each and national recognition.

How will the Fishman Prize paper topic be decided?

The paper topic will be decided by the Fishman Prize winners at the beginning of the summer residency, with guidance from TNTP staff.

How will the Fishman Prize paper be used?

The paper allows Fishman Prize winners to share their expertise with the TNTP community and educators across the country, with each paper contributing over time to a robust knowledge base on effective instructional practice. TNTP will make the paper freely available to the public, distribute it to educators nationwide, and use it to enhance its own knowledge and teacher training programs. Click here to read the essays.

I received an email saying I've won the Fishman Prize that asks for my personal information. Is this email legitimate?

Recently, the Fishman Prize has been used in phishing attempts that are not sent by TNTP or anyone representing TNTP. We will only send official Fishman Prize correspondence from fishmanprize@tntp.org or donotreply@teachertrack2.org. If you are ever unsure of an email's authenticity, feel free to reach out via the contact form or forward the email to fishmanprize@tntp.org and someone will verify if the email is from TNTP.

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