Friday, June 24, 2016

Breakout Session Proposals

It's that time again! We are ready to begin accepting proposals for breakout sessions at this year's annual conference that will be held January 21, 2107.  Please complete the form below to apply. The deadline to apply will be September 7, 2016!


Friday, June 10, 2016

Posting for Site Director Position

Are you looking for an opportunity to grow high quality education for all of Alabama's students while serving as a leader and facilitator? Alabama is fortunate to have been named as a partner for the Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) funded through a federal SEED grant overseen by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Alabama Steering Team, a partnership of the Alabama NBCT Network, the Alabama State Department of Education, and the Alabama Education Association, is looking for a dynamic individual to fill a full-time position. The details of the position can be found below. Apply on Teach in Alabama by June 23rd.

Alabama Site Director for the Network to Transform Teaching

The Alabama Network to Transform Teaching (NT3) Team seeks a qualified candidate for a position as Site Director of the Network to Transform Teaching in Alabama through fall 2018. The Network to Transform Teaching is a collaborative effort of nine states and two districts working to build a standards-based, collaborative teaching profession with shared responsibility for students’ learning. The network has two complementary strategies: one focused on building accomplished teaching at the school level and another focused on ensuring coherence across the teaching career continuum at a system level.  The network’s work is supported by a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant awarded to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Role Description

The Site Director will be the day-to-day leader for the Network to Transform Teaching initiative.  The Site Director will be involved in creating and stewarding a vision for transforming teaching across Alabama including (a) convening representatives from diverse organizations across the state and facilitating development and refinement of a statewide strategy, (b) coaching representatives from pilot districts and other system-wide programs, and (c) managing project deliverables and grant reports. It is important that the Site Director understands the organization of the statewide system that supports teaching in Alabama and also is able to work alongside leaders across the state and in other states.

Major Responsibilities

Convening
  • Bring together a State Steering Team including representatives from the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Education Association, and the Alabama NBCT Network and facilitate the group to collaboratively design and continually refine (1) a vision for the network’s work and (2) a plan for bringing that vision to fruition.
  • Collaborate with the State Steering Team and other partners (e.g., pilot districts, institutions of higher education) to implement the plan.
  • Serve as a steward of the vision on behalf of the State Steering Team, including building will for the network’s work among other partnering organizations, districts, and schools. The Site Director crafts a compelling narrative for the network, keeps an eye toward spread of best practices, and continually seeks opportunities to engage new partners in this work.
  • Travel to pilot districts to provide support and facilitate training. Attend regular Learning Sessions arranged through the National Board for all NT3 partners.

Coaching
  • Serve as an improvement advisor at a state level, supporting improvement leads in pilot districts and project managers in systems work to bring a continuous improvement lens to their work.
  • Support individuals engaged in project work by facilitating access to content experts and other resources through the network’s hub.

Managing
  • Create a plan for monitoring plan activities and progress toward them.
  • Develop collaborative work processes and routines, including regular meetings of improvement leads and project managers, to ensure all parties are communicating and reporting effectively and efficiently.
  • Consolidate learning and complete monthly reporting to the National Board and the Alabama Steering Team.
  • Develop resources and communication materials, including regular reporting of progress to key parties in the network (e.g., steering team, district leadership, school leadership).
  • Support the development of a SEED grant budget and, working with accounting staff, report on spending to the National Board.

Perform other duties as required.

Experience and Skills

Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and current National Board Certification. At least five years of professional experience required.

Preferred experience:
  • School or district leadership experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
  • Knowledge of and experience with EDUCATE Alabama and Alabama Quality Teaching Standards
  • Knowledge of and experience with adult learning, teacher development, and group facilitation
  • Use of data for continuous improvement and facility working with data in a variety of formats
  • Knowledge of and experience with managing grants
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Approachable, positive, and able to work with diverse constituencies, including all levels and areas of the organization as well as external partners and collaborators
  • Comfort with ambiguity and able to juggle the demands of a busy, frequently changing plan of work in a professional manner, while exhibiting sound judgment

Application
Please complete the application via the Teach in Alabama website: www.alsde.edu/teachinalabama and submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) letters of reference by June 23, 2016, by 5:00 pm to Mrs. Debra G. Gosha (dgosha@alsde.edu).