Managers of Teacher Leadership Development (MTLD) are at the heart of Teach For America's work. As a MTLD you manage, coach, and develop our corps members from the moment they confirm to the Houston region through alumnihood to fundamentally transform the lives of students and inspire corps members to become lifelong advocates for educational equity. We are looking for an educator who has a successful record of results, and who is passionate about empowering the leadership of a cohort of 25-30 teachers to focus not only on transformational teaching in the classroom but inspiring clarity as to each corps member’s long-term role in the mission towards educational equity.
The ideal candidate should have an extremely strong instructional background as well as demonstrated skill in building relationships across multiple levels: students, families, school team, and community members. At the end of a successful year of work as a MTLD, you will see students on a new life path of extended life opportunities, due to major academic and personal growth.
To reach this vision, you would work directly with a cohort of approximately 25-30 teachers during the academic school year. During the summer, you would support Houston Huddle institute school sites in various roles. For this specific role, the MTLD would be supporting primarily Bilingual and Elementary corps members in their first year in the Houston corps.
Coaching and Empowering Corps Members Instructional and Personal Leadership (75%)
- Support and foster corps members' leadership development by helping them achieve their classroom visions.
- Observe corps member instruction in live action, requiring independent travel to school sites during business hours including occasional meetings on evenings and weekends.
- Provide coaching to corps members on instructional techniques, classroom management, and curriculum in order for students to reach expanded outcomes while also coaching toward corps members’ long-term leadership and helping them connect their values and beliefs to their work.
- Help corps members diagnose top needs in their classrooms based on student progress and student gaps in their learning.
- Create communities of collaboration among corps members.
- Build authentic relationships to connect with corps members' diverse styles, strengths, and needs.
- Ensure corps members build perspective and provide strategies for corps members to build meaningful relationships with the students, their students’ families, and the communities they serve.
- Support corps members in accessing professional development provided by our instructional leadership team.
Lead Across the Movement (25%)
- Communicate with principals, parents, and community leaders regularly to become an engaged member of the community, requiring independent travel to school sites.
- Continuously access ways to personally develop.
- Serve as an active member of the regional team in ways that help Houston push towards accomplishing the Regional Vision.
- Potentially travel to at least one Teach For America conference each year
- Minimum of three years of bilingual subject experience, preferably at the elementary level
- Education outcomes as a classroom teacher in a low-income community
- Deep knowledge of effective teaching practices
- Teach For America corps member experience preferred
- Experience in coaching teachers, leading adults, or adult facilitation is a plus
- Driven to live out Teach For America's mission and core values
- Maintains a deep commitment to the values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Focuses to constantly keep "eye on the prize" and remember the end goals- even when the going gets tough
- Builds strong relationships with students, families, and community members
- Make smart choices about what to prioritize and what matters most, especially when things get busy
- Reflect and proactively work to grow and improve
- Ability to work some weekends and evenings
- Ability to travel independently to multiple school sites throughout the day that may be significant distances from one another