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IFL Mathematics Fellow

Position Deleted on 6/01/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Faculty - Education - Other Education (study of)
Full Time
The Institute for Learning (IFL), housed at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center, is looking for a highly qualified candidates to join the Disciplinary Literacy Math Team to work with urban school districts throughout the country to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all students. The IFL is a strategic partner to large urban school districts, a professional development leader, a provider of services, and a "think tank," co-located with our parent organization, the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC), at the University of Pittsburgh.

The successful candidate will:

1. Design, Enact and Reflect on Professional Learning Experiences for Educators
  • Create a realistic, multi-year plan with measurable outcomes for district role groups (e.g., coaches, principals, central office staff) that meets the IFL contractual obligations for each district to which he/she is assigned.
  • Become knowledgeable about each district context including the district math program, student achievement data, district and state standards and assessments, prior history with coaching, etc. to inform each plan.
  • Implement each plan by designing learning experiences for each role group linked to the specifics of the district.
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate with other team members the learning experiences for each role group.
  • Reflect with other team members, using the facilitation experience and written feedback from participants, on evidence of participant learning and implications for next learning.
  • Document the work in each district through the history of the work record, written notes of meetings and phone calls, written feedback from session participants, and an annual summary report of the work.
2. Develop Tools to Advance the Work of the Team
  • Contribute to the on-going development of DL math curriculum modules.
  • Contribute to on-going development of math formative and summative assessments.
  • Organize, direct and edit video examples of the work.
  • Work with the video editor to produce a finished piece to be used to advance participant learning.
  • Develop web-based tools.
3. Work Collaboratively to Advance the Work of the Team
  • Participate in all DL math and DL team meetings.
  • Bring prior knowledge to bear in addressing district and team needs.
  • Collaborate with team members when representing the team on committees in districts.
  • Work collaboratively to solve work-related problems as they arise.
  • Contribute to developing grant proposals.
  • Develop and participate in conference presentations.
  • Participate in writing journal articles and other publications about team/district work.
  • Adhere to workflow timelines in preparing materials for production.
4. Contribute to the Organizational Advancement of the IFL
  • Work with colleagues on the DL math team and other DL teams to develop a coherent program of math literacy and education support for IFL districts.
  • Work with IFL colleagues and district personnel to find ways to link various strands of district and IFL work into a coherent whole.
  • Participate in monthly Fellow meetings.
  • Lead Fellow meetings, as needed.
  • Participate on IFL committees, as needed.
  • Lead IFL conference sessions, as needed.
  • Contribute to the creation of IFL tools/products, as needed.
A competitive candidate will have all of the following characteristics: an advanced degree (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.,); experience teaching math at the K-12 levels; demonstrated knowledge of research-based math education practices and tools; demonstrated knowledge of best practices in elementary and secondary math education; experience designing and implementing professional development for teachers, principals and other public school personnel; experiences working with math Directors and Chief Academic Officers in urban districts; experience in leadership positions; demonstrated ability to publish; experience designing and leading conference sessions or meetings; experience contributing to the development of grant proposals; demonstrated knowledge of national, state and Common Core State Standards as they relate to math; and a demonstrated commitment to urban public school reform. Excellent communication skills are a must. Ability to travel required.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

70% travel is required

Interested candidates should send a vita and cover letter to: 310 LRDC, 3939 O'Hara St., Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups under-represented in academia are especially encouraged to apply.
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