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The Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations is seeking subject matter experts for the 2018–19 school year to help develop training to support the implementation of the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science.

Subject matter experts will work closely with members of the department, as well as other stakeholders, to review and refine training materials with the goal of providing an engaging learning experience for participants that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students. To achieve this goal, we are looking for subject matter experts who possess the following traits and skills:

  • strong content and pedagogical skills in elementary and/or secondary science;
  • a deep understanding of the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science;
  • a belief that all students can learn and that all educators can improve their craft;
  • experience and expertise reviewing and developing training content;
  • experience creating and delivering professional development for adults;
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • effective oral and written communication skills;
  • the ability to collaborate well with teammates;
  • a desire to seek feedback proactively; and
  • the ability to implement feedback quickly and accurately.

Subject matter experts will work closely with the content development team to review and create training content that will be delivered to teachers and school leaders during the spring and summer of 2019. They will be responsible for reviewing the training content for alignment to the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science. Drafts of content will be due at key benchmarks throughout the 2018–19 academic year. Much of this work can be completed remotely, outside of regular school and business hours. Subject matter experts will be expected to attend up to six face-to-face meetings. They will also be expected to participate in monthly check-in meetings, hosted via conference call or webinar, with the project lead.

Serving as a subject matter expert is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the department, shape expectations for classroom instruction, and make a difference for Tennessee students. To apply for the subject matter expert position, please complete the online application here. The deadline for submission is 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 22. Only completed applications will be considered. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected by Friday, Nov. 2.

Please send questions to Nicole Jimenez, director of teacher training and support, at Nicole.Jimenez@tn.gov.

The Tennessee Department of Education, Office of Academic Strategy and Operations is seeking social studies subject matter experts for the 2018–19 school year to help develop training to support the implementation of the Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Subject matter experts will work closely with members of the department, as well as other stakeholders, to review and refine training materials with the goal of providing an engaging learning experience for participants that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students. To achieve this goal, we are looking for subject matter experts who possess the following traits and skills:

  • strong content and pedagogical skills in elementary and/or secondary social studies;
  • a deep understanding of the revised Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies;
  • a belief that all students can learn and that all educators can improve their craft;
  • experience and expertise reviewing and developing training content;
  • experience creating and delivering professional development for adults;
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • effective oral and written communication skills;
  • the ability to collaborate well with teammates;
  • a desire to seek feedback proactively; and
  • the ability to implement feedback quickly and accurately.

Subject matter experts will work closely with the content development team to review and create training content that will be delivered to teachers and school leaders during the spring and summer of 2019. They will be responsible for reviewing the training content for alignment to the Tennessee Academic Standards for Social Studies. Drafts of content will be due at key benchmarks throughout the 2018–19 academic year. Much of this work can be completed remotely, outside of regular school and business hours. Subject matter experts will be expected to attend up to six face-to-face meetings. They will also be expected to participate in monthly check-in meetings, hosted via conference call or webinar, with the project lead.

Serving as a subject matter expert is a unique opportunity to collaborate with the department, shape expectations for classroom instruction, and make a difference for Tennessee students. To apply for the subject matter expert position, please complete the online application here. The deadline for submission is 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, Oct. 22. Only completed applications will be considered. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected by Friday, Nov. 2.

Please send questions to Nicole Jimenez, director of teacher training and support, at Nicole.Jimenez@tn.gov.

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking educators and non-educators for the section E textbook adoption for English Language Arts, Career and Technical Education, and—the newly added category—Alternate Academic Instructional Materials (AAIMS). AAIMS are instructional materials specifically designed for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

We are looking for qualified and passionate educators and non-educators who are committed to ensuring that Tennessee students have high-quality instructional materials. Those with content expertise in each ELA grade level, high school ELA electives, law, public safety, corrections, security, government and public administration, hospitality and tourism, and special education should apply.

Applicants chosen to be part of the review teams will attend trainings throughout the review process to develop deep expertise in selecting instructional materials. We have developed a rigorous screening instrument for each grade level and subject area to guide reviewers’ evaluations of materials. Selected reviewers will be thoroughly trained on the screeners and how to successfully determine what high-quality instructional materials look like. Review panelists will be assets to their districts for advising future textbook selection committees.

We are seeking ELA reviewers with knowledge of integrated and spiraled instruction for ELA standards, CTE subject reviewers with credentials in the respective course, and special education reviewers who have experience teaching and working with students with cognitive disabilities who would benefit from AAIMS.

Qualifications:

  • a certification in the grade level/subject area that the applicant is applying for (educators only);
  • knowledge of the standards for ELA, CTE, or AAIMS;
  • a belief that instructional materials are an important component to ensuring standards-aligned instruction;
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • effective oral and written communication skills; and
  • the ability to provide actionable professional feedback quickly and accurately.

Commitment Details:

Selected applicants for core ELA K–12 courses must attend a two-day, in-person training in Nashville on Feb. 23–24. Reviewers for all content areas must attend a mandatory, in-person orientation and training in Nashville on April 13–14. Additional webinar sessions and meetings are potential obligations within the timeframe of the contract. Selected applicants will receive a stipend for their work and reimbursement for required travel.

To Apply:

Application links for each subject area are found here: ELA, CTE, AAIMS.

Please apply only for the grade level/subject area(s) you are certified in (educators only). The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 30.

Purpose:

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking candidates to facilitate training for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program in summer 2019. The facilitators will work with the Read to be Ready Summer Grant team to deliver training that prepares educators to instruct students in the unique summer environment. During training, they will focus on topics including increasing student motivation, engaging reading and writing strategies, assessment and knowledge building.

In order to meet this purpose, the facilitators will deliver training that is based on content aligned to the goals and instruction emphases of Read to be Ready and the Tennessee Department of Education’s strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds. The goal is to facilitate an engaging learning experience for participants that builds content knowledge, improves instructional practice, and leads to increased achievement for students. Before applying for a facilitator position, the applicant must talk with his/her school leadership regarding the days he/she will be away from school or daily duties.

Qualifications:

We are looking for facilitators who have the following traits and skills:

  1. Current Tennessee State Teaching License.
  2. Minimum of three years of successful early literacy teaching experience. (This refers to teaching kindergarten-third grade.)
  3. Experience in researched-based instructional practices.
  4. Deep knowledge of and experience in:
    1. Instructional strategies
    2. Conditions of Learning
    3. Assessment driven instruction (teaching/learning process)
  5. General knowledge of serving special populations of learners.
  6. Knowledge about the goals of Read to be Ready and the summer grant program.
  7. Experience in adult training and education.
  8. Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  9. Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills.

Commitment Details:

Facilitators must participate in two mandatory in-person trainings to learn the content and prepare for leading the professional development sessions. The first training session will be held in Nashville on January 24-25. Facilitators will be in training all day on both days. In the event of inclement weather, the session will be rescheduled to a later date in January. The second in-person training will be held in Knoxville on February 5 or Nashville on February 13. Facilitators may choose to attend either February date according to their schedule and proximity. Both the January and February training days must be completed in full to be eligible to lead a session during training.

There will be a total of five two-day training conferences. The conferences will take place on the following days: (Please note: Facilitators will also be asked to attend meetings the evening before each training to assist with set-up, if available.)

The Assessment Logistics department at the Tennessee Department of Education is in need of short-term contractors to work within the state testing platform (Nextera) and the educational information system (EIS), to provision new or transfer students for state testing.  This is a seasonal position, running from November 5 to December 14, 2018, with an option for an additional contract for work March 18 through May 3, 2019.  Contractors will use information gathered from school districts to create student accounts within the Nextera platform.

Requirements:

The contract will run from November 5 through December 14, 2018.

Contractors must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Contractor has some education beyond the high school level.
  • Contractor is comfortable using technology and interested in learning new software programs.
  • Contractor has the ability to commit to a weekly schedule of up to 20 hours weekly.
  • Contractor has provided three (3) references.

The awarded contract will not exceed $2400 total.  Contractor’s compensation shall be contingent upon satisfactory provision of goods and services set forth as minimum requirements and responsibilities.  Contractor shall be compensated on the following payment methodology:

Goods or Services Description Amount (per compensable increment)
Entry or deletion of students in Nextera platform $20 per hour, not to exceed 20 hours per week ($2400 total)    

Responsibilities of the Contractor:

The contractor will perform the following job duties:

  • Collect data submitted by districts, on students who need manual provisioning in the Nextera platform
  • Check student data against EIS and existing Nextera accounts, to ensure accuracy
  • Create or edit student records in Nextera
  • Report to districts on successful completion of their requests

How to Apply:

Responses to this solicitation must be submitted electronically to Heather.Peltier@tn.gov no later than 4 p.m. CT, October 19, 2019.  Responses must include all of the following:

  1. Letter of intent that addresses the points in the application evaluation (see below).
  2. Current resume
  3. Three professional references

Application Evaluation:

The letter of intent, resume, and interview will be evaluated based on the rubric below:

0 = not present, 1 = poor, 2 = fair, 3 = satisfactory, 4 = good, 5 = excellent

Technical qualifications, experiences and approach Item score (1-5)
Respondent has some education beyond high school.  
Respondent has experience in data collection and analysis.  
Respondent has experience learning and using technologies.  
Respondent has strong organizational skills.  
Respondent has provided three professional references that demonstrate good fit for this opportunity.   

TDOE is seeking a Project Specialist who will partner with its Office of Early Literacy supporting multiple statewide initiatives designed to support teachers, coaches, and school and district leaders. This individual will provide operational and programmatic support to events and meetings supporting the TDOE’s goal that 75% of Tennessee third graders will be proficient in reading by 2025.

Duties and Responsibilities

To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the contractor will support the Office of Early Literacy with multi-layered projects.  The contractor will:

  • Assist the Office of Early Literacy with the overall management of the Read to be Ready Coaching Network’s logistics
  • Assist the team with project plans, including calendar, oversight, timeline, data and coordination with a variety of team members and other department staff and stakeholders
  • Collaborate with operations and logistics manager to ensure high-quality, customer service-focused execution of all events and on time deliverables
  • Support team in procuring text and other training materials
  • Procure meeting space and coordinate the venue contracting process in areas where an outside venue must be utilized
  • Communicate with a variety of stakeholders at regular intervals by phone and email
  • Prepare logistics communications containing both site-specific and general training information
  • Support special projects for Office of Early Literacy, the Division of Teaching and Learning and cross divisionally as needs arise

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Project management and/or experience in education preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization, project planning skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully
  • Experience with creating clear and compelling communications to a variety of audiences
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Comfort working with large and complex sets of information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from November 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 with an estimated 30 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Pam.Kimbrough@tn.gov no later than October 7, 2018.

This is a contracted opportunity with the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) to support Tennessee Department of Education educator preparation projects and initiatives. The Educator Preparation Consultant will provide direct support to the Senior Project Manager of Educator Licensure & Preparation at the Tennessee Department of Education.

Location:

The Educator Preparation Consultant must live in the Nashville area. Note: Because the Educator Preparation Consultant is independently contracted, they will determine the hours and days worked, with the exception of the requirements outlined in the contract.

Contract Description:

The Educator Preparation Consultant will support projects driving the continuous improvement of educator preparation in Tennessee. The Educator Preparation Consultant will support the following work streams by providing administrative, clerical, and logistics capacity:

  • Implementation of Literacy Standards for Educator Preparation.
  • Administration of Tennessee Innovation in Preparation and Residency Grants.
  • Development of EPP faculty qualification modules.
  • Production of the Annual Reports on Educator Preparation.
  • Implementation of research on effective educator preparation.
  • Coordination of other educator preparation project activities.
  • Coordination of planning and logistics for project-related meetings and events.
  • Data entry and analysis.
  • Communication with internal and external stakeholders, including service providers, working group members, contractors, Tennessee Department of Education and State Board of Education staff, EPP leadership, and district leadership.

The Educator Preparation Consultant must maintain familiarity with department, state, and external funder standards and procedures, including communications style guides and contract and procurement approval processes. It is anticipated that successful completion of contract deliverables will require approximately 40 hours of work per week throughout the contract term.

It is anticipated that successful completion of contract deliverables will require that the contractor demonstrate the following:

  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • High level of organization that facilitates collaboration, the sharing of work materials, and the transfer of tasks to others.
  • Positive and professional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, proactively seek solutions to challenges, and self-manage toward ambitious timelines.
  • A strong work ethic and high standards for work products.
  • Experience with administrative, clerical, and logistics workflows, including experience with: budgeting and tracking expenses, contracting and procurement, event/meeting coordination, and drafting communications for external stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.

Contract Term:

The anticipated contract end date is December 31, 2018.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, a current resume or CV, and the names, titles, and contact information for professional references to Shaye Olmstead at Educator.Preparation@tn.gov.

Although there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened as applications are received.

 

The Tennessee Department of Education’s division of teachers and leaders is accepting applications for a summer internship to support the educator talent team. The educator talent team supports the state’s efforts to improve recruitment, retention, compensation, and recognition of educators in Tennessee. The team supports districts in utilizing educator evaluation data to drive human capital decision making and works with districts across to state to develop and implement differentiated pay plans and innovative compensation systems. In addition, the team manages the state’s educator recognition programs, including Teacher, Principal, and Supervisor of the Year.

The teachers and leaders division seeks to ensure that all students have access to an effective teacher and leader in every classroom and school in Tennessee. Its mission is to promote policies, systems, and practices that support districts, schools, an educator preparation providers in developing and sustaining an exceptional educator workforce.

The intern will support the educator talent team by providing additional capacity at the cross section of work across educator talent initiatives. This person must be based in the Nashville office. The position is anticipated to be 20 hours per week with the potential for flexible scheduling of hours.

Potential Projects

  • Collect analyze district implementation updates of differentiated pay plans between October and November 2018
  • Supporting data analysis in TNCompass and drafting business rules/processes and other relevant communication
  • Research best practices in human capital management, specifically in the areas of recruitment, selection, and staffing/assignment, with an emphasis on rural areas and increasing diversity
  • Support the team in developing training tools, resources, webinars, and presentations on effective recruitment, hiring, and selection practices
  • Provide logistical support for the Human Capital Network convenings and recognition events
  • Review and identify innovative best practices across district differentiated pay plans to be shared with teacher leader cohorts and relevant stakeholders
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned to support the educator talent team

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to manage towards ambitious timelines
  • A self-starter mindset with ability to take initiative in moving projects forward both collaboratively and independently
  • Experience in financial modeling, budgeting and performance monitoring is preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders

Contact

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in this position to Jaime.Grimsley@tn.gov. While there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened on an ongoing basis.

TDOE is seeking a Project Specialist who will partner with its Office of Early Literacy supporting multiple statewide initiatives designed to support teachers, coaches, and school and district leaders. This individual will provide operational and programmatic support to events and meetings supporting the TDOE’s goal that 75% of Tennessee third graders will be proficient in reading by 2025.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

To facilitate this work on a large scale and at a high level of excellence, quality, and accuracy, the contractor will support the Office of Early Literacy with multi-layered projects.  The contractor will:

  • Assist the Office of Early Literacy with the overall management of the Read to be Ready Coaching Network’s logistics
  • Assist the team with project plans, including calendar, oversight, timeline, data and coordination with a variety of team members and other department staff and stakeholders
  • Collaborate with operations and logistics manager to ensure high-quality, customer service-focused execution of all events and on time deliverables
  • Support team in procuring text and other training materials
  • Procure meeting space and coordinate the venue contracting process in areas where an outside venue must be utilized
  • Communicate with a variety of stakeholders at regular intervals by phone and email
  • Prepare logistics communications containing both site-specific and general training information
  • Support special projects for Office of Early Literacy, the Division of Teaching and Learning and cross divisionally as needs arise

Qualifications

  • Tennessee resident, Nashville area
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Project management and/or experience in education preferred
  • Record of success in achieving clearly defined outcomes
  • Excellent organization, project planning skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to identify and creatively solve problems
  • Ability to build positive, productive working relationships on diverse teams
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple work streams
  • Self-starter with strong independent reasoning skills
  • Strong desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Experience working with diverse teams successfully
  • Experience with creating clear and compelling communications to a variety of audiences
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Comfort working with large and complex sets of information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel

This contract position will be paid a competitive hourly rate and is expected to run from November 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 with an estimated 30 hours of work per week. To apply, please submit a letter of intent and resume to Pam.Kimbrough@tn.gov no later than October 14, 2018.

Purpose:

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking candidates to complete onsite monitoring visits for the Read to be Ready Summer Grant program in summer 2019. Monitors will visit assigned sites in their grand division to complete onsite reviews and reporting associated with the review process. Monitors will also offer assistance to educators and be a point of contact for assigned program directors who have questions about the summer camp process. This point of contact may include help with instructional practices, assessment, daily logistics, and other general supports to create a successful camp experience. Communication will take the form that works best for the monitor and individual camp site, but may be via email, in-person meetings, and phone communication.

In order to meet his purpose, monitors will work with the Read to be Ready Summer Grant team. The goal of monitoring is to ensure that grant recipients are complying with their grant proposal and agreement. The goal of providing assistance is to equip educators with valuable knowledge and insight that helps them improve their camp and instructional practices so students have the best possible experience and achieve their highest potential.

Qualifications:

We are looking for monitors who have the following traits and skills:

  1. Current Tennessee State Teaching License.
  2. Minimum of three years of successful early literacy teaching experience. (This refers to teaching kindergarten-third grade.)
  3. Experience in researched-based instructional practices.
  4. Deep knowledge of and experience in:
    1. Instructional strategies
    2. Conditions of Learning
    3. Assessment driven instruction (teaching/learning process)
  5. General knowledge of serving special populations of learners.
  6. Knowledge about the goals of Read to be Ready and the summer grant program.
  7. Experienced in adult training and education.
  8. Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  9. Strong problem solving skills.
  10. The ability to skillfully offer constructive feedback to facilitate change.

Commitment Details:

Monitors must participate in a mandatory in-person training. The training session will be held in Nashville on January 24-25. Monitors will be in training all day on both days. In the event of inclement weather, the session will be rescheduled to a later date in January. Monitors may also be given the opportunity to facilitate sessions during the Program Directors Summit in July 2019.

All monitors will schedule and complete all meetings and visits, complete all reporting, provide all onsite assistance, and serve as a point of contact for program directors during the months of May, June, and July. Note: Because monitors are independently contracted with the department, they determine the hours and days they work during the summer months.

Application Process:

To apply for the position, please complete the online application by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Applicants must complete and submit the application questionnaire and a one-page resume to be considered. If desired, an applicant can apply to be both a facilitator and monitor; this is an option in the online application. To be considered for both roles, please only apply one time. There will be an application review, followed by a phone interview. All applicants will be notified about whether they have advanced to the phone interview round no later than Friday, October 12, 2018 and final hiring decisions will be made by Monday, October 22, 2018.

Please send questions to ReadtobeReady.TN@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.