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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.

 

Educator Talent Management (ETM) Data Analyst will serve as the primary analyst for the ETM priority area of Tennessee’s 2015 Institute of Education Sciences Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant. The department has partnered with researchers the University of Michigan to study characteristics of mentoring during educator candidates’ clinical, as well as the characteristics of EPP program design that may contribute to program completer effectiveness.

The Data Analyst will work closely and collaboratively with the Division of Data and Research, ETM Research Analyst, as well as members of the Educator Licensure and Preparation team and IES ETM project team. Given the national importance of Tennessee’s education reform and the high priority placed on data and analysis within the department, it is expected that this work will influence actions at the district, state, and national level. Immediately, this work will influence development and use of the department’s TNAtlas application, a mechanism for operationalizing the state EPP approval and review process, as well as the collation of data, production, and delivery of the Annual Reports on Educator Preparation.

The person in this role will work toward better use of data leveraging TNAtlas, EPP Annual Reports, as well as managing the analytics of EPP Annual Reports data for production of the reports and subsequent internal analyses. This person will be fully devoted to the implementation of this project.

Reports To:

Director of Policy and Operations, Educator Licensure & Preparation

Location:

Division of Teachers & Leaders
Tennessee Department of Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 12th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Specific Position Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the data analytics of EPP Annual Reports for all Tennessee-approved Educator Preparation Providers;
  2. Conduct planned and ad-hoc reporting and analysis of ETM data to assist department leadership in determining policy directions, guidance, and technical support for Educator Preparation Providers and districts, ideally using mixed methods approaches
  3. Support the development of TNAtlas by working with OELP and TNAtlas developers to enhance TNAtlas through identification of needs and best practices for data visualization, ensuring consistent and high-quality visualizations across the ETM priority area.
  4. Support the creation of case studies through data investigation to highlight promising practices across the state by selecting exemplars and possible comparison groups,
  5. Prepare narratives and reports summarizing analyses in clear and easily consumable format for a variety of stakeholders
  6. Maintain a knowledge base of ETM-related data sources and systems both internal and external to the department in order to ensure validation and reliability of analysis and answer broad research questions
  7. Support internal and external researchers to develop and execute ETM research projects
  8. Serve as a resource for OELP on ETM research and data questions.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Measurement & Statistics, Data Science, Policy, Education, or related field
  • Exemplary writing and analytical skills with precise attention to detail
  • Ability to perform a variety of activities involved in the research, collection, organization, analysis, processing, interpretation and reporting of academic and operational data
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, particularly in Excel
  • Proficiency in statistical software (STATA, SPSS, R, or other) and data collection information systems
  • Proficiency in data visualization software (Tableau, RStudio, D3, or other) with knowledge of best practices for clear, accessible sharing of data to a broad audience, including laypersons
  • Adaptability and comfort with learning and utilizing new software and technology systems
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to interact and develop relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong collaborative spirit
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to self-manage towards ambitious timelines
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative for managing projects and moving them forward; strong project management skills; and enthusiasm for collaboration
  • Experience with data analysis, including establishment of systems to track and communicate about data metrics
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in U.S. education policy

Salary

Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. This position is 100% grant-funded through September, 2019, any extension is contingent upon funding.

To Apply

Please e-mail a resume/CV and cover letter describing your interest in the position to Michael Deurlein (Educator.Preparation@tn.gov). Although there is no application deadline, applicants will be screened as applications are received.

Reports To:

Director of Literacy for Educator Preparation and Induction, Educator Licensure and Preparation

Location:

Nashville, Tennessee

About the Tennessee Department of Education

The department operates with the vision that districts and schools in Tennessee will exemplify excellence and equity such that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to successfully embark upon their chosen path in life. Guided by its five-year strategic plan, Tennessee Succeeds, the department has set four ambitious goals:

  • Tennessee will rank in the top half of states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), or the nation’s Report Card, by 2019.
  • 75 percent of Tennessee third graders will be proficient in reading by 2025.
  • The average ACT composite score in Tennessee will be a 21 by 2020.
  • The majority of high school graduates from the class of 2020 will earn a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree.

These goals will be accomplished by maintaining the department’s current emphasis on rigorous standards, aligned assessment, and strong accountability, and by focusing on the following five priority areas: early foundations and literacy, high school and bridge to postsecondary, all means all, educator support, and district empowerment.

The division of teachers and leaders 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, and educator preparation providers in developing and sustaining an exceptional educator workforce.

The office of educator licensure and preparation team develops and implements educator licensure and preparation policy, two keys strategies for ensuring that there is an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective leader in every school in Tennessee. Implementation of the Educator Preparation Policy, through the process of state approval of educator preparation providers (EPPs) and their programs, assures that EPPs are producing effective educators. Through the implementation of licensure policy, the state is assured that individuals allowed to work in classrooms and schools in Tennessee have met minimum standards.

Internship Description

In April 2017, the State Board of Education approved new literacy standards for educator preparation for early, elementary, and special education that must be included in specialty area programs. The literacy standards are aligned with Tennessee’s Read to be Ready initiative, student academic standards, special education framework, and RTI2 framework. EPPs will be required to complete a proposal process for all initial licensure programs for early, elementary, and special education to demonstrate how the programs align to teaching literacy in Tennessee.

The literacy for educator preparation and induction intern will assist in the implementation of Tennessee’s new literacy standards for educator preparation, while gaining invaluable experience in education policy implementation and building lasting relationships with fellow education professionals.

Successful Candidate Characteristics

The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of literacy, experience coordinating complex projects, and facility transitioning between different work streams. Additionally, the ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of education, education administration, and education policy
  • Strong writing skills with precise attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to share work materials and facilitate the easy hand-off of tasks to collaborators
  • Positive and professional written and oral communication skills to interact and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Excellent work ethic, high standards for work product, and the ability to self-manage towards ambitious timelines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel

Responsibilities

  • Coordination of the implementation proposal review process
  • Communicate with literacy standards reviewers by email, phone, and in-person
  • Maintain familiarity with department communications style guide and project content
  • Track and report on proposal review progress

The internship requires a commitment of at least 10 hours/week during the spring 2018 semester. Due to the collaborative nature of this work, the person in this role will be expected to maintain a regular, reliable schedule of two days per week onsite Monday-Friday during business hours.

To Apply

Send a thoughtful cover letter describing your interest in this particular role, current resume/CV, and names, titles, and contact information of three professional references to Susan.Leonardini@tn.gov. This internship is supervised by Dr. Annie Insana, director of literacy for educator preparation and induction.

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

The Tennessee Department of Education’s communications team is looking for a contractor to help us tell the story about Tennessee education, especially in sharing about the commissioner’s work and progress we have made. This would be a full-time contractor position, with the contract running through December 2018. The contractor would report to the director of communications and work Monday through Friday in the department’s Nashville offices. Salary is negotiable.

We value and prioritize those who come from a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives and who would bring strong communication skills to our team. More information is below. If you are interested, please send a resume and writing sample to Sara.Gast@tn.gov

Responsibilities would include:

  • Write and create various documents for the commissioner and the communications team, including but not limited to talking points, presentations, handouts, letters, guidance, other policy resources, and blog posts
  • Work with the communications team to brainstorm and build moments, whether online or in-person, for the commissioner to share the work of the department and to engage/equip stakeholders, particularly focusing on the work that has happened in recent years to continue the momentum on our education policies
  • Support teams across the department in messaging their work, building their capacity to share their story, and identifying areas where we can improve
  • As requested, support the communications team in other aspects of the work, including media, social media, video production, editing and reviewing materials, and external engagement
  • As requested, travel to events and meetings to support department colleagues

Experience/expertise needed:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least four years of experience in communications and/or public relations, preferably in education
  • Excellent writing skills, with excellence focus on details and ability to edit well; able to share messages in clear and compelling language
  • Strong presentation skills preferred
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple projects at a time and working extra hours as needed; able to effectively prioritize workload to meet deadlines and work objectives

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.