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Teach Western Mass Residency Faculty: Content Specialist

Title: Teach Western Mass Residency Faculty: Content Specialist


Teach Western Mass (TWM) seeks 2-3 TWM Residency Content Specialists. This part-time position is based in Springfield/Holyoke and is available for the entirety of the 2018-2019 School Year.


Content Specialist positions open for the 2018-2019 School Year:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities

  • Elementary (1-6)


Reports to: TWM Instructional Manager


Position Overview  

The TWM residency team is seeking skilled and dedicated educators in Western Massachusetts  to serve as Content Specialists for the TWM Residency program for the 2018-2019 school year.

TWM is a partnership founded by Holyoke Public Schools, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, and UP Education Network, with support from the Irene E. and George A. Davis Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Additionally, we're joined by several local charter schools.  Collectively, we represent 29 schools serving more than 11,000 students in Western Massachusetts.

The TWM Residency is an innovative teacher preparation program that, in partnership with schools in Western Massachusetts, is committed to increasing the diversity of the teacher workforce to better reflect the local student population, and to training teachers to fill high needs areas such as ESL and Special Education.

The program identifies, prepares, and supports candidates to teach in a TWM partner school through an intensive 14 month residency culminating in initial certification. With our schools growing more diverse and vibrant, it is our top priority to ensure that we have the best educators in every classroom for our students. TWM Content Specialists will play a critical role in this effort by serving as the lead instructors for existing content-specific coursework that is completed in a hybrid online/in person format for TWM residents in Western Massachusetts classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year.


Roles and Responsibilities

What You’ll Do  

TWM Residency Content Specialists are experienced and successful teachers who support Residents as they develop mastery of content-specific pedagogy critical to being an effective teacher. As the most significant content-specific support for TWM Residents throughout their first school year, the Content Specialist will:

  • Serve as moderator for online content-specific courses

  • Grade online modules for approximately 10 residents each month, providing helpful feedback that supports residents’ mastery of content pedagogy

  • Plan and execute one monthly content-specific in-person or online practice session for the cohort.  

  • Participate in virtual data check-ins with the TWM Residency Team once a month.

  • Promote a growth mindset and analytical self-reflection in Residents in order to accelerate growth and student achievement.

  • Build positive, professional relationships with residents and model principles of collaboration, actively working to develop these in residents.

  • Build and develop Residents’ skills in creating safe and welcoming learning communities, providing cognitively demanding tasks, and facilitating culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.


What You Bring

We are looking for candidates who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you are a constant learner who sees failure as an opportunity to improve, if you are a strong critical thinker with an unrelenting focus on educational equity who cultivates strong relationships, and pushes  yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

We expect our Content Specialists to demonstrate a record of academic success working with students in high-needs schools, high expectations for students and teachers, and strong organizational and communication skills.  Ideal candidates will also have:

  • Minimum two years of successful teaching experience in high-need subject areas (required), five years of successful teaching experience and Special Education or English Language Learner experience (highly preferred)

  • Holds a valid MA teacher license in one or more of the target fields: English as a Second Language (ESL), Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Elementary (1-6)

  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards (highly preferred)

  • Experience with effective teaching techniques and strategies (required)

  • Experience coaching teachers and leading adult learning (preferred)

  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire students and adults

  • Experience and comfort observing and providing direct feedback to teachers, both written and verbal, that leads to immediate teacher improvement

  • Demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and mentoring relationships

  • Exceptional skills in time management, including the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and solutions oriented mindset in stressful situations

  • Evidence of working successfully in teams or cooperative settings

  • Strong analytical skills, including the ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative analysis to support decision-making and prioritize  the highest leverage action step for new teachers.


Time Commitment

TWM Residency Content Specialists can expect to attend 2-4 hours of training over two evenings in September. Content Specialists will complete about 2 hours of preparation work in advance of pre-service training and a commit to support a caseload of Residents on a monthly basis.  The average time commitment per resident is 15 hours for the year and there are no commitments that interfere with regular teacher work hours. The number of Residents in each caseload is will depend on the final enrollment numbers but will not exceed 12.

Interviews for the Content Specialist role will occur the week of September 3rd , with hiring decisions by September 11th and duties commencing on September 19th.



In line with rates paid for similar positions in the region, Content Specialists will be compensated a total of $4,000 for the year for each subject area they own.


Application Instructions

If you are interested in becoming a Content Specialist for the TWM Residency, please submit the following application materials to Residency@teachwesternmass.com by 8 AM on Monday, August 27th.

  1. An up-to-date resume that includes your current areas of certification.

  2. A cover letter that answers the  following questions:

    1. Why do your experience and skills make you a strong candidate to mentor new teachers who are in  their first year in TWM partner school classrooms and completing content coursework?

    2. What do you believe to be the biggest challenges incoming Residents will face in their first year and how will you help them to overcome these challenges?

    3. How will you work with your residents to build strong professional relationships grounded in a foundation of trust?

  3. A completed Candidate Exercise.  You should expect this to take approximately 1-1.5 hours. You can either complete the ESL Content Exercise or Special Education Content Exercise. These are exercises our residents will complete this school year.


Application Process

After receiving your application, TWM Residency Staff will review your resume, cover letter, and candidate exercise.  Should you advance, you will participate in a phone call with a TWM Residency staff member who will provide feedback on your Candidate Exercise.  You will then be asked to revise your candidate exercise in preparation for your final in-person interview with TWM Residency Staff Members.

Applications are due by 8 AM on August 27th, 2018 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified if they are invited to the in-person interview stage no later than September 4th.