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Director of Learner Assessment, Woodrow Wilson Teaching and Learning Lab (BOSTON BASED)

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Reporting initially to the Executive Director and serving as a key member of the Teaching and Learning Lab team (see description below), the Director of Learner Assessment will be based in Boston and lead the effort to define, develop, and refine the performance tasks and other assessments for the teacher and school leader preparation programs. The DLA will collaborate closely with the Executive Director, Chief Learning Officer, Director of Curriculum Development, and a team of STEM Product Managers to ensure the coherent interplay between assessment resources and the competencies learners will be expected to demonstrate as well as the curriculum resources they will access to develop their competencies. The Director will also lead the initial and exit assessment of TLL candidates.


The Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. establishing the TLL learner assessment methodology and the balance of techniques by which candidates will be evaluated upon enrollment, during their participation in the program and in order to graduate;
  2. leading the development of the performance tasks, tests and other assessment tools and techniques) that will be used to evaluate candidates in the TLL against the generic (non-disciplinary) competencies they must master to successfully complete their graduate teacher preparation program;
  3. guiding STEM Product Managers in the development of the specific performance tasks, tests and other assessment tools and techniques that will be used to evaluate candidates in the TLL against the disciplinary competencies they must master to successfully complete their graduate teacher preparation program;
  4. overseeing the correlation and tagging of all digital curriculum resources to relevant program competencies to enable program participants to identify the relevant resources they will access as part of their personalized learning plan;
  5. helping articulate the overarching TLL program design (learner experience);
  6. contributing to the design and development of professional learning curriculum plan/resources/assessments for cooperating teachers, mentors, and faculty advisers to ensure learner-facing staff have a shared conception of the TLL mission/vision and develop their capacity to effectively support TLL candidates;
  7. leading the on-going evaluation of the effectiveness of the assessment and other program resources and help to fine-tune as necessary;
  8. leading and overseeing initial and final learner assessment with support from program mentors.

Professional Requirements

M.Ed or Ed.D. in teacher education; 10+ years experience in performance assessment of adult learners; knowledge of K-12 education reform landscape (Common Core, NGSS Standards); familiarity with new models of K-12 and adult learning including competency-based and personalized learning; strong managerial skills. Other comptencies: innovative thinker/problem-solver, collaborative; flexible; entrepreneurial.

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter with salary expectations to Hatton@woodrow.org and reference “TLL Director of Learner Assessment” in the subject line.

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Seeking Retired Teachers for Volunteer Mentoring Positions from January through June 2015

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is seeking multiple Educational Resource Advisors, or ERAs, to serve as mentors and coaches in selected New Jersey public schools. ERAs will provide collegial and confidential support to new and veteran teachers on a range of self-selected topics that will contribute to their professional development and promote improved student learning outcomes in the state.

The program will launch in January and will run through June. In anticipation of the program launch we will convene selected ERAs in December to prepare for the role.

ERAs will be provided with iPads for use throughout the project to facilitate their work with teachers. IPads will become the property of the ERA upon conclusion of the program. In addition, although this is a volunteer position, the program offers incentives for participation, such as theater tickets and gift cards.

This newly created role provides a unique and exciting opportunity for individuals who still have a passion for teaching to touch the lives of more students and teachers.

Interested candidates should contact opportunities@woodrow.org for details.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer. The Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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