DENVER FELLOW JOB DESCRIPTION – 2017-2018
Salary: $21,000 per year
Benefits: Medical and dental options
Focus: Math or Literacy
Location: Denver, CO
The fellow positions are an ideal service year for recent college graduates from any major, career changers considering teaching and retirees from a range of fields. Fellows work full time for an entire year before going on to further their own education, lead classrooms or pursue careers in public service. They build strong relationships with a cohort of students and leverage those relationships to increase student engagement and achievement. Fellows build individualized lesson plans using provided curriculum and plan activities that help to fill in academic gaps and support grade level instruction. They work with small groups of no more than 4 students at a time. Fellows receive program-wide professional development as well as targeted individual coaching and development from fellow coordinators.
The Math and Literacy Fellows provide highly structured support as part of the regular school day. Fellows come from across the country and sign on for participation in the program as part of a year of service before continuing their own education or going on to lead a classroom.
Essential Functions and Objectives
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Instruction and Culture
- Identify gaps in student understanding and work with students on the mastery of foundational math or reading material.
- Use grade level lesson plans in order to support what students are learning in their classes.
- Work with students to set and track progress toward short term and long term goals.
- Create a culture of high academic and behavioral expectations for all students.
- Implement the following lesson sequence during each tutorial: Do Now, Math or Literacy Lab Content, Exit Ticket.
- Plan daily and weekly lessons based on materials provided by Fellow Coordinator.
- Prepare instructional activities to meet the needs of each student.
- Collaborate with appropriate classroom teachers and Fellow Coordinator to align the work being done in tutorial with regular math class.
- Modify instruction and related lesson plans based on student assessment results
Communication & Feedback
- Conduct positive phone calls home to update families on student progress.
- Proactively communicate with Fellow Coordinator, teachers and families when there is a challenge with a particular student.
- Actively participate in professional development activities necessary to successfully carry out job-related duties.
- Meet with Fellow Coordinator in order to receive coaching and feedback.
- Maintain confidentiality of student information as required by law and district policies.
- Support school/district behavior rules and policies.
Knowledge, Experience, & Other Qualifications
Being a fellow is an intense but rewarding experience. It’s important that each fellow understands the urgency and rigor needed to ensure every child they work with succeeds and feels capable, cared for and connected based on their experience in the program. We are looking for individuals who possess or are willing to develop the following:
- The ability to build positive relationships with students and colleagues
- A flexible attitude and disposition
- Background with math and/or literacy content
- Ability to plan ahead and stay organized
- Ability to communicate with diverse groups of people
Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university is preferred. Applicants with an associate’s degree and demonstrated proficiencies in the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.
About Denver Public Schools
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of 185 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with an enrollment of 88,000 students. Of those, 58% of the school district’s enrollment is Hispanic, 20% is Caucasian, and 15% is African American. Seventy-two percent of the district’s students qualify for free and reduced lunch.
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.