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Career Opportunities - Temporary/Part-Time

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.

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.