Learning Track Leader

Learning Track Leader

Our main lever for both building a committed corps and alumni community and increasing the foundational knowledge and skills of our teachers outside of 1:1 coaching will be learning tracks.  Given the feedback we got from both corps members and facilitators last year, learning tracks will be taking on a pretty different structure this year.  
OVERVIEW
What does the content look like?It is up to you! We are responding to feedback we got last year that the learning tracks (year-long and prescribed by content area) were too rigid in their content, they didn’t allow for real expertise and the flexibility needed in a collaborative work group.  This year, we’re inviting 2CMs and alumni to design mini-courses for each trimester around a topic or pedagogical approach that they think makes the most sense given that time of year. So, for example, some fall courses might be:
  • Building strong beginning of year relationships in bilingual
  • Starting the year strong in SPED
  • Book Study: Teaching For Joy and Justice
Some winter courses (when the focus on specific instructional moves increases):
  • Guided Reading 101
  • Leading Student-Centered Discussions
Here is an example of a couple of course catalogue “blurbs” and scopes and sequences.
What is the time commitment?It depends on your vision for your mini-course.  We are planning for 2-4 sessions per trimester for each course.  Given your content and the length of your meetings, you might choose more or fewer sessions of shorter or longer length.  We estimate, on average, the time commitment will be around 16-20 hours per trimester and will breakdown like this:
  • Scope and Sequence draft: 30 mins -1 hour
  • Implement feedback from staff member: 30 minutes
  • Kick-off facilitator meeting: ~2 hours
  • Independent: Session 1 plan draft and feedback implementation: up to 3 hours
  • Session 1 facilitation: 1-2 hours
  • Session 1 debrief with TFA staff member: 1 hour
  • Independent: Session 2 plan draft and feedback implementation: up to 3 hours
  • Session 2 facilitation: 1-2 hours
  • Session 2 debrief with TFA staff member: 1 hour
  • Independent: Session 3 plan draft and feedback implementation: up to 3 hours
  • Session 3 facilitation: 1-2 hours
  • Session 3 debrief with TFA staff member: 1 hour
We will offer three trimesters of courses and you can offer a course for 1, 2 or all three trimesters:
  1. Late September, October, November
  2. December, January, February
  3. March, April, May
Who are these geared towards? While last year we had planned for learning tracks to provide the type of content-specific skill building that we believed set the 1CM experience separate from the 2CM experience, we learned that this wasn’t entirely accurate.  2CMs also want that content and learning track experience, especially if they are no longer enrolled in LMU. These learning tracks also have the potential to be a place where learning and lessons are SHARED, which makes opening them to 2CMs and alumni (as both participants and facilitators) a must!
How do I sign up?!?!?Hopefully you’ve read this far and are like: “I AM IN!” In which case, just fill out this quick google sheet OR let me know directly over email.  We’ll have our launch night later in August, and prior to that, I’ll share a timeline for your catalogue blurb and scope and sequence by August 10th.  This is so that we can get a course catalogue out to corps members and alumni by September 1st!
 We see learning tracks as a huge opportunity for 2CMs and alumni to grow in their skills as designers and facilitators of adult learning.  
  • If you see a need at your school for more adult professional development and you’re looking to step into that role, this is a great chance for development and impact.
  • If your emerging theory on what creates and sustains great schools is great adult learning at your site and you’re looking to take that on, this is a great chance to grow in those skills.
  • If you’ve got a ton of knowledge and want to share it with new teachers to support their increased impact in their first and second year, this is a great place to do it (and get paid!).  
All learning track leaders will choose where they want the most support and development--in adult design or adult facilitation--and will be supported by a full-time staff member in growing in their knowledge and understanding of strong adult learning pedagogy.  It promises to be development and learning you can take with you! And, as always, we want to be able to compensate our alumni for their contribution to the growth and development of our corps members.  All learning track leaders will be compensated hourly at about $25/hour depending on experience.