Professional Development Specialist for The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

Professional Development Specialist

The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA - Full time

The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA - Full time

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Professional Development Specialist

Position Summary

Are you passionate about building the capacity of educational leaders to prepare underrepresented youth for STEM careers? Do you thrive on coaching educators in effective computer science instruction?

This position might be right for you. The Professional Development Specialist (PD Specialist) will help The Tech enhance computer science professional development opportunities in its Bowers Institute and The Tech Academies of Innovation program.

This exempt position reports to the Sr. Director of Educational Partnerships and will primarily support the Software Engineering component of our Tech Academies program. The PD Specialist will collaborate with San Jose State University (SJSU) computer science instructors, The Tech’s team of professional development providers, and educators from our partner school districts and after-school programs to develop and deliver software engineering professional development, coaching and instructional supports. The PD Specialist will provide critical school-year supports to software engineering participants as they integrate computer science into their classroom instruction and train other educators on computer science instruction. The PD Specialist will further ensure that work with our local communities is scaled through online instructional supports, Bowers Institute professional development, conference presentations and connections to the broader computer science education community.

The PD Specialist will work with a team to support The Tech Academies of Innovation, an in-depth professional development leadership program for teachers of Grades K-12 and after-school educators in low-income partner schools and districts in San Jose and South Santa Clara County. Educators in this program participate in 100 hours of high-quality professional development on integrating the engineering design process, hands-on engineering and software engineering across the curriculum. Participants choose to specialize in either mechanical engineering or software engineering and enjoy supports that develop them as Engineering Education Leaders (EELs) and Software Engineering Education Leaders (SEELs) who provide professional development to others in their school district and broader community.

This position may also support the development and delivery of professional development offerings in our Bowers Institute, which delivers high-quality professional development on basic engineering instruction using The Tech’s Design Challenge Learning model. The Bowers Institute also helps educators recognize and promote gender equity and the needs of English Language Learners when teaching Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.

Key Responsibilities

Software Engineering Tech Academies Program

  • Co-plan, develop and facilitate SJSU-led two-week Software Engineering (SE) Summer Institute each July.
  • Act as the primary liaison between SJSU, The Tech and SE educator participants.
  • Coach, observe and co-present with Tech Academy participants in the delivery of software engineering professional development to other educators at their schools, districts, organizations, in Bowers Institute or at conferences.
  • Coordinate cross-site observations of software engineering lessons delivered by veteran Tech Academy participants to support those new to teaching software engineering.
  • Co-plan, develop and facilitate interactive software engineering components of quarterly Community of Practice meetings for the broader Tech Academy network.
  • Work with team to refine Software Engineering Summer Institute content into instructional supports for online publishing and broader distribution.
  • Support Tech Academy participants with connections to computer science resources and as a thought partner as they implement software engineering opportunities in their school and community.
  • Support software engineering program evaluation and refinement.

Department Support

  • Co-develop and facilitate components of Tech Academy Community of Practice meetings, STEM Pathways meetings and Summer Institutes, as needed.
  • Support Tech Academies Project Manager with Software Engineering Fellowship recruitment, informational webinars, marketing materials and enrollment.
  • Develop and deliver high-quality, engineering-focused professional development based on The Tech’s Design Challenge Learning model, as needed.
  • Represent The Tech at computer science meetings, work groups and conferences to advocate for computer science integration policies and practices and to keep the Tech Academies network appraised of California’s new computer science standards/ implementation.
  • Remain current on best practices and new research in implementing CA Computer Science Standards, NGSS, CCSS, gender equity, empathy and English Language Learner strategies.

Key Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, computer science, engineering, technology or other related field or equivalent. Teaching credential preferred.
  • Training in and experience with computer science and computational thinking integration with science as reflected in NGSS.
  • Experience developing classroom-ready, content-driven activities in programming languages such as Scratch, Python, Java and/or other languages.
  • Understanding of how to adapt computer science integration K-12.
  • Minimum 3 years teaching Grades K-12 or delivering professional development to educators. (5 years preferred) Experience teaching at Title I schools a plus.
  • Strong understanding of and passion for the integration of real-life problem solving with computer science and the engineering design process. Experience teaching project-based learning or engineering design challenges highly desired.
  • Experience in and a passion for providing teacher professional development and coaching around effective computer science and hands-on STEM instruction.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an understanding of how to facilitate professional growth in adult learners.
  • Exemplary customer service skills with internal and external audiences, including quick, consistent and professional responsiveness and follow-through.
  • Strong organization and planning skills, attention to detail and ability to coordinate and complete multiple tasks at once.
  • Team player who can quickly learn SJSU’s integrated CS model and The Tech’s learning model, work collaboratively with others and leverage existing content to develop new high-quality professional development offerings.
  • An independent learner of new technologies who is comfortable with many forms of modern technology
  • Experience with instructional design and proven ability to design and align curriculum and assessment materials with education standards and student-centered methods a plus.
  • Experience in instructional strategies that support gender equity, empathy and English Language Learners a plus.
  • Able to travel locally, regionally and, occasionally, nationally to partner sites and conferences.
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends. Must be available for Summer Institute, July 16-27, 2018.

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