Professional Development Facilitators (Any US Location, Home Based)

  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Part Time Education Training OTHER

Job Description

Posting Date:
5/2/2017
Job#:
5421917
Employment Type:
Part Time Seasonal
Category:
PD Consulting, East
Job Title:
Professional Development Facilitators (Part-time, Seasonal)
Location:
Any US Location (Home Based)

NWEA has ongoing needs for Professional Development Facilitators. These positions are seasonal part-time, and home-based, with high delivery volumes in September, October and November and require the ability to travel nationally by auto, airplane or other modes of public transportation. This position will require participation in a regional workshop as well as online training. For ease of travel, candidates must have easy access to a major airport. The hourly pay rate for this workshops is $ 40.00 per hour. Travel expenses are reimbursable by NWEA.The positions are open across the U.S. but at this time we are seeking candidates who reside in the Northeast or West region of the United States.

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, NWEA™ is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,600 partners in U.S. schools, school districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students.


Position Summary

NWEA seeks part-time Professional Development Facilitators to deliver high quality, engaging workshops on NWEA’s MAP adaptive assessments and adult learning opportunities nationwide to NWEA clients. The Professional Development Facilitator is an expert facilitator of learning for clients implementing NWEA products and services. They empower teachers and administrators to effectively use data to promote student learning by defining growth targets, differentiating instruction, and informing intervention strategies. Facilitators are on the front lines, directly supporting NWEA’s mission: Partnering to help all kids learn. NWEA’s assessment data is a powerful tool to improve student learning and requires dynamic individuals to help interpret, train, and inspire partner district teachers to use this data effectively.

Responsibilities

• Facilitate professional development workshops for partners as they implement NWEA’s products and services; use adult learning strategies and other inquiry based activities to ensure participant engagement, understanding of content and application of material learned to their work
• Attain and maintain NWEA qualification status in designated workshop/s by participating in required online and/or in-person learning events and completing necessary coursework
• Facilitate professional development content effectively and accurately, gauging the learners’ needs. Conduct planning conversations about the events with partners relative to professional development needs
• Work collaboratively with the Manager of Professional Development Services to ensure delivery of successful professional learning events
• Travel as necessary; expenses reimbursed by NWEA
• Provide feedback for current professional development services and input on development of future professional development services
• Analyze feedback and survey data to set professional goals
• Submit appropriate documentation and reports within specified timeframes

Skills and abilities

• Strong facilitation skills and experience conducting professional learning opportunities to a wide audience of professionals. Professional Development Facilitators are not merely delivering a canned presentation; they engage the audience with enthusiasm, discussion, and hands-on learning approaches
• Experience working with educators in the use of formative assessment
• Experience supporting schools/districts in the school improvement process
• Experience with NWEA products and services highly preferred
• Ability to travel to partner locations nationwide for workshops. Part-time Facilitators work with their supervisor to determine their schedule based on NWEA delivery needs. Individuals are expected to provide as much availability to facilitate workshops as possible, especially during peak demand seasons (Beginning of the school year (September & October), federal holidays, mid-school (January) and end-of- school year (May & June). Ideal candidates could facilitate between 10 and 15 events during the typical school year.
• Excellent writing, proofreading, organization, communication and technology skills (PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Word)
• Comfort with online learning modalities. Examples include: webinars, virtual collaborative workspaces, wikis, web-conferences, learning in an online classroom, and learning management systems
• Strong problem solving skills and common sense to adapt professional learning opportunities to changing environments and partner needs
• Ability to collaborate with partners and staff to develop supportive relationships
• Capacity for virtual professional development
• Seamless use of technology in the workshop setting (including projectors, file download, Microsoft programs)

Education and experience

• Bachelor’s degree in Education required
• Master’s degree in Education is preferred
• Minimum 2 years’ experience teaching adult learners is required
• Minimum 2 years’ experience of classroom teaching or administration (in K-12) is required
• Experience in coaching educators in use of data (preferred)
• Experience using formative assessment practices and strategies (preferred)
• Experience with NWEA products and services (preferred)
• Formal educational training beyond college in formative assessment or coaching (preferred)

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