Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Clinical Practice and supported by the Assistant Professor for Clinical Practice, the Professional Development Associate (PDA) is a part-time, university-based, clinical supervision coach who supports the overall function of clinical supervision and provides ongoing professional development for P-12 clinical faculty. The PDA works collaboratively with P-12 mentor and future educator to ensure high-quality educator preparation aligned with state and national bests practices. Additionally, the PDA is committed to actions aligned with the Touro values of integrity, inclusivity, equity, and respect.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Contribute to high-quality and successful clinical supervision for future educators and P-12 mentors.
- Work with school administrators to identify, co-select, and supervise school-based mentors.
- Facilitate P-12 mentor development sessions in a professional learning community model.
- Collaborate P-12 with mentors to participate in structured Pre-Observation, Observation, Post-Observation (POP) cycles utilizing Touro GSE established assessment instruments.
- Assist P-12 mentors with the coordination of regular seminars to advance future educators” pedagogical skills.
- Conference with P-12 mentors and future educators at various points during clinical experience to discuss progress, establish ongoing development goals, and calibrate summative performance ratings.
- Support P-12 mentors with the collection and analysis of performance data related to clinical practice.
- Conduct observations of and provide feedback to P-12 mentors during clinical practice to support mentor”s effectiveness.
- Serve as the university”s faculty of record for student teaching/practicum coursework.
- Engage in Touro GSE scholarly activities and support accreditation and assessment activities related to clinical practice.
- Uphold the values and missions of Touro and the GSE.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge/ Skills/ Abilities
- Master's Degree in Education or related field; Doctoral Degree desired
- Successful P-12 classroom teaching experience working with diverse students three or more years
- Successful experience in assessment and data use at the classroom or academic unit level
- Experience in course or program design
- Strong expertise in urban education
- Teacher Certification - related on one or more of GSE academic programs
- Professional experience with English as a second language (ESL/TESOL) Math, Science, Spanish, Special Education, Special Education - D75 (moderate to severe settings) desired
- Successful college-level teaching experience face-to-face and online (course evaluations to be submitted) desired
- Evidence of prior effective clinical supervision
- Commitment to culturally responsive and sustaining education/pedagogy
- Knowledge of instructional strategies across the core disciplines (Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies/History, Science)
- Familiarity with the Danielson Framework for Teaching or other Performance Assessment frameworks.
- Ability to give direct, clear, and concise feedback aimed at improving teacher performance.
- Ability to model and coach instructional practices assessment protocols, student work analysis, and knowledge of curriculum.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong time management and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, handle changing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and constituents.
- Knowledge and application of adult learning theory (andragogy).
- Ability to coach and be coached
- Ability to model professionalism
- Ability to balance flexibility while maintaining a high-quality clinical program
- Excellent time management skills
- Highly self-motivated
- Extensive experience with Microsoft Office programs specifically Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Experience using web-conferencing tools and learning management systems such as Canvas, Zoom, Go React, Mursion, and/or Sim School.
- Experience with data collection tools such as Survey Monkey and Qualtrics
- Strong technology skills such as familiarity with online data entry systems, learning management systems (Blackboard, CANVAS), and email.
- Field supervisors will travel to schools in the New York City metropolitan region and other locales to visit future educators and P-12 mentors at their respective clinical placements.
- Able to lift up to 5 lbs.