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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Education Related Leads for Friday Sept. 30, 2011

Hi,
Here are some leads for today:
Good luck,
-Beth

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Part-Time Assessment Item Creator

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Development/ Opportunity: Part-Time Assessment Item Creator, Boston or Flexible Location (work can be completed remotely)

Organizational Overview:
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to helping all students achieve academic excellence by providing effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning.  Since 2005, we have worked with over 160 charter and district schools to enable teachers to assess student understanding of specific aspects of the curriculum, rethink their teaching approach in problem areas, and ultimately, raise student achievement.  Focusing on grades three through eight, we provide regular assessments in English Language Arts and Math aligned to high standards, reports identifying school, class and student strengths and gaps, training and coaching on how to address these gaps, and forums for sharing performance data and best practices across a Network of participating schools.  This comprehensive package has produced measurable student achievement gains in our Network schools. 

The Achievement Network currently serves schools in Boston and Springfield, MA, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, Newark, NJ, and Chicago, IL and this upcoming year we will open new Networks in New York, NY and Nashville and Memphis, TN.  By 2013, we aim to serve over 300 schools across these Networks in order to affect the educational outcomes of over 60,000 students every year.   

Position Overview:
Assessment Item Creators are primarily commissioned during the spring and summer and are tasked with writing test questions for our ELA and/or Math interim assessments in grades 3-8 that are aligned to state summative assessments as well as state and/or Common Core standards.  These items range from multiple-choice items to short answer items to open response items. 

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1.       Research and analyze a network's standards, state assessments and released items
2.       Create new items for interim assessments
a.       Multiple choice items (ELA items are usually tied to passages and assess skills ranging from Identify Details to Main Ideas to Character Traits. Math items assess a variety of state-specific standards, like “Solve equations” or “Data and Central Tendency.”)
b.      Short answer items (For ELA, these are tied to passages and require a 1-2 sentence open-ended response, as well as a scoring rubric. For math, these are the same as multiple-choice items but require an open-ended answer.)
c.       Open response items with accompanying scoring rubric (For ELA these are written to go with passages. For Math these can assess multiple standards by asking different questions and having students show their work.)
3.       Edit items to ensure they align with state-specific standards, style, and rigor
4.       Item Creators must participate in trainings (by phone or web) before beginning a project

Required Skills, Experiences and Competencies:
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Excellent education credentials and school experience:  Bachelor’s Degree required; 2+ years of standards-based teaching, preferably in grades 3 – 8; experience with or study of assessment creation and design a plus
  • Comprehensive understanding of what students must know and be able to demonstrate in different grade levels/subject areas: In order to develop items and meet assessment criteria; Grades 3 – 8, ELA or Math preferred
  • Comfort with working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly collaborative and team-oriented environment: With a desire to contribute to a growing organization, outstanding project management skills and initiative.
  • Excellent attention to detail, to be sure that items are aligned with state standards and state summative assessments.
  • Comfort with meeting deadlines, working independently, and being flexible: All important qualities for staff who work remotely.
  • Belief in The Achievement Network’s mission and strategy: Most importantly, a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of urban schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels 
Salary and Schedule:
a.       Pays $5/item for multiple-choice; special projects and items are paid at a project rate
b.      Time varies by item, and number of items to create varies by current workflow
c.       Busiest times are generally between March and August
d.      Should have flexible schedule and be able to meet one-off requests

How to Apply:
The Achievement Network is soliciting applications for this position immediately.  To apply, please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to Jackie Lariviere at jlariviere@achievementnetwork.org, subject line “Part-time Item Creator.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Achievement Network is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

Part-Time Assessment Item Reviewer

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Assessment Item Reviewer, Boston or Flexible Location (work can be completed remotely)

Organizational Overview:
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to helping all students achieve academic excellence by providing effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning.  Since 2005, we have worked with over 160 charter and district schools to enable teachers to assess student understanding of specific aspects of the curriculum, rethink their teaching approach in problem areas, and ultimately, raise student achievement.  Focusing on grades three through eight, we provide regular assessments in English Language Arts and Math aligned to high standards, reports identifying school, class and student strengths and gaps, training and coaching on how to address these gaps, and forums for sharing performance data and best practices across a Network of participating schools.  This comprehensive package has produced measurable student achievement gains in our Network schools.
The Achievement Network currently serves schools in Boston and Springfield, MA, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, Newark, NJ, and Chicago, IL and this upcoming year we will open new Networks in New York, NY and Nashville and Memphis, TN.  By 2013, we aim to serve over 300 schools across these Networks in order to affect the educational outcomes of over 60,000 students every year. 

Position Overview:
We are currently hiring Item Reviewers who will review items for our Interim Assessments. Item Reviewers are tasked with editing test questions for clarity, alignment to standards, and math or ELA content.  Item Reviewers provide suggestions and feedback to item creators.  All Item Reviewers will be trained prior to beginning work.
Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a.      Review and edit multiple-choice items in Math (aligned to state standards) and/or ELA (aligned to skills within a passage)
b.      Review and edit short answer items in Math (aligned to state standards) and/or ELA (aligned to skills within a passage)
c.       Review and edit open response items and accompanying rubrics, for Math (aligned to multiple state standards) and/or ELA (aligned to a passage)
d.      Provide comprehensive feedback to ANet Assessment Team and/or to item creator
Required Skills, Experiences and Competencies:
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Excellent education credentials and school experience:  Bachelor’s Degree required; 2+ years of standards-based teaching, preferably in grades 3 – 8; experience with or study of assessment creation and design a plus
  • Comprehensive understanding of what students must know and be able to demonstrate in different grade levels/subject areas: In order to review and edit items for complete and aligned assessments; Grades 3 – 8, ELA or Math preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail: in order to ensure test items are aligned to state standards, mathematically sound, and on grade level.
  • Willingness to act on constructive feedback: as an entrepreneurial organization looking to improve the quality of our product, we expect all members of our team to be willing to grow and learn through the process
  • Willing to provide constructive feedback:  Item reviewers should be willing to provide alternatives when they find errors with items.
  • Comfort with working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly collaborative and team-oriented environment: With a desire to contribute to a growing organization, outstanding project management skills and initiative
  • Comfort with meeting deadlines, working independently, and being flexible: All important qualities for staff who work remotely.
  • Belief in The Achievement Network’s mission and strategy: Most importantly, a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of urban schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels
Salary and Schedule:
a.       Pays $20/hour
b.      Time varies by item, and number of items to review varies by current workflow
c.       Busiest times are generally between March and August
d.      Should have flexible schedule and be able to meet one-off requests

How to Apply:
The Achievement Network is soliciting applications for this position immediately.  To apply, please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to Jackie Lariviere at jlariviere@achievementnetwork.org, subject line “Part-time Item Reviewer.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
The Achievement Network is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Data Bank Developer

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Data Bank Developer, Boston or Flexible Location (work can be completed remotely)
Organizational Overview:
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to helping all students achieve academic excellence by providing effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning.  Since 2005, we have worked with over 160 charter and district schools to enable teachers to assess student understanding of specific aspects of the curriculum, rethink their teaching approach in problem areas, and ultimately, raise student achievement.  Focusing on grades three through eight, we provide regular assessments in English Language Arts and Math aligned to high standards, reports identifying school, class and student strengths and gaps, training and coaching on how to address these gaps, and forums for sharing performance data and best practices across a Network of participating schools.  This comprehensive package has produced measurable student achievement gains in our Network schools.

The Achievement Network currently serves schools in Boston and Springfield, MA, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, Newark, NJ, and Chicago, IL and this upcoming year we will open new Networks in New York, NY and Nashville and Memphis, TN.  By 2013, we aim to serve over 300 schools across these Networks in order to affect the educational outcomes of over 60,000 students every year. 

Position Overview:
Commissioned year-round, data entry staff is tasked with helping The Achievement Network to build our database of math and ELA items.  Our question bank is used both in the creation of our assessments as well as in our Quiz Tool for teachers to use in their classrooms. The position requires precise attention to detail, ability to quickly adapt to new online software, and an understanding of content and conventions in math and ELA. Some basic technological and HTML coding knowledge is a plus.

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1.      Entering math and English Language Arts test items and passages into our online Quiz Tool, for teachers to use in the classroom, and also into our online Assessment Tool, for us to use on our assessments for schools.
2.      Formatting test items to meet specifications.
3.       Ensuring quality control, including checking for appropriate mathematical notation, checking for incorrect answers, ensuring alignment to state standards and reading comprehension skills.


Required Skills, Experiences and Competencies:
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Excellent education credentials and school experience:  Bachelor’s Degree preferred; willing to consider candidates currently pursuing bachelor’s degree. Strong math skills through high school algebra preferred. 2+ years of standards-based teaching, preferably in grades 3 – 8 a plus; experience with or study of assessment creation and design a plus.
  • Excellent attention to detail: The ideal candidate will have attention to detail in order to ensure items are on standard, correct mathematical notation, such as italic variables and exponents, are used, that there is exactly one correct answer for each test question, and that formatting request by schools, including bolding and underlining, are incorporated.
  • Comfort with working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly collaborative and team-oriented environment: With a desire to contribute to a growing organization, outstanding project management skills and initiative
  • Comfort with meeting deadlines, working independently, and being flexible: All important qualities for staff who work remotely
  • Belief in The Achievement Network’s mission and strategy: Most importantly, a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of urban schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels

Salary and Schedule:
a.      Pays $15/hour
b.      Work load varies by week; requires 5-15 hours per week of availability
 
How to Apply:
The Achievement Network is soliciting applications for this position immediately.  To apply, please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to Jackie Lariviere at jlariviere@achievementnetwork.org, subject line “Part-time Data Entry.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
The Achievement Network is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Graphic Designer (Math)

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Graphic Designer, Boston or Flexible Location (work can be completed remotely)

Organizational Overview:
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to helping all students achieve academic excellence by providing effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning.  Since 2005, we have worked with over 160 charter and district schools to enable teachers to assess student understanding of specific aspects of the curriculum, rethink their teaching approach in problem areas, and ultimately, raise student achievement.  Focusing on grades three through eight, we provide regular assessments in English Language Arts and Math aligned to high standards, reports identifying school, class and student strengths and gaps, training and coaching on how to address these gaps, and forums for sharing performance data and best practices across a Network of participating schools.  This comprehensive package has produced measurable student achievement gains in our Network schools.


The Achievement Network currently serves schools in Boston and Springfield, MA, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, Newark, NJ, and Chicago, IL and this upcoming year we will open new Networks in New York, NY and Nashville and Memphis, TN.  By 2013, we aim to serve over 300 schools across these Networks in order to affect the educational outcomes of over 60,000 students every year. 

Position Overview:
We are currently hiring consultants with a mathematics teaching background who are able to create graphics for math assessments, from graphs of equations and number lines to pictures and qualitative graphs. Graphic Designers must have their own software and come with a graphic designing skill set.
 

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a.      On request, create graphics for math test questions, including coordinate graphs, categorical graphs, number lines, and other mathematical visuals.
b.      On request, edit graphics for math test questions, including stylistic changes, aligning graphics with standard conventions, and changing the sizes.


Required Skills, Experiences and Competencies:
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Excellent education credentials and school experience:  Bachelor’s Degree required; 2+ years of standards-based teaching, preferably Math in grades 3 – 8; experience with or study of assessment creation and design a plus but not required
  • Graphic design skill set:  A knowledge of computer graphics and design software coupled with creativity, communication and problem-solving skills
  • An understanding of what students must know and be able to demonstrate in different grade levels/subject areas: In order to develop the graphics for the various levels of Math in our assessments.
  • Comfort with working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly collaborative and team-oriented environment: With a desire to contribute to a growing organization, outstanding project management skills and initiative
  • Comfort with meeting deadlines, working independently, and being flexible: All important qualities for staff who work remotely. Also, a willingness to ask questions to clarify data and needs.
  • Belief in The Achievement Network’s mission and strategy: Most importantly, a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of urban schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels
 Salary and Schedule:
a.       Pays $15/hour
b.      Time varies by item, and number of items to review varies by current workflow

How to Apply:
The Achievement Network is soliciting applications for this position immediately.  To apply, please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to Jackie Lariviere at jlariviere@achievementnetwork.org, subject line “Part-time Graphic Designer.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 

The Achievement Network is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.

Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Assessment Editor

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assessment Development Opportunity: Part-Time Assessment Editor, Boston or Flexible Location (work can be completed remotely)


Organizational Overview:
The Achievement Network (ANet) is a fast-growing non-profit organization dedicated to helping all students achieve academic excellence by providing effective data-driven strategies to identify and close gaps in student learning.  Since 2005, we have worked with over 160 charter and district schools to enable teachers to assess student understanding of specific aspects of the curriculum, rethink their teaching approach in problem areas, and ultimately, raise student achievement.  Focusing on grades three through eight, we provide regular assessments in English Language Arts and Math aligned to high standards, reports identifying school, class and student strengths and gaps, training and coaching on how to address these gaps, and forums for sharing performance data and best practices across a Network of participating schools.  This comprehensive package has produced measurable student achievement gains in our Network schools.
 
 
The Achievement Network currently serves schools in Boston and Springfield, MA, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA, Newark, NJ, and Chicago, IL and this upcoming year we will open new Networks in New York, NY and Nashville and Memphis, TN.  By 2013, we aim to serve over 300 schools across these Networks in order to affect the educational outcomes of over 60,000 students every year. 
 
 
Position Overview:
Assessment editors are tasked with reviewing assessments for content, assessment validity, grammar and mechanics, and alignment to state standards, state summative assessments, and the curriculum sequence of our network schools. All Assessment Editors will be trained in ELA and/or Math editing, based on experience, prior to beginning work.
 
 
Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
a.      Review and provide detailed edits on Math and/or ELA assessments, across a variety of networks (Massachusetts, Illinois, Tennessee, etc), grades 3-8.
a.      ELA assessments consist of 2-4 passages with item sets addressing various skills, and sometimes special sections like Language items.
b.      Math assessments consist of mostly multiple-choice items addressing different state standards.
b.      Ensure assessments are a good approximate for the state assessment and are aligned with state standards, skills, rigor, and formatting specifications.

Required Skills, Experiences and Competencies:
In order to be successful in this role, ideal candidates should demonstrate the following:
  • Excellent education credentials and school experience:  Bachelor’s Degree required; 2+ years of standards-based teaching, preferably in grades 3 – 8; experience with or study of assessment creation and design a plus
  • Comprehensive understanding of what students must know and be able to demonstrate in different grade levels/subject areas: In order to review and edit items and assessments; Grades 3 – 8, ELA or Math preferred
  • Comfort with working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly collaborative and team-oriented environment: With a desire to contribute to a growing organization, outstanding project management skills and initiative
  • Comfort with meeting deadlines, working independently, and being flexible: All important qualities for staff who work remotely
  • Belief in The Achievement Network’s mission and strategy: Most importantly, a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of urban schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels
Salary and Schedule:
     a.      Pays $20/hour
     b.      Usually takes 1.5-2 hours per assessment, and requires 5-10 hours per week of availability

How to Apply:
The Achievement Network is soliciting applications for this position immediately.  To apply, please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity (both in Word format) to Jackie Lariviere at jlariviere@achievementnetwork.org, subject line “Part-time Assessment Editor.”  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Achievement Network is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization.  We are an equal opportunity employer and seek individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply to this position.