Request for dedicated NGSS TOSA
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We the undersigned science teachers request a full time TOSA position be added to support us as we undertake the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This position is essential to accomplish the cataclysmic shift we’re being tasked with.
The ideal candidate will have a high amount of knowledge and training surrounding the NGSS standards, credentials in multiple areas with a good grasp of the human impact and earth science connections that are new to these standards, connections within the NGSS community, experience delivering professional development, strong pedagogical knowledge, and experience coaching teachers.
Each school site is at a different place in their understanding and implementation of NGSS. The NGSS TOSA would travel from school to school, providing Professional Development during our department meetings. This would lower the amount of time we would need to be pulled from our classrooms and provide individualized support to the various sites. The NGSS TOSA would observe our classes and provide targeted support to individual teachers to aid them in making the shift. The NGSS TOSA would be available to model lessons or support teachers as an additional teacher in the classroom, allowing teachers to stretch outside their comfort area and try new methodology. The NGSS TOSA can also support site administration in understanding NGSS and the shift teachers, students, and parents are experiencing. The NGSS TOSA would be available to help plan and deliver evening, weekend, and summer trainings. The NGSS TOSA would be expected to attend various conferences and seminars to stay up-to-date with the latest information as implementation rolls out across the state and the country.
We appreciate that the Subject Area Coordinator position is being made a 1.0 assignment for the upcoming year but that’s not enough. The SAC still has too many other responsibilities and needs support and a counterpart to successfully navigate this transition. Without this position, we fear a rocky transition for all stakeholders.
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