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Teacher Support Institute Lead Teacher
Title:Teacher Support Institute Lead Teacher
Type of Appointment:Part-time, non-benefited, grant-funded (temporary)
CA STEM Institute for Innovations and Improvement (CSI3)
Program Assistant
California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation

About the CSUDH Foundation

The California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation ("Foundation") was incorporated in 1968 as a partner of the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to provide services and develop and enhance programs that are an integral part of the University's educational mission. CSUDH is a highly diverse, metropolitan university primarily serving the South Bay area of Los Angeles County. Established in 1960, CSUDH is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system.

The California STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3) is dedicated to providing preservice and in-service teachers with a combination of educational and experiential learning.  One of our goals is to recruit, train, place, and retain highly qualified teacher candidates to serve in high-needs school.  Through all of our programs, CSI3 is systematically addressing the shortage of STEM teachers in high-need schools in and around the Los Angeles area and across the state.  CSI3 has developed innovative undergraduate, credential, graduate, and specialized programs, and received some of the largest educational grants in the country.
The Teacher Support Institute (TSI), under the direction of CSI3, seeks to provide novice teachers with peer collaboration and support throughout their first year of teaching in an urban, high-needs school.  The goal of TSI is to establish a network of teachers, working collaboratively, to plan, design, reflect and build onto their pedagogical practices, in order to retain strong educators in the field, provide for a less stressful first-year of teaching, and lower teacher attrition in urban, high-needs schools.  

Position Information

The Teacher Support Institute Lead Teacher is a non-exempt position within the Foundation's Part-Time, Non-Benefited employment classification.

Employment at the Foundation is on an at-will basis and can be terminated by either an employee or the Foundation at any time with or without cause or advanced notice. Permanent status can neither be obtained nor granted. 

Employment is with the California State University, Dominguez Hills Foundation. This is not a State of California position. 

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated rate of $50.00 per hour (dependent on experience and qualifications).

Position Summary

The Teacher Support Institute’s Lead Teacher works as part of a team of lead teachers to provide novice teachers serving in urban, high-needs schools with peer collaboration and teacher support.  Although conducted in an informal way, TSI is quite purposeful in its planning.  Lead teachers need to build rapport with the novice teachers, in a one-on-one supportive working environment.  Lead teaches also need to aid credentialing candidates in problem solving instructional conflicts, organizational issues, classroom management issues, and lesson planning and/or unit design.   
TSI Lead Teachers will engage credentialing candidates with whatever needs they may have regarding instruction and curriculum in a one-on-on supportive environment.  Leads may also facilitate a collaborative network of credentialing candidates to alleviate similar instructional issues.  At times, Leads may be asked to facilitate breakout sessions to model best practices should the need arise for larger groups.
The Teacher Support Institute meets twice a month on Saturdays throughout the school year and may include additional meeting times (as arranged by credentialing candidates and Lead Teachers).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist and consult with credentialing candidates to diagnose classroom difficulties.
  • Suggest resources needed to ensure student engagement, conceptual knowledge building and classroom management.
  • Mentor and facilitate coaching conversations with credentialing candidates.
  • Facilitate professional development to credentialing candidates on best practices, instructional strategies and classroom management.
  • Collaborate and share lesson plans, unit plans, pacing guides and best practices with new teachers in person or via online collaboration tools (video conferencing, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc.).
  • Provide feedback on lesson design or instructional strategies to credentialing candidates.
  • Provide co-teaching and/or demo lessons that foster conceptual understanding and rigorous instruction during breakout sessions.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Clear California Teaching Credential with a minimum of 3 years of successful teaching.
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Experience supporting adult learners in a lead, coaching or mentoring position (preferred).
  • Evidence of success with working with (or in) traditionally under-performing, high-needs school.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Common Core State Standards (including Practice Standards), Next Generation Science Standards (including the Engineering Design Process), and the CCSS ELA Literacy Standards (for respective content area).
  • In-depth knowledge of differentiating classroom instructional practices that promote student achievement.
  • A passion for teaching in urban, high-needs schools.
  • Well-versed in effective classroom management strategies, redirecting negative behavior, pedagogical learning strategies, and learning theories.
  • Experience with integrating technology and 21st century learning skills (collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity).
  • Experience utilizing online collaborative tools (Drobox, Google Drive, Google Hangout, video conferencing).
  • Knowledge understanding the needs of specialized populations (EL, SEL, Gifted, disabled, SpED, high-poverty, at-risk).
Application Period

The position will remain open until filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity

The Foundation is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. 

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may contact the Foundation Human Resources Office at (310) 243-2373.


This position requires new hire/re-hire employment verification to be processed through the E-Verify program administered by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration.

If hired, the successful candidate will be required to furnish proof of legal authorization to work in the United States.

Conditions of Employment

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for any position that the CSUDH Foundation deems sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the CSUDH Foundation or individuals in the university community. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees.

Employment at the Foundation is on an at-will basis and can be terminated by either an employee or the Foundation at any time with or without cause or advanced notice. Permanent status can neither be obtained nor granted.
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