A pioneer in K–12 education, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and formative assessment.

Professional Learning Specialist, 6-8 Literacy (NorthEast/MidWest US) (Contractor)

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A pioneer in K-12 education since 2000, Amplify is leading the way in next-generation curriculum and assessment. Our captivating core and supplemental programs in ELA, math, and science engage all students in rigorous learning and inspire them to think deeply, creatively, and for themselves. Our formative assessment products turn data into practical instructional support to help students at every skill level build a strong foundation in early reading and math. Our programs provide teachers with powerful tools that help them understand and respond to the needs of all their students. Today, Amplify serves over eleven million students in all 50 states.
Employment type:Contractor (Part-time)
Compensation: Professional Learning Specialists are paid by assignment. A standard hourly pay rate will be established per assignment.
Hours: Contractors are scheduled on an as-needed basis, but must be available during school hours across all US time zones. Availability mid-May through September highly preferred, with August availability required. Potential for year-round if desired.
Location: Regional and national in-person session delivery is required. States include NY, NJ, MD, CT, DE, MA, DC, OH, IN, WV, PA, MI, IL, WI, MN, IA
All Professional Learning Specialists must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, wearing masks and following social distancing guidelines are at the discretion of session participants and the Professional Learning Specialists (unless district requests for all in attendance to wear masks).
***Amplify requires all staff to provide proof of Covid - 19 vaccination for in-person meetings unless an approved exemption is provided.
Equipment required: Laptop, portable speakers, and accessory cables, as needed.
Start date: Contractors will begin onboarding in April 2022. (Onboarding is primarily asynchronous and can be completed at the contractor's convenience.)
***This is a seasonal position with fluctuating hours depending on demand. Our busiest time is July through September, and candidates with unrestricted availability to visit school sites during the summer will be prioritized.
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. We believe high-quality instructional materials and technology can empower classroom teachers to offer more personalized instruction and accelerate the potential of individual students to become more active, engaged learners.
Our goal is to make education, and thereby the world, more equitable. We create education products that celebrate differences in life and thought as well as ideals we may hold in common. We help teachers craft rigorous learning experiences that reflect the diverse histories, cultures, and identities their students bring to the classroom. We also help teachers support their students in constructing, questioning, expanding, and strengthening knowledge of where they come from and who they are becoming. To do this, we hire and develop people with the broadest range of talents, life stories and experiences, and together we build a diverse and inclusive culture. If this resonates with you, we invite you to come and work with us!
About Amplify 6-8 Literacy
Amplify ELA is a blended curriculum designed specifically for grades 6-8. With Amplify ELA, students learn to tackle any complex text and make observations, grapple with interesting ideas, and find relevance for themselves. Students are engaged through dynamic texts, lively classroom discussions, and meaningful digital experiences.
Amplify Reading 6-8 is a digital literacy program that supplements core instruction and provides targeted support for every student. Through interaction with texts in a dystopian trilogy, Amplify Reading adapts to students as they play, ensuring that students encounter questions that target the exact skills they need as they develop their close reading skills.
About the Amplify 6-8 Literacy Professional Learning Specialist Role
If you love to teach students the power of reading and writing, get excited about the intersection of technology in the classroom, and enjoy coaching and collaborating with teachers, then please apply to be one of Amplify's 6-8 Literacy Professional Learning Specialists.
Your job will be to train and coach teachers throughout the year to help them make their implementation a success in their classrooms and to work with other PD team members to tailor professional development experiences and materials.
We are looking for people who love reading and writing; who can coach and manage engagements across multiple schools; who enjoy teaching and learning; who are flexible with their time; and who are team players.
Responsibilities of the Professional Learning Specialist:
  • Facilitate initial training workshops and follow up strengthening workshops, both in-person and remote, for groups of up to 40 teachers
  • Conduct in-person and remote coaching sessions with smaller groups of teachers
  • Provide support to individual classroom teachers by modeling, co-teaching, observing, and providing feedback
  • Travel required
  • Provide a firm range of date for availability

Basic Qualifications:
  • Middle School ELA classroom teaching experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Education or related field or comparable experience
  • Proven knowledge of current early literacy instruction best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate professional development for teachers and/or instructional leaders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated proficiency with technology-based productivity tools, including Microsoft Office, Google Applications, video conferencing tools, etc.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Reside in one of the supported states
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience teaching Amplify ELA
  • Master's or Advanced Degree in Education
  • Instructional leadership experience as a coach or school leader
  • Understanding and compassion for the role of the teachers and leaders
  • Experience working with diverse student populations (English learners, SPED, Gifted/Talented, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to implement instructional strategies that enhance participant engagement and equity of learning
  • Demonstrated client/partnership management experience
  • Year round availability

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To that end, we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.
Amplify is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.
This position may be funded, in whole or in part, through American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds.
Amplify Education, Inc. is an E-Verify participant.
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What are Amplify Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have a variety of employee-led ERGs whose goal is to create a safe space for employees of all backgrounds and identities to find community and support in their personal and career development.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
We offer Pet Insurance options through Nationwide.
Wellness Programs
We offer a premier subscription to CALM, an award-winning mindfulness app as well as health club discounts through our Employee Assistance Program with Aetna.
Mental Health Benefits
Mental Health benefits, including access to therapists, is available through our Employee Assistance Program. We also offer employees the opporutunity to complete Mental Health First Aid training.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
All full time, part-time and temporary employees over the age of 21 are eligible to partiicpate in our Fidelity 401K and/or Roth 401K plan after 30 days of employment.
401(K) Matching
Amplify provides 100% match on first 1% of employee contributions and 50% match on the next 5%, with an annual maximum employer match of $3,000.
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Amplify does offer performance bonuses dependent upon the nature of your position .
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Amplify offers a backup childcare solution through Bright Horizons.
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Occassional Happy Hours during company functions.
Relocation Assistance
If an eligilbe employee is asked to relocate as part of their job, Amplify may reimburse them for reasonalbe expenses.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Fully remote employees, not assigned to an office, are eligible for internet reimbursement up to $40 per month.
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
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Mentorship program
Online course subscriptions available

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