Job Opportunity: Part-time Teaching Position in Simsbury, CT

Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut will have a part-time position
open to replace a faculty member who will be on maternity leave during the
upcoming winter term (December 3, 2013 to March 7, 2014).  This position
consists of teaching two United States History sections.  The classes meet
between 11 AM and 1 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.   Teaching
experience is preferred.   For more information or to apply, please
contact Nancy L. Spencer, Associate Head, at:

Westminster School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in its hiring, educational policies, admissions policies,
scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs

EdConnect Student Spotlight: Clara Peretz ’14

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Name: Clara Peretz
Class year: 2014
Major: Sociology and French
Summer work: Curriculum development intern at Ascend Learning

This summer, I am working as an intern in curriculum development with Ascend Learning . Ascend is a Brooklyn-based network of charter schools and will be opening up two new schools for the 13-14 school year, which will bring the total number of schools in the network to six. Ascend’s mission is college readiness for all of its students, which it seeks to achieve by holding students to high standards both behaviorally and academically.

The team I am working with is focused on developing the Humanities and Social Studies programs. The work began with my providing support in the sixth grade classrooms, along with a few other interns, throughout the month of June, while students were still in school. We would come around to students’ desks to offer one-on-one support for their end-of-the-year writing assignments. There was also a lot of grading, proofreading, and writing comments for writing portfolios that was done to help the teachers with the final push during the last couple weeks of school. Being in the classroom was a great opportunity to gain a sense of the culture of Ascend’s classrooms, see the level of work students were producing, and get to know some great kids. Now, as part of the curriculum team, I am helping to prepare materials – lesson plans, flip charts, unit guides, etc. – for the upcoming school year, specifically for the seventh grade, since this coming year will be the first year seventh grade will be offered. This is because the students that began with Ascend in its first year will now be entering seventh grade.

I have observed a lot of detail-oriented planning, such as going over the academic calendar to decide which lessons will be taught on which days. However, there is also a lot of bigger-picture strategizing that I have become involved in. Examples of this include discussion about how to draw connections across disciplines and research about different approaches to developing strong writers.

As a sociology major, I became particularly interested in issues surrounding education and explored them further by choosing courses oriented towards education and doing research about current education policy issues while at Wesleyan. My internship with Ascend has definitely provided me with an opportunity to learn more about charter schools and observe first-hand certain aspects of the discussion surrounding charter schools that I have been reading about for the past few years

Student Spotlight is a new feature on EdConnect where we highlight current Wesleyan students who are doing work in education over the summer. If you are a current Wes student doing something cool in education this summer and want to be featured on EdConnect, email us at!

Job opportunity – Common Grounds Part-Time College Counselor

From the Engaged University blog:

Job-hunting? Common Grounds Charter High School in New Haven, CT is looking for a part-time college counselor! They are hoping to find a “courageous, creative, collaborative, results-oriented” individual who is passionate about helping first-generation students gain college admission.  If you are ready to start working to fight for access to higher education, consider this opportunity and visit here for more information.

EdConnect Student Spotlight: Shivani Kochhar ’14


Name: Shivani Kochhar
Class year: 2014
Major: Economics and Sociology
Summer work: Contractor for the National Center for Education Statistics at the American Institutes for Research

I became interested in education because of several classes I took at Wesleyan, particularly Schooling and Scarcity and the Sociology of Education. In particular, I am interested in combining my interest in education with my interest in statistics to work in education research in the future.

This summer, I applied to the Joint Program in Survey Methodology Junior Fellows program, which is a great opportunity for those interested in statistics and potentially pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. Once you are accepted to the fellowship, you are placed at an internship at a federal statistical agency.  I’m working at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) as a contractor for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which means I get to experience work both at AIR and NCES. AIR is a private research organization with a variety of program areas, such as education and international development. NCES is part of the Department of Education and the branch of the federal statistical system that collects and disseminates data dealing with education both in the U.S. and internationally.

Primarily, I am working with the National Household Education Survey (NHES), which is actually a group of questionnaires administered at the household level to provide descriptive information about family’s opinions of education in the U.S. My team is working on redesigning an NHES questionnaire on after-school activities, and I am currently using 2012 NHES data to create a descriptive report looking at school choice (traditional public vs. charter school, did the student choose the public school they currently attend, etc.) by various student and family demographic characteristics.

Through my work this summer, I have been exposed to the field of survey methodology, which includes designing samples from the population and constructing questionnaires. Essentially, education research requires using existing data datasets to answer research questions, while survey methodology provides the background that is necessary to create these datasets. While I am not sure if this field is for me, I’m very glad that through my work this summer, I became more aware of the time and work that goes into designing samples and surveys that eventually become data sets used by researchers to influence policy decisions.

Student Spotlight is a new feature on EdConnect where we highlight current Wesleyan students who are doing work in education over the summer. If you are a current Wes student doing something cool in education this summer and want to be featured on EdConnect, email us at!

Job Opportunity – Breakthrough Collaborative

From Lorena Martinez, director at Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano:

“In October, I transitioned from Program Director to Director and in January we hired a new Assistant Director, Bryan Boyce.  Although the program has experienced many changes recently, we very proud of our accomplishments. Within the past couple of months we have written a new strategic plan for the program, we are in the process of establishing a Board of Directors and we made partnerships with local high schools so we can better track and support our College Bound students. In addition, Bryan and I applied and received an AmeriCorps grant that will allow us to hire two VISTA members each year for the next three years at no cost to the program.

Currently we are in the process of recruiting and filling these two VISTA positions. I was wondering if you all could help us with this process. If you know of any recent college grads who are passionate about education and would be interested in working for Breakthrough SJC please send us their information and let them know about these two positions.

This is an AmeriCorps VISTA position so you must apply through the AmeriCorps website. You may use the two links below: [more info: Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Community Partnerships Coordinator_job description] [more info: Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano Volunteer Coordinator_job description]

I am also attaching a job description of the two positions [above].


Thank you so much,

Lorena Martinez”

Job Opportunity – Big Picture Learning

From Andrew Frishman ’97:

“I work with Big Picture Learning ( and am excited
to talk with Wesleyan alums (and others) who are interested in
learning more about our work across the US and internationally to
transform, re-imagine and fundamentally redesign education in the
United States, Big Picture Learning’s (BPL) vision is to catalyze
vital changes in K-Adult education by generating and sustaining
innovative, personalized learning environments that work in tandem
with the real world of their greater community.

If you want to learn more about Big Picture Learning’s unique approach
to education, check out

Various positions available. See their website for information about available positions and how to apply.

Start date: 09/01/2013
Location: Various in the United States and abroad

Contact Andrew at or (401) 743-8136

Job Opportunity- Part Time Teacher

From Bobbi Teva:
About the actual teaching position I will need to be somewhat vague, as we do not yet have a sense of the class for next year.  Ideally we would want someone 2-3 mornings/week on days that we meet (Tu/Th/Fri).  The focus would be math/science, and the student would be absolutely free to develop his or her own curriculum, teaching these subjects in creative, fun ways to our 5-7 yr. old kids.  As an educator, I’d also be happy to offer guidance, and would serve in a supervisory role.
If you know any students who are interested in this possibility, it would be wonderful for them to stop down some time in the next few weeks (before they leave campus for the summer) to see our program in action, and for us to meet them.  We are located just a few blocks from campus, on Pearl Street, and meet Tu, Th, Fri 9-2.  That way we would at least start the connection, and then could be in touch over the summer as we get a clearer picture of what our class will look like in the fall.  Just for perspective, our current group is 6 children ages 5-8.
I am not certain what kind of pay we could offer, as that again is linked to the number of kids we end up with in the fall.  We would certainly offer some kind of stipend to a committed student, at the very least, and deep gratitude for sharing her/his knowledge and passion, as well as a wonderful opportunity to experiment with teaching in a warm, creative environment.
For more information contact:
Bobbi Teva
or visit this website:

Job Opportunity- Continuing Studies Project Assistant

From Sarah-Jane Ripa in the GLSP Office:

Graduate Liberal Studies is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and detail-oriented student to gather information about our exceptional community. The project assistant will be primarily responsible for the data collection for our database, as well as for our archiving project. The position is open to freshman, sophomores and juniors only. Work-study highly preferred. Candidate must be available to begin between June 3 and June 10, and must be able to work at least through August 12th.Project Assistant must have a confident mastery of Excel, Google forms, and customer service. Ideal candidate will have experience making cold calls, and be extremely pleasant, even-tempered and eager to learn more about people.  Job Responsibilities: Call and email members of the Graduate Liberal Studies community; Enter data using google forms; Data-mining and research; Daily reports to supervisor for problem-solving, strategizing and trouble-shooting; Weekly meetings with supervisor; Occasional attendance at meetings with representatives from other departments.

Sarah-Jane Ripa, Student Services and Outreach Coordinator
Wesleyan University Continuing Studies
74 Wyllys Avenue / Middletown, CT   06459 / (860) 685-3345

Job Opportunity- Assistant Dean of Admission

From Kathleen Norris, Assistant to Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

A Job!

Type of opportunity: Full-time employment

Start date of position: July 1st, 2013

Location: Wesleyan University

Organization description: Wesleyan University Office of Admission

Position description: Assistant Dean of Admissions

The Assistant Dean reports to the Associate Dean of Admission and
participates in Wesleyan undergraduate recruitment and selection
programs by working closely with staff, current students and alumni.

A range of responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment travel, organizing and hosting events, interviewing candidates, and review applications;
  • Participate as full voting member of the Wesleyan admission committee;
  • Represent the university to students, parents, high school guidance counselors, and alumni.  Considerable work with current students and faculty
  • Assist in management of admissions programs to include but not limited to admission volunteers, tour guides, and yield activities

Application review process will begin in May and continue until the position is filled.

Application requirements/instructions:
Please view requirements and apply through CAREERS on the Wesleyan Web Site

Contact information:

Event – From Prisoner to Social Worker: A Story of Recovery & Redemption

Join the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education (CPE) for a talk by David Deutsch, MSW/ASW about his journey from prison to social work and the values of prison education.

David Deutsch is a Clinical Director for Telecare Corporation in Ventura, California. He started a forensic program in 2011 for persons coming out of the state prison system who have mental health needs. David has worked with the forensic population since 2000 when he himself was a prisoner in San Quentin State Prison. He was released in late 2003 and has worked with former prisoners ever since that time. His scope of practice includes mental health/substance abuse counseling, working with the homeless and mentally ill population, and working with persons who have spent most of their lives in situations of incarceration. He is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and he earned his MSW from California State University, Long Beach in 2010.

When: Wednesday, April 17 at 4:15 pm
Where: Allbritton 103