Instructional Coach Position
SUMMARY: The Instructional Coach is an educational professional and content expert whose job it is to help improve student achievement by building teacher capacity and an understanding of instructional practices by providing ongoing professional development, building their teaching skills and assisting them in applying new knowledge. The instructional coach specializes in a specific academic subject or area and supports the Curriculum Coordinator in facilitating vertical planning across grade levels. Their typical job duties include observing instructional practices, training teachers and staff, ordering new instructional materials, assisting with the design and implementation of a district wide, content specific scope and sequence, and ensuring instructional practice is in alignment with curriculum goals. Coaches also focus on different ways to improve learning opportunities for students and educators alike. They are responsible for ensuring high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching, professional learning, and providing feedback to teachers. They work collaboratively with Instructional Technology Specialists, content leads and teachers to enhance teaching and learning in a virtual environment. Other responsibilities involve meeting with content leads and assessing students’ grades with the goal of helping teachers raise student achievement. This is not a supervisory position and reports directly to their content Curriculum Coordinator.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
• Demonstrate knowledge of K-12 content standards;
• Model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis;
• Support the instructional development of all teachers;
• Build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, district leadership, curriculum coordinators and other coaches;
• Assist teachers in understanding GCA mission and core values as it relates to instruction;
• Provide technical support to teachers as needed;
• Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning, including new resources;
• Support teachers and administrators in using data to improve instruction on all levels;
• Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students;
• Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher’s professional growth and students’ success;
• Provide job-embedded informal professional learning beyond the coaching responsibility;
• Assist with the design and implementation of a district wide, content specific scope and sequence;
• Facilitate implementation of scope and sequence as well as the design of exemplar lesson plans;
• Stay current on most recent subject area strategies, trends, initiatives, and changes in state standards from year to year;
• Develop and deliver professional development when needed;
• Assist with analyzing local, state, and national assessment data as it relates to individual student and school performance, as well as district improvement, focused on at-risk students;
• Collects and maintains monthly data for reporting to various stakeholders and for school board reports;
• Meets with leads, administration, collaborating teachers, students and parents/Learning Coaches to discuss district goals and instructional plans as needed
• Establishes and maintains positive rapport with faculty, coworkers, administrators, and all stakeholders and regularly communicates regarding student academic progress;
• Understands how both diverse and unique characteristics of students and their families impact required support;
• Works collaboratively with other coworkers to ensure that all tasks are completed, and that information is distributed among the stakeholders;
• Responds to students, parents and colleagues in timely manner.
Other Essential Functions
• Travels to testing sites to proctor state exams.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities and/or duties required; other duties may be assigned.
* Builds community;
* Helps staff with any enrollment or retention efforts as directed;
* Participates in committees as required.
* Attends regular staff meetings and monthly team meetings
• Certified in a specific teaching area
• Minimum 5 years’ experience teaching, with a record of successfully impacting student achievement and working successfully with students who have the greatest needs.
• Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners.
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.
• Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions.
• Demonstrated Teacher Leadership.
• Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise.
• Demonstrated expertise in oral and written communication.
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new learning to help all students show growth.
• Demonstrates evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of professional development activities.
MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree AND
• Three (3) years of student teaching experience AND
• Certification in Content Area
Meet requirements for Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) in subject area under No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Certificates and Licenses: Appropriate state teaching certification.
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Pedagogical knowledge of content being taught and ability to apply critical thinking
• Knowledge of state content standards and ability to align those with the chosen curriculum
• Ability to embrace change/ adapt to ensure excellent student outcomes
• Ability to problem solve independently and have a high level of organization
• Understanding of interdependency of deadlines on multiple projects and able to act to preserve integrity on other people's deadlines
• Ability to work independently typically 40+ hours per week
• Ability to maintain a professional home office without distraction during work day, typically 9-5 (or 8-4) or as defined by the school
• Access to reliable high-speed internet
• Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word; PowerPoint;
• Ability to rapidly learn and adapt to new technologies and teaching platforms
• Ability to maintain teacher certification/professional development hours and fluency in all school systems, programs and curriculum
• Ability to pass required background check
• Computer Software/Hardware: Advanced Microsoft Office Excel, Access, SQL
• Skilled in explaining testing and statistics to administrators, teachers, and parents.
• Ability to communicate, both in writing and orally, technical information in a way that is understandable to all stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with staff from various areas of responsibility.
• Knowledge of quality management, systems, and strategic planning.
• Ability to learn new software and processes as they become available.
• Self-motivated and able to work in a quick paced environment.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• This is a home based position.
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.