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2018-2019 Elementary Instructional Coach (Upper Grades)
Job Title: ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL COACH
FLSA Status: EXEMPT
Department: KIPP DALLAS-FORT WORTH
Position Reports To: SCHOOL LEADER
KIPP DFW OVERVIEW
KIPP DFW is part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a national network of 183 free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools serving nearly 70,000 students in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of KIPP DFW is to provide children in under resourced communities with a free, rigorous, high-quality education that offers the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to thrive in school, college, and the competitive world beyond. KIPP DFW is currently comprised of five public charter schools serving elementary and middle school students in the southern Dallas region, and is amidst a rapid growth plan that will result in a total of ten schools providing quality education options to 5,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in the most under resourced Dallas-Fort Worth communities by 2021.
At KIPP DFW, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement and support help our students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college. Approximately 90 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged and most students come from neighborhoods where less than five percent of residents graduate from college. At a time when many have given up on public education – and the future of inner-city children – KIPP schools are raising expectations. Our students are outperforming their peers and advancing toward college because we set high standards, inspire achievement, and instill confidence.
The Instructional Coach is responsible for supporting the school leadership team in the overall instructional programming at KIPP DFW. Areas of responsibility will include facilitating curriculum implementation, creating assessments, providing feedback on lesson planning and execution, coaching a cohort of teachers, data management and analysis as it pertains to blended learning, and supporting the leadership team in ensuring instructional excellence. The Instructional Coach will provide and secure meaningful and relevant professional development, serve as a model teacher, and further develop systems and protocols to ensure that academic achievement and school culture consistently reflect the values and goals of KIPP DFW. In addition, the Instructional Coach will collaborate with the principal and other team members in the evaluation, modification, and development of instructional best practices that leads to higher student achievement and character development.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision and direction of the Principal, the Instructional Coach is responsible for:
High Quality Math Instruction
- Prepare daily guided reading and phonics instruction, aligned to assessments and progress monitoring tools
- Serve as a model teacher for daily data driven instruction
Fellow and First Year Mentorship
- Serve as mentor for 1st year Urban Teachers or Relay GSE fellow, gradually releasing lead teacher responsibilities over the course of the year
- Attend all mandatory fellow training, including 1 time per quarter and summer training
- Coordinate with AP of Instruction and external partners to determine fellow progress and evaluation
- Serve as a mentor teacher to one first year lead teacher, providing support and insights (but not formal coaching)
- Serve as the instructional coach to one content team of teachers (for example: 3rd grade math or K reading)
- Data meetings
- Lesson plan review
- Content internalization
- Observation and feedback
- Long term planning, aligned to STEP, MAP and IAs
- Each master teacher/instructional coach will be responsible for the ownership of one special project (to be determined by the team)
- External supports:
- Reading buddies
- Family literacy
- Staff professional development
- Support for English Language Learners
- MAP internalization and facilitation
- Response to Intervention
- Supporting and promoting the educational and character education mission of the school.
- Setting a good example in terms of dress, punctuality, and attendance.
- Attending all team and staff meetings.
Skills & Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree, required
- Experience as an educator in elementary school classrooms in a traditionally under resurced community for three or more years with demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth on formative assessments (norm-referenced and state), required
- Meet the State of Texas’s qualifications for highly qualified teacher, required
- Demonstrated strong achievement results and documented growth with scholars on formative assessments (norm-referenced and state)
- Reading certification, preferred
- Leadership experience, preferred
- Spanish-speaking proficiency, preferred
- Weekday hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm
- Professional Development: 3 ½ weeks from mid-July through mid-August
- This position will operate on the KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth academic calendar.
Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.
The physical demands characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Long periods of standing and sitting and have the ability to lift items up to 25lbs. is required.
- Requires normal/corrected vision and hearing.
- Position will require travel.
- Periodic participation in activities to support the KIPP Team and Family is required.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Position will have periods of extended work week hours, which is required to support both the ongoing development of the region and the delivery of high quality education for all students.
The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies. Duties may be changed at the discretion of KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth at any time.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.
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