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Instructional Coach

Title:  Instructional Coach 

 

Organizational/Labor Relationship:  Exempt

 

Position Status: 10 month, Professional Teaching Position

 

Reports to:  Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Director of Educational Technology

 

 

 

Position Summary: 

 

The Instructional Coach serves as a non-supervisory part of the District Teaching and Learning Team, providing job-imbedded and on-going professional development for teachers, staff, and administrators. An Instructional Coach supports work of the Cycle for Continuous Improvement (CCE) by using data analysis to focus professional development decision-making. An Instructional Coach provides professional development and guidance for teachers to improve their content knowledge, instructional strategies, and integration of technology. Overall, the job of an Instructional Coach is to build the capacity of the teachers, staff, and administrators to increase student engagement and meet the learning needs of all students. This position does not include the evaluation of colleagues.

 

Education:

 
  • Minimum Master’s degree with coursework in curriculum and instruction or instructional technology 
 

Certification and Licenses:

 
  • Current Pennsylvania Level II Teaching Certificate
  • Valid Driver’s License 
 

Experience and Qualifications:

 

The effectiveness of an Instructional Coach hinges on the selection of a candidate that is a highly qualified teacher, knowledgeable in content, and skilled in the sophisticated practices of coaching. The Instructional Coach must have:

 
  • a minimum of 5 years’ experience teaching, with a record of successfully improving the achievement of all students.

  • strong pedagogical knowledge.

  • demonstrated skills in analyzing and using data to inform instructional decision-making.

  • demonstrated skills in using technology to effectively support instruction and increase student engagement.

  • demonstrated ability to design, broker, and provide (individually or in collaboration with others) high-quality professional develop.

  • a proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues.

  • strong interpersonal skills.

  • demonstrated teacher leadership.

  • knowledge of equity issues in current education reform.

  • knowledge of a standards-based education system.

  • current Act 34, Act 151, Act 114 clearances, as well as a completed PDE 6004 Form (Act 24).

 

Essential Functions and Duties:

 

The Instructional Coach reports to and is held accountable by the Director of Instructional Technology and/or the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The Instructional Coach is evaluated at least annually through the same form as instructional staff, PDE 82-1.

 
  • Participate in professional development to continuously improve capacity for peer coaching. The Instructional Coach is charged with acquiring the knowledge, skills, and instructional strategies necessary to effectively impact the instructional practices of teachers. This requires that the Instructional Coach remain knowledgeable about national and state standards, as well as current and past research in specific content areas, pedagogy, andragogy, and technology integration.

  • Identify individual, as well as school- and district-wide professional learning needs based on the CCE and data analysis.

  • Assists teachers and administrators in developing the ability to effectively use student achievement and growth data to guide instructional decisions.

  • Organize and implement problem-solving actions with teachers (coaching plans) to improve the implementation of curriculum, planning and preparation, instruction, classroom environment, technology integration, and cross-curricular integration.

  • Observe lessons and provide non-supervisory feedback as part of coaching plans.

  • Model lessons as part of coaching plans.

  • Co-Teach as part of coaching plans.

  • Facilitate high-quality, school- and district-wide, professional development for teachers, staff, and administrators.

  • Build and maintain confidential relationship with teachers. The conversations and interactions that the Instructional Coach has with teachers must always remain confidential so that a high level of trust is created and maintained between the teacher and the coach. Exceptions to this include imminent physical or psychological danger to students.

  • The role of an Instructional Coach is separate and apart from the supervisory and evaluative roles of the district and the school administrators. The Instructional Coach advocates for, facilitates, and supports the work of the administration, but never performs supervisory or evaluative functions. The Instructional Coach should not confuse providing teachers with consultative feedback and mentorship with the supervisory of evaluative responsibilities of the principal.

  • Other duties as assigned

Position: Instructional Coach
Organization: Southern Lehigh School District
Location: Center Valley,  PA 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 7/26/2022
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Status: This listing expires on: 8/25/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
Southern Lehigh School District
Address:
5775 Main Street

Center Valley,  PA 18034
United States
Email:
hoffmanc@slsd.org
Phone:
6102821030
Fax:
Contact:
Cheyanne Hoffman