Anchorage School District is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):
Instructional Coach: K-6
Location: Tyson Elementary
Date Available: 08/15/2018
Job Summary: This position requires a valid Alaska certificate and is represented by the Anchorage Education Association (AEA) union. The number of workdays is established and salary is based upon the AEA negotiated pay scale. Information on both can be found online. This position may have a flexible work calendar which may include duty days during summer, winter or spring breaks, with equivalent time off during the regular school year as mutually agreed upon by the employee and supervisor. Positions which are .50 to 1.0 FTE are in the Alaska Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), positions which are .40 to .49 FTE are in the Alaska Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). Positions which are .39 FTE or less are not eligible for participation in either Alaska retirement system.
This position reports to and is evaluated by the site principal. An Instructional Coach may serve more than one school. The Instructional Coach assists in building teacher capacity and understanding of instructional practices related to a Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS), Common Core State Standards, culturally responsive practices, and data-based decision making to guide instruction for increased student performance.
The Instructional Coach will promote collaboration, provide guidance and structure where needed, and focus on strengths, reflection and common issues of concern. Instructional Coaches are responsible for providing job embedded professional learning and supporting high quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, observing, co-teaching and providing feedback. The coach will play a strong role in collaborating with staff to analyze and use student growth and achievement data to impact instructional decision making. The coach’s role is nonsupervisory and does not include evaluation of colleagues.
Job Requirements: The following are required:
- Valid Alaska initial, professional, or master teaching certificate
- Five (5) or more years of successful elementary public school teaching
- Strong oral and written communication
The following are preferred:
- Evidence of the following skills and abilities:
- Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with teachers and administrators.
- Experience in development, preparation, and presentation of professional development in a variety of formats.
- Experience in adult learning theory, and/or coaching, and mentoring scenarios.
- Experience using district, student and site level data to select, implement, and differentiate instruction designed to meet individual student needs.
- Knowledge and experience of research, best practices in instructional design, differentiating instruction, and current educational trends.
Essential Job Functions: Ongoing professional development will be provided to build coaching capacity of selected applicants. The responsibilities listed below are representative of the essential functions of this position. The successful candidate may:
School-wide Professional Development
- Attend district level training opportunities.
- Meet regularly with principal to support, plan, and conduct site based professional development related to district initiatives, school-wide data, and ongoing improvement needs.
- Assist with implementation and coordination of Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) within the school site.
- Provide direction and coordination for how curriculum and academic plans are implemented, consistent with district initiatives, and best practices.
- Develop action plans in collaboration with school staff focusing on development of intervention programs to target individual students and specific skills.
- Foster and build relationships with school and district stakeholders to drive collaboration as well as student growth and achievement.
- Facilitate job-embedded (individual and/or group) learning opportunities for instructional staff, certificated or classified, in areas that include, but are not limited to meeting the needs of learners within an MTSS framework.
- Manage instructional resources and provide training on use of those resources.
- Develop teacher knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors with an emphasis on instructional impact through peer coaching conferences.
- Model lessons and/or provide side-by-side team teaching opportunities, in order to demonstrate effective teaching techniques and strategies.
- Maintain records of coaching activities.
- Conduct informal classroom observations and/or walkthroughs and provide constructive feedback that facilitates growth and reflection.
- Focus on improving student growth and achievement in literacy, math, science, social studies, as well as college and career readiness skills.
Data Teams & Data Analysis
- Gather and provide staff with school-wide data (AIMSweb, MAP, formative and diagnostic assessments, PEAKS, etc.) and assist with its analysis and interpretation.
- Utilize the problem solving model to influence instructional decisions at the school, grade, class, and student levels.
- Assist school-wide staff in developing a deep and clear understanding of a comprehensive assessment system and promote the use of this data to adjust instruction at all levels.
- Coordinate data team meetings through scheduling, creation of documents such as agendas, and collection of necessary data.
- Collaborate with instructional staff and principal to analyze data, diagnose instructional needs, and identify research based instructional strategies to increase student growth and achievement while addressing performance gaps.
- Coordinate the implementation, monitoring and evaluation efforts of appropriate interventions, and student support services within a MTSS framework.
Physical /Mental Demands: The physical demands of this job require frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking and hearing. Specific visual abilities are also required. The employee is regularly required to reach with his/her hands and arms and occasionally lift items weighing less than 40 lbs. Additionally, the employee must be able to understand vague and implicit instructions, be able to readily recall facts and details, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. The employee must have the ability to effectively manage the stress of working with students, parents, and other employees representing diverse cultures, personalities, and work styles in a dynamic work environment.
The Anchorage School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all individuals with a qualified physical or mental disability.
Work Environment: Work is performed in a professional environment with a wide variety of individuals having differing functions, personalities and abilities, including working with diverse groups of people in a variety of different settings.
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