The Middle Division Literacy Coach is a member of the school’s Middle Division and reports to the Middle Division Head. In support of the school’s mission and curricular goals, this full time, 10-month position is responsible for coaching faculty in Grades 3 to 5 in collaboration with the Middle Division Head and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
The ideal candidate would possess creative problem-solving skills, a sense of humor, a passion for literacy teaching and learning, and strong interpersonal skills that allow one to cooperate and collaborate effectively with others. A Park School Literacy Coach approaches their work with teachers with flexibility and support.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and actively pursue professional development rooted in individual and schoolwide goals.
Respectfully engage with a diverse community and ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are emphasized as core values of the School.
Coaching support is private between the teacher and coach.
Upon teacher or administrator request, a coach supports individual teachers in achieving goals that lead to improved student learning.
Facilitate teacher reflection and growth.
Conduct regular classroom observation visits to support 1:1 coaching, as well as inform agendas for team meetings.
Model instructional strategies and co-teach as part of a gradual release model.
Facilitate regular team meetings to support teams and promote consistency in grade level learning objectives.
Through team facilitation, empower teachers to make effective planning, instructional and assessment decisions.
Collaborate with academic leaders to determine curriculum and instructional needs of teachers.
Introduce new ideas and current research about best teaching practices, as well as develop content knowledge in teachers.
Interpret ERB data by grade level and analyze division wide trends.
Make informed recommendations for appropriate instructional materials.
Participate in ongoing professional development.
Contribute to cross-divisional conversations ensuring best practices in literacy.
Serve on program review committee.
Design and co-facilitate parent learning workshops.
We welcome candidates with a strong interest in coaching a sport or leading an extracurricular activity, such as a Middle Division Club.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Depth of understanding in literacy development, research-based practices and current trends in elementary literacy education, with a focus on student development in Grades 3 through 5.
Large repertoire of learning strategies and teaching methods, including differentiated instruction.
Creativity and innovation in both curriculum and instruction; ability to incorporate 21st century skills.
Facilitative skills that promote professional growth with a student-centered literacy mindset.
Experience using a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills; understanding of adult learning theory.
Demonstrated experience in a culturally diverse community including diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language, family structure, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Bachelor or Master degree required in Elementary Education or Literacy.
5 or more years teaching experience in elementary grades.
Literacy coaching experience preferred.
Demonstrated success with faculty support and professional growth (i.e., coach, coordinator, mentor, teacher leader, etc.).
Experience with Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Units of Study preferred.
Experience with Understanding by Design preferred.
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education.The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativ...ity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.