The K-5 Instructional Coach position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced coach or classroom teacher who possesses special expertise in elementary education instruction and curriculum. The primary responsibility of the K-5th coach is to work with teachers providing instructional support including curricular unit planning, co-teaching/modeling, data dissemination, creation of assessments as well as providing professional development opportunities to raise student science achievement and to provide coaching and support to deepen teacher content knowledge and strengthen instruction.
A primary goal of the K-5th coach position is to build capacity for expert elementary instruction in every classroom.
Education & Job Requirements
Five years classroom teaching experience at the elementary level
Deep understanding and appreciation for progressive education
California Teaching Credential
Strong communication skills with both children and adults
Deep knowledge of the new California state curriculum frameworks
Strong content and pedagogical knowledge in science
Demonstrated teaching expertise in elementary education
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with teachers
Experienced in providing high quality professional development for teachers
Experienced in communicating with parents/guardians about how children learn science
Coaching – Building Capacity
Works with teachers one-on-one and in small groups to plan projects/units/ sequence of lessons; assists teachers in implementing research-based instructional strategies, choosing a variety of materials, implementing curriculum with fidelity and including literacy objectives in learning experiences
Introduces best practices in the area of elementary education through demonstration lessons, co-teaching, co-planning, peer observation, study groups, and professional development workshops
Builds teacher capacity to interpret and use a range of assessment tools to plan lessons and address individual student needs
Articulates goals, practices and district vision for excellence in core content areas as needed for staff and parents
Meets frequently with the Head of School to analyze data, complete observations, and discuss next steps for school-based professional development that supports growth
Engages in advanced training opportunities designed to strengthen content knowledge, pedagogy, and coaching skills
Supports the school in monitoring progress toward meeting grade-level and school wide learning outcomes
Provides leadership in preparing and disseminating assessment data
Other duties as assigned by Head of School.
Performs other duties as may be assigned.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:
Work enthusiastically to plan and implement all aspects of the science curriculum based on current knowledge of constructivism
Collaborate effectively with colleagues in all aspects of student learning.
Maintain active and open communication with parents/guardians of the children and with all members of the Berkwood Hedge School community.
Wholeheartedly support and manifest the Berkwood Hedge mission of social justice and equity.
Be a creative, innovative, flexible, and responsive
Have a sense of humor
Love of children and understanding of child development
Collaborative, creative, and curious nature
Maturity, professionalism, and good judgment
Willingness and capacity to assume a wide range of responsibilities
Interested in learning new skills and engaged in continuous improvement of practice
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Maintain and support a climate of mutual respect which encourages colleagues to take healthy risks: asking questions, sharing opinions, and making mistakes necessary to learn.
Inform student, parents, lead teacher, and the Head of School immediately of any relevant information.
Support the cultivation each student's creativity, intellectual curiosity, social-emotional development in an academically rich and relevant context.
Holds an unwavering belief that every student can grow and succeed
Is able to work collaboratively and flexibly as part of a building team
Has a strong work ethic, is self-directed, and has the ability to work independently
Self-reflects and accepts feedback with a growth mindset
Employee must be capable of performing physical demands of the job, including but not limited to lifting, bending, stooping, squatting, and standing for long periods of time. Work environment has a raised noise level.
This job post is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work performed by those assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. Administration reserves the right to amend or change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.