Instructional Coach
Turnaround for Children, Inc. - Newark, NJ

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Ideal start date for this position will be between May and July of this year.

O r g a n i zation Overview:
Turnaround for Children, Inc. (Turnaround) works to transform low-performing, high-poverty public schools and bring about dramatically improved academic and life outcomes for their students. Through work in over 60 schools since 2002, Turnaround has developed a model to equip schools to address the recurring and predictable barriers to learning and healthy youth development that arise from the circumstances of poverty.

Turnaround partners with schools and districts to build capacity and staff proficiency in schools serving high-poverty communities, in order to optimize performance and drive improvement in student behavior and academics. Currently, Turnaround is working in partnership with 20 high-poverty, persistently low-achieving public schools in New York City and Washington DC.

With a central office in midtown Manhattan, Turnaround expects to continue to grow and add programs.

Position Overview:
Turnaround for Children is currently seeking dynamic and committed professionals to serve as Instructional Coaches in participating schools. The Instructional Coach has primary responsibility for developing the proficiency of ALL teachers in a set of high leverage instructional and classroom management skills and preparing school leaders to support and sustain these skills through focused observations, descriptive feedback and different forms of assessment and evaluation.

Res pon s i b i li t i es :
Facilitate small and large group sessions for teachers to develop their proficiency in defined areas of focus, including but not limited to: establishing classroom rules and procedures, defusing disruptive behavior, regularly incorporating Cooperative Learning Structures in the learning experience, and embedding student-involved assessment practices in lesson and unit planning

Support teacher growth through a variety of coaching supports, including classroom observation, descriptive feedback, co-planning, and modeling of lessons.

Based on formative assessment data, provide differentiated, targeted support to struggling teachers as needed between group sessions.

Work with the leadership to pre-load them with the underlying principles, the scope and sequence of the workshop series, and the proficiency criteria associated with the strand.

As the relationship permits, conduct co-observations of teachers with the instructional leadership at each assigned school, as a way of developing the leadership's capacity to observe for, support, and, eventually, hold staff accountable for the practices.

Participate in rich, ongoing data collection, facilitate school-wide data collection in a variety of metrics, and support tracking and evaluation of program implementation

As needed, support the work of school-based intervention teams to address the behavioral and/or academic needs of struggling students in the school

Qu a l i fications:
Significant experience as an instructional leader required; prior experience working in urban, low-income communities strongly preferred

Demonstrated skills and experience coaching instructional staff

Familiarity with cooperative learning structures and student-involved assessment practices strongly preferred

Self-starter, who is comfortable operating with a lot of autonomy and has the capacity to self-manage to realize shared goals

Proven ability to anticipate challenges, solve problems, and maintain a calm demeanor in high- pressure situations

Proven ability to facilitate collaboration with school leaders and a demonstrated belief in the value of honest feedback

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with a wide range of people and personality types

Ability to operate within a defined system or model, yet demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills and creativity

Facility with technology and basic software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite, databases)

Strong commitment to the work and mission of Turnaround and a desire to learn and grow through this opportunity

Master's Degree in Education strongly preferred