Success Coach II
Commonwealth Connections Academy - Philadelphia, PA

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Company Summary:

Commonwealth Connections Academy, a “school without walls”, is an innovative virtual educational program serving K-12 students throughout Pennsylvania in a non-classroom-based environment. A learning team, consisting of a Parent/Learning Coach, a Certified Teacher and educational specialists, work collaboratively with students using a standards-based hybrid curriculum that includes both online and offline options. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an exciting new public schooling model that creates alternative teaching and learning options for students, parents and teachers by leveraging the latest technologies, capitalizing on recent policy initiatives and embracing a cutting edge approach to education.

Commonwealth Connections Academy is a public cyber charter school authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education . The school serves students in grades K–12 from anywhere in Pennsylvania. CCA is nationally accredited by the Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation (CITA) and the Middle States Association. 95% of all CCA parents agree their children are satisfied with the program in a 2012 survey.

Position Summary:

The Success Coach II will assist teachers with educational and instructional activities, and non-teaching tasks. Working from our Drop in Center in Philadelphia PA, the Success Coach II will be responsible for guiding one or more cohorts of students toward college/career readiness through successful completion of the school program. The Success Coach’s work with students will be balanced between academic support (in conjunction with virtual and in-person Teachers) and advisory activities.

Responsibilities:

Academic Support
  • Assist students in their courses by providing on-site motivation and support;
  • Work collaboratively with a team of teachers (both in-person and virtual) to ensure that all students in the cohort are on track and successfully progressing through the program;
  • Assist students with daily assignments and projects to increase understanding;
  • Clarify directions, rubrics and portfolio requirements;
  • Assist Virtual Teachers with keeping student records and data up-to-date, including cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;
  • Participate in the organization and administration of State Testing, as directed;
  • Help carry out educational programs developed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process for special education students;
  • Maintain a positive, supportive, and engaging learning environment at all times;
  • Develop and implement strategies that encourage student collaboration and teamwork;
Advisory
  • Supervise an advisory cohort of students, ensuring that all students are successfully progressing through the program and that parents have a central point of contact for discussions on their student;
  • Monitor students’ attendance, participation, and academic performance;
  • Oversee the student escalation process to communicate with the Program Manager and On-site and Virtual Teachers if student is “approaching alarm” or “in alarm” status, based on escalation metrics;
  • Develop and monitor individualized Action Plans for each student in escalation; including working with students to set goals for getting back on track and communicating with parents/caretakers and school staff;
  • Act as main point of contact for parents, teachers and other staff members regarding students in escalation; plan and deliver workshops related to general work/study habits, working effectively in teams, test-taking strategies and 21st century learning skills;
  • Help each student identify and focus on his or her potential and aspirations;
  • Support college and career counseling activities under direction of Guidance Counselor;
  • Help students to research and understand their post-secondary career and educational options;
  • Assist with student preparation of applications for college and jobs;
  • Work with a team to coordinate and implement social activities and relevant field trips for students; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent relevant experience)
  • Posses Paraprofessional or Teaching Certification in Pennsylvania
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Experience and demonstrated interest in working with youth (both strivers and strugglers) in a diverse urban environment
  • Experience working in a school or other educational environment
  • Strong multi-cultural skills
  • Strong technology skills (especially with internet, Microsoft OS and MS Office programs)
  • Customer focused approach
  • Ability to motivate and assist students with high school coursework
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in an innovative, fast paced environment
  • Team player track record
  • Ability to work evening hours occasionally to support students and families

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