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Literacy Instructional Coach (K-4)

Position Summary

DC Scholars Public Charter School is seeking a passionate and hardworking Literacy Instructional Coach with a record of exceptional student achievement and outstanding classroom culture. This leader must maintain an unwavering belief that all students can achieve and display a passion for inquiry-based learning that is rooted in content-rich curriculum. The Literacy Instructional Coach is responsible for training and coaching elementary teachers to drive literacy achievement for students in grades K-4. Specifically, the leader in this position will support teachers in using a rigorous and developmentally appropriate curriculum developed by Expeditionary Learning Education in order to meet the high bar set by the Common Core State Standards. The Literacy Instructional Coach works closely with the Elementary Principal and other members of the leadership team to ensure the literacy program is providing all children with the skills and knowledge required for success in college and beyond.

Organizational Overview

DC Scholars Community Schools (CS) is focused on improving educational equity with a direct focus on supporting schools in high need areas. Our network prides itself on a student-centered culture with 100% mission and core values alignment, dedication to high standards for all students, an authentic staff culture and the drive for taking on the hardest work and achieving breakthrough results. CS supports a DCPS turnaround school, DC Scholars Stanton Elementary in Ward 8, as well as DC Scholars Public Charter School in Ward 7.

School Overview

DC Scholars Public Charter School was founded 2012 and opened with grades PS-3. Now in its fifth year, the campus serves approximately 500 students in Preschool - 8th grade. We emphasize academic achievement and firmly believe that we must support students’ emotional, social, and physical growth to improve student learning. With a focus on these areas, we earned Tier 1 status in 2016 as outlined by the DC Public Charter School Board’s Performance Management Framework. Since 2012, DC Scholars PCS has cultivated a like-minded and collaborative team; staff are enthusiastic about constantly setting and reaching a high bar for students.

Key Responsibilities

Provide excellent instructional support to lead teachers in grades K-4

  • Lead quarterly coaching cycles to achieve goals aligned with the TNTP Rubric
  • Utilize a toolkit of coaching strategies that includes model lessons, observation and feedback, co-planning and co-teaching, peer observation, and active coaching
  • Supervise and support intellectual and practical preparation through unit and lesson unpacking and lesson plan feedback
  • Lead weekly grade level academic meetings to deepen teacher understanding of unit goals and analyze student work
  • Conduct announced and unannounced classroom observations, providing written and in-person feedback that drives continuous growth in teacher practice and student achievement

Lead the design and implementation of research-based curriculum, instruction, and assessments for literacy instruction in the elementary grades

  • Select high-quality, developmentally appropriate common core aligned curricular resources
  • Lead teachers in maintaining the integrity of ELA curriculum while continuously adapting to meet the needs of students
  • Design and lead content-based professional development that builds teacher content knowledge and a repertoire of effective instructional practices
  • Manage a portfolio of literacy assessments to track student progress and provide teachers with formative data on every domain of the common core literacy standards
  • Facilitate data analysis with teams of teachers to identify trends, identify the root of student misunderstanding, and adapt instruction to support all students in making progress toward grade level targets
  • Manage the purchase and organization of all ELA curricular resources

Collaborate with members of the Academic Leadership Team to align instruction, culture, and people leadership across grades and content areas

  • Engage in leadership team meetings, classroom learning walks, data analysis and action planning, and annual strategic planning on an as needed basis
  • Inform on all school-level decisions that impact the literacy program
  • Help plan school-wide professional development days
  • Participate in-person interviews and inform elementary hiring decisions
  • Build trusting relationships with students, staff, and families

Qualifications

  • An unshakable belief in the potential of every child to achieve at high levels
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least five years of successful experience as a classroom teacher, preferably in various grades K-4, valid teaching license desired
  • Experience working with adult learners including developing and delivering professional development, data-driven coaching, and ability to model exemplary instructional and classroom culture practices
  • Deep content knowledge and understanding of common core literacy standards and best practices
  • Experience implementing Expeditionary Learning (formally EngageNY) curriculum in grades K-4, strongly preferred
  • Certified TNTP Observer, preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to juggle and prioritize many tasks and responsibilities at one time

The Rewards

  • Competitive salary in the upper $70K range and benefits
  • Participation in a 403b retirement plan, with matching contributions
  • Targeted professional development focused on bolstering leadership capabilities
  • Opportunity to work in an exciting and enjoyable environment that fosters strong family relationships and community partnerships
  • Professional connections with other expert educators who share your commitment to doing whatever it takes to close the achievement gap
  • Continuous support from DC Scholars Community Schools team

To Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references. In your cover letter, please explain how you heard about DC Scholars Community Schools, your interest in the role, and your qualifications. Additionally, references should include your most recent direct manager/supervisor.

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