Middle School ELA Instructional Coach (Immediate)

  • KIPP Albany Community Charter Middle School, Albany, NY, United States
  • Full-time
  • Department: School Leadership
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Subject: English Language Arts, Reading
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description


Together with families and communities, KIPP creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. There are 255 college-preparatory KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for low-income students.


KIPP Albany launched on July 1, 2020, as the new partnership between KIPP Tech Valley Charter Schools and Albany Community Charter Schools. KIPP Albany is a unified group of schools striving towards excellence in education in the Capital Region, with 1600 students across four schools. KIPP Tech Valley Middle School (KTVM) was founded over 15 years ago in 2005. In 2018-2019, KTVM was named a Recognition School by the New York State Department of Education. KIPP Tech Valley Primary School (KTVP) opened its doors in 2016 to 100 kindergarten students and is now fully scaled to 500 students grades K-4. KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary (KACCE) and Middle Schools (KACCM) will continue their commitment to providing students with a nurturing and supportive environment of high expectations, love, and respect. KIPP ACCE was founded in 2006, with KACCM following in 2012 and brings a relentless focus on academic achievement and character development to their K-8 students.


KIPP Albany Community Charter Middle School (KACCMS) is a 6-8 middle charter school which was founded in 2012 as the sister school to Albany Community Charter Elementary School. In the same year, the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.  We offer an extended school day, a longer school year, two instructors per class, school uniforms, and a variety of afterschool programs. Our school places a high value on collaboration, community, and culture. We have made a commitment to developing an environment that affirms and celebrates the racial and cultural identities of our students and recognizes the critical importance of having teachers and leaders that reflect the communities we serve.  KACCMS students are taught in an environment that emphasizes respect and character education in addition to reading, writing and mathematics.  Like KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School, the middle school offers spacious classrooms, a media center, a state-of-the-art music room and a gymnasium. Our students are provided a robust offering of extra-curricular activities. These additional offerings complement our longer academic school day and school year to allow for whole child development and an exploration of creativity and personal growth among our students. In 2020 Albany Community Charter Middle School joined the KIPP network and was excited to become a KIPP school to access more of the curriculum, professional development, and other resources available within the network to provide more opportunities to the community we serve.

Job Description

The Instructional Coach (IC) will provide instructional support and coaching to teachers as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential. The IC's primary role is to work with teachers to support best practices in using data, provide analysis of school-wide trends in instruction, and make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of need. As an advisor to teachers and the leadership team, the IC is responsible for four main areas: a) observing instructional delivery and providing feedback to enhance and support the development of each teacher's content area b) supporting teachers in the design of units and lessons for the development of their year-long curriculum, c) analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students' needs, and d) working with the academic staff (grade-level chairs, assistant principals, principals) in the school to support sharing of best practices. The IC will work collaboratively with the school personnel to advise principals and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs for struggling students.

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Work, with the Content Academic Team on design and implementation of school-wide assessments; work collaboratively with campus-based leaders to make instructional decisions based on student performance.
  • Cultivate a standards-based, data and results-oriented culture.
  • Observe teachers and provide specific strategies for improved instructional delivery
  • Work with teachers and school leadership teams to create and improve aligned curriculum resources.
  • Collaborate with teachers in determining appropriate resources and support for teachers.
  • Support teachers by providing feedback on lessons and assessments that align with school college-readiness standards and serve as an expert in national trends and best practices in curriculum development and instructional strategy for historically underachieving students.
  • As a leader on the academic team, make recommendations on best practices for supporting curriculum alignment across all grade levels within the specified content area for all grade levels.
  • Serve as a coach to teachers by providing expert advice on improving and enhancing individual lessons and units based on ongoing analysis. This will include, but is not limited to:
    • Reviewing lesson plans, unit plans, and assessments
    • Understanding scope and sequence models
    • Observing classroom instruction and offering comprehensive analysis and feedback
    • Providing instructional strategy best practice training, as needed
  • Supporting the development of curriculum, using the backward design model and advising scope and sequence based on essential content knowledge that addresses local, state and national standard.


Education and Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree preferred
  • 5 to 7 years teaching experience
  • Experience managing a team, coaching teacher and/or designing curriculum
  • Equity minded leader


  • Strong behavior management skills
  • Experience collaborating with team members and providing constructive and instructive feedback
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Articulate, professional demeanor with strong self-confidence and initiative
  • Ability to work both on broad-based strategy and everyday details
  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to synthesize knowledge and present it to stakeholders in a comprehensive manner
  • Ability to interpret policy, procedures, and data
  • Independent, self-starter with a strong focus on student development
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Possession of a passionate and loving attitude toward all children
  • Responsiveness; Follow-up and follow-through with students, families, and faculty members is essential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

Additional Information

Start Date:

This position has a start date of 2/22/21.


Competitive salary and benefits package including health coverage and retirement.


This description is intended to describe the type of work being performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by the employee.

KIPP Albany is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KIPP Albany is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.

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