(K-2) Instructional Coach (Immediate)
- KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School, Albany, NY, United States
- Department: School Leadership
- Grade Level: Early Childhood
- Subject: General Early Childhood
- Start Date: Immediate opening
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.
ABOUT KIPP ALBANY COMMUNITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (KIPP ALBANY)
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.
ABOUT KIPP ALBANY COMMUNITY CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (KACCE)
KIPP Albany Community Charter Elementary School (KACCE) is a kindergarten through grade five elementary charter school. We are an urban school with a student population in which 93% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, and 98% of the students are Black or Latino. 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. As our mission statement states, “We seek to develop in our students the academic and social skills necessary to enable them to discover their unique gifts and talents in order to become responsible public citizens dedicated to the advancement of one’s self, one’s family, and one’s community”. In 2012 ACCS was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, one of the first charter schools in the State of New York and the first in the City of Albany to receive that distinction. Albany Community Charter Elementary is excited to join the KIPP network and 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.
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.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
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)
This position has a start date of March 1, 2021.
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.