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Instructional Coach (ELA, Social Studies, Math/Science)

Yellowstone College Prep

Title:                ELA/Social Studies or Math/Science Instructional Coach

 

Reports to:      Principal

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s preferred
  • At least 3 years teaching experience in content area
  • Experience in school leadership, with demonstrated growth in responsibilities and results
  • Experience working in an urban school environment, preferred
  • Training/Certification in curriculum development and/or teacher coaching

 

Yellowstone College Prep Overview

Yellowstone College Prep (YCP) is an open-enrollment public charter school currently serving 260 students in 5th through 9th grade. We are a community school preparing community leaders. At Yellowstone, we InspireEmpower, and Invest in our students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose. Our model includes smaller class sizes and a culturally relevant experience that includes rigorous academics, strong character education, and a focus on parent and community engagement. YCP will grow by a grade level each year, eventually serving students in 5th-12th grade.

Yellowstone College Prep operates on a beautiful Third Ward campus built in 1926 that is less than half a mile from downtown Houston. As part of its unique program, YCP is co-located with Yellowstone Academy, a private Christian school that serves students in preK3 through 4th grade. This innovative public/private model is the first of its kind in the state of Texas. The Yellowstone Schools are governed by two separate Board of Trustees. They operate through a shared services agreement to leverage the Academy’s nearly 20 years of success and expand to serve close to 800 students in pre-K through 12th grade within the next five years.

 

Position Overview

The Instructional Coach (IC) is a position that focuses on supporting teachers and instructional leaders to deliver the most rigorous and engaging academic experience for our students. The IC will implement school wide systems, structures, and initiatives that will uphold all stakeholders to a high bar of academic excellence. This will be conducted through observation and feedback, data-driven instruction, curriculum and assessment, professional development, building team culture through strong leadership skills, parent empowerment sessions and contributions to organization-wide initiatives.

 

Primary Responsibilities

 

Master Calendar and School Schedule

The Coach will:

  • Work closely with the Office Manager to ensure the daily schedule is followed and maintained throughout the school year
  • Manage teacher coverage and support when teachers are absent
  • Manage the creation and distribution of student’s class schedules, and work closely with the office manager to ensure the creation and distribution of progress reports and report cards; and
  • Provide support to teachers with specific requests related to the calendar and schedule (for example: volunteer management, special programs, etc.).

 

Teacher Support

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Serve as a support to the teaching staff on campus through observations, conferences, professional development sessions, and other intentional interactions
  • Work closely with the IT Support Specialist to ensure technology is used to further enhance and support both teachers and student learning
  • Work closely with the Principal to coordinate the resources and training that teachers need to be successful. From deploying curricular resources to brainstorming PLC topics and training, the Instructional Coach will serve as both a sounding board for and implementer of the support structures that are developed to help teachers be successful in their classrooms.

 

Teacher Coaching/Development

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Working with the Principal, work closely with hired consultants to support Yellowstone teachers and instructional aides with their instruction, curriculum development, and assessments
  • Participate in classroom observations and feedback sessions, and facilitate professional development sessions for in-service days and PLCs

 

Data Driven Instruction

  • Facilitate assessment cycles including scheduling, quality assurance of assessment materials, and teacher/student preparation with the support of school leadership
  • Conduct deep analysis of data in order to lead effective analysis meetings with teachers/content areas
  • Create content area action plans and materials to address data
  • Execute data meetings based on daily student work samples
  • Monitor grade-level progress against assessment cycle benchmarks
  • Conduct daily observations and coaching cycles that lead to teacher and instructional leader development and support implementation of action steps
  • Provide real-time feedback to teachers during instruction

 

Student Academic Performance

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Coordinate school wide testing such as benchmark tests (NWEA or STAAR), distribution of materials, and creating the campus-wide systems for successful testing every quarter;
  • Manage the tracking and analysis of student data to drive increased student achievement and performance;
  • Work closely with the designated social worker to cross manage the RTI process on campus; and
  • Work with teachers and instructional aides to use their student data to drive intervention strategies, lesson planning, and other checks for understanding.

 

Manage Teacher Aids

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Be the primary point of contact for the teacher assistants on campus. The Instructional Coach will work with the assistants to build their daily schedule, develop intervention strategies based on student data, and ensure that the intervention framework is effective;
  • Serve as a resource to teacher assistants for professional development, coaching, and other support that is identified through informal and formal feedback; and
  • Work closely with the Principal to ensure that the teacher assistant program is serving and supporting teaching and learning goals across the campus.

 

Senior Leadership Team Responsibilities

The Instructional Coach will:

  • Participate in a weekly leadership team meeting and other related executive decision making;
  • Be ultimately responsible for the well-being of the student body by serving as one of the points of contact for after-school student pick-up and transportation;
  • Work with the senior leadership team to develop all-staff days and other school-wide culture building activities and meetings;
  • Participate in meetings, conferences, and other opportunities to stay well-informed about current best practices in education and continue their own personal and professional development; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Physical Demands

 

Frequent moving about the school building to facilitate student management between classes; constantly operates a computer and other office equipment; frequent standing, talking to facilitate faculty or parent training or student instruction; Frequent exchange of communication with parents, students, and colleagues regarding behavior, academics, and other school business.

 

Yellowstone Values

Every employee at Yellowstone is committed to our PRIDE values:

Positivity: At Yellowstone, we smile first. We are a positive presence on campus and extend a good-natured grace and enthusiasm in all personal interactions.

 

Responsibility: We follow through on our promises and commitments. We own our actions and will never settle for less than our best effort.

 

Integrity: We demonstrate integrity in all circumstances and always put the best interests of the broader Yellowstone community first. We “walk the talk” and lead by example.  

 

Determination: We anticipate and overcome challenges. We are resilient in the face of obstacles and are committed to the success of every member of the Yellowstone community.

 

Excellence: We hold everyone (families, students, colleagues) to the highest standard of excellence and constantly look for ways to enhance the Yellowstone experience.

 

Application Process

To apply for the position, please apply at www.yellowstonecollegeprep.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but we anticipate hiring this position quickly to align with the end of the school year. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

Yellowstone College Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual with respect to, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, or national or ethnic origin. Nor do they limit, segregate, or classify its employees or applicants for employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect the status as an employee because of the individual’s race, color, sex, and/or national/ethnic origin.

 

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