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PS-12 Instructional Coach

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/18/2019

At Catlin Gabel School, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, stay and do their best work as educators. We pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, and we know our school's success is due in large part to the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.

Catlin Gabel's dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in our curriculum and in our mission. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Applications are welcome from anyone and everyone.

Catlin Gabel School PS-12 Instructional Coach
Department: All School
Reports to: Assistant Head of School, with collaboration with Division Heads

Catlin Gabel School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications, and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

The Instructional Coach supports teachers in improving their practices of instruction, curriculum design, and assessment in support of student learning. The Instructional Coach supports the overall quality of classroom instruction and teacher professional growth. The work of coaching complements the actions of division heads in creating a growth- and student-oriented professional environment. In order to allow for strong partnership, the Instructional Coach does not supervise or evaluate teachers, The Instructional Coach will support and coach teachers towards their professional goals which ultimately improve the quality of instruction and enhance student learning. The Instructional Coach will work to inspire, encourage, and support faculty with creative, innovative and sustainable solutions that support teaching and learning. The coach will collaborate daily with individual teachers, as well as partner with the coaching team to work with teacher cohorts to support their ongoing professional learning.

Learning Facilitator and Collaborator: Use principles of adult learning and effective facilitation/coaching in the supporting, planning and implementation of professional learning communities and professional development cohorts. Employ coaching processes that foster increased teacher collaboration within and between departments.

Resource Provider: Create and share methods, materials, tools and additional resources through modeling and other best practices to enhance teacher effectiveness. Contribute to an environment that encourages creative and independent use of innovative pedagogy throughout the school. Partner with the coaching team to maintain a database of professional development opportunities for teachers.

School Leader and Catalyst for Professional Growth: Work with school leadership to promote and support the professional learning program of the school.

Learner: Keep abreast of current trends in and theories of research-based teaching and learning practices, as well as the strategies that help to turn these theories into reality.

Data Coach: Utilize data to help serve as a bridge between research and practice to support improving instruction on all levels.

Classroom Supporter: Facilitate each teacher’s ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of the classroom and of all students.

Mentor: The coach is a critical friend supporting all teachers, no matter the level of experience. Maintain a consistent presence in classrooms with the goal of creating a relationship with each teacher through a dialogue focused on the teaching and learning processes taking place.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
• Masters degree in Education, Educational Leadership, Curriculum, or similar preferred.
• At least 10 years of teaching experience and demonstrated success and mastery in teaching.
• Prior experience as an instructional leader (formal or informal role), department chair, teacher leader, lead teacher, instructional coach, consultant, or comparable role.
• Fluent understanding of instructional coaching.
• Demonstrated cultural competency and a background that contributes to the diversity of the community and a respect for and understanding of diverse cultures and experiences.
• Demonstrated experience in at least some of these arenas: interdisciplinary instruction, differentiated instruction, design thinking, project-based learning, Understanding by Design, cultural responsivity, competency-based teaching, and various assessment practices.
• Ability to create and maintain positive and supportive relationships with faculty colleagues and administration.
• Exceptional communication and collaboration skills, interpersonal abilities, positive attitude, and patience.


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