Instructional Coach 2018 - 2019 School Year

  • Brooklyn, United States

Instructional Coach 2018 - 2019 School Year

Job description

About Us

Williamsburg Charter High School (WCHS) is a high performing, public charter high school located in Brooklyn, New York. WCHS opened in August 2004 as the first Chancellor-authorized charter high school in the City of New York with a ninth grade class of 267 students. Now in its thirteenth year of operation, WCHS has grown to serve approximately 963 students in grades nine through twelve. The school’s mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world.  Young people will accomplish this through their participation in a rigorous and demanding liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the arts, technology, and exploration in disciplines designed to teach fairness, justice, respect and compassion for themselves and others, as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research. 

 

Williamsburg Charter High School provides a broad liberal arts academic program to the high-school age youth of north Brooklyn. School programs are individualized to connect to each student’s particular level of development, including English Language Learners and students with Special Education Services. Further, WCHS provides supportive relationships with faculty, extended instructional periods, and opportunities after-school and on Saturdays for additional academic support. Social and emotional support is also available to students to ensure their non-academic needs are addressed. Students are accepted to WCHS through a random lottery with no minimum requirements, tests, or auditions required to gain entrance and, as a public charter school, there is no tuition.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to unite youth, families, staff, teachers and the community at large in providing young people with the tools necessary to make sense of the world, and prepare them in their journey to become skilled workers and literate citizens of the world.  Young people will accomplish this through their participation in a rigorous and demanding liberal arts education that includes language, literature, writing, science, history, mathematics, the arts, technology, and exploration in disciplines designed to teach fairness, justice, respect and compassion for themselves and others, as well as the skills of critical thinking, communication and research. 

 

Description of the Role

Instructional coaches are members of the Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) and are responsible for collaborating with the AP of Instruction and the Principal to develop and maintain programs and systems to support teacher growth and effectiveness.  

 

Required Skills and Mindsets 

  • Resiliency
  • Solution-Oriented
  • Team-Oriented
  • Love of learning
  • Self-Driven
  • Collaborative
  • Effective Organizational Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Effective Written and Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to prioritize and meet critical deadlines

Responsibilities (include but are not limited to)

  • Establishes positive relationships with all stakeholders
  • Conducts informal classroom observations of teachers of various content areas and grade level
  • Facilitates debrief meetings with teachers within 24 hours of classroom observations
  • Models lessons when needed
  • Facilitates peer-to-peer observations among teachers
  • Teaches one to two classes (if/where needed)
  • Provides opportunities for collective growth among teachers through professional learning communities
  • Participates in instructional leadership team meetings to discuss teacher growth, as well as share and develop best practices
  • Maintains records to track teacher growth
  • Facilitates weekly co-planning meetings for collaborative team teachers (where needed)
  • Educates teachers in effective data-collection, as well as strategies to effectively use data to drive instruction
  • Plays a crucial role in the planning of the summer professional development period, and leads several workshops during that period
  • Develops, improves, and leads ongoing professional development for teachers throughout the school year
  • Supports school-based professional development led by specialists and other teacher leaders, and searches for external professional development opportunities for teachers and other staff
  • Participates in regular internal and external professional development sessions to improve knowledge and skills
  • Coordinates with other departments, offices, and organizations to best serve staff and student needs
  • Performs other related work as required by the Principal and Assistant Principals

Requirements

Qualifications

  • Instructional coaches must be experienced educators who have a track record of implementing research-based strategies to increase student achievement
  • New York State certification (or be highly-qualified according to national standards) 
  • At least two years of instructional coaching experience is preferred.