Instructional Literacy Coach

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FACULTY: Instructional Literacy Coach

School Overview

Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a grade six through twelve, tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York.  In the fall of 2015, Unity will serve 300 students in grades 6-8.  Our mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish this mission through a rigorous academic program, including a college preparatory curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences, exceptional teaching promoted through systems that develop and recognize expert teachers, extended learning time, and differentiated academic support.  In addition, we offer students an engaging co-curricular program that encompasses enrichment courses and elective clubs and athletics, a supportive school culture that fosters students’ socio-emotional development and cultivates character, and ample opportunities for active community involvement.

Job Description

Unity’s Instructional Literacy Coach (ILC) plays a leading role in the design and success of the school’s literacy curriculum, assessment and instruction.  This individual directs how curricula are taught and evaluates the degree to which students are learning.  The ILC collaborates with faculty to shape the course offerings at the middle school and high school levels as Unity expands to a full-sized high school within the next five years.  This, in turn, involves ensuring that Unity’s course offerings in the humanities are:

  • rigorous, college-preparatory, and aligned with Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS)
  • vertically aligned from one grade to the next as well as horizontally aligned with Unity’s rich course offerings across each grade level.

In addition, Unity’s ILC coaches teachers in the planning of curricula, the execution of their lessons through bi-weekly observations, and the assessment and analysis of student learning as demonstrated by their performance on benchmark assessments such as the state English language arts (ELA) test, NWEA MAP exams, and end-of-year Roundtable portfolio presentations.  The ILC models and supports best practices in these areas by teaching a partial load and facilitating regular professional development in the best practices of the teaching of literacy.

Responsibilities

I. Leadership/Administration

  • Works with school leadership to establish clear and measurable goals and benchmarks for student learning
  • Serves on the school’s instructional coaching team to foster coherence and build capacity among teachers of all disciplines
  • Fosters collaboration, trust, and clear communication among members of the ELA department
  • Works with school leadership in conducting the annual performance review of teachers
  • Leads in recruiting, interviewing, hiring and onboarding talented teachers in the humanities

II. Curriculum Development and Planning

  • Collaborates with other instructional coaches and faculty to develop horizontally and vertically aligned secondary-level humanities curricula that reflect the Understanding by Design framework
  • Provides clear and actionable feedback to teachers on unit plans, lesson plans, and assessments
  • Oversees the maintenance and archiving of curricula and resources
  • Identifies and incorporates high-leverage, curricular resources

III. Instructional Coaching

  • Provides instructional coaching, including facilitating lesson pre-conferences and debriefs, to develop coherent, consistent, and high-level practices in the teaching of literacy
  • Conducts video-based lesson analyses and lesson studies within the humanities departments that enhance teachers’ instructional practices
  • Oversees peer observations and feedback loops among teachers that foster collaboration and peer-to-peer learning

IV. Assessments and Analysis

  • Oversees the development and administration of diagnostic, interim, formative and summative assessments to ensure high-quality and purposeful assessment practices
  • Collects, analyzes, and acts on student learning data in collaboration with other instructional coaches and faculty to identify opportunities for acceleration and remediation
  • Ensures that the grading practices are consistent, rigorous, and representative of students’ demonstrated capacities across departments
  • Leads in devising targeted, impactful academic interventions based on interim assessments and supports teachers in administering such interventions
  • Manages the preparation for and administration of the state ELA exam

V. Professional Development

  • Serves on the school’s Instructional Development Team to plan and develop high-impact, school-wide professional development
  • Develops and facilitates content-level professional development to ensure full implementation of instructional initiatives across all classrooms
  • Participates in workshops and conferences that directly enhance the level of literacy  instruction within the school

VI. Supplies and Materials

  • Ensures that every classroom has all the instructional materials needed, including library resources,textbooks and reference materials
  • Assists with the beginning-of-year and end-of-year inventory and ordering process for all literacy materials

Qualifications

  • At least four years of formal teaching experience in the humanities in which a proven track record of promoting student learning in the classroom can be demonstrated
  • Formal experience in planning, implementing, and assessing CCLS-aligned curricula
  • A keen interest in and knowledge of literacy  content and learning theory, current educational trends, blended learning practices, methods, research, and technology, and program planning and implementation
  • Strong data analytical skills to inform planning, instructional, and assessment decisions
  • Experience as a mentor, instructional coach, or professional developer of literacy  teachers
  • A propensity to prioritize, strategically plan, and multi-task
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to both receive and provide constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and aptitude for working collaboratively in team settings and following through on commitments
  • Approaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), and possesses a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor

As an equal opportunity employer, Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability.