Nov 21, 2019

Instructional Coach

  • National Math and Science Initiative, Inc.
  • Remote (Norfolk, VA, USA)
Part-Time Remote/Virtual Education

Job Description

Seeking Passionate Teachers and Instructional Coaches!  

NMSI’s mission is to advance STEM education to ensure that all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners who pursue their passions and tackle the world’s toughest challenges. NMSI is seeking highly successful Pre-K-12 teachers and instructional coaches who are inspired by this mission to become members of our regionally based Coach corps. NMSI Coaches support our core programs—the College Readiness Program and Laying the Foundation —by delivering professional development for teachers or content support for AP students. 

This is a temporary part-time position expected to end on May 31, 2021, with the possibility of continuation based on staffing needs. Coaches will be expected to travel at least 7-10 times per year and utilize their personal laptop for preparation and facilitation. 

What You’ll Do 

NMSI Coaches work with AP, Pre-AP, secondary, and elementary teachers and their students in online and face-to-face settings to improve teacher impact in advanced math, science, and ELA classrooms. Through working with teachers in the College Readiness Program and Laying the Foundation program, Coaches lead face-to-face and online cohorts of teachers in skill-building professional development sessions that focus on the development of teachers’ content, pedagogical content knowledge, instructional planning, assessment practices, and data analysis skills. Coaches help teachers identify student misconceptions, skill gaps, and learning needs to strengthen student performance in rigorous coursework.   

In addition, NMSI Coaches facilitate virtual learning and collaboration sessions that support teachers’ ability to plan, execute, and adapt instruction. Using their knowledge of teacher goals, data, and instructional focus areas, Coaches assigned to work with teachers and students in NMSI’s College Readiness Program will support students during in-person and online content review sessions. Coaches model best practices for instruction of AP for teachers, and they will coach AP teachers to deliver their own student review sessions.  

What are the details? 

  • Coach and mentor teachers and students in online and face-to-face settings, while maintaining high levels rigor for both teacher-facing professional development and facilitation of student-facing review sessions 
  • Coaches will be assigned training opportunities within NMSI’s core and custom programs based upon their content qualifications, adult facilitation and coaching experience, and proven success in improving student outcomes.   
  • Provide targeted, actionable feedback to teachers on their practice of the techniques and strategies presented during PD sessions.   
  • Have a deep understanding of teachers’ students and classroom complexities; be able to support teachers in the application of their own learning to classroom practice.   
  • Promote a learning environment and mentorship for teachers and students that is anchored in self-reflection, culturally-responsive instruction that is aimed to accelerate student growth and achievement   
  • Ensure the effective integration and implementation of NMSI training and resources in teachers' classrooms through coaching, modeling, and feedback   
  • Support the creation, development, editing, and critical review of teacher- and student-facing content  
  • Complete NMSI Train-the-Trainer professional development opportunities    
  • Participate in regular data-sharing and planning meetings with NMSI staff  
  • Serve as an ambassador for NMSI and NMSI's mission and values to the school communities in which they work, fostering a commitment to equity and access to rigorous coursework and creating educational environments in which students can thrive and reach their highest potential.   
  • Other duties as assigned 

What You Bring 

We are looking for amazing teachers who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to support teacher and student learning. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and have a growth mindset, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.   

NMSI Instructional Coaches are experienced educators who demonstrate a track record of success working with students in high-need schools, hold high expectations for students and teachers, and have strong organizational and communication skills.  

Qualifications 

  • Experience: Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with at least 4 years of teaching experience in AP Science, Math, English, History, or Art courses, Pre-AP math, science, or ELA courses, or Pre-K-5 classrooms.    
  • Other Preferred Experience: STEM-based learning experience, experience in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement is preferred. AP Reader experience is preferred for Coaches who will work with AP teachers and students. Experience coaching teachers in modifying, adapting, or extending curricula to better address student needs and facilitating professional development 
  • Mission Focused: Strong belief in the ability of all students to achieve at high levels and willingness to advocate for equity and access in AP, Pre-AP, or other STEM programs and classrooms. 
  • College-Readiness Guru: Strong familiarity and experience with state and national teaching standards as they relate to College-readiness standards, such as AP assessment frameworks, Common Core State Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) 
  • Understand Effective Teaching: Immediate understanding of what effective teaching looks like and a deep commitment to the importance of effective and rigorous instruction 
  • Expert Communicator: Ability to communicate direct feedback in a compelling way that inspires teachers to make immediate improvements to instruction that will accelerate their students’ achievement; Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • FlexibleYou are comfortable working in an ambiguous environment with competing priorities 
  • Growth Mindset: You learn from failure and crave feedback because you know that it makes you better; you are also eager to give feedback to your manager, team, and colleagues. Committed to ongoing training and education in adult facilitation 
  • Committed: Ability to deliver a total of 10-28 days of teacher or student facing events over a calendar year.  Many events occur during the summer and on Saturdays, but some weekday school-year events may also need to be facilitated. 

 Next Steps  

  • Prior to applying, please review the following questions. You will be prompted to answer these questions in 300    words or less in your application.   
  1. Describe a time you had to facilitate and encourage teacher reflection in a training room environment.  What are some techniques you employed to elicit reflective thinking from your participants?   
  2. NMSI coaches often must support teachers and students in regions where the school culture is much different from their own. How would you proceed in a training session where teacher participants are expressing controversial points of view and negatively impacting the training room dynamic?   
  3. What are some key differences to consider when facilitating adult learning vs. student learning?   
  • You may be asked to complete a video interview upon completion of application.  

Timeline  

  • We anticipate sending out offer letters from the start of 2020 through mid-May. All candidates will be notified with a status update by mid-May.  

Please note that the timing of your application submission will not directly correlate with how soon you will be notified. Thank you for your patience.  

 

Want to learn more? Go to www.nms.org  

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities.   Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. 

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

 


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