Great Lakes Academy Instructional Coach
Great Lakes Academy is a high-performing, K-8 charter school serving families on the southeast side of Chicago that opened in 2014. We are seeking a high capacity, high impact, and growth-oriented Instructional Coach to support teachers’ growth, with a special focus on emerging literacy instruction.
The Instructional Coach reports to the Principal and works closely with the Instructional Leadership Team (“ILT”) the Assistant Principals and the Director of Student Support, and collaborates with the team to ensure that teacher professional development and coaching is high quality, growth-oriented, rigorous, implemented with fidelity and results in high levels of student achievement. The Instructional Coach coaches teachers to implement a consistent warm/strict classroom management system and supports the selection, implementation, planning, execution, data analysis and action planning of a college preparatory curriculum in each subject area and grade that they coach. The Instructional Coach must have a demonstrated history of results in elementary literacy instruction.
Teachers are trained to plan and execute lessons at mastery, resulting in high levels of student achievement.
Teachers demonstrate high levels of growth across lesson planning, execution, and management.
Teachers report trusting and feeling supported by the IC, and demonstrate growth that results in improved student achievement.
PD is thoroughly planned & executed to be responsive to school trends and proactive in supporting high student academic achievement.
Classroom systems and procedures at school are clearly communicated and consistently implemented to 100%.
Rigorous, Common Core standard aligned curriculum is analyzed, selected and utilized at a highly effective level for students.
Teachers demonstrate comfort analyzing their data & responding to trends with action plans individualized to scholar needs.
A staff culture around data analysis and responsive action planning is cultivated and supported; data analysis and action planning is supported for all subject areas.
Teacher observations & teacher coaching meetings happen consistently, and have a clear structure that results in teacher growth and improved student outcomes.
Retention of GLA teachers coached by the Instructional Coach is 90%.
Drives teachers’ growth at high levels through individual goal setting and coaching around classroom culture, curriculum development, lesson creation and lesson execution, and data analysis and action planning
Works with the school Instructional Leadership Team to develop, implement and maintain every detail of the school’s systems and procedures, including homework, discipline, transitions, entrance and exit, community celebrations, morning meetings, and classroom culture so that GLA is structured and highly joyful with a focus on growth
Coaches portfolio of teachers on creating and executing instructional plans that are highly responsive to student data and bring 100% of scholars to mastery of 100% of objectives
Creates system for tracking school culture and monitors, analyzes and defines action plans based on this data
Plans and teaches model lessons for teachers
Leads coaching for 1st year teachers and develops a supportive, growth-oriented community of 1st year teachers.
Develops clear vision for literacy instruction in grades K-4 and supports the strong development of reading skills in all scholars (K-8) across all subject areas.
Strong teaching track record of student success in the classroom and around student culture & learning
Experienced teacher coach with track record of growing instructors in lesson planning, curriculum building, action planning, data analysis, classroom management, and lesson execution
Deep knowledge of the teacher “taxonomies” per TLAC
Deep knowledge of elementary curriculum in math and ELA
Deep knowledge of curricular resources and programs, including an understanding of common core and social-emotional learning practices
Strong executor able to create high quality work product and stay highly organized in a multi-faceted role with intense time pressures
Strong communicator and relationship builder with adults, including all staff, student families and community partners
Able to build a strong, collaborative, data driven, and motivated team
Able to drive with cultural consistency, emotional continuity, system and procedural consistency; demonstrates intentional calm and positivity
Demonstrated leadership skills – highly organized and efficient, execution oriented, self-motivated, self-aware, self-directed, solution driven, and humble
Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred; and
Four years teaching experience in an urban public school or urban charter school setting preferred
Two years of teacher coaching experience preferred, some experience coaching teachers required
Belief in and alignment with Great Lakes Academy’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is non-negotiable.
Culture Fit- Do these words describe you?
Fiercely positive, Sense of Humor, Hard-working, Intelligent, Organized, Humble, Self-reflective, Self-directed, Goal-oriented, Enthusiastic, Friendly.