Lead Instructional Coach- CICS Irving Park

Posted on: August 4, 2023 |

Title: Lead Instructional Coach
Location: CICS Irving Park 3820 N. Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Reports To: Principal
Salary: Starting at $66,000, commensurate with experience
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: Immediately

Company Mission

Distinctive Schools creates diverse, joyful, welcoming communities rooted in social justice and rigorous learning. We support all learners to be engaged, curious, and to achieve their full potential. Our students become confident advocates, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative leaders.

Position Overview

The Lead Instructional Coach is an exemplary educator who plays a critical role in building teacher capacity and their understanding of best instructional practices resulting in positive gains in student growth and achievement. The Lead Instructional Coach prioritizes coaching for teachers new to the profession, new to Distinctive Schools, and teachers who would benefit from intensified support. The Lead Instructional Coach may also lead Tier 2 or 3 interventions for campus areas of focus.



Maintain a student-centered perspective in decision making
Believe that all students and teachers can learn and can achieve great things
Contribute to the equity work of the campus and network and engage in culturally responsive decision making
Build and foster a culture of belonging through positive and professional teacher-coach relationships
Honor teacher voice and autonomy
Cultivate a strengths-based, equity focused mindset
Celebrate teacher growth and development
MTSS Interventions 5%

Facilitate Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions to support campus growth plan goals and increased student achievement
Monitor progress of interventions and maintain accurate records
Intervention assignments are based upon caseload size in alignment with DS Coaching Model
Instructional Coaching 90%

Area of Focus: Teachers new to DS/teaching profession and those identified as needing intensive support
Move the performance of individual teachers through goal-setting, observation, co-teaching, modeling, and goal-specific feedback
Engage in student-focused coaching cycle towards an established goal that leads to improved instructional practices and increase student growth and achievement
Provide weekly (minimum) coaching for those teachers actively participating in a coaching cycle
Provide directive coaching as an extension of the formal observation process at the request of the Principal or Assistant Principal
Prioritize support and coaching on classroom organization, structures, routines, and management, instructional planning, delivery of effective, and student-centered instruction
Leverage use of video to support coaching and self-reflection
Analyze classroom data in order to identify strengths and address and act upon areas of focus
Implement and monitor action steps as determined in the Campus Growth Plan
Utilize Whetsone to document feedback, coaching priorities, action steps, and accomplishments
Dedicate and schedule time for instructional coaching in alignment with the DS Instructional Coaching Model and in partnership with the Assistant Principal and/or Principal
Create a weekly coaching schedule that reflects coaching caseload and priorities. Submit to to assignment to the Assistant Principal
Perform other duties as assigned
Instructional Leadership 5%

Meet with the Assistant Principal/Principal weekly to review coaching cycles, receive feedback, and make mid-course corrections
Participate in instructional coach collaboration opportunities and meet with Academic Team designee as requested
Lead with equity-driven, evidence based practices
Serve as a member of the school’s Instructional Leadership Team and perform other ILT duties
Contributes to the development of and implementation of the campus growth plans
Participate in all required professional development
Contribute to the design, planning, and facilitation of New Teacher Institute, Welcome Week, Regional Collaboration Days, and campus professional development
Facilitate Data & Design Meetings and planning meetings for assigned teams
Maintain personal commitment to professional growth by remaining current in research and best practices, and engaging in continuous professional learning
Requirements (minimum)
Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Valid Professional Educator License or equivalent in state of employment (IL or MI)
5 years of lead classroom teaching experience or instructional leadership experience
1 year of experience working in urban school setting
Proven success of student growth
Knowledge of and experience with evidence-based language acquisition strategies, WIDA Language Development Standards, Common Core Standards
Technology demands:
Ability to review and analyze student and campus data from multiple sources
Proficient with cloud based software solutions (Google Suite)
Ability to learn digital tools and and programs as needed for the position
Utilize Whetstone to support coaching documentation
Travel as required for training, professional development, and collaboration
Must obtain an average of ‘Effective’ rating according to the DS Teaching Framework for 2 consecutive years at DS in all domains or equivalent from outside organization
Must attend DS Summer PD Institute
Must be willing to work an extended academic calendar year of 11 months
Physical demands

Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 50% walking, and 40% standing.


25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more
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EEO: Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191