Instructional Coach for Billiken Teacher Corps (Springfield, IL) - Job Description
Position Summary The role of the instructional coach is to assist Billiken Teacher Corps (Springfield, IL cohort) fellows in three ways:
1. Regularly scheduled and unscheduled observations and feedback sessions with teachers that focus on helping them identify their own next areas for professional growth;
2. Targeted intensive intervention planning (consultation) to address significant challenges with groups/individuals if needed;
3. Attending/participating in monthly training and application activities on topics that build capacity for serving diverse learners throughout the year.
The Instructional Coach position is a part-time administrative position (approx. 6 hrs. per month per BTC fellow) with the Billiken Teacher Corps at Saint Louis University. The BTC Instructional Coach reports to the Director of the Billiken Teacher Corps. The position requires flexible scheduling.
1. Visit first-year cohort members (up to 4 students) every other week on rotating basis a. Schedule observations at mutually agreed upon days and times with the purpose of identifying instructional and organizational strengths and areas for growth b. Maintain written records for each coaching meeting with a copy returned to the teaching fellow c. Maintain written summary log of observations and meetings returned to the BTC Director monthly
2. Offer targeted consultation meetings during or after school if teacher requires more extensive planning and intervention; design sessions to meet specific difficulties with groups or individual students a. Assist University Supervisor and BTC Director in crafting an intervention plan if necessary b. Supporting the teaching fellow to meet requirements outlined in intervention plan c. Availability for involved and prolonged coaching sessions, including day-long periods as needed
3. Guiding first-year BTC fellows in August to construct course scope and sequencing for the academic year a. Assist with classroom set-up as needed
4. In collaboration with instructional coaching team, plan and facilitate technical topic training sessions (2 hours) on a Tuesday evening once a month during the academic year a. Meetings center on a variety of topics (e.g., classroom management, classroom organization, differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, social emotional, trauma-informed teaching for student) b. Collect and disseminate data on topics that BTCs most need/request and organize content and experiences to reflect this c. Meetings are mandatory for BTC teachers and open to SLU alumni and other Catholic school educators
5. Fulfill administrative needs associated with instructional coaching a. Assist in the coordination of the BTC summer orientation b. Participate in a monthly meeting with the BTC director and other staff c. Respond regularly and as needed to email requests from BTC teachers d. Alert the BTC director to serious concerns about fellows e. Frequent updating of BTC Handbook to reflect changes in coaching/supervision process f. Contribute text and photos showcasing successes and innovative activities in the classrooms for BTC marketing communications
Knowledge and Skills
â— Instructional or leadership experiences in at least two of four academic levels: preschool/early intervention, elementary, middle, secondary â— Understanding of social-emotional characteristics of learners at a variety of academic levels â— Experience with and confidence in establishing and modeling classroom management systems, specifically for students who experience trauma â— Experience with and confidence in modeling reading and math instructional strategies at more than one academic level â— Knowledge of school systems and settings: internal hierarchies, routines, schedules â— Experience with and confidence in modeling instructional strategies and systems to support diverse learning needs â— Knowledge of and experience with implementing strategies to strengthen partnerships between families and schools â— Awareness of teaching and learning standards and how they apply to the evaluation process â— Experience and confidence with designing professional development sessions for targeted topics â— Experience and confidence with strength-based approaches to coaching novice teachers â— Experience and confidence with modeling organizational strategies for classroom record keeping â— Ability to establish trusting relationships with colleagues while offering guidance and direct feedback about instructional choices and areas for growth â— Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a variety of key supervisors, faculty, teachers and staff â— Excellent written skills to generate emails and observation notes on a regular basis
Minimum Qualifications Required
â— Masters degree in Education or related field â— 5 years of teaching experience â— Demonstrated understanding of the workings of urban schools â— Proficiency in the use of computer for communications (letters, brochures, emails), data management (Excel and Access), basic graphic design (Microsoft Word and/ or Microsoft Publisher), data reporting, and mail merging
Preferred â— Doctorate in Education or related field â— Supervision of K-12 teachers
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours â— Evening and weekend work required
To Apply: please send resume and cover letter to BTC Director, Angela Moret (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saint Louis University(SLU) is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. The University has campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are nearly 14,000 strong. The University has invested vast resources to advance academic programs and enhance the student experience. SLU also is a major research institution where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. And the University's commitment to community service has earned it national acclaim and bolstered its status as a character-building college.