Instructional Leadership Coach - Chicago Common Core Collaborative - Leading Educators - Chicago - IL

Post Date: 03/16/17


Leading Educators is a national nonprofit deeply committed to ensuring students from low-income background receive an excellent education. We partner with schools and districts to help highly effective teachers develop the leadership skills they need to successfully transition from leading students to leading their peers. We help districts identify their best teachers, and then provide intensive job-embedded coaching, relevant professional development, and powerful cohort-based learning experiences. Our goal is to extend the reach and impact of these highly effective teachers, transforming schools and dramatically improving student outcomes. Further details about our organizational impact can be found at the end of the job description.


Application Deadline: May 1, 2017


The Instructional Leadership Coach of the Chicago Common Core Collaborative will lead schools to implement a federal grant funded collaborative of school teams, including school leaders and teacher leaders as well as district/CMO partners in the development of job-embedded learning systems.

The learning systems are research based cycles of professional learning that focus on rigorous learning standards as the focus for adult learning. Learners will collaboratively use data, deprivatize practice to study teacher practice development, and evaluate their own learning as well as the impact on student learning outcomes. The Instructional Leadership Coach will ensure that programmatic offerings achieve high-impact objectives for school system leaders, principals, teacher leaders, teachers, and students.

This position reports to the Program Director and has the following primary responsibilities:

  • Consistently model and foster the Leading Educators values of Equity, Service, Community, Growth, and Results
  • Coach a cadre of principals and teacher leaders in best practices for leading teams, establishing strong strong cultures of learning, and designing and facilitating cycles of professional learning
  • Use a variety of coaching models including Observation & Feedback and Co-planning
  • Lead group coaching meetings with school teams to support teams in analyzing progress and planning next steps
  • Engage school leaders to best leverage influence and support for fellows to be effective in their schools
  • Communicate goals and outcomes to the Program Director and to school Leaders regularly
  • Build and consistently strengthen relationships with stakeholders
  • Participate in internal and external staff development sessions to bolster professional skill sets and enhance overall organizational effectiveness
  • Lead and support professional development sessions during the summer and during Weekend Workshops throughout the school year
  • Assist in the development and refinement of Leading Educators' session design, coaching model, and coaching systems
  • Maintain a written record of coaching session goals and outcomes as well as corresponding student achievement and teacher practice goals and outcomes


Chicago, IL


Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience. In addition, Leading Educators offers a very generous benefits package including 100% paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for individual employees and a 4% matching 401k plan. Additional premium costs are covered by Leading Educators for partners and dependents on medical, dental, and vision plans. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare and commuter expenses are available, as well as a very generous PTO plan. Benefits are valued at or above $7,500 for employees.


Leading Educators partners with schools and districts to maximize the leadership development of highly effective educators. Our goal is to identify, train, and support teacher leaders to raise student achievement and retain talented educators in high-need schools. Through our work, we create a larger, highly skilled talent pool to meet the nation's growing demand for high-impact teachers, middle leaders, and principals.

Leading Educators offers formal training sessions designed to be immediately applicable by teacher leaders. Expert faculty model new skills, facilitate targeted practice, and drive action planning for implementation. Leading Educators also provides customized teacher leadership development consulting for districts, charter management organizations, schools, state-level agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The Leading Educators Fellowship is a two-year program for teacher leaders. The program encompasses targeted training experiences, the community of a peer cohort, and the personal support of a coach in order to develop leadership and management skills that drive student achievement growth. Results from a preliminary RAND Corporation study found that teacher leaders enrolled in the Leading Educators programs showed statistically significant leadership skill growth and have remained in high-poverty schools at rates that were higher than or comparable to similar teachers in their school districts. In New Orleans, Fellows had a sizable, statistically significant impact on math achievement equivalent to 10 percentile point gain.

In the 2014-2015 school year, Leading Educators' work - including the Fellowship and beyond - reached over 814 teacher leaders, who led roughly 6,512 teachers and impacted a total of 187,220 students in about 194 schools across multiple cities and regions in the United States.


Leading Educators strongly values equity and challenges historical inequity with a persistent focus on dismantling systemic racism. We work towards a more just society and as such we are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate has demonstrated significant and measurable student academic achievement results in a high needs school as an instructional leader (Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, Department Chair). The candidate should also possess the following:Commitment to directly challenging historical inequity and to dismantling systemic racismSignificant results in coaching and training teachers and instructional leaders to drive instruction that is content-based, aligned to CCSS standards, and measurably improves student outcomesDeep mastery of Common Core State Standards for either Math or ELA, with a clear vision of interdisciplinary connections to science or social studiesDeep mastery of standards-based instructional planning and delivery that ensures student mastery of rigorous content and skillsRigorous vision for school culture, instruction, and content with an ability to model, teach, and reinforce that vision with school leadership teams and teachersDemonstrated commitment to traditionally underserved schools and communitiesAbility to thrive in an environment of ambiguityExtremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating wayDeep commitment to professional growth; enthusiasm for continuous feedbackMaster's degree in curriculum and instruction or school leadership preferred.



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