Instructional Leadership Coach - Leading Educators - Chicago, IL

Post Date: 02/09/17

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


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 racism
  • Significant results in coaching and training teachers and instructional leaders to drive instruction that is content-based, aligned to CCSS standards, and measurably improves student outcomes
  • Deep mastery of Common Core State Standards for either Math or ELA, with a clear vision of interdisciplinary connections to science or social studies
  • Deep mastery of standards-based instructional planning and delivery that ensures student mastery of rigorous content and skills
  • Rigorous vision for school culture, instruction, and content with an ability to model, teach, and reinforce that vision with school leadership teams and teachers
  • Demonstrated commitment to traditionally underserved schools and communities
  • Ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity
  • Extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating way
  • Deep commitment to professional growth; enthusiasm for continuous feedback
  • Master's degree in curriculum and instruction or school leadership preferred.


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