TITLE: Instructional Coach
LOCATION: Harmon High School
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is a nationally recognized urban school district that serves approximately 22,000 students. With a Head Start program, three preschools, 29 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, and 5 college and career academies/high schools, the district serves a wonderfully diverse mixture of students. A remarkable 62 different languages are spoken in the homes of our students. To serve those students, the district employs approximately 3,650 staff, including more than 1,600 teachers.
The vision of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools is to be one of the Top 10 School Districts in the Nation. Our goal is that “Each student will exit high school prepared for college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on track and on time for success.” To help our students achieve this goal, the district is implementing a district-wide initiative called Diploma+.
JOB GOAL: To provide support for all teachers to function at high effective levels in the implementation of the district’s instructional model and the District Continuous Improvement Plan which results in the achievement of the district’s indicators of success regarding college and careers in a global society, and at every level, performance is on-track and on-time.
- Develops teachers to improve their practices as evidenced by improved student achievement on district formative and standardized measures
- Improves classroom practice through the use of data driven decisions, planning for learning and implementation, analysis of impact, resulting in higher levels of student achievement
- Utilizes effective and research based culturally responsive coaching practices
- Uses principles of adult learning and effective facilitation in the planning and implementation of professional development (in-service and classroom embedded)
- Design and delivery of standards-based professional development (Building and District in-service, embedded, and Professional Learning Communities)
- Skilled in facilitation of “learning focused conversations” (Wellman and Lipton as an example) supporting teachers to become reflective practitioners in the use of the district’s model of instruction
- Demonstrates ability to coach teachers to use data to change classroom practice
- Assist teachers in reflecting on and analyzing their practice and reviewing student work to inform instruction and enhance student achievement
- Understands and deploys best practice curriculum management process
- Supports implementation of and assessment of Guaranteed Viable Curriculum and required District instructional approaches
- Serves as content expert in one or more content areas, with thorough knowledge of Standards (National, State, and District) and content-knowledge
- Ability to support integration of 21st century skills into the curriculum
- Demonstrates high levels of proficiency in leadership behaviors and professional deportment
- Establish and maintain a trusting, confidential and non-evaluative relationship with teachers and align coaching based on classroom observations
- Foster a culture of and demonstrate behavior congruent with the “District Values and Expectations”
- Align actions, time, and resources to support full implementation of KCKPS 5-Step Process (KCK Teaching Model) resulting in attainment of the District Goal and Indicators of Success
- Assist teachers in making connections between state standards, the currently adopted instructional framework, and GVC
- Engage in (or facilitate) professional learning and growth, as a learner and leader
- Serve as a mentor for beginning/new teachers
- Other duties as assigned by Assistant Superintendent
- Ability to work a full duty day in the location or locations assigned
- Physical and emotional ability to perform required work and move about as needed in the fast-paced, highly intensive school environment
- Maintain a neat and professional appearance
- 3-5 years effective mathematics teaching experience preferred as evident by favorable references, portfolio, and evaluations “high school preference.”
- Experience as a teacher leader as evidenced by student achievement data and other impact data included in a professional portfolio.
- Master’s Degree in Education or related field (or plan of study on file and active progression to complete degree program in an agreed upon timeframe).
- Maintains Kansas Teaching License in appropriate content area and level.
- Demonstrated expertise in one or more content areas.
- Demonstrated effective coaching practices.
- Demonstrated ability to design, implement effective instruction resulting in students meeting or exceeding standards.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
For more information, please go to www.kckps.org/careers or you can call Aaron Watkins at 913-706-5283 or Eric Tyler at 913-219-5242.