Bright Star Schools, Instructional Math Coach (Immediate Opening) (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles, CA


Date published: 15-Sep-2017

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Bright Star Schools is a free, publicly funded and open enrollment non-profit organization with seven public charters in urban Los Angeles. Across all of our Bright Star sites, over 90% of our students are eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Our mission is to provide holistic, inclusive support for all students to achieve academic excellence and grow their unique talents so that they find joy in higher education, career, and life. Bright Star students will become leaders who act with integrity and champion equity to enrich our communities and the world. The framework to our success is our core operating principles, which are Integridad, Ubuntu, Kohyang (고향), and Growth.


Our educators join a family that is passionate and committed to developing all students to become well-rounded citizens. We offer small class sizes, comprehensive teacher support, and numerous collaboration opportunities across the organization and within school sites. We strongly believe in teacher voice, and we work to increase teaching practice and effectiveness through our data-driven and feedback-derived professional development. 



Bright Star Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status. 



Summary: The Mathematics Instructional Coach will work closely with teachers to plan and execute a comprehensive improvement plan to increase student achievement in math and to lead the efforts to horizontally and vertically align grades K-12 math curriculum. The Mathematics Coach must take a hands-on approach to improving instruction through working with groups and individual educators from the system-wide level to the classroom level in order to directly improve math instruction and student learning. This may include modeling lessons in classrooms, helping teacher groups to plan instruction, creating system-wide policies and procedures, and facilitating professional development.




Desired Qualifications:

  • At least five years of successful math teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience in development, preparation, and presentation of professional development preferred.
  • Specific knowledge of common core math content and curriculum.
  • Specific knowledge of assessment, unit, and lesson design.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work effectively with adult learners.
  • The ability to skillfully offer constructive feedback to facilitate change.
  • The ability to organize and prioritize projects and tasks.
  • The ability to seek resources and solutions to effectively solve problems.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following, as well as, other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned.

  • Collaborate with CMO Instructional team to plan and execute pre-service summer professional for new and returning staff members.
  • Observe and coach developing math teachers to improve instructional planning.
  • Act as a mentor teacher through the New Teacher Development program (induction) for 2-3 math educators, which includes meeting and/or observing/conferencing weekly with mentees to facilitate growth towards professional goals and promote strong skills in reflection, curiosity, and persistence.
  • Attend mentor teacher/instructional coach trainings.
  • Work with math cadre leaders and teachers to refine common core standards based pacing plans for each grade level.
  • Facilitate teacher analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments. Act as cadre leader in the event there is no qualified applicant.
  • Assist instructional teams to develop both school wide and classroom intervention plans.
  • Work with CMO and school administrators to develop policies and school structures that facilitate the improvement of math instruction and the appropriate placement of students.
  • Act as the project lead for grants geared toward the improvement of math instruction.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of schools, teachers, and classrooms.


  • Establish and maintain a trusting, confidential and non-evaluative relationship with math teachers to help develop their autonomy as professionals
  • Assist math teachers in reflecting on and analyzing their practice, reviewing student work and using relevant data to inform instruction and enhance student achievement
  • Gives constructive feedback and helps with next steps to accelerate teacher development in classroom management and culture strategies
  • Use knowledge of equity principles to deepen a teachers’ application of California Teaching Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Model, as appropriate, innovative teaching math methodologies through techniques such as co-teaching and demonstration lessons
  • Provide group professional development as needed
  • Encourage math teachers to identify instructional resources and support throughout the entire school community
  • Incorporate technology and analysis of data to advance both teacher learning and classroom practice
  • Provide differentiated professional development to new teacher


  • Maintain documentation (including but not limited to):
    • Coaching logs to record all interactions with teachers
    • Coaching data analysis/records to drive decision making for teacher development and student achievement
    • Current and accurate coaching calendar reflecting scheduled meetings
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty, integrity, flexibility, and responsiveness
  • Establish a flexible work schedule that may extend beyond traditional school hours
  • Handle information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc)


  • Ability to travel between five school sites
  • Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated


  • Full-Time
  • Will begin work as soon as possible


  • Status: Full Time, Position will be on a Teacher Calendar
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA (Traveling between 3-5 schools)
  • Benefits: Health, dental, vision, STRS retirement matching, life insurance, short-term disability, optional 403b plan, sick and vacation paid time off, and holidays.

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