Bright Star Schools, Science Instructional Coach (2017-18) (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles, CA


Date published: 3-Feb-2017

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The Science Instructional Coach will work closely with teachers and administrators to plan and execute a comprehensive improvement plan to increase student achievement in science and to lead the efforts to horizontally and vertically align grades K-12 Next Generational Science Standards (NGSS) instruction.  The Science Instructional Coach is also responsible for the development, delivery, implementation, and monitoring of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Science) curriculum, initiatives, and educational opportunities. The Science Instructional 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 science 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 science teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience in development, preparation, and presentation of professional development preferred.
  • Specific knowledge of K-12 common core science 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.
  • Holds a growth-mindset for self, colleagues and students.

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


  • Collaborate with Bright Star Support Staff Instructional team to plan and execute pre-service summer professional development for new and returning staff members.
  • Design and facilitate all organization-wide professional development sessions.
  • Observe and coach developing science teachers to improve instructional planning. Work with science department leaders and teachers to create/refine NGSS based pacing plans for each grade level.
  • Act as a mentor teacher through the New Teacher Development program (induction) for 2-3 science 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
  • Facilitate teacher analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments.
  • Assist instructional teams to develop both school wide and classroom intervention plans.
  • Work with Bright Star Support Staff and school administrators to develop policies and school structures that facilitate the improvement of science instruction and the appropriate placement of students.  
  • Analyze data and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Act as the project lead for grants geared toward the improvement of science instruction.
  • Organize, develop, coordinate and provide trainings for administrators and professional staff related to STEM best practices, NGSS Implementation, and Common Core Integration strategies and their integration into the classroom.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of schools, teachers, and classrooms.



  • Establish and maintain a trusting, confidential and non-evaluative relationship with science teachers to help develop their autonomy as professionals
  • Assist science 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 NGSS standards and California Teaching Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Model, as appropriate, innovative teaching science methodologies through techniques such as co-teaching, co-planning, student and demonstration lessons e.g., co-planning, modeling, co-teaching, student work analysis, and observation
  • Provide group professional development as needed
  • Encourage science 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 teachers



  • 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 seven 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



  • Status:  Full Time, position will be on a teacher calendar, but will resume work 3 weeks before Summer PD begins (July 2017)
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA (Traveling between seven schools)
  • Benefits: Health, dental, vision, STRS retirement matching, life insurance, short-term disability, optional 403b plan, sick and vacation paid time off, and holidays. 

Reports to: Vice President of Curriculum and Instruction

Salary:  $65-75K

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