Bright Star Schools, Instructional Math Coach (2018-2019) (Los Angeles, CA)

Los Angeles, CA

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Date published: 2-Nov-2018

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Reports to: VP of Academic Initiatives

Salary: Will commensurate with experience


ABOUT US

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.


DESCRIPTION

The Mathematics Instructional Coach is a leadership and instructional coaching role aimed at driving Bright Star School’s vision for high quality mathematics instruction. The Coach will work closely with the VP of Academic Initiatives to implement a strategic improvement plan (visioning initiative), ultimately increasing student learning of and achievement in math. The Mathematics Coach must take a hands-on approach, working with groups and individual educators from the system-wide level to the classroom level. This may include modeling lessons, helping teacher groups to plan instruction, creating system-wide structures and procedures, and facilitating professional development or individualized teacher learning.


QUALIFICATIONS

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, learning progressions, and key instructional shifts
  • Specific knowledge of developmentally appropriate and standards-based assessment, unit, and lesson design
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to collaborate with various stakeholders and synthesize multiple perspectives
  • The ability to work effectively with adult learners, modeling and facilitating purposeful reflective thinking
  • The ability to skillfully offer constructive feedback to facilitate change
  • The ability to seek resources and solutions to effectively solve problems
  • The ability to organize and prioritize projects and tasks

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


Facilitate Teacher Learning

  • Coach math teachers with a focus on improvement of student learning and alignment to the visioning initiative
    • Gather and analyze relevant and reliable data to inform and support progress of the visioning initiative
  • Coach math teachers using the Bright Star Schools Teacher Induction and Development Consortia (Induction) processes, including but not limited to inquiry and observation cycles, goal setting, and data analysis
  • Facilitate teacher analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments
  • Facilitate professional learning experiences during Summer Design Institute (SDI), organization-wide PDs, school site PDs, and wherever appropriate
  • Act as a mentor teacher through the Induction program 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

Collaborate with relevant stakeholders

  • Collaborate with VP of Academic Initiatives to implement and refine the visioning initiative
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to plan, execute, and refine professional learning experiences including but not limited to SDI, beginning of year and org-wide PDs
  • Work with math cadre leaders and teachers to refine common core standards based pacing plans for each grade level.
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to develop school structures and classroom intervention plans that facilitate the improvement of math instruction and appropriate student placement
  • Act as cadre leader in the event there is no qualified applicant
  • Attend mentor teacher/instructional coach trainings
  • Maintain the confidentiality of schools, teachers, and classrooms

INTERACTIONS WITH TEACHERS:

  • Establish and maintain a trusting, confidential and non-evaluative relationship with teachers in order 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 learning
  • Support the development of a mathematics classroom culture where equity, access, and student agency are at the heart of learning
  • Use knowledge of equity principles to deepen a teachers’ application of California Teaching Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Model innovative, research-based teaching methodologies through techniques such as co-teaching and demonstration lessons, where appropriate
  • Provide differentiated professional learning that supports teacher agency, in both individual and group settings, as needed
  • Encourage math teachers to identify instructional resources and support throughout the entire school community
  • Incorporate technology and data analysis to advance both teacher learning and classroom practice

INTERACTIONS WITH PRINCIPALS AND HOME OFFICE STAFF:

  • Maintain open lines of communication with VP of Academic Initiatives to ensure coherence between teacher needs and the visioning initiative
  • Maintain open lines of communication with the principal to ensure the individual needs of teachers are being supported
  • Invite ongoing collaboration with teachers, principals, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure coherence among coaching activities, school site priorities, and visioning initiative
  • Weekly check-ins with VP of Academic Initiatives
  • Support current cognitive engagement initiative by performing walkthroughs with BSSCA administrative team, as needed
  • Check-ins with other relevant stakeholders, as necessary


PROFESSIONALISM IN THE WORKPLACE:

  • 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.)


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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


HOURS:

  • Full-Time
  • Will begin work for the 2018-19 school year


COMPENSATION/BENEFITS:

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

All applications should be submitted via the “JOIN OUR TEAM” section at www.brightstarschools.org.


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