TrueSchool Certified School Design Coach - part-time

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Part Time


Details: This is a compensated role! This part-time coaching position is intentionally designed for amazing full-time teachers to participate.



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4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans
United States


TrueSchool Certified School Design Coach - part-time

July 2018 - June 2019,  National Opportunity with Training in New Orleans, LA

The Coach role is a key component of TrueSchool’s new strategy for national  scale -- we are seeking to identify and develop a powerhouse network of Certified School Design Coaches--teachers who are working on the ground to lead innovation within schools and connecting with other educators across the country in this work.  This part-time coaching position is intentionally designed for amazing full-time teachers to participate.  


TrueSchool accelerates teacher-led design change within schools, districts, and systems.  We actualize true or fully realized schools—places of limitless potential for people and learning. Specifically, we:

  • Facilitate a program experience to develop frontline educators as designers and leaders of grassroots innovation in schools -- our program incorporates in-person Studios, virtual coaching sessions, and supported fieldwork
  • Develop and connect powerful networks of innovative educators across schools, cities, regions, and countries
  • Research and analyze promising  innovations in education -- including innovative school models, tools, and strategies --  within and outside the U.S.
  • Identify replicable and scalable models, tools, and strategies to solve real problems in education and share them with our network to inspire big change in education

We have worked with over 1,500 educators in 102 schools across the United States, impacting 75,000+ students. Partner organizations include the  Echoing Green, Microsoft, Stanford University, 4.0 Schools, the Unreasonable Institute, ThinkImpact, The Chicago Public Education Fund, More Than Me, and the WK Kellogg Foundation. We believe innovation in education is critical for equity -- to achieve access to an excellent education for all students, we must question, reimagine, and redesign the status quo in education. We believe frontline educators are those best equipped to lead this change and to do so at scale. We provide them with the time, process, and support to do so.


For the 2018-2019 academic year, we have received a scale-up grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation to support our national expansion.  

As certified facilitators of school design, Coaches work with school teams across the country and serve as trailblazers and thought leaders in education innovation.   Certified School Design Coaches serve an instrumental role facilitating our programming and creating an outstanding learning experience for with educators.


The Fellowship Program Overview

The TrueSchool Fellowship Program is a unique professional learning experience that spans 1 academic year and supports educators leading a wide range of change and innovation efforts.  There are 4 core components of the program: Studios, Coaching with the School Design Team, Check-In’s with the School Leader, and Fieldwork. The program is facilitated by our certified TrueSchool Design Coaches. These are experienced educators still working in the field as outstanding school leaders or teacher leaders) who have led significant design, innovation, and transformation efforts in their schools.

4 Full Day, In-Person Studios (2 each semester)

  • Facilitated design studios for knowledge, skill, and mindset development
  • Studios are in-person and bring together the whole cohort of school teams
  • These are fun and fast-paced professional learning experiences. While our process is the same for every school, each is focused on their own unique challenges and opportunities throughout the process, resulting in a personalized professional learning experience and school-based innovations that reflect the school’s specific needs, challenges, and opportunities.

Coaching Sessions with the School Design Team (monthly)

  • One-on-one monthly meetings with a TrueSchool Coach and each School Design Team.
  • Thought-partnership as teams problem-solve, solution-build, and engage in rapid cycle design to learn and improve fast
  • Coaching Sessions are led virtually via video conferencing. They are personalized and provide support for teams as they apply the new skills gained in the Studios and take action.

Coaching Sessions or Check-In’s with the School Leader (monthly)

  • One-on-one monthly coaching / check-in calls or emails with a TrueSchool Coach and each School Leader.

Fieldwork** (throughout the year between Studios, independently scheduled by school teams)

  • Fieldwork is the applied learning and action that occurs between Studios. Our TrueSchool Toolkit serves as a field guide and provides structure and guidance for teams during periods of Fieldwork. Fellows engage in Fieldwork actions independently or as a school team. Coach support is available on an as-needed basis.
  • Our work is deeply student-centered and community-centered, meaning empathy and stakeholder feedback is at the center of everything we do. For this reason, having time for Fieldwork, during which educators get out into their school and broader community to interview, observe, shadow, prototype with, and gather feedback from stakeholders is essential.

Expected Time Commitment

On a regular basis, coaches will be expected to work 10 hours monthly.  This monthly time includes virtual coaching, communication, organization, and collaboration.  

In addition, four times a year (twice a semester), coaches will have a more intense period of work as they gear up for, prepare, and facilitate in-person Saturday “Design Studios” for school teams.  These Design Studios take place out-of-state.

For each studio (so, four times a year), coaches should anticipate:

-8 hours of advance training (based in New Orleans) to gear up for Studio facilitation

-Travel to facilitation site (by Friday evening)

-10 hours of facilitation (in person, on Saturday), travel home (after Saturday evening)


  • Change agents, equity champions,  and mountain movers committed to disruptive innovation for educational change
  • Flexible and enthusiastic team members willing to respectfully push school design teams to achieve equitable outcomes for their students and communities
  • Passionate about their life work in education with a minimum of 5 years of professional teaching and/or leadership experience
  • Naturally fluent in consultative environments with a remarkable aptitude for engaging learners in bold thinking ideals
  • Focused and open to building their knowledge in school design working towards strengthening their pulse on the latest innovation
  • Clear in written, verbal, and relational communication skills with experience facilitating in virtual environments
  • Self-motivated, reliable, and organized with an orientation to detail
  • Experienced in using online cloud-based collaboration software, storage/file sharing for project management and tracking
  • Highly motivated with an orientation to receiving and providing actionable feedback to school teams
  • Generate a blog per semester on TrueSchool website


  • Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • Current or former K-12 teacher with at least 2 years experience
  • Proven track record of successful adult facilitation in an educational setting
  • Experience using online collaborative environments for communication

Certified School Design Coaches receive significant training in how to facilitate human-centered design. This is an outstanding professional learning experience and a paid position.   The pay-rate for Coaches is competitive, and includes potential performance-based bonuses.

Expected Start Date: Late-August 2018


Email your cover letter and resume to  as a single PDF titled “[LastName]_Certified School Design Coach.”  

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Level of Language Proficiency

The ideal candidate should be fluent in English.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply on TrueSchool website: