TenSquare is a national education support organization whose mission is to improve student achievement and organizational performance in public schools, and build the capacity of leaders, teachers, and staff to sustain top results over time. We work in deep partnership with schools and school systems to transform human capital, instruction, school culture, and operations—enabling schools to grow and thrive. TenSquare team members bring academic, operational and management expertise from top tier schools and networks from around the country.
- Provide strategic and focused coaching for leaders and boards aligned to the unique needs and goals of the school or school system, including support for the return to in-person learning;
- Develop and help implement high-impact and proven instructional coaching strategies and professional development to increase student achievement and ensure equitable and effective support for all learners;
- Support school leaders in building positive school cultures, including strong socio-emotional supports and student and family engagement;
- Strengthen organizational performance through enhanced processes for budgeting, staffing, scheduling, compliance, and other operational priorities;
- Work with school leaders and stakeholders to identify each school’s strengths and challenges and create data-driven action plans and operational road maps for change;
- Provide data analysis and coaching aimed at helping schools to more effectively utilize academic and culture data to ensure the needs of all students are being met;
- Facilitate long-term capacity building, strategic planning, and turnaround initiatives;
- Recruit high performing teachers and leaders for PK-12 and Adult Ed schools;
- Support planning, development, and financing of facilities projects.
Our strategic, hands-on engagements have led to significant gains in student achievement and organizational performance.
To learn more about TenSquare, visit our website at thetensquaregroup.com.
ABOUT THE ROLE
TenSquare seeks an ELA Instructional Coach [contractor] for full-time or part-time hourly work with expertise in English Language Arts to work with K-12 teachers and school level coaches to improve student achievement in Washington, DC. The Instructional Coach aims to increase student achievement by building the capacity of instructors and school coaches through curriculum support, instructional coaching and professional development.
An Instructional Coach conducts in-person coaching sessions on site at partner schools across Washington, DC, and participates in meetings at the office and via Zoom. The Instructional Coach will be hired as an independent contractor for a short-term engagement.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Coaching teachers directly in classroom instruction, curriculum, content and pedagogy
- Coaching school level content leads, coaches and/or administrators to develop teachers in ELA content and teaching.
- Facilitating and supporting school level coaches and/or administrators in their direct coaching of teachers through co-observation, co-planning, meeting set up, reflections.
- Using student data to inform and impact instruction with teachers and coaches.
- Fostering collaborative and trusting relationships with teachers and school level coaches and/or administrators (Instructional teams).
- Supporting teachers and school level coaches by observing, modeling, co-teaching, co-planning and debriefing/reflection.
- Setting individual and effective goals with teachers, school level coaches and/or administrators and helping them meet those goals.
- Ensuring understanding and alignment of curriculum and teacher lesson plans, PARCC readiness and implementation
- Reviewing, revising, and supporting teachers with lesson plan creation and supporting materials.
- Providing explicit and targeted feedback on lesson plans and materials.
- Creating and delivering high quality professional development for teachers and school level coaches.
- Other duties as assigned (including but not limited curriculum mapping, recruitment, writing lesson plans, assessing students, and small group pull out)
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:
Educational Background and Work Experience
- A minimum of five years of classroom teaching experience, additional years preferred
- Leadership experience as a Mentor Teacher, Department Head, Instructional Coach, Academic Director, or Assistant Principal preferred
- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required; a Master’s degree preferred
Skills and Characteristics
- A proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations
- An unwavering commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Experience coaching teachers and school coaches/ instructional teams to instructional excellence including knowledge of effective instructional practices and how to provide feedback, and providing professional development to teachers to improve the quality of instruction
- Strong familiarity with Common Core Standards
- Experience with the PARCC is a plus
- Comfort synthesizing and prioritizing data to solve problems and develop strategies to achieve ambitious academic goals
- Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- A demonstrated passion for advancing educational opportunities in low-income communities
- Knowledge of CKLA, Amplify, strongly preferred
- Knowledge of the charter school movement, a plus