BPS Instructional Coach

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Part Time



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Blackstone School
380 Shawmut Ave.
United States


Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a dynamic community development corporation in Boston’s South End neighborhood formed in 1968. IBA’s mission is to empower and engage individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs.

Job Summary:  Directed and designed by IBA within a framework established by Boston Afterschool & Beyond and the Office of English Learners, IBA’s Summer Learning Project is a free, arts-integrated, five-week program that aims to reverse summer learning loss in rising 2nd and 3rd grade EL students. The BPS Instructional Coach will work closely with IBA’s Program Coordinator to develop the program curriculum and support the teaching team in implementation of weekly/daily lesson plans. S/he will be responsible for delivering high quality professional development and ongoing coaching to the teaching team, which will be made up of 2 ESL-certified teachers, 2 Art/Enrichment Teachers, and 2 Teaching Assistants. This includes, but is not limited to, observing instruction, modeling lesson, providing feedback to teachers, and supporting students. IBA will provide the teaching team with an overall theme and essential question (“What is Community?”) around which to build lessons, as well as ideas and support for expeditionary learning opportunities.

SCHEDULE: Part time May-August 2018

Program runs July 9, 2018 to August 10, 2018 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 2:45pm.

DATES/HOURS: One full day per week on-site, with 10 additional hours observing lessons, providing feedback, and coaching instructors, with training and planning sessions prior to start of program (May-June) and occasional evening/weekend hours.

WHERE: Blackstone Innovation School

GRADE LEVEL: Rising 2nd & 3rd Grade

PAY: $2,500, paid as stipend by BPS OELL upon completion of all training, planning, observation and coaching.


Program Planning and Training

·        Collaborates with nonprofit lead to develop an arts-integrated and project-based academic program around the summer theme, “What is Community?”

·        Delivers professional development workshops to teaching team to facilitate strong collaborative planning of summer lessons

·        Supports recruitment, enrollment and engagement efforts, in collaboration with non-profit partner, for BPS students targeted to participate in the Summer Learning Project

·        Attends any central planning meetings

Curriculum and Coaching

·        Provides ongoing support around curriculum development and implementation. Connect lesson plans with theme of activities during program day (e.g. tennis or island exploration or music/arts, etc.)

·        Works with site staff to implement curricula to target standards and deliver engaging, educational programming for students

·        Observes classes/activities, provide feedback, and model practices to improve instruction

·        Delivers coaching with multi-pronged goals of SLP in mind: academics, skill development, & program quality

·        Facilitates utilization of student data for curriculum and program planning

·        Observes lessons (at least 1x per week), provide timely feedback, and improve instruction

Joint Duties, in conjunction with nonprofit lead

·        Executes and enforces site policies and student discipline code

·        Develops program schedule in advance of summer, including special events (field trips, parent nights, etc.)

·        Establishes and co-facilitate regular meeting schedule between BPS teachers, paraprofessionals, and non-profit staff during summer to share feedback, discuss progress of programming (suggested frequency: at least 1X per week)

·        Oversees completion of student 1-page progress reports (using provided template) for each student, to be left with school principal(s) for fall

·        Meets regularly during summer with non-profit lead to track quality of programming and to ensure outcome goals are on track to be met. Work with non-profit lead to implement evaluation protocols - surveys, tests, etc.

·        Collaborates with BPS, BASB, RAND (if applicable), NIOST, and other evaluators in spring and summer to implement evaluation tools. Complete all necessary interviews and surveys.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred—focus on education.
  • Must be BPS employee; strong preference for ESL-Certification
  • Willing to explore student learning in a non-traditional setting and connect student understanding to project-based, experiential learning.
  • Willing to work in close collaboration with a non-profit with shared goals in a student-centered, school-aligned, results-focused initiative.
  • Focused on whole-child approaches (academic and skill development).
  • Experience teaching and developing curriculum based on ELA/Math standards for early elementary ELs, strongly preferred.
  • Experience in teaching and working with English Learners and/or with students from multicultural backgrounds in urban, community-based settings.
  • Musts meet CORI requirement.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred.
  • Strong administrative, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Good moral character, mature judgment and a strong sense of responsibility and dedication.
  • Highly positive and enthusiastic teaching style; capable of motivating and encouraging students and colleagues.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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