Urban Teachers is recruiting [full-time or part time] to provide high-quality coaching that develops effective teachers in our Baltimore site. Coaching is a critical facet our teacher training and continuous development program model. We provide three years of coaching support to ensure that our participants are fully engaged in their ongoing development and develop habits of practice that will serve them long into their teaching careers. We are looking for skilled Instructional Coaches with content expertise and instructional experience in at least one of the following areas:
- Special Education – elementary and secondary
- Literacy – elementary and secondary
- Math – elementary and secondary
- Early Childhood Education
Qualified individuals who are fully invested in Urban Teachers’ mission and vision and who thrive in fast-paced, results-oriented settings are encouraged to apply.
Position Requirements and Key Responsibilities
Urban Teachers is seeking experienced coaches to support our participants. Coaches have practice-based responsibilities throughout the school year. This position reports directly to the Lead Clinical Faculty for [content] and is part of the [city] team led by the Director of Clinical Faculty. Instructional coaches are expected to demonstrate solid competencies across 5 domains:
1. Planning for coaching
- Engage in the intellectual preparation for coaching work by reviewing participant data, identifying areas of focus, building strong relationships with coaching cadre, etc.
- Implement the pre-observation coaching protocols at Urban Teachers in accordance with the established expectations and with identified technology
2. Implementing coaching
- Implement the coaching model at Urban Teachers in accordance with established protocols, expectations, and with the identified technology
3. Providing Feedback for Growth
- Provide verbal and written feedback in accordance with Urban Teachers protocols and expectations
- Reliably evaluate participants teaching practice on the Urban Teachers’ Teacher Practice Rubric
4. Demonstrating Professional Habits & Dispositions
- Maintain appropriate data on all program participants
- Demonstrate respect, humility, and responsiveness to our participants, school partners, and the students and communities whom we serve
5. Committing to Excellence and Ongoing Learning
- Contribute to Urban Teachers’ professional community, including posting work, uploading videos of coaching, attending meetings and professional development, and teaming with others in support of participants
- Engage in, and facilitate ongoing professional learning and trainings; including, though not limited to, meeting the performance expectations for observer reliability
- Collaborate with colleagues, Lead Clinical Faculty and Director of Clinical Faculty
- Provide ongoing feedback on the quality of curriculum and programmatic support
Preferred Skill Set
A graduate degree (M.A. or higher) related to education; at least 3 years K-12 instructional experience in the content area; experience in urban public education as a teacher, staff developer, and/or administrator; extensive knowledge of the content and pedagogical content knowledge in the relevant discipline; skills in group facilitation and mentoring; experience with problem-solving/internship programs, e.g. developing novice teachers.
Application materials should include the following
- Three references (with contact information)
- Educational background (i.e., degrees)
- Vita that includes thorough information on prior employment related to education (especially any prior experience doing professional development, working with prospective teachers, or other work related to K-12 education)
- Information on teacher certification status
- Fingerprinting and background check per state requirements
The interview process includes
- Demonstrating the ability to gather appropriate evidence and provide feedback for growth on a participant’s practice
- Interviewing both on the phone and in-person with Urban Teachers site team, content team, and/or university partners
- Completing a performance task
Applicants must provide a letter of interest, current CV, and three professional academic references.
About Urban Teachers
The mission of Urban Teachers is to prepare highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement and remain teaching in the nation’s highest-need schools. Urban Teachers accomplishes this by recruiting outstanding candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training, and linking their certification to their demonstration of effective teaching practices and skills. Founded in 2009, Urban Teachers is on the cutting edge of urban school reform by virtue of its link between teacher effectiveness and certification eligibility. The organization’s residents and teachers will provide the necessary proof points to make a national case for educator effectiveness and accountability.
Urban Teachers is committed to developing and supporting outstanding urban educators who adhere closely to a set of core values, including an explicit and accountable commitment to improving student performance, the ability to meet the diverse needs of children in urban settings in conjunction with parents and the local community, and an openness to work collaboratively in professional settings. Participants in the Urban Teachers program also receive a Master’s of Science in Education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education—a top 10 graduate school of education according to U.S. News and World Report. For more about Urban Teachers, please visit them here.
Urban Teachers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or national and ethnic origin in hiring and employment, nor in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and other programs.
Minimum Education Required