Maria L. Baldwin School Community:
Baldwin strives to deliver a welcoming, inclusive, and joyful learning environment that supports every student in taking risks, learning, and reaching his or her full potential; while building community, individual responsibility, and self-confidence.
Every class starts the day with Morning Meeting, which sets the foundation for a positive environment where ownership of learning and personal responsibility are the focus. Student-directed All-School Meetings support the ideal that children are responsible for building our school culture.
Technology and expanded arts instruction are integrated into teaching and learning at Baldwin, so that students can become experts in using technology and creative expression to learn and explore. Our school enjoys strong relationships with the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Harvard Art Museums. These partnerships form the basis of integrated interdisciplinary projects that take student learning out of the classroom and into the community.
Beginning in Grade 2 our students have the opportunity to go on overnight camping trips to Cape Cod and New Hampshire. These overnight experiential education camping trips are a tradition at the Baldwin School. We offer our students free before and after school programs including basketball, French, STEM club, and sewing.
At the Cambridge Public Schools, we are committed to cultivating an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are embraced, acknowledging that a team reflecting diversity of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, and veteran status allows us to serve our communities better. To that end, we welcome and encourage applicants to bring their authentic selves when considering employment opportunities within our school district.
The Maria L. Baldwin School seeks a Building Literacy Coach to join our caring and innovative community. This position is responsible for coaching teachers and providing professional development to support the implementation of Cambridge Public School’s ELA curriculum, Literacy Instructional Framework and Assessment System. Reporting to the English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator and the principal, s/he will get the exciting opportunity to work side-by side with a committed group of educators in developing innovative ways to deliver world-class training and development to a passionate team of teachers. A successful Building Literacy Coach will serve as a thought leader in the creation and sourcing of world class professional development resources, leveraging their classroom teaching expertise and knowledge of best practices to disseminate high impact curricula and training for the benefit of Cambridge Public School educators.
- Support the implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI).
- Analyze and utilize data to monitor student progress and to coordinate instruction.
- Oversee and organize assessment training for teachers, assessment scheduling, implementation and reporting.
- Participate in school leadership teams (instructional leadership team, literacy leadership team, PLCs).
- Meet regularly with building administration to establish and maintain a shared vision for coaching, collaboration, and implementation of the literacy framework.
- Attend and participate actively in professional development sessions provided by the English Language Arts Department, Lesley University and other organizations.
- Receive coaching and support visits from District Coaches.
- Actively participate in curriculum development and alignment.
- Guide the purchasing, distribution, organization and use of books and materials for classrooms and professional development.
- Assist in the creation of a home-school literacy program.
- Provide resources to parents to help them understand how to support their students at home.
- Perform lesson observations, providing specific and actionable feedback for improvement.
- Provide recommendations for school-wide professional development based on the instructional needs of teachers
Your Skill Set:
As the incoming Building Literacy Coach you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
- Four or more years of teaching experience in elementary or middle grades with a proven track record of high achievement in the classroom.
- Strong classroom management skills.
- Strong knowledge of Common Core/ MA Curriculum Framework for ELA and Literacy
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with a diverse staff.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s in Education strongly preferred.
- Massachusetts Teacher Certification/Licensure in Elementary; Reading Specialist preferred
In accordance with the Cambridge Education Association Unit A Salary Schedule.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Apply online at http://bit.ly/MLBLitcoach. Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format.