The Overlake School – Instructional Coach – August 2021
The Instructional Coach will support and coach teachers to develop clear, realistic, and essential instructional and/or professional development goals which ultimately improve the quality of instruction and enhance student learning. Through this work, they will work to inspire, encourage, and support faculty with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions that support teaching and learning. Day to day the coach will work in partnership with a team of coaches to work with teacher cohorts to support their ongoing development, as well as work with individual teachers in need of just-in-time support.
The Instructional Coach will support the school in the following areas: the development school-wide teaching & learning initiatives, including development and execution of scope and sequence; model and purveyor of best practices of teaching and learning; and serving as leaders of our Learning Management System, Canvas. As an active leader in the community and instructional teams, the Instructional Coach will help to lead forward a mission-driven vision for education.
The Instructional Coach’s role encompasses the following:
Learning Facilitator and Collaborator: Use principles of adult learning and effective facilitation/coaching in the supporting, planning and implementation of professional learning communities and professional development cohorts. Employ coaching processes that foster increased teacher collaboration within and between departments. Work with school leadership and instructional teams to model mission-driven instruction
Resource Provider: Create and share methods, materials, tools, and additional resources through modeling and other best practices to enhance teacher effectiveness. Contribute to an environment that encourages creative and independent use of relevant resources throughout the school. Partner with the coaching team to maintain a database of professional development opportunities for teachers.
School Leader and Catalyst for Change: Employ coaching processes that foster increased teacher initiative so that teachers will ultimately drive their own progress toward achieving their established goals and further develop their own expertise. Work with school leadership to define and develop best practices of teaching and learning to support the mission of the school.
Learner: Keep abreast of current trends and theories on employing research-based teaching and learning practices, as well as the technologies that help to turn these theories into reality.
Data Coach: Utilize data to help serve as a bridge between research and practice to support improving instruction and assessment.
Curriculum and Instructional Specialist: Support teachers by helping identify and implement best practices in curriculum and instruction. Facilitate each teacher’s ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the classroom and of all students.
Mentor: The coach is a critical friend supporting all teachers, no matter the level of experience. Maintain a consistent presence in classrooms with the goal of creating a relationship with each teacher through a dialogue focused on the teaching and learning processes taking place.
Other duties as described.
This position co-reports to the Director of Teaching & Learning and Director of Technology
Depending on education and experience with salary range $78,000 to $82,000.
This position will work the Overlake school day. This position follows the faculty calendar and requires 20 additional days to be worked in the summer at the supervisor’s discretion, typically the two weeks before school opens and the two weeks after school ends.
* adapted from Joellen Killion's "Ten Roles of a Coach"
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
Masters degree in Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, or similar preferred.
Superior teaching skills with at least 7-10 years of teaching experience and demonstrated success and mastery in teaching and pedagogy.
Preferred prior experience as a lead teacher, instructional coach, technology integrator or coordinator, consultant, or comparable.
Demonstrated cultural competency and a background that contributes to the diversity of the community and a respect for and understanding of diverse cultures and experiences.
Ability to improve the development and implementation of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and instructional data with teachers using a variety of coaching processes and other forms of professional development
Familiar with educational frameworks, such as UBD and ISTE standards for students, that help to quantify the value, sequence, and purpose of technology in education.
Familiar with modern technology tools, services, and other instruments that have applications both inside and outside the classroom.
Ability to facilitate reflective thinking and self-advocacy in teachers by being a neutral and active listener.
Ability to help adults problem solve with a solution-oriented approach.
Ability to conduct classroom observations for the purpose of identifying areas of strength, growth, and professional development needs of the teacher.
Ability to create and maintain positive and supportive relationships with faculty and administration as well as creating collaborative learning groups.
Familiar with the professional development needs of teachers and how to connect those needs to relevant professional development opportunities.
Experience conceiving, building, and conducting professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and administration.
Demonstrated leadership in support and application of educational technology.
Demonstrated ability to blend technology with sound pedagogy toward educational goals.
Experience working in an independent school a plus, but not required.
Exposure to programming, robotics, 2D and 3D design, making, etc. are a plus.
Ability to quickly learn unfamiliar tools to help others use them.
Entrepreneurial and self-motivated mindset: imagine and build new and exciting opportunities for students and teachers.
Exceptional collaborative skills, interpersonal abilities, and patience.
Excellent communication, organizational, and project management skills, including ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects and follow through to completion.
Familiarity with Learning Management Systems, particularly Canvas, are essential
About The Overlake School
The Overlake School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on a 75-acre campus in Redmond, Washington. The school serves 530 students grades 5-12. Founded in 1967, the school has a reputation as one of the leading independent schools in the Northwest. Overlake believes that diversity is an integral part of its mission. The school therefore actively fosters a diverse community that contributes to its educational richness.