Instructional Coaches will facilitate change in instructional practices of teachers that will enable teachers to diagnose student needs more analytically; plan more productively; and teach more effectively. The Instructional Coach supports student achievement by providing direct support to administrators, department chairs and teachers of schools in their region. They provide pre-service and ongoing training to staff. They are in schools 100% of the time during the school calendar year. An Instructional Coach works closely with the department chair, regional and central instructional support staff and assist in monitoring the implementation of core programs in classrooms. They develop materials and establish protocols that support their work.
The items outlined below identify a number of tasks and responsibilities that cover the key areas of the Education department’s expectations for the job of an Instructional Coach. Some of the roles and responsibilities may change and additional responsibilities may be assigned throughout the course of the school year.
Working with principals, department chairs and teachers for schools in their regions, an Instructional Coach supports student achievement by:
The instructional coach provides leadership for teachers by planning, collaborating, organizing, mentoring and facilitating change to improve the instructional program
Schedule, organize and facilitate collaborative instructional team meetings to assist in the analysis and utilization of assessment data (formative, summative) to improve student achievement and establish goals for improved instruction
Serve as a resource in identifying appropriate instructional strategies and interventions to improve student achievement for all students including English learners, students enrolled in Special Education Programs, and students with diverse learning needs.
Assist schools with the consistent use a structured planning framework to deliver lessons that reflect explicit planning to address students' differing levels, skills and learning styles, while incorporating technology, materials, and activities to create a highly-engaging experience for students.
Assist schools with their understanding of student achievement goals consistent with District expectations and available baseline and historical testing data
Embed norm-referenced and criterion-referenced test expectations and formats into regular daily instruction and assessment