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Instructional Coach: K-6

at Anchorage School District

Posted: 9/28/2019
Job Reference #: 4642
Keywords: coach

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Openings as of 10/15/2019
Instructional Coach

  • Instructional Coach: K-6 JobID: 4642
  • Position Type:
    Instructional Coach/Instructional Coach

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    Bargaining Unit: AEA
    Work Year: 182 days per year

    Job Summary
    This position requires a valid Alaska educator certificate. The number of work days is based upon the AEA negotiated pay scale. Information on the pay scale can be found online at . Positions that are 0.50 FTE to 1.0 FTE are associated with the Alaska Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), positions that are 0.40 to 0.49 FTE are associated with the Alaska Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Positions that are 0.39 FTE or less are not eligible for state retirement benefits. However, this position may have a flexible work calendar which may include duty days during summer, winter or spring breaks, with equivalent time off during the regular school year as mutually agreed upon by the employee and supervisor.

    This position reports to and is evaluated by the site principal. An Instructional Coach may serve more than one school. The purpose of instructional coaching is to increase outcomes among students, addressing both growth and achievement, by building staff capacity through job embedded professional development and coaching in order to advance implementation of effective instructional practices, especially in the area of English Language Arts. This position supports the implementation of District adopted curriculum and resources through the use of research-based effective instructional strategies.
    Instructional coaches, principals, and instructional staff work together to secure time for the collaboration to occur as outlined within the AEA contractual work schedule. This may include attending professional development together, meeting during shared planning time, and/or collaborating during designated before/after school staff meetings. For more information on instructional coaching, please review the .

    Job Requirements
    The following are required:
    1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    2. A valid Alaska initial, professional, or master teaching certificate.
    3. Three (3) or more years of successful elementary school teaching.
    4. Strong oral and written communication skills.

    The following are preferred:
    1. Evidence of the following skills and abilities:
      1. Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.
      2. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with teachers and administrators.
      3. Experience in development, preparation, and presentation of professional development in a variety of formats.
      4. Experience in adult learning theory, and/or coaching, and mentoring scenarios.
      5. Experience using district, student, and site level data to select, implement, and differentiate instruction designed to meet individual student needs.
      6. Knowledge and experience of research, best practices in instructional design, differentiating instruction, and current educational trends.

      7. Essential Job Functions
        Change Agent
        1. Purpose: To engage instructional staff in collaborative reflection and problem solving about the impact of their instructional practices.
        2. Description: The coach helps instructional staff practice what they learn from professional development and transfer/synthesize their learning by co-planning, supporting, and brainstorming ways to utilize the information. The role of the coach helps facilitate the following:
          1. Fostering a safe, trusting, positive environment
          2. Facilitating and guiding school-based professional development
          3. Sharing alternatives and refinements for instructional practices

          4. Teacher Leader
            1. Purpose: To support and communicate school and district initiatives with the school community.
            2. Description: A coach as a teacher leader assists to connect and support district initiatives, craft and monitor goal setting, and remain focused on the main goal of increasing student growth and achievement. The role of the coach helps facilitate the following:
              1. Implementation of site-based professional development
              2. Acting as a strong advocate for student growth and achievement
              3. Assisting with implementation of Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) within school site

              4. Data Coach
                1. Purpose: To facilitate conversations using data-based decision making.
                2. Description: A coach analyzes data at all levels to facilitate data conversations with instructional staff. The coach supports instructional staff and administrators in using data to improve instruction. The role of the coach helps facilitate the following:
                  1. Collaboration with instructional staff on how to use and analyze data to improve student growth and achievement
                  2. Understanding of ASD’s comprehensive assessment system
                  3. Fostering learning focused conversations

                  4. Instructional & Content Supporter
                    1. Description: A coach supports instructional staff by helping with the why, what, and how of teaching and balances the continuum of coaching interactions—consulting, collaborating, and coaching. The role of the coach helps facilitate the following:
                      1. Working with staff in collaborating, co-planning, modeling, and debriefing lessons with constructive feedback
                      2. Support of instructional staff through new curriculum adoptions, priority plans, and updated assessments
                      3. Use of standards to guide identification of essential knowledge and skills
                      4. Learner
                        1. Purpose: To engage in continuous learning in order to keep current in educational practices and programs.
                        2. Description: Coaches reach out to create learning communities. The coach as a learner, reflects on practice, is aware of the needs of an adult learner, understands the learning process, provides opportunities for proactive support, and leads others in their journey to improve practice. As learners, coaches are involved in the following:
                          1. Engagement of professional development opportunities to build capacity as a reading expert
                          2. Engagement in professional reading concerning content as well as instructional coaching practices
                          3. Practice and reflection on new learning

                          4. Physical /Mental Demands
                            The physical demands of this job require frequent standing, walking, sitting, speaking and hearing. Specific visual abilities are also required. The employee is regularly required to reach with his/her hands and arms and occasionally lift items weighing less than 40 lbs. Additionally, the employee must be able to understand vague and implicit instructions, be able to readily recall facts and details, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure. The employee must have the ability to effectively manage the stress of working with students, parents, and other employees representing diverse cultures, personalities, and work styles in a dynamic work environment.

                            The Anchorage School District is committed to providing reasonable accommodations, according to applicable state and federal laws, to all individuals with a qualified physical or mental disability.

                            Work Environment
                            Work is performed in a professional environment with a wide variety of individuals having differing functions, personalities and abilities, including working with diverse groups of people in a variety of different settings.

                            Additional Job Information
                            This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties as requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

                            This position may have a flexible work calendar which may begin or end up to 21 calendar days before or after the school board adopted school calendar. Employees in this position will be required to complete an individual work calendar, and will receive pay on the same schedule as all other AEA employees.

                            Anchorage School District employees must possess the ability to read and write in English. This also includes the ability to communicate in English with school staff, co-workers, and the public; as well as have the ability to comprehend and carry out oral and written directions and understand and follow English instructions and written documents.

                            Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check in addition to the background check conducted through the certification process with the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development (DEED).

                            This position may be required to work in ASD facilities on the military installations (JBER). Please visit for additional information.

                            The Anchorage School District is an equal employment opportunity employer.