Syracuse City School District

SYRACUSE, New York ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2904784
  • Application Deadline: December 26, 2099
  • Posted : March 14, 2018
  • Starting Date: March 13, 2018

Job Description

Please note that this posting is for anticipated openings for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. Locations will vary depending on availability. We expect to begin the screening process in February 2018.

The Syracuse City School District is undergoing a new phase of innovation and transformation with the goal of ensuring that all students graduate high school with the skills needed to be ready for college and career. For Syracuse, all means all – including students who fall behind or have been considered “hard to serve” for a host of reasons. The School Board and Syracuse community have charged Superintendent Jaime Alicea with improving student achievement, and he is seeking a dedicated team of school leaders and teachers to partner with him in moving the district toward its goals. The Syracuse City School District represents 34 schools and 4 alternative education programs, serving 21,000+ students Pre-K-12 of whom 77% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 18% are served by the Office of Special Education and 78% are students of color.

The Personalized Learning (PL) Instructional Coach will provide instructional support and coaching to SCSD teachers as they work to implement the elements of personalized learning into their classrooms.  The primary role of the PL Instructional Coach is to work with teachers to support best practices in using data, provide analysis of school-wide trends in instruction and make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of need.  
As an advisor to teachers and principals, PL Instructional Coach is responsible for providing support in designing of units and lessons, content knowledge in all academic areas, analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment and sharing of best practices.

REPORTS TO: Building Principal

The Personalized Learning Instructional Coach will:
  • Provide comprehensive instructional coaching in all academic areas, focusing on personalized learning and incorporating the CORE 4 rubric.
  • Collaborate with teachers and provide specific strategies for improved instructional delivery.
  • Serve as a resource in identifying appropriate research-based instructional strategies and interventions to improve achievement for all students.  Specific emphasis will be placed on appropriate strategies for improving the academic achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs), students with disabilities, and struggling readers.
  • Support teachers by providing feedback on lessons and assessments that align with the personalized learning approach.
  • Provide professional development and materials to support teachers.
  • Serve as a coach to teachers by providing expert advice on improving and enhancing individual lessons and units based on ongoing analysis.  This will include, but is not limited to: 
    • Reviewing lesson plans, unit plans and assessments
    • Understanding the District scope and sequence
    • Observing classroom instruction and offering comprehensive analysis and feedback
    • Conducting demonstrations and modeling lessons for classroom teachers
  • Cultivate a standards-based, data and results-oriented culture.
  • Make recommendations on best practices for supporting curricular alignment across all grade levels and individual schools.
  • Collaborate with master teachers and principals in determining appropriate resources and support for teachers.
  • Collaborate with the teacher support team to develop and implement plans designed to assist struggling students.
  • Complete any additional duties as assigned by the Chief Academic Officer and or the Supervisor of Library Media Services.

  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with students of color and low-income students.
  • Significant experience with curriculum development and daily lesson planning.
  • Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify lessons.
  • Knowledge of and experience with backwards designed curricular models and Understanding by Design.
  • Significant experience with instructional best practices.
  • Ability to model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding.
  • Comfort and willingness to actively participate in school community.
  • Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the SCSD mission and willingness to serve the SCSD community.
  • Experience in professional development and leadership roles working with adults
  • Ability to plan, model, coach and provide feedback to individual teachers and teams of teachers to improve teaching and learning.
  • Experience implementing effective instructional practices, designing engaging lessons, using data and formative assessment in the classroom and implementing the four-tiered intervention system.

  • Minimum five (5) years of teaching experience required.
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience leading other teachers to achieve strong academic results.
  • Appropriate New York State Teacher Certification. (Teachers with certification in Special Education or TESOL encouraged to apply.)
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit; be flexible, willing and able to play different instructional roles at the school; and be willing to go above and beyond to meet the varied and constant needs of the students of the SCSD.
  • Excellent organizational, communication and facilitation skills.
  • Prior demonstration of exemplary attendance is expected of any candidate for hire.
  • Training and or experience with Culturally Relevant Education (preferred)
  • Please note that New York State requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 for certification, and one hired, this proof will be kept on file in the Office of Human Resources. 
  • Once offered, you will be required to declare that all previous obligations with an employing school district have been met and you are not seeking this position with the intent of resigning from a previous commitment in which you have not served. 
  • City Residents are encouraged to apply!

  • Ability to work beyond the ten-month school year and student day.

  • The current starting salary for SCSD Teachers is $48,500 . With proof of outside related experience and college transcripts, the salary will be increased pursuant to the Unit 1 contractual agreement.
  • Teachers will have opportunities to teach in our Summer School Programs, receiving an hourly rate of $42.69.
  • Teachers with experience and a deep background in Urban Education may qualify for the District’s Urban Fellowship Program.  For details of the program and its requirements, please click HERE.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Instructional Support > Teacher Mentor
    Student Services > Teacher Mentor
    Athletics & Activities > Coaching
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Syracuse City School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Bridget Kemp
    • 725 Harrison Street
    • Syracuse, New York 13210

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