MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTIONAL COACH

Christa McAuliffe Charter School

Framingham, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3525266
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : May 11, 2021
  • Starting Date: August 17, 2021

Job Description

Position Overview
McAuliffe’s Special Education Instructional Coach serves as the instructional leader for the special education department. The Special Education Instructional Coach has a combination of leadership, supervisory, and teaching responsibilities. This position reports to and works closely with the Director of Student Services, in concert with the Director of Teaching and Learning, other Instructional leaders, and the Special Education Coordinator, to engage teachers in ongoing professional growth focused on curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

The Special Education Instructional Coach supervises the school’s special educators (9-10) and inclusion assistants (5) and implements the annual evaluation cycle that includes self-assessment, goal-setting, gathering a body of evidence, and the use of a comprehensive rubric to guide mid year and end of the year evaluations. The primary role of a Special Education Coach is to work with special educators to support best practices in using data, providing analysis of classroom and school-wide trends in instruction and to make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of individual needs of students. As an advisor to teachers, the coach is responsible for providing support in instructional planning and delivery, specially designed instruction, analyzing data in order to adapt curriculum, and sharing of best practices across all academic disciplines. This position includes both direct instruction (.2-.4) as well as ample time for observation and coaching (.8-.6).

Mission
The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.

About the School
The Christa McAuliffe Charter School’s mission is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the expeditionary learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards.

McAuliffe is a 19 year-old charter middle school (grades 6-7-8) educating 400 scholars who live in MetroWest: Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Southborough, and Sudbury. We are one of over 150 EL Education (EL) schools nation-wide and one of nine EL schools in Massachusetts. EL is a non-profit organization devoted to providing network schools with a highly-respected model of comprehensive school reform with emphasis on high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.

What is EL Education?
EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is a national school transformation organization operating in over 150 schools in 30 states and reaching over 45,000 students. EL partners with schools to improve student achievement through an inquiry and project-based approach. EL schools inspire the motivation to learn, engage teachers and students in new levels of focus and effort, and transform schools into places where students and adults become leaders of their own learning.

Overview of Responsibilities
The responsibilities outlined are many and most involve collaboration with other faculty. They are also not exhaustive as there are always initiatives in progress whether mandated from the department of education or those the school opts into for the sake of program improvement.

Instructional Coaching/Support:
Support teachers in deepening their knowledge and implementation of both specially designed instruction and rigorous and culturally responsive strategies that meet the learning needs of a wide range of students, including students with disabilities while aligning standards, curriculum, and assessment across classrooms.

Provide instructional coaching in all academic areas which includes weekly, student-centered observation-feedback cycles with up to 10 individual (special education) teachers and up to 6 inclusion assistants, focused on reflection and problem-solving to improve student outcomes through effective instruction and assessment.

- Guide this caseload of teachers and inclusion assistants through an annual evaluation cycle including goal-setting and mid and end-of-year evaluations.
- Support the use of best practices to provide access to general curriculum and specially designed instruction for all students
- Reviews and contributes to the development of lesson plans, unit plans, and assessments
- Support the use of data to track progress and analyze trends vertically
- Collaborate with teachers and provides specific strategies for improved instructional delivery with research-based instructional strategies and interventions to improve achievement for all students
- Co-teach and/or models lessons, as needed, to support teacher development
- Build teacher capacity in ensuring all students with disabilities have equitable access to rigorous learning opportunities that take individual student needs into consideration
- Support teachers in the development of strong and compliant IEPs, in collaboration with the Director of Student Services and the Special Education Coordinator.

Professional Development
Provide ongoing professional development based on teacher, building, and district needs.
Attend district professional development sessions that happen both within and outside of regular school hours
Provide professional development to teachers during before or after school professional development times or during Collaborative Planning Time
Build capacity of teachers to support the improvement of student outcomes
Collaborate with master teachers and Instructional Leaders in determining appropriate resources and support for teachers
Collaborate with the Director of Student Services and Special Education Coordinator to provide weekly professional development and/or opportunities for data analysis with the special education team.
Engage in professional learning with other members of the Instructional Leadership Team including videotaping coaching sessions and giving and receiving regular feedback to one another.
Participate in 360 evaluations for self and for other instructional leaders.

Data Analysis and Utilization Support
Supporting teachers in understanding, analyzing and utilizing data to support equitable student access to learning
Build teacher capacity in effectively using formative data to inform instruction
Support a data-oriented culture that uses student data regularly to improve instructional practices
Analyze interim and formative data, in collaboration with other instructional leaders, to inform instructional planning
Other work
Participate in the hiring of teachers including interviews, demo lessons, and demo lesson debrief.
Assist the Director of Student Services during the school’s Tiered Focused-Monitoring reviews (TFM) including self-assessment, corrective action planning, and progress reporting
Serve as an active member of the McAuliffe Community including attending evening celebrations of student learning and admissions events.
Follow the school’s faculty handbook related to school rules, policies, and procedures.
Fulfill duty responsibilities which may entail arrival/dismissal or lunch/recess duty.
Completes any additional duties as assigned by the Director of Special Education
Chaperone fieldwork (day or overnight) including camping trips and local activities that involve students building their background knowledge about specific topics including organic gardening, space research, and Massachusetts geology.

Qualifications
Master’s degree and MA licensure as a Special Education Teacher (Mild/Moderate Disabilities)
4+ years of Exemplary or Proficient experience with lesson design and curricular planning (as a special educator?) within the middle grades
Experience coaching and mentoring teachers
Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify lessons
Knowledge of and experience developing specially designed instruction
Experience working within/with co-teaching model preferred, not necessary
Belief in and commitment to inclusive learning models for students with disabilities
Belief in and commitment to the school’s Expeditionary Learning mission
Experience developing well-crafted and data-based IEPs
Use of ESped, Google Docs platform, and Excel/google sheets.
Ability to set and focused long-term, short-term, and daily priorities efficiently
Exemplary organizational skills and detail-oriented tendencies.
Ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of constituents: colleagues, parents, advocates, and scholars.
Maintaining calm presence during stressful situations.
The collaborative spirit of “we are crew, not passengers”.
Reflective and committed to ongoing learning & development.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Middle Grades
    Special Education > Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Employer Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...


    Location Description

    The Christa McAuliffe Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning charter school for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, serving students from Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Sudbury, and Southborough and a number of other towns outside of Boston.

    The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Charter School is to cultivate within each member of a diverse student body, through the Expeditionary Learning design, an intense commitment to self and community, the courage and insight to set high standards for academic and personal success, and the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to achieve those standards. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Christa McAuliffe Charter School 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.

    Job Requirements




    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

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    Contact Information

    • Cori Jacomme , Director of Student Culture
    • 139 Newbury St.
    • Framingham, Massachusetts 01071

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