Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Full Circle/Next Wave
Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3098538 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: May 13, 2019 Starting Date: August 26, 2019

Job Description
2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Instructional Coach and Co-Leader Designer of Pilot Implementation

Job Goal: The Instructional Coach is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the coach is to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices as related to Competencies, Project Based Learning and Data Driven Instruction. The instructional coach is a learner who models continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and goes above and beyond to ensure student success. The instructional coach works collaboratively as a team with teachers, members of the Instructional Leadership Team, Principal, and Assistant Principal.

The Instructional coach will promote reflection, provide guidance and structure where needed, and focus on strengths, collaboration and common issues of concern. They will support high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching and providing feedback to teachers. The instructional coach will demonstrate and model a passion for positive youth development and leadership. This is NOT a supervisory position and DOES NOT include evaluation of colleagues.

• Certified in any teaching area Grades 6-12; additional Special Education certification preferred
• Minimum 5 years’ experience teaching, with a record of successfully impacting student achievement and working successfully with students who have the greatest needs.
• Strong understanding of competency/mastery based education, and rubric building
• Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners.
• Demonstrated leadership qualities and strong interpersonal skills, including giving and receiving constructive feedback.
• Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions.
• Knowledge of effective youth development practices/strategies
• Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise.
• Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
• Strong interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and applying new learning to help all students achieve.
• Demonstrates evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of significant professional development activities.
• Co-teach at least one course a semester.
• Model project based learning in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis.
• Support the instructional development of all teachers in understanding the Competencies, rubrics, performance based assessments, and data analysis of student work.
• Build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other coaches.
• Provide direction and coordination for how the competencies are implemented consistent with Design Priorities of NWFC and recognized best instructional practices.
• Work with building administration team to create an articulated schedule.
• Assist teachers in understanding NWFC mission and core values.
• Provide technical support to collaborative teams within buildings.
• Assist teachers in identifying resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning.
• Support teachers and administrators in using data to improve instruction on all levels.
• Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students.
• informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher’s professional growth and students’ success.
• Develop staff members’ knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs.
• Develop coaching plans for teachers to ensure student improvement.
• Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice.
• Contribute to the development systems and structures to improve teacher practice within schools.
• Provide job-embedded informal professional learning beyond the coaching responsibility.
• Submit a weekly coaching log and any pertinent data requests/coaching documentation.
• Attend training sessions
• Collect and utilize data for continued development and implementation of the redesign process
Terms of Employment:
• This is a temporary grant funded position for the 2019-2020 school year pending grant approval.
• This position is part of the Somerville Teachers Association (STA), Unit A Union.

Position Reports to:
• Principal of Next Wave / Full Circle Alternative Schools

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    John Haverty, Special Education Department Chair
    11 Otis St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: (617) 625-6600