Worcester Public Schools
Worcester, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3672151 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: September 13, 2021 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Applicants who have previously applied do not need to re-apply.

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The Focused Instructional Coach works as part of the special education department in elementary schools providing instructional support to teachers of moderate special needs across all curricula areas. The coach collaborates with instructional staff, site administrators and leadership teams to promote student achievement by identifying current, research-based instructional and assessment strategies, modeling lessons to classroom teachers, providing constructive feedback and assisting teachers in collecting student achievement data and using the data to modify instruction. Using student achievement data, the Focused Instructional Coach will identify professional development needs and plan, present, and evaluate on-site staff development activities.


1.Implements the philosophy, goals, policies and Compact of the WPS.

2.Facilitates the development of a learning community focused on raising expectations and providing rigorous core instruction for every student, every day.

3.Provides model lessons for classroom teachers using current scientifically, research-based instructional and assessment strategies.

4.Devotes the majority of their time to utilizing the coaching model within the classroom setting.

5.Provides constructive feedback on delivery of high quality teaching and learning.

6.Assists classroom teachers in collecting, analyzing, and using student achievement data to guide instruction to ensure that all students are college and career ready.

7.Provides job embedded professional development focused on organization of the classroom to construct a positive learning climate.

8.Schedules teachers for classroom peer/best practices observations.

9.Identifies site professional development needs by using student achievement data.

10.Plans, schedules, and conducts site professional development aligned with the district and site goals outlined in the School Accountability Plan and connected to solid, rigorous core instruction.

11.Analyzes data and prepares data presentations for the principal, staff, and family groups.

12.Assists teachers and grade levels in analyzing student achievement data for program improvement and increased student performance.

13.Monitors benchmark assessments for use in developing and implementing interventions.

14.Attends instructional leadership, department, and district meetings.

15.Participates fully in professional development for coaches, professional research and reading, and peer observations.

16.Maintains coach activity log.

17.Responsible for assuring equal educational opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, gender, age, marital status, religion, gender identity, national rigin, sexual orientation, homelessness, or disability.

18.Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


1.Building effective teams

2.Establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with others

3.Effectively organizing professional development activities

4.Communicating clearly in oral and written form with confidentiality

5.Preparing and delivering oral presentations

6.Analyzing data accurately and adopt an effective course of action

7.Utilizing technology to analyze student data and prepare applicable statistical reports

8.Utilizing assessment and evaluation techniques, strategies, and procedures

9.Meeting schedules and timelines

10.Working independently

11.Planning and organizing work


1.A minimum of five (5) years successful teaching experience with students with disabilities

2.Massachusetts Teacher Licensure in Moderate Disabilities PK-8

3.Masters Degree

4.SEI Endorsement

5.Wilson Certification Level 1 and 2

6.Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with curriculum and program development

7.Demonstrated experience in providing professional development for teachers

8.Demonstrated successful experience in working with adults and understanding of adult learning theory

9.Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and engagement in providing leadership around improvement

10.Demonstrated knowledge and experience with current pedagogy as it relates to the school’s evidence-based best practices in support of the school focus

11.Demonstrated knowledge and experience in delivering of high quality instruction as defined by the WPS High Quality Teaching and Learning Framework

12.Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team setting with other adults


1.Experience as an instructional coach, ILT member, or other leadership position(s).

2.Dual license in a core subject.

3.Wilson Certification as a trainer

4.Demonstrated experience supporting students with special needs.

5.Ability to speak Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Albanian, or Twi.

6.Demonstrated experience with second language acquisition.

SALARY:Teacher’s salary plus Title I Head Teacher stipend ($2,841). This stipend includes two days in August as well as
preparation for before and after school professional development as needed by the Principal.

WORK YEAR: Teachers’ schedule and additional work as required at the teachers contractual hourly rate.

TO APPLY: Any person interested in this position must submit an application on-line with
licensure information, and answer all questions at

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 2

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Worcester Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Educational Institution and does not discriminate regardless of race, color, ancestry, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy or a related condition, veteran status or homelessness. The Worcester Public Schools provides equal access to employment and the full range of general, occupational and vocational education programs. For more information relating to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action contact the Human Resource Manager, 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3020.

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

  • Application Questions
    This employer has requested that all applicants answer the following questions. It is highly recommended that you type any essays in a word processing program, save them, and then paste them on the proceeding job application page.
    1. Have you ever been terminated for cause from a prior position? If so please explain.
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    2. Have you ever worked for the Worcester Public Schools? When? What capacity?
    Brief Response (Answer limited to 200 characters, including spaces)

    3. Do you have any relatives employed by the Worcester Public Schools or the School Committee? If yes, please list name, title, and relationship.

    4. Do you have Wilson certification (level 1 and level 2)?
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Kay Seale, Manager of Special Education
    20 Irving Street
    Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
    Phone: 508-799-3093