Voices College-Bound Language Academies Part-Time Instructional Coach (Bilingual SP/ENG)- 2017-18 in San Jose, California

Overview

Though 9 in 10 Latino young adults say a college degree is important for success in life, fewer than 15% age 25 or older hold a bachelor’s degree. Voices College-Bound Language Academies exist to change that.

Founded in 2006 by East San Jose native and National Board Certified Teacher Frances Teso, Voices is a public charter school network with a mission to prepare all students for the challenges of higher education through the context of an academically rigorous dual-language program. With the Voices dual-immersion model, students receive 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English starting in kindergarten. The percentages shift by 10% per year until reaching 50:50 in third grade. As a result, every student, regardless of home language, graduates bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.

In 2017-18, Voices will operate three public charter schools: Voices-Franklin McKinley School District (K-8), Voices-Morgan Hill and Voices-Mt. Pleasant (both Transitional Kindergarten - 3rd, growing to Transitional Kindergarten - 8th). As we expand to serve more traditionally underserved students in Santa Clara County and surrounding counties, Voices seeks additional team members who share a commitment to its mission and believe joyful learning and world-class academic preparation are not mutually exclusive.

Voices Academies’ Vision

All students graduating from Voices College-Bound Language Academies will possess the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed in any career path they choose to pursue in life by mastering academic standards and subject matter. Students will be aware of the many positive possibilities for their future, and enjoy learning throughout their lives. They will be able to think critically by asking questions, especially when confronted with the status quo. Our students will have a sense of social responsibility to make their communities better.

Role Summary

Voices Academies’ Instructional Coach will be an inspiring Leader and Educator with an entrepreneurial spirit. Reporting to the Principal, the Instructional Coach serves as part of their school’s leadership team, providing job-embedded and ongoing professional development for teachers, and staff. The ideal candidate will not only be innovative, but also have an unwavering commitment to accelerate students academic achievements while assessing and coaching Teachers and Associate teachers. He/She will provides professional development and guidance for teachers to improve their content knowledge and effective delivery of instructional strategies to build the capacity of the school and its teachers to enhance instructional practices.

Key Responsibilities

Instructional Coach:

  • Implement Voices professional development program and best practices.

  • Provides on-site staff development to ensure that teachers are knowledgeable about program components and understand the instructional design of how the instructional program meets the standards.

  • Conducts demonstration lessons, in-class coaching, classroom walkthroughs, observations and coaching sessions, co-planning, and facilitates peer observation/coaching to ensure that all teachers have been trained to an advanced level of delivery and are using the instructional materials as designed.

  • Provides support through reflective coaching through paraphrasing, guiding questions, and 6 Steps to Effective Feedback.

  • Assists teachers in building and implementing interactive classroom environment focused on the content and learning strategies embedded in the program in order to maximize student engagement.

  • Support teachers in preparation and pacing for instruction and developing lesson plans and curriculum as needed

  • Schedule and keep track of observations and coaching sessions through an observation log.

  • Monitor instructional effectiveness and student progress using tools and strategies gained through professional development.

  • Participate and/or lead collaborative grade level data meetings to assist in or model the analysis and utilization of assessment data to correct instruction and improve student achievement.

  • Serves as a knowledgeable resource in identifying appropriate research-based instructional strategies and interventions to improve student achievement for all students including English learners, students enrolled in Special Education programs, and students with diverse learning needs.

  • Analyze student needs and provide strategies for differentiated instruction.

Professional Activities:

  • Assist grade level teams and individuals in setting goals for improved instruction.

  • Design (individually or in collaboration with others) high quality professional development for teachers/school staff.

  • Identify school teaching and learning needs, barriers and weaknesses by analyzing student data, and organizing and implementing problem-solving actions with teachers (in teams and individually) to refine their knowledge and skills.

  • Establish and maintain cooperative and supportive relationships with teachers.

  • Maintain communication with supervisor and site administration through a weekly schedule/log of activities.

  • Trains site staff in the implantation of network-wide diagnostic, benchmark, and interim assessments.

  • Attend trainings, professional development meetings and participates on the school’s Academic Leadership Team

  • Performs other instructional and non-instructional duties as assigned.

Voices Academies Instructional Coach candidates will have the following

Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  • CA Multiple Subject Clear Credential with BCLAD or CLAD

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision and values of Voices Academies with a deep commitment to improving the lives of students from low-income communities

  • Minimum 3 years of classroom experience, proven track record of results, exemplary references and classroom evaluations

  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.

  • Outstanding written, speaking, and organizational skills with experience interacting with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Commitment to accelerated educational progress of children.

  • Experience or commitment to public education, social justice, efficacy and equity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of and experience working with low-income communities preferred

  • Prior coaching/mentoring experience

  • Entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility, and demonstrated success in building a dual-immersion curriculum.

  • Understanding of dual language instructional practices and school design and the unique characteristics of public charter schools is a plus.

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Google Apps

  • Ability to work well independently and within a team environment; working efficiently, and exercising excellent judgment in making decisions.

  • Tolerate high levels of stress

Working Conditions:

  • Regular requirement to stand, sit, walk, talk, hear, see, read, speak, reach, stretch with hands and arms, stoop, kneel and crouch

  • Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

  • Occasional evening and or weekend work

  • Occasional travel

  • Willingness to be trained as needed

Prior to Employment: Once an offer has been extended, a candidate must meet the following criteria to receive a final contract:

  • First Aid/CPR Certification

  • Clear Criminal Background Check

  • Valid TB Clearance

Benefits

Key Compensation:

  • Highly competitive salary

  • Medical benefits

  • Exceptional growth opportunities

  • Retirement plan

Contract:

  • Reports directly to Principal

  • Permanent Salaried, Exempt Position

  • At-Will Contract

If you have any questions about this position, please contact our hiring team by email at jobs@voicescharterschool.com. Thank you.

Voices College-Bound Language Academies is an equal opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Voices to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, citizenship status, medical condition, or any other legally protected status.