Sec. Literacy Coach at Dr. Jorge Alvarez Freshman Academy

Providence School District
Providence, RI, US
Closing date
Dec 26, 2021

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Job Category
Administrator, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & PD, Instructional Coach / PD, Literacy Coach / Specialist
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Position Type:
High School Teaching

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Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School

Dr. Jorge Alvarez Freshman Academy High School
Sec. Literacy Coach

Job ID: 3392

Job Description
Contingent upon funding

(Contingent upon funding) - CBH position - full-time permanent teaching position beginning at the start of the 2021/2022 school year.

Resume and cover letter required.

The literacy coach maintains a positive, caring, orderly, and supportive learning culture and environment for the diverse student population of PPSD. Critical to this responsibility, the coach creates a professional learning community focused on analyzing student data that informs the school improvement plan while providing instructional leadership through coaching, observation, and feedback to close achievement gaps and improve student outcomes. The coach supports teachers with the implementation of high-quality instructional strategies, with a focus on strategies that support MLL students, academically, linguistically and social-emotionally, that incorporate content, language, and the necessary scaffolds to improve literacy skills for all students. Coaching occurs through professional development, side-by-side planning and coaching, demonstration lessons, and making use of critical data to meet individual student's needs. The literacy coach promotes trusting, mutually respectful, and professional relationships in the school community by maintaining strong communication and transparency of expectations.

Additionally, the literacy coach will:
Participate in an annual review process to assess the overall effectiveness of the performance as a literacy coach in the areas of responsibilities outlined below.

***Accommodations for virtual interviews will be made during this hiring season, please apply***

Roles & Responsibilities

I. Instructional Leadership
  • Provides instructional coaching, demonstration lessons, collaborative co-teaching opportunities, lesson planning, observations and peer feedbackConducting cycles of observation and feedback for everyone in their departmentConduct short, non-evaluative cycles of observation, feedback, and support for each member of their departmentSupport teachers in their department by acting as a coach and thought partner to support action steps for ongoing improvement of instructional practiceCo-teaches and provides professional learning (job embedded) support to enhance the skill set of all staff to increase achievement and close gapsParticipates in regularly scheduled coach meetings and professional learning experiences (PLE) outside of the school dayParticipate in professional learning during the summer (Paid at the professional development rate)Develops expertise by participating in district initiatives on leadership and coaching development and training, including the recording and analysis of professional practice and coaching sessionsDemonstrates a strong working knowledge of literacy and WIDA standards and best practices in instruction across content areas. Continues to develop professional expertise through professional learning experiences, readings, training, and conferencesServes as a resource to the school for literacy strategies and MLL instruction to increase achievement.Assists teachers in organizing classrooms and instructional focus for literacy and MLL instruction.Develops and conducts professional development for targeted audiences, including classroom teachers, in the content area of ELA, science, and social studies instruction regarding instructional strategies, best practices, use of materials, and specific instructional topics. Models effective teaching techniques when presenting to groups and other professionals. Provides follow-up support to the secondary network and site-based training.Trains and assists teachers in selection and use of a variety of assessment instruments. Models and coaches how to administer assessments and collect data. Conducts data conferences with classroom teachers to interpret data and plan instruction, and assists teachers in using assessment data to plan appropriate instruction.Support teachers in creating and maintaining a model classroomMentoring teachers who are new to teaching and to the school.Participate in district initiatives on leadership and coaching development and trainingProactively communicates with teachers and visits classrooms on a scheduled basis.

II. Management of Multilingual Learner Programs and needs
  • Models the school's values and standards for professional conduct; consistently demonstrates best practices for communicating with students, staff, and familiesEnsures that state and national education policies and regulations are in implemented and in compliance to ensure that students Civil Rights are properly maintainedWorks with Principal to ensure that the school's policies and procedures for holding all students to high academic, linguistic and behavioral expectations are understood and promoted with consistency across all staffWorks collaboratively with the Secondary Network and Office of English Learners to meet the needs of MLLs including dually identified studentsWorks Collaboratively with the School's Evaluation Team/Special Education Staff to meet the needs of all students with specialized learning needsServes as the point person for meeting with families upon enrolling, properly scheduling and transitioning MLLs to the school's program as well as planning for and implementing MLL parent engagement programsMaintains accurate and up-to-date student and records to provide teachers with the most important data and background information needed to successfully meet their unique needs as well as to parents to keep them up-to-date on their child's progress in acquiring language and academic content

III. Oversight of Common Spaces/Communication
  • Ensures MLL teachers and staff working with MLLs have the instructional tools and equipment needed to successfully provide high quality instruction and create positive classroom environmentsAssists teachers with maintaining classrooms that are culturally responsive, and highly organized for learning and effortMaintains a professional library and resources as well as planning space for MLL teachers or any general education teachers who plan and collaborate togetherPerforms any other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities and tasks outlined in this document are not exhaustive and may change as determined by the needs of the school or secondary network.

Salary Rate Range
Teacher Salary Scale + up to 5 extra days

RIDE Requirements
Sec. English with ESL or Sec. Science with ESL or Sec. Social Studies with ESL
PK-12 Reading Specialist with ESL
Sec. Bilingual Dual Language - Spanish

Not properly RIDE certified? You may qualify for an emergency certification through RIDE.

  • RI Teacher Certification as noted in the certification section aboveMaster's Degree (from an accredited college) preferredNational Board Certification in an area related to ELA/Multilingual Learners (preferred)Minimum of 3 years of teaching in an urban setting(preferred)Experience as an Instructional Coach (preferred)Up-to-Date on Current Research, Regulations and National Trends related to educating MLLsDemonstrated expertise regarding the education of Multilingual Learners3 years' experience working MLLs; preferredExperience in coaching and providing professional development opportunities;Experience coordinating/leading MLL programsExperience with state and federal regulations regarding the education of MLLs;Strong communication and organizational skillsKnowledgeable in software applications ie. Excel, Word, PPT. Google, Data PlatformsMultilingual candidate in one of our district's top languages preferred (Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Khmer, Portuguese, Creole)
Key Qualifications
  • A proven track record of increasing student outcomes especially for students in urban settingsExperience as an instructional coach or experience with instructional coachingLeadership experience in developing positive school culture, including a deep knowledge of meeting the needs of students with IEP's and MLLs as evidenced by certifications held and/or research conductedApproaches language learning as an additive rather than subtractive factor to successfully achieving grade level standards wherein students first language and culture are valued, celebrated and promoted as an asset to the climate and culture of the schoolBelieves every child is capable of achieving at high standards and holds the highest of expectations for themExpertise in working with diverse populations of students and families, and in differentiating supports to address the needs of diverse learners; familiarity with Providence's student population and the community to be servedAn acumen for actively engaging students in their own learning, academically and non-academicallyA demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growthExcellent communication skills, both verbal and written; strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members; experience working collaboratively in team settingsApproaches the profession with maturity, humility, versatility (i.e., embraces the ambiguity and excitement associated with start-ups), a solutions-mindedness with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humorYou must complete the new hire compliance training prior to your first day of employmentBilingual PreferredSelected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check.
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