Elementary Literacy Coach - 0.6 FTE

Stamford Public Schools
Stamford, CT, US

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Job Category
Administrator, Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment & PD, Instructional Coach / PD, Literacy Coach / Specialist, Teaching, Elementary Education Teacher
Grade Level
Elementary School
Job Type
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Position Type:
Teachers on Special Assignment

Date Posted:

Stamford, CT

Date Available:
2022-2023 School Year

Closing Date:
Until Filled

The filling of this position is based upon continued funding in the Board of Education budget.

Note: Teachers dually certified in TESOL, Bilingual Education or ESL, with experience in Sheltered Instruction or fluency in a language other than English, will be given preference for all Stamford Public School positions.

General Statement:
The Elementary Literacy Coach will support teachers in the understanding and implementation of the Science of Reading in our elementary classrooms. Additionally, they will support the professional growth of teachers and increase the district's capacity to meet the needs of all learners. Coaches will provide job-embedded professional development and assist teachers in the collection and analysis of student assessment data. Coaches must have a thorough knowledge of literacy content and research-based instructional strategies.

Each Coach will support the K-5 literacy instructional program in particular schools. The district's Coaching model is program-based, and Coaches will routinely meet with the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment - Elementary and the TOSA for Humanities K-5.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Provides instructional support, co-plans lessons, shares teaching opportunities, models instruction in classrooms, observes lessons, debriefs with teacher.
  • Provides assistance in choosing an instructional focus based on Stamford's instructional materials and data from the FLSA, DIBELS and a comprehension measure such as TRC or DRA2 Progress Monitoring.
  • Develops and leads professional development workshops in schools and the district.
  • Works with Principals, Reading Teams, and Teachers, and other professionals, along with the TOSA for Humanities K-5, to provide guidance in using assessment data to plan effective Tier 1 instruction and intervention for students demonstrating a need for additional support.
  • Assists the school-based Reading Team in planning and/or leading monthly grade-level team meetings concerning topics such as differentiated coaching, using assessment data Benchmark and Progress Monitoring for planning instruction, and developing instructional materials for small group instruction, with the TOSA for Humanities K-5.
  • Collaborates with Central Office staff, Building Administrators, and Teachers to select, obtain, implement, and manage appropriate resources and materials.
  • Attends professional development on content, instructional pedagogy, and the coaching role.
  • Engages in self-reflection activities and performance observations for the purpose of professional growth and goal-setting.
  • Perform other duties related to content area instructional improvement and student learning, as assigned by the Associate Superintendent for Teaching & Learning.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Meet schedules and timelines
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships
  • High standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity
  • Ability to provide teachers with relevant, and practical assistance to improve their teaching methodology, and to differentiate support based on the needs of individual Teachers
  • Ability to provide professional development to teachers in all areas related to literacy
  • Ability to work well with others, build relationships with school staff, and maintain confidentiality within the coaching role
  • Commitment to the success of all students and teachers
  • Willingness to be videotaped for instructional purposes
  • Knowledge of and/or demonstrate the ability to learn and implement Operating Systems (i.e. Windows); Office suites (i.e. Microsoft Office, Google Docs); Presentation Software (i.e. PowerPoint, Keynote); Spreadsheets (i.e. Excel, Google Spreadsheets); Communication and Collaboration tools (i.e. Skype); Accounting Software (i.e. QuickBooks); Student Information Systems (i.e. Naviance, PowerSchool); Performance Matters, and any other technology deemed relevant for this position.

CT CSDE Professional Educator Certification preferred
CT CSDE Educator Certification endorsed for Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts, Grades 1-12 (102) required
Five (5) years of teaching experience at the elementary level
Demonstrated excellence in elementary literacy instruction
Knowledge of national, state, and local curriculum standards and frameworks
Knowledge of Connecticut Common Core of Teaching
Knowledge of research-based instructional strategies, interventions and assessments
Experience developing strategies to address the diverse needs of English Language Learners and Students with Special Needs.

Stamford Education Association (SEA)

Work Year:
Part or Full-Time Coaching position(s) available.

Per SEA Contract

Contract Type
If an external applicant is hired for this position, they will be issued an Interim Contract ending 06/30/2023.

Finalized 11/08/2021

Application Procedures:
Online application is required.

Internal Applicants: Please upload a cover letter (summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position) and resume as part of your Internal Application. In addition, be prepared to provide a two letters of reference to the interview committee.
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