|Position Description: *
The Instructional Coach, in conjunction with Site Directors, is responsible for planning and coordinating the implementation of the education program for infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children. The Instructional Coach ensures that all regulations and mandates for federal, state, and local licensing are met and works with a team of classroom teachers and family members to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities.
All employees and volunteers are expected to be sensitive to our client’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics, reflect Sunbeam Family Services core values and to perform at Sunbeam’s standards of excellence at all times.
Supervisors will work to maintain professional integrity, exemplifying the values of the program and promoting the mission of the organization, with the goal of providing staff an employment experience in a coaching environment that supports growth, individual integrity, life-long learning and career satisfaction.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Serve as a leader within the Early Childhood Services program and effectively role model for developmentally appropriate practice, for the values expected within the program, and for the mission of the organization.
• Facilitate full and effective implementation of Educare’s Core Features and evidence-based instructional practices to continuously improve teaching and learning with the aim of accelerating children’s learning, development, and school readiness outcomes.
• Provide leadership to classroom teaching teams in: (1) design, delivery, and coordination of intensive professional development; (2) education program development; (3) facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration; and (4) administrative support.
• Promote a culture of professionalism, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
• Structure routine contexts for individual and group-based professional development for teachers to work collaboratively to reflect on and examine practices, solve application challenges, manage conflict, and promote continuous learning and improvement in professional practice and child outcomes. Specifically:
‣ Team Lesson Planning Schedule - protect time for regular collaboration among the teaching team to review data, reflect on children’s progress and teaching practices, and plan for interaction, instruction, and family engagement.
‣ Lesson Study – Facilitate or coordinate collaborative “lesson study” opportunities for teachers to unpack early learning and development standards, discuss children’s progress, examine practice and together design innovative learning experiences.
‣ Reflective Practice Groups/Communities of Practice – Facilitate or coordinate reflective practice groups or communities of practice for teachers to engage in shared reflection, inquiry, and professional learning.
‣ Coaching – Implement formal cycles of reflective - content-based coaching (planning conversation, observation, and reflecting conversation) to support the transfer of knowledge and improvements in daily practice.
‣ Reflective Supervision - Provide individual reflective supervision to support, develop and evaluate teacher performance through a process of inquiry that encourages their understanding and articulation of the rationale for their own practices.
• Lead and coordinate ECS education program for children ages birth to three or three to five, including implementation of the following core features and evidence-based practices:
‣ Ensure a research-based, comprehensive curriculum and content-based, supplemental curricula (e.g., literacy, math, executive functioning/social-emotional) are in place, and that alignment exists among the curricula and early learning standards, outcome goals, formative assessments, and instructional strategies;
‣ Ensure teacher-child interactions and instruction is responsive, intentional and developmentally appropriate to ensure children are provided socially supportive, organized, and instructionally meaningful interactions to support their development (i.e., social-emotional, physical, cognitive and language) and learning (i.e., literacy, math, science, technology, social studies, and the arts);
‣ Use of child screening, assessment, and progress data to inform lesson planning, individualization, and the intensification of instruction in the areas of oral language, dual language and literacy development and skills; social-emotional and self- regulation development and skills; and numeracy and problem-solving skills; and Primary care-giving and continuity of care.
• Facilitate interdisciplinary work and collaboration among the ECS program staff. Specifically:
‣ Participate in the Research Program Partnership and processes of continuous quality improvement and, in conjunction with the Local Evaluation Partner, ensures completion of child screenings and assessments, and coordination of timely feedback and data use to teaching teams;
‣ Collaborate with MHD Coordinator and Site Director(s) and participate in efforts to engage and involve parents with the program, staff, and children’s development and learning;
‣ Participate in Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs) and, in conjunction with the Mental Health/Disabilities (MHD) Coordinator, ensure IDT action plans are implemented and progress monitored;
‣ Collaborate with the MHD Coordinator to facilitate completion of Case Consultations and Special Education eligibility, planning, and implementation processes when warranted; and
‣ Participate with MHD Coordinator to co-facilitate IDTs to plan and implement targeted and intensive interventions for children displaying challenging behaviors.
• Ensure all Early/Head Start performance standards, Educare core features, state, and local licensing requirements, and other funder requirements related to education are met.
• Monitor and ensure education plans and other required documentation for children and classrooms are completed.
• Participate in the development of program policies, service delivery plans, and ongoing monitoring of program quality.
• Ensure all assigned program area reports are completed and submitted on a timely basis.
• Ensure all confidential information is protected.
• Maintain inventory of all classroom equipment at Directly Operated sites and inventory purchased for grantees and partners.
• Participate in recruitment efforts to help maintain full program enrollment.
• Participate with Human Resources to recruit and hire educational staff and facilitates hiring approval by the Head Start Policy Council.
• Supervise and evaluate education staff according to Sunbeam policies and procedures.
• Establish education staff schedules, including approval of time off requests, and coordinate placement of classroom substitutes and floaters, as needed.
• Perform required and other assigned duties in a manner that demonstrates compliance with Sunbeam's Culturally Competent Practice Policy as well as other agency policy and procedure and those of grants/contracts so that work of the agency is systematized and effective.
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