Director, Co-Teaching Coach

  • Education Organization Academic Support
  • Washington, DC

Website Blue Engine

Teach together. Reach every learner.

Title: Director, Co-Teaching Coach

Location: Washington, DC

Start Date: July 2021

Who We Are

Blue Engine is an education nonprofit that optimizes the power of team teaching, the approach of having multiple teachers work together in a classroom in service of a shared outcome for students. We partner with teachers, schools, districts, and education organizations to ensure that educators can effectively collaborate and individualize instruction for every learner—regardless of race, income level, or learning style. In doing so, Blue Engine delivers mindset shifts and effective practices for teachers and engaging, identity-affirming learning experiences for students.

We amplify the great things already happening in communities by intentionally and thoughtfully designing partnerships with schools, districts, and education organizations. Through these partnerships, we shift teachers’ mindsets, make collaboration more effective, and improve instructional practices—resulting in academic gains for students. The end result is measurable, tangible gains for everyone in the classroom. Teachers report mindset shifts and improvements in their ability to collaborate, reflect on data, and meet the needs of all learners. Students in Blue Engine classrooms demonstrate academic gains (Algebra students in Blue Engine-designed classrooms gain the equivalent of six additional months of learning in a single school year when compared to non-Blue Engine classrooms) and experience engaging, identity-affirming learning. After more than a decade of operating in New York City, we are eager to deepen our impact as well as partner with educators in new regions.

The Role

Blue Engine is seeking a DC-based Co-Teaching Coach to provide job-embedded professional learning for co-teaching teams leveraging Blue Engine’s Team Collaboration Approaches in service of dramatic impact on student outcomes. The Co-Teaching Coach will support general educators and special educators to effectively collaborate as a team, co-plan, use data to adjust instruction and meet the needs of all learners in the classroom. Additionally, the Co-Teaching Coach will build capacity in Teacher Leaders to turnkey these practices to other educators within the school community. The Co-Teaching Coach will collaborate with school leaders to develop & execute a multi-year plan, embedding co-teaching practices school-wide. This role is a perfect opportunity for someone who believes we must transform traditional classrooms and is passionate about instructional coaching and the power of co-teaching for meeting the needs of all learners.

Primary Responsibilities & Outcomes

Collaborate with school administrators to develop a multi-year vision and concrete goals for embedding effective co-teaching practices, approaches, and mindsets in their co-taught classrooms.
Guide administrators to develop vision and goals for partnership and yearly indicators of progress towards that vision/goals
Advise admin on selecting the right teachers and school officials involved during each phase of the partnership
Support administrators to create school-level conditions required for effective team teaching (i.e. shared preps)
Collaborate regularly with admin to review cohort progress and align on/support in giving feedback to teachers grounded in our indicators
Facilitate quarterly walkthroughs and co-observations with admin to share and spread Blue Engine practices
Work closely with school leaders to develop a multi-year plan for spreading and supporting strong co-teaching practices school-wide
Coach teaching teams to have dramatic impact on both student learning (5+ additional months) & classroom experience by leveraging Blue Engine’s Team Collaboration Approaches.
Provide data-based support to co-teachers through a mixture of Communities of Practice (PLCs) and targeted instructional coaching for co-teaching teams
Help teams set academic goals for students; support data collection/reflection to monitor student progress
Plan and execute frequent PLCs for the cohort in order to leverage the Plan Do Study Act cycle to continuously evolve co-teaching mindsets, practices, and approaches
Provide targeted coaching using a variety of techniques including observations, debriefs, co-planning, modeling, feedback, check-ins, etc. to help teams develop their collaborative practices
Assess progress on Team Collaboration Approaches using Blue Engine’s Performance Management Plan; align support to areas of need
Create and manage coaching schedule across partner sites to execute necessary supports aligned to priorities
Support design and implementation of quarterly team stepbacks on progress towards model implementation, student outcomes, and experience

Cultivate and nurture coaching relationships that result in strong teacher satisfaction & efficacy on quarterly surveys.
Build trusting relationships with teaching teams that motivate them to implement feedback
Directly communicate consistent, clear, bite-sized feedback to teams about strengths and areas for growth
Frequently solicit and incorporate feedback from teams to improve coaching practices
Differentiate support based on team needs and context of the partner school
Manage conflict or miscommunication early, directly, and respectfully

Build Teacher Leader Capacity to turnkey effective co-teaching practices to other educators in the building
Develop Teacher Leaders to establish their own classrooms as model co-teaching environments
Support Teacher Leaders to turnkey effective co-teaching practices through the planning for and implementation of Communities of Practice for co-teachers across the school community
Support Teacher Leaders to provide targeted coaching to other co-teaching teams across the school community

Participate as a member of the broader Blue Engine community to support organizational learning and growth.
Collaborate with Learning and Design (L&D) team members to support model updates that improve student outcomes
Build context around Blue Engine’s history and the development of our existing Core Program Model
Open practice to learning by L&D, colleagues, and future partners via data-sharing, hosting site visits, and raising questions
Test model updates, share insights, and provide feedback to strengthen model improvements

Org-wide Responsibilities

Champion Blue Engine’s mission & demonstrate strong alignment with organizational culture and values.
Be a champion of BE’s mission and operate with a “students first” mentality
Proactively give constructive feedback to help Blue Engine continuously improve
Uphold and live out our Core Values and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness
Participate in collective organization-wide responsibilities

Who We Need

Our belief in teams extends beyond the classrooms we serve; we know that we are better together than we are as individuals. Our team supports one another to reflect, improve, and push our individual and collective practices to new levels. Blue Engine needs a Co-Teaching Coach who is driven; demonstrates exemplary professional behavior and values; and is resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, and honest.  We are looking for a person with exceptional interpersonal skills which will allow them to build relationships and effectively communicate with external stakeholders and staff.

Specifically, we are searching for an individual who possesses the following:

Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree Preferred.
5+ years of teaching experience with demonstrated impact on student outcomes; Special Education and/or co-teaching experience preferred.
3-4 years of instructional coaching or school leadership experience required; must be comfortable coaching across multiple content areas. Demonstrated experience in secondary setting building strong coaching relationships that lead to shifts in teacher practice preferred.
Ability to navigate varied school contexts and relationships with stakeholders in order to drive change.
Efficient planning skills with demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and a dynamic schedule.
Comfort with ambiguity and complexity; ability to assess challenges, identify flexible solutions, and adapt as necessary.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Commitment to working through obstacles to achieve individual and team goals; track record of following through on all tasks, big or small.
Belief in and commitment to Blue Engine’s mission and organizational goals. Specifically: demonstrated belief in the value of diversity, inclusivity and anti-racism; awareness of cultural values, biases and difference in self and others and able to lead diverse, inclusive teams; love of collaboration, teamwork, and feedback.
Compensation

The salary range for this role is $80,000-$110,000. Compensation for this role will depend on a number of factors, including qualifications, experience, the region’s cost of labor as well as internal equity alignment. Blue Engine employees are provided comprehensive benefits, including six weeks paid time off.

To Apply

Applicants should submit their application (resume & application questions) via this link. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

OUR APPROACH TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY

Blue Engine is more than an “equal opportunity employer.” We acknowledge the roles we play as educators and leaders in the systems of oppression and racism that exist in our city, our communities, and our classrooms, and strive to become an actively anti-racist organization. We do this first by articulating the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity as separate yet interwoven concepts; we evaluate decisions and policies through the lens of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; we pursue opportunities for continued learning about how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations; we strive to increase our collective awareness of the cultural values, biases, and differences in self and others; we utilize skills of interruption to bring to bear cultural breaches along the lines of diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism and combine these approaches to embrace and resolve conflict while fostering growth. We make this commitment because we know it enables us to more meaningfully connect with each other, our students, and the communities in which we work.

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