Make a Difference
CONTENT AREA COACH/CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITY:
The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) is looking for consultants with a track record of success as both K-12 educators and coaches of K-12 educators. For the past 30 years, ISA has partnered with schools and districts to transform schools so that students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming graduate prepared for success in college and careers. ISA has found that effective coaching of leaders and faculty is a key ingredient for schools’ continuous improvement, turning struggling schools around and moving schools from good to great. ISA customizes coaching so that it is both consistent with ISA core principles and with the school’s and district’s priorities, goals, and vision. ISA coaches partner with educators to set desired outcomes and a road map to achieve them rather than imposing any particular program or practice.
ISA is recruiting coaches who can support the development of others and integrate social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) in the following areas:
- English language arts
- Social studies/history
- English as a new language (serving English language learners)
- Special education (serving students with disabilities)
- School climate/advisory
- Leadership (working with principals, school and district administrators, and teacher leaders)
Successful candidates will work through an equity lens and demonstrate:
- Evidence of success in applying an inquiry-based, child-centered approach to teaching and learning;
- Evidence of success in creating a classroom and school climate in which students feel they fully belong and, with effort and practice, can succeed;
- Applied understanding of how students learn and how to support students across all skill and achievement levels;
- Evidence of using curricula and pedagogy that empower students, build on student strengths and interests, and give students opportunities to apply their learning to relevant issues and problems;
- Evidence of contributing to improved student outcomes;
- Experience collaborating with and supporting teachers individually and in groups to improve teaching and learning;
- Experience facilitating and participating in an effective professional learning community;
- Experience in leading workshops for educators that have led to observable changes in teacher attitudes, behaviors, and/or practice;
- Knowledge of adult learning principles and successful ability to work through initial resistance;
- Deep understanding of current K-12 education issues particularly as they affect traditionally underserved student populations;
- Aptitude for working across digital platforms, including knowledge of how to build relationships in online settings and facilitate virtual coaching meetings.
Applicants must possess a coaching disposition — the ability to listen closely, collaborate as a thought partner and critical friend, and have hard but respectful conversations when necessary to help the teacher or leader build and sustain an equitable school system while developing the best version of themselves as educators. Five or more years of working in or with schools preferred. Coaching applicants should have a track record for effectively working with teachers and schools that are struggling to improve: For leadership coaches, experience as a school and/or district leader with a track record for developing other leaders and implementing policies and practices that have empowered teachers and supported student growth; and for content-area coaches, deep understanding of the specific discipline, its relevance in the world, and how to organize exploration of content in meaningful and engaging ways for young people (pedagogical content knowledge).
Coaches must attend regular coaches’ meetings, training, and critical friends’ groups to develop their coaching practice under ISA’s principles. Coaches will be tasked with learning about, adopting, and co-creating social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD) strategies to have a greater impact on all leaders, teachers, and students across ISA schools.
Coaching will take place both virtually and in person, depending on the site. If travel is required, approved travel expenses will be covered or reimbursed according to company policy. To apply for a consultant position, please forward your resume and letter of interest to Abner Oakes, aoakes (at) ets.org.
EQUITY CONSULTANT OPPORTUNITY:
The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) is looking for dynamic per diem consultants to deliver equity-focused training and professional development, and to conduct equity audits in K-12 schools and school districts across the country. The training and professional development will address equity issues pertaining to race, gender, national origin (ELs), sexual orientation and preferred gender identity, and socioeconomic diversity.
Prior experience coaching leaders and facilitating anti-racism, anti-bias, or inclusion workshops preferred.
Work will take place both virtually and in person, depending on the site. If travel is required, approved travel expenses will be covered or reimbursed according to company policy. To apply for this position, please forward your resume and letter of interest to Abner Oakes, aoakes (at) ets.org.