Category: Full Time;
Position Title: JK-12 World Language Instructional Coach
Start Date: 02/01/2020
End Date: 06/27/2020
Location: Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge MA
This is a unique, full-time, permanent position with no teaching responsibility that provides coaching WL educators across 10 schools in Cambridge. The position is paid on the teacher salary with a stipend.
The job description and application details are available here: https://cpsd.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=1445
A visual overview of the role is available here: https://www.cpsd.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3042785/File/departments/academics/world_language/WL_WhatCoachesDo_flyer.pdf
Cambridge, Massachusetts is a dynamic, diverse urban city with a strong commitment to investing in our public schools. Rich in racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic and socio-economic diversity, the Cambridge Public Schools are committed to academic excellence and social justice, and providing rigorous, joyful and culturally responsive instruction to all students.
The World Language District Instructional Coach models best practices in assessment and instruction and provides job-embedded professional development at all levels. The World Language District Instructional Coach, who must have exceptional people skills, provides support using a coaching cycle model with a gradual release of responsibility approach based on research models described in “Instructional Coaching” by Jim Knight and “The Art of Coaching” by Elena Aguilar. The Coach will provide extensive support in aligning curriculum and assessment to the newly revised Massachusetts State Curriculum WL Frameworks. The World Language District Instructional Coach reports to the JK-12 World Language Coordinator.
Support instruction, curriculum, and assessment of World Language across the district that is aligned to Massachusetts’ WL Standards, ACTFL World Readiness Standards and CPSD goals and curriculum.
Provide planning, in-classroom teacher coaching, co-teaching, and demonstration support for teachers towards the improvement of instruction, pedagogy, and content knowledge.
Facilitate district-wide and school-based professional development that includes the most recent research on best practices in World Language curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
Support the implementation of a WL program grounded in ACTFL principles, including Can Do statements tied to engaging instructional based on authentic materials, with extensive AAPPL testing to assess student progress toward established curriculum benchmarks.
Lead staff in job-embedded training on cultural proficiency and antiracist curriculum instruction for World Languages.
Represent the WL Department in a variety of forums as requested by schools and/or World Language Coordinator.
Support the implementation of a comprehensive vision for Project Based Language Learning (PBLL).
Facilitate the implementation of:
Technology in the WL classroom.
Common assessments at all grade levels.
High standards for instruction in the target language.
Instruction that is differentiated and promotes higher order thinking.
Use assessment results and other data (including student work) to inform coaching practices.
Collaborate with school-based teams (clusters, school improvement teams, grade level teacher teams and professional learning communities).
Support school related cultural activities, particularly with respect to World Language Week at all schools. Support activities to promote WL programs, including International Nights, guest speakers and other special celebrations and activities.
Support the implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Lead development of Integrated Performance Assessments (IPAs), creation and calibration of WL rubrics, and deepen our commitment to a culture of Looking at Student Work during common planning times.
Remain current on best practices through extensive reading and research and participation in an array of podcasts and webinars.
Write common curriculum to align language course levels.
Write sample lesson plans and create activities to personalize language education to students with learning disability across language levels.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Your Skill Set:
As the incoming World Languages District Instructional Support Coach you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
Experience providing professional development to adults in curriculum, content, and inquiry-based instructional strategies, knowledge and use of authentic, performance based assessments, and understanding of teaching in diverse schools.
Ability to work with students and counselors to facilitate language course placement by administering placement tests, and more.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with a diverse staff.
Knowledge about and experience with culturally responsive teaching practices.
Effective strategies for building relationships with students that optimize learning.
Strong skills in establishing a positive classroom environment.
Experience teaching curriculum aligned with WL Frameworks.
Ability to assist and help develop heritage speakers programs (class enrollment and development).
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university with an undergraduate major in World Language.
Massachusetts teacher certification in a World Language required.
Minimum three years teaching experience.
Language/Languages: Must be fluent and licensed in at least one language taught in Cambridge
Contact Name: Dr. James Kelleher
Contact email for questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Instructions: See the Human Resources webpage of the Cambridge Public Schools: