Instructional Excellence Coach in Chicago, IL at Catapult Learning

Date Posted: 7/3/2019

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Job Description


Catapult Learning, the largest provider of K-12 contracted instructional services in the United States, is searching for an Instructional Excellence Coach (IEC). Instructional Excellence Coaches ensure high-quality instructional leadership and teaching in all of our intervention programs. IECs are responsible for developing instructional leadership capacity in program supervisors by modeling effective teacher observations and developing appropriate program improvement plans; utilizing strong instructional strategies and exemplifying our Core Instructional Model; and, by effectively coaching and providing differentiated professional development.


Specific responsibilities include:

Observations/Data Gathering
• Conduct an average of five classroom observations and/or coaching sessions per week with program supervisors to measure and ensure the instructional health of our programs

• Regularly co-plan and engage in post-observation feedback sessions with supervisors and teachers

• Collect and analyze data to determine specific program, supervisor, and teacher needs; build supervisor capacity on how to do this process.

• Conduct at least 2 compliance checks per year

• Use teacher observation data and student achievement data to develop Program Improvement Plans


• Deliver training for new and existing program supervisors

• Partner with the Manager, Training and Operations to plan, develop, and review training materials and webinars; Contribute to company resources and training materials on company intranet

• Partner with program supervisors to conduct teacher training; use these opportunities to “Train the Trainer” and build academic leadership capacity

• Contribute to Regional, Territory, and National meetings

• Contribute to training resources on Catapult One. Collaborate with the Manager of Training and Operations and the Manager of Instructional Technology to provide topics, review materials, give feedback, and keep all materials updated.

Working with supervisors

• Develop supervisor-specific coaching plans, including goal setting (SMART goals) and ongoing growth and progress monitoring

• Partner with program supervisors to plan, develop, and deliver ongoing training and coaching support for teachers

• Model instructional best practices using techniques that gradually release of responsibility to increase supervisors’ instructional and leadership capacity (ie. IEC and supervisor co-plan, but IEC delivers the training session as a model; IEC and supervisor co-plan and co-deliver the next session; supervisor plans and delivers the next session and receives feedback from IEC; supervisors plans and delivers remaining sessions)

• Train program supervisors on how to create coaching plans for teachers using observation and student achievement data

• Support program start-up by participating in start-up calls and providing start-up checklist.


• Contribute information for the Weekly Wisdom to the Manager of Instructional Technology (pictures, supervisor tips, celebrations, etc.)

• Create and distribute Regional Instructional Excellence newsletters

• Collaborate on Family Newsletters and distribute to program supervisors every month
• Conduct ongoing calls at least monthly with territory and regional leadership teams

• Participate in IE Team calls every Friday, contribute items for the agenda based on individual, team, and regional needs

• Participate in Academic Team calls and provide ongoing collaboration and feedback to the Product Development Team

Job Requirements


• Strong background in in Pre-K-12 teaching, coaching, and/or leadership; intervention experience a plus

• Previous experience planning, developing, and facilitating professional development for teachers and/or school leaders

• Ability to track and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to discover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve instructional quality and academic achievement

• Strong communications skills with the ability to influence people; Transparent communicator who delivers feedback in a direct and compelling way that inspires immediate improvement

• Strong organization skills

• An unrelenting commitment to constant learning and improvement, in both your own work and the work of others

• Willingness to travel up to 60-80% and to work non-standard hours


• Have at least five years teaching experience (preferably in a high-needs school) with a proven track record of raising student achievement; reading or math intervention experience a huge plus.

• Have at least two years instructional coaching experience (or similar) with a proven track record of improving teacher quality

• Know great teaching when you see it. Whether you are watching a teacher deliver a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify areas in which the teacher is effective and what s/he needs to do to improve immediately and in the longterm

• Familiarity and/or experience with rubric-based teacher observation and feedback processes


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