03 - Professional: Central Office/Instructional Specialist/Coach
Austin Independent School District
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and Texas teaching certification. A Master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of five (5) years of successful classroom teaching experience and/or experience coaching teachers is required. Incumbent must have a valid Texas teaching certificate, experience working with primary grades Pre-K to 2 and experience working with a diverse student population. Incumbent must have a strong foundational knowledge in early childhood and early literacy and reading. Experience as a campus instructional specialist or coach is preferred.
This position requires knowledge in reading and writing early childhood curriculum; assessments; instruction; and state, local and federal laws and regulations affecting the lives and education of students. Incumbent should have experience in urban schools with diverse student populations and must have experience developing and providing professional development for adult learners. Incumbent must have the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media, work cooperatively with others as a team, organize and maintain records, manage time and resources effectively and efficiently, evaluate performance, and provide constructive feedback. This position requires excellent written and oral communication skills; proficiency with technology (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel); and the ability to guide, lead and work cooperatively with others.
JOB PURPOSE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
As a member of the Austin ISD Early Childhood team, this position assists in the implementation of the Read by 3 district initiative. The district’s balanced literacy and biliteracy approach for early-childhood grades will interweave instruction in discrete reading skills and positive, authentic reading experiences bolstered by balanced literacy classroom practices. Incumbent will be facilitating professional development activities with partners and supporting district curriculum implementation. Incumbent will write Early Childhood curriculum supports, provide professional development both in large group and in job-embedded settings, and work closely with campuses to ensure program fidelity. This position will support implementation of the Early Literacy Plan to focus on establishing foundational language and literacy skills as well as ensure that curriculum and instruction in Pre-K through second grade supports teachers in understanding emergent readers’ current proficiencies and strengths.
- Assist schools in curriculum implementation/alignment to TEKS/SEs, academic needs assessments and program evaluations. Coach and support the instructional core, Creative Learning strategies, Social Emotional Learning, Formative Assessment, Interim Assessment, Personalized Learning (blended), Model Teaching, and Instructional Design.
- Provide instructional leadership and support to students, teachers, and administrators with the implementation of district- and state-mandated instructional initiatives.
- Provide coaching support for teachers and reading specialists.
- Deliver professional learning of key primary-literacy elements for Pre-K through second-grade teachers.
- Deliver professional learning for Trust-based Relational Interventions (TBRI) and/or Neuro-sequential Model in Education (NME) across the district to develop strong, trauma-informed practices in every early childhood classroom.
- Provide job-embedded teacher lead development for the practice of formative assessment.
- Provide professional learning for elementary leadership teams at each campus about balanced literacy with an emphasis on the science of reading.
- Ensure that our curriculum, instruction, and assessment are aligned as well as promote growth in academic competencies and in the Six Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, connection and cultural proficiency. Support a curriculum that aligns with the AISD Theory of Change. Empower and build teacher capacity to deliver highly engaging lessons in a psychologically, emotionally and physically-safe environment.
- Oversee content, time, structure and scope/sequence of all Early Childhood curriculum documents and provide updates for district staff, administrators and community stakeholders.
- Develop the agenda, conduct job-embedded Early Childhood professional development for campuses and encourage teacher participation in workshops and conferences.
- Participate in instructional planning sessions with campus instructional coaches, department chairs and/or grade-level teams.
- Assist campuses with data analysis and the development of action plans in response to the data.
- Assist teachers with selecting and modifying instructional materials to ensure alignment with TEKS/SEs and to address individual student needs effectively.
- Conduct demonstration lessons and instructional rounds in classrooms as assigned.
- Observe classroom instruction and provide feedback.
- Participate in campus walks with campus leadership teams and designated area team members.
- Ensure compliance with federal, state, local and district policies, rules and regulations.
- Demonstrate information on current trends and research in the humanities and urban education.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, proficiency with technology (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and the abilities to guide and lead other professionals. Work cooperatively with others.
- Support the implementation of lesson design aligned to district initiatives such as literacy, whole child, social and emotional learning, equity and relationship-building to include planning resources for the service-delivery model.
- Collect, report, analyze and present data at the student, campus and district levels.
- Implement policies and procedures outlined in the AISD Board of Trustees policies.
- Research current trends, curriculum standards and practices at state and local levels pertaining to early childhood education.
OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED:
Perform other related duties as assigned; however, all employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Services are generally provided within a standard office or classroom environment. Some movement is generally necessary to facilitate learning (e.g., standing, walking, stooping, bending, sitting and/or kneeling). Light lifting of materials and other objects associated with a classroom environment is required (e.g., books, teaching aids, up to approximately 20-40 lbs.). Computer use is required and prolonged use may result in repetitive hand motion. In-district travel is required. This position may involve rare exposure to blood or body fluids. Regular attendance is required for this position.
PERSONAL WORK RELATIONSHIPS:
This position reports directly to the Director of Early Childhood. Incumbent provides information and status reports and/or receives instruction and guidance. Incumbent receives general direction from supervisor. Work is guided by established policies and discussed with supervisor as needed. Incumbent will have regular contact with designated district leaders, campus administrators, teachers, students and parents.
Duty Days: 230
Pay Grade: P8
Starting Salary: $62,634
Comprehensive Benefits Package
Employee Discount Program
Closing Date: Until Filled
An Equal Opportunity Employer