Rockford Board of Education
Job Title: Instructional Coach (0.4 FTE)
JOB CODE: 7060
Date: November 1, 2010
The Teacher understands the central concepts, methods of
inquiry, and structures of disciplines and creates learning
experiences that make the content meaningful to all students. To
this end, the Teacher provides an educational atmosphere conducive
to learning where students have the opportunity to fulfill their
potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and/or
psychological growth. The Teacher is responsible for utilizing
current teaching methods in order to organize and implement an
approved instructional program that will result in students
achieving academic success in accordance with applicable law,
District requirements and policies; documenting teaching and
student progress/activities/outcomes; addressing specific
educational needs of students; providing timely feedback to
students, parents and administration regarding student progress,
expectations, goals, etc.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
a.Evaluates teaching resources and curriculum materials for
their comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness for representing
particular ideas and concepts.
b.Uses differing viewpoints, theories, "ways of knowing" and
methods of inquiry in teaching subject matter concepts.
c.Engages students in generating and testing knowledge according
to the process of inquiry and standards of evidence of the
d.Designs learning experiences to promote student skills in the
use of technologies appropriate to the discipline.
e.Anticipates and adjusts for common misunderstandings of the
discipline(s) that impede learning.
f.Uses a variety of explanations and multiple representations of
concepts that capture key ideas to help students develop conceptual
g.Facilitates learning experiences that make connections to
other content areas and to life and career experiences.
h.Designs learning experiences and utilizes adaptive
devices/technology to provide access to general curricular content
to individuals with disabilities.
2.Human Development and Learning
a.Analyzes individual and group performance in order to design
instruction that meets learners' current needs in the cognitive,
social, emotional, ethical, and physical domains at the appropriate
level of development.
b.Stimulates student reflection on prior knowledge and links new
ideas to already familiar ideas and experiences.
c.Introduces concepts and principles at different levels of
complexity so that they are meaningful to students at varying
levels of development and to students with diverse learning
a.Facilitates a learning community in which individual
differences are respected.
b.Makes appropriate provisions (in terms of time and
circumstances for work, tasks assigned, communication, and response
modes) for individual students who have particular learning
differences or needs.
c.Uses information about students' families, cultures, and
communities as a basis for connecting instruction to students'
d.Uses cultural diversity and individual student experiences to
e.Uses a wide range of instructional strategies and technologies
to meet and enhance diverse student needs.
f.Identifies and designs instruction appropriate to students'
stages of development, learning styles, strengths and needs.
g.Identifies when and how to develop and implement strategies
and interventions within the classroom and how to access
appropriate services or resources to assist students with
exceptional learning needs.
h.Demonstrates positive regard for individual students and their
families regardless of culture, religion, gender, sexual
orientation, and varying abilities.
4.Planning for Instruction
a.Establishes expectations for students' learning.
b.Applies principles of scope and sequence when planning
curriculum and instruction.
c.Creates short-range and long-term plans to achieve the
expectations for students' learning.
d.Creates and selects learning materials and learning
experiences appropriate for the discipline and curriculum goals,
relevant to the students, and based on students' prior knowledge
and principles of effective instruction.
e.Creates multiple learning activities that allow for variation
in students' learning styles and performance modes.
f.Incorporates experiences into instructional practices that
relate to the students' current life experiences and to future
career and work experiences.
g.Creates approaches to learning that are interdisciplinary and
that integrate multiple content areas.
h.Develops plans based on students' responses and provides for
different pathways based on students' needs.
i.Uses teaching resources and materials which have been
evaluated for accuracy and usefulness.
j.Accesses and uses a wide range of information and
instructional technologies to enhance students' learning.
k.Uses individualized education program (IEP) goals and
objectives to plan instruction for students with disabilities.
a.Maintains proper classroom decorum.
b.Maximizes the amount of class time spent in learning by
creating expectations and processes for communication and behavior
along with a physical setting conducive to achieving classroom
c.Uses strategies to create a smoothly functioning learning
community in which students assume responsibility for themselves
and one another, participate in decision-making, work
collaboratively and independently, use appropriate technology, and
engage in purposeful learning activities.
d.Analyzes the classroom environment and makes decisions to
enhance social relationships, students' motivation and engagement
in productive work through mutual respect, cooperation, and support
for one another.
e.Organizes, allocates, and manages time, materials, and
physical space to provide active and equitable engagement of
students in productive tasks.
f.Engages students in and monitors individual and group learning
activities that help them develop the motivation to achieve.
g.Demonstrates a variety of effective behavior management
techniques appropriate to the needs of all students, including
those with disabilities (including implementing the least intrusive
intervention consistent with the needs of these students).
h.Modifies the learning environment (including the schedule and
physical arrangement) to facilitate appropriate behaviors and
learning for students with diverse learning characteristics.
i.Uses a variety of approaches to promote social interaction
between students with disabilities and students without
j.Uses effective methods for teaching social skill development
in all students.
a.Evaluates how to achieve learning goals, choosing alternative
teaching strategies and materials to achieve different
instructional purposes and to meet students' needs.
b.Uses multiple teaching and learning strategies to engage
students in active learning opportunities that promote the
development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance
capabilities and that help students assume responsibility for
identifying and using learning resources.
c.Monitors and adjusts strategies in response to learners'
d.Varies his or her role in the instructional process as
instructor, facilitator, coach, or audience in relation to the
content and purposes of instruction and the needs of students.
e.Develops a variety of clear, accurate presentations and
representations of concepts, using alternative explanations to
assist students' understanding and presenting diverse perspectives
to encourage critical thinking.
f.Uses a wide range of instructional technologies to enhance
g.Develops curriculum that demonstrates an interconnection
between subject areas that will reflect life and career
h.Uses strategies and techniques for facilitating meaningful
inclusion of individuals with disabilities.
i.Uses technology appropriately to accomplish instructional
j.Adapts the general curriculum and uses instructional
strategies and materials according to characteristics of the
k.Implements and evaluates individual learning objectives.
a.Models accurate, effective communication when conveying ideas
and information and when asking questions and responding to
b.Uses effective questioning techniques and stimulates
discussion in different ways for specific instructional
c.Creates varied opportunities for all students to use effective
written, verbal, non-verbal, and visual communication.
d.Communicates with and challenges students in a supportive
manner and provides students with constructive feedback.
e.Uses a variety of communication modes to effectively
communicate with a diverse student population.
f.Practices effective listening, conflict resolution, and
group-facilitation skills as a team member.
g.Communicates using a variety of communication tools to enrich
a.Uses assessment results to diagnose students' learning needs,
align and modify instruction, and design teaching strategies.
b.Appropriately uses a variety of formal and informal
assessments to evaluate the understanding, progress, and
performance of the individual student and the class as a whole.
c.Involves students in self-assessment activities to help them
become aware of their strengths and needs and encourages them to
establish goals for learning.
d.Maintains useful and accurate records of students' work and
performance and communicates students' progress knowledgeably and
responsibly to students, parents, and colleagues.
e.Uses appropriate technologies to monitor and assess students'
f.Collaborates with families and other professionals involved in
the assessment of individuals with disabilities.
g.Uses various types of assessment procedures appropriately,
including the adaptation of procedures for individual students in
h.Uses technology appropriately in conducting assessments and
i.Uses assessment strategies and devices which are
nondiscriminatory and take into consideration the impact of
disabilities, methods of communication, cultural background, and
primary language on measuring knowledge and performance of
a.Initiates collaboration with others and creates situations
where collaboration with others will enhance students'
b.Works with colleagues to develop an effective learning climate
within the school.
c.Participates in collaborative decision-making and
problem-solving with other professionals to achieve success for
d.Develops relationships with parents and guardians to acquire
an understanding of the students' lives outside of the school in a
professional manner that is fair and equitable.
e.Works effectively with parents/guardians and other members of
the community from diverse home and community situations and seeks
to develop cooperative partnerships in order to promote students'
learning and well-being.
f.Identifies and uses community resources to enhance students'
learning and to provide opportunities for students to explore
g.Collaborates in the development of comprehensive
individualized education programs for students with
h.Coordinates and/or collaborates in directing the activities of
a classroom para-educator, volunteer, or peer tutor.
i.Collaborates with the student and family in setting
instructional goals and charting progress of students with
j.Communicates with team members about characteristics and needs
of individuals with specific disabilities.
k.Implements and monitors individual students' programs, working
in collaboration with team members.
l.Demonstrates the ability to co-teach and co-plan.
10.Reflection and Professional Growth
a.Uses classroom observation, information about students,
pedagogical knowledge, and research as sources for active
reflection, evaluation, and revision of practice.
b.Collaborates with other professionals as resources for
problem-solving, generating new ideas, sharing experiences, and
seeking and giving feedback.
c.Participates in professional dialogue and continuous learning
to support his/her own development as a learner and a teacher.
d.Actively seeks and collaboratively shares a variety of
instructional resources with colleagues.
e.Assesses his or her own needs for knowledge and skills related
to teaching students with disabilities and seeks assistance and
11.Professional Conduct and Leadership
a.Contributes knowledge and expertise about teaching and
learning to the profession.
b.Follows codes of professional conduct and exhibits knowledge
and expectations of current legal directives.
c.Follows school policy and procedures, respecting the
boundaries of professional responsibilities, when working with
students, colleagues, and families.
d.Initiates and develops educational projects and programs.
e.Actively participates in or leads in such activities as
curriculum development, staff development, and student
f.All actions must be in concert with the mission statement,
beliefs, objectives and parameters found in the Strategic Plan of
the Rockford Board of Education.
Appropriate State of Illinois Teaching Certificate with the
necessary endorsement and/or meet the highly qualified standards in
the grade level and/or subject area in which Teacher is
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
* Working knowledge of the Illinois Learning Standards for the
assigned grade level and/or subject area and possess the requisite
ability to evaluate the alignment of those standards to instruction
and the district's curriculum. * Working knowledge of the Illinois
Assessment Frameworks for the assigned grade level and/or subject
area. * Working knowledge of and ability to effectively use and
integrate technology in the classroom setting. * Working knowledge
of a broad range of literacy techniques and strategies for every
aspect of communication and must be able to develop each student's
ability to read, write, speak, and listen to his or her potential
within the demands of the discipline. * Demonstrated success in
modeling effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
during direct and indirect instructional activities. * Demonstrated
success utilizing current teaching techniques, effective strategies
for differentiating instruction, and evidence-based classroom
management strategies and techniques. * Effective data-based
problem-solving and team collaboration skills used to drive and
inform changes in classroom instruction. * Demonstrated success in
collaborating effectively with teachers and students. *
Demonstrated a high level of professionalism with the ability to
maintain confidentiality and personal flexibility in all areas.
LENGTH OF WORK: 9 Months
This description is written primarily for position evaluation
purposes. It describes duties and responsibilities that are
representative of the nature and level of work assigned to the
position. The principle activities are representative and not
necessarily all inclusive.