The Pre-K to Grade 4 Literacy Coach is a member of the school’s Lower Division and reports to the Lower Division Head. In support of the school’s mission and curricular goals, this full time, 10-month position is responsible for supporting the Lower Division classroom teachers in their effective implementation of literacy instruction.
A Park School Literacy Coach approaches their work through effective relationship building, flexibility, and support. A coach enhances teachers’ ability to provide instruction that is engaging and effective, in support of the school’s mission and strategic plan. The coach works with administrators and teachers to collect, analyze, and interpret data, and use it to guide instructional decisions. The coach is a member of the Lower Division literacy team.
Roles & Responsibilities
Work closely with the Assistant Head of Academics and Program and the LD Head to keep them updated on ongoing curriculum work in literacy within the division.
In collaboration with Assistant Head of Academics and Program, Lower Division Head, and Literacy Team, oversee Pre-K - Grade 4 literacy assessment procedures, training, and data collection.
Provide individualized partner-based, classroom coaching support to individual PreK - Grade 4 teachers in all areas of literacy:
Model best practice lessons in the classroom,
Observe teaching and learning, followed by reflective feedback conversations, and
Facilitate teacher reflection, goal setting, and action planning for both student outcomes and teacher growth.
Collect, share, and collaboratively analyze classroom data with teachers to inform instructional decisions.
Partner with the Director of Instructional Practice to determine and build. engaging and essential professional development based on curriculum and instructional needs of teachers:
Introduce new ideas and current research on best teaching practices, as well as develop discipline-specific knowledge in teachers
Contribute to cross-divisional conversations ensuring best practices in literacy.
Serve on Pre-K - Grade VIII program review committee in a review year.
Participate fully in ongoing professional development.
Attend Child Study meetings once a week.
Bachelor’s required, Master’s preferred in Literacy
Minimum of 5 years teaching experience at the elementary level
Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community
Depth of understanding in all aspects of literacy development, research-based practices and current trends in elementary literacy education, with a focus on student development in Grades Pre-K - 4
Creativity and innovation in curriculum and instruction, with a large repertoire of learning strategies and teaching methods that support differentiated instruction and student-centered learning
Outstanding presentation and facilitation skills
Demonstrated success with faculty support and facilitating professional growth (i.e., as a coach, mentor, teacher leader, etc.)
Experience implementing multisensory instructional methods to accelerate literacy achievement
Experience using a variety of assessment tools and data to inform instruction
Demonstrated strength in phonics education, preferably with the Wilson “Fundations” Program
Outstanding organizational and interpersonal (communication, problem-solving, conflict management, collaboration) skills
Please visit Park’s career page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, leadership/philosophy statement, and the names of three to five references including two present or past supervisors.
The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
About The Park School
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school located on 34 acres in Brookline, MA. The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, staff member, and parent is respected.