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Helena School District Instructional Coach (Grades K-5) in Helena, Montana

Instructional Coach (Grades K-5) JobID: 2200

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Elementary School Teaching

  • Date Posted:


  • Location:

    Broadwater Elementary School


    Instructional Coach (Grades K-5) Broadwater Elementary

    The Helena Public Schools are accepting internal applications for a permanent Instructional Coach position at Broadwater Elementary School. This p osition requires a Montana Teaching License with appropriate endorsement at the time of employment.

    Required application materials include: completed district online application, resume, copy of transcripts and cover letter. Screening and interviews will begin immediately.

    District online application is available at: (

    Helena Public Schools

    Human Resources

    55 South Rodney Street

    Helena , Montana 59601

    Phone: (406) 324-2012


    Job Description Instructional Coach

    Department: Elementary Reports To: Building Principal Date: Spring 2021 SUMMARY: Provide Instructional coaching to teachers through reflective coaching cycles that support planning, developing and implementation of functions and interventions related to curriculum, instruction and staff development within assigned buildings. Develop, oversee and manage literacy and math operations of educational programs and services for the school. Collaborate with district admin, building admin, other instructional coaches and assigned (take out) consultant to plan and implement district literacy and math initiatives. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Develops lesson plans and instructional material to help provide individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.

  • Build collegial relationships between coaches, teachers and principals.

  • Plan lessons with teachers based on the systematic study of student needs.

  • Facilitate teachers’ expertise with best instructional practice, specifically differentiation, standards, Understanding by Design, technology, Quadrant D and Common Core.

  • Collaborate with teachers to establish a “current reality” of their classroom environment using video and/or observation.

  • Guide teachers in setting goals to improve their professional practice.

  • Provide teachers with training opportunities using the district’s “instructional playbook,” professional consultants, or other teachers.

  • Reflect with teachers on lessons as they implement effective instructional practices.

  • Monitor instructional effectiveness and student progress using tools and strategies gained through teachers’ professional development.

  • Build and maintain confidential relationships with teachers. The conversations and interactions that the coach has with teachers must always remain confidential so that a high level of trust is created and maintained between the teacher and the coach. Exceptions to this include imminent physical or psychological danger to the students.

  • Meet with the school administration and leadership team on a regular basis to examine school data and assist in school-wide planning (including professional development).

  • Collaborate with other instructional coaches and buildings.

  • Research professional literature and field studies to identify best instructional practices to foster high achievement in reading and literacy development.

  • Develop and deliver professional development to staff on best practices in reading instruction, literacy and math development. Ensure a staff development program that addresses literacy curriculum needs.

  • Collaborate with building principals in the development and presentation of high quality reading and math instruction/literacy professional development.

  • Plan, manage and work cooperatively with the Helena Public Schools Curriculum Administrator, district administrators and building principals.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of instructional literacy and math programs.

  • Assist administration in coordinating, collecting and organizing building data.

  • Assist teachers in applying data reflection to lesson planning and PLC work.

  • Facilitate communication between admin and teachers to support the PLC process.

  • Model lessons and instructional strategies in classrooms that demonstrate new concepts or approaches to learning so teachers can learn by observing.

  • Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for teacher’s professional growth and student success.

  • Assist in the development of high, quality professional development.

  • Review PLC feedback forms weekly and respond appropriately in a timely manner.

  • Provides summer school support and other added training for educators district wide.

  • Perform other duties as assigned, the district has the right to modify the job duties to meet the interests of the students and district at large.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None This position is a peer- lead position requiring the successful incumbent to work effectively with a variety of professionals in diverse settings with unique needs. Although non-supervisory, the successful incumbent may be asked to lead and direct effective teacher intervention strategies, assess and support to maximize student engagement and ensure content effectiveness. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Successful experience in curriculum design/implementation, instructional strategies, assessment, data analysis and high quality professional development. Extensive knowledge of and ability to use technology to improve instruction, conduct assessments, maintain and manage data. Experienced, successful, K-12 educator is required for this position. CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Montana teaching certificate. OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES: Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory in specific field. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk, stand and talk and hear. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs such as boxes of books and AV/VCR carts. The employee is directly responsible for safety, well-being, or work output of other people. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision. Frequently driving and the ability to work in multiple locations is performed while meeting the demands of this job. Occasionally, yet essential to this position, the individual must meet deadlines with severe time constraints, interacting with the public and other workers. Occasionally, the position requires the employee to work irregular or extended hours. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment ranges from very quiet to boisterous and loud..


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