Instructional Coach 19/20 SY

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An Instructional Coach is responsible for ensuring highly effective instruction at the school level.  This position fills the need for job-embedded professional development and instructional  improvement. Through frequent observation of teachers, the Coach will provide professional  support and feedback in a non-evaluative context that is intended to foster effective practices within  the classroom. The Coach may also be responsible for leading professional development sessions  related to pedagogy.   


  • Medical coverage

  • 401(k) - up to 6% matching

  • Eight sick and four personal days

  • Year round staff earn 10 vacation days

  • Core Value bonuses

  • Career development

  • 50% - 80% Masters program tuition scholarship  through GVSU

Role Responsibilities

  • Design and Development of Academic Model
    • Academic Model Development and Continuous Improvement
      • Develops program standards and supporting content aligned with federal, state, and college/career requirements
      • Assesses student performance data to drive continuous improvement of teaching and learning, with school leader input and considering differing student population needs
      • Elevates areas of potential conflict between the academic model and UPREP approach to teaching and learning
  • Advancement of A Culture Focused on Academics and Equity
    • Ensures instructional coaching invests teachers in driving educational equity within their classrooms
  • Management of Schools
    • Community Engagement
      • Shares feedback and provides input on approach to teaching and learning, considering implications for students, teachers, administrators, parents, and broader community
    • Measurement and Improvement of Teaching and Learning 
      •  Utilizes student data, informal classroom observations, feedback, and coaching techniques to coach teachers on areas of improvement in teaching and learning
      • Provides direct support to teachers and grade-level teams on effective unit and lesson planning through modeling and sharing of effective practices
      • Defines and monitors key metrics to measure effectiveness of every teacher
    • Management and Coaching of School Directors
      • Collaborates with School Directors to ensure consistent delivery and implementation of Curriculum and instruction
  • Professional Learning and Development of Instructional Staff

    • Advancement of Talent-focused Culture
      • Aligns coaching efforts to talent-development
    • Career Path and Succession Planning
      • Monitors and assists with development and implementation of individual career development plans
      • Encourages high performers to seek out growth opportunities within the organization
    • Performance Evaluation
      • Recommends performance standards for staff (in focus area)
    • Professional Development
      • Collaborates with school and district leadership to structure, sequence, and deliver professional development to ensure effective implementation of curriculum and instruction
      • Identifies trends in student performance data to inform continuous improvement of professional development
      • Delivers feedback and adeptly navigates difficult, growth-orientated conversations with instructional staff


  • Education and Certification

    • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred

    • 4 or more years’ teaching experience preferred

    • Must maintain either a valid Michigan teaching certificate or a valid Michigan administrator certificate

  • Experience

    • Proven success at implementing exceptional instructional practices in the subject area or at the grade level assigned;

    • Leadership ability and the capacity to galvanize and motivate others to move towards achieving a common goal

    • Experience working with others to successfully complete multi-faceted projects

    • Experience with leading major initiatives from concept to implementation

  • Skills

    • Ability to distill essential findings from analysis, determine root causes, and suggest ways to improve current practices

    • Strong communication skills, verbal and written

    • Strong leadership skills

  • Demonstrates U Prep’s Core Values

    • We work well by ourselves and in teams
    • We care about people
    • Our actions have a purpose
    • We think big and do
    • Learning is exciting

Location: School Administration in Detroit, MI
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