Education Collaborative of WNY

Eric Yarwood
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Full Time

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7+ Years

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New Teacher Instructional Coach

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The Education Collaborative of Western New York is an inclusive organization that is a unique consortium of thirteen private high schools in Western New York. Its mission is to better prepare students for the future, provide its unique member schools with opportunities for collaboration, and provide a forum for sharing ideas and a structure for advocating the values of private education. Member schools offer quality education to students and provide excellent choices to families seeking a private school experience. EdCo’s newly adopted strategic goals include: (1) promote private education and EdCo schools, (2) support schools’ progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, and (3) help member schools build internal capacity to serve all students better.

Position Summary:


The primary goal of the Equity & Inclusion Instructional Coach is to support high school teachers who are new to the profession and/ or their school in improving their practices of instruction, curriculum design, and assessment in support of student learning, so that all students can be successful in our schools, especially those who have been traditionally underserved. The Coach supports the overall quality of classroom instruction and teacher professional development for those enrolled in the EdCo Beginning Institute. In order to allow for strong partnership, the Coach does not supervise or evaluate teachers. Instead, the Coach will support teachers through a combination of workshop style professional development offerings and one-on-one teacher coaching throughout the entirety of a teacher’s first year in an EdCo school.  This extensive partnership enables teachers to achieve  their professional goals, which ultimately enhances  the quality of instruction and  student learning. The Coach will work to inspire, encourage, and support faculty with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions that support inclusive teaching and learning. 


Applicants should have a strong understanding of the theory and research related to diversity and equity pedagogy in a high school setting, and be able to support teachers in the development and implementation of classroom systems, curricula, and assessment practices that are equitable to all the students the teacher serves. 


Essential Duties:


Learning Facilitator and Collaborator: Use principles of adult learning and effective facilitation/coaching in the supporting, planning and implementation of professional learning opportunities within the Beginning Teacher Institute cohort.


Resource Provider: Create and share methods, materials, tools and additional resources through modeling and other best practices to enhance teacher effectiveness. Contribute to an environment that encourages creative and independent use of innovative pedagogy.


Learner: Keep abreast of current trends in and theories of research-based teaching and learning practices, as well as the strategies that help to turn these theories into reality. Model reflective practice so that teachers become comfortable with and willing to amend their own instructional craft when appropriate.


Data Coach: Utilize data to help serve as a bridge between research and practice to support improving instruction on all levels. Serve as a guide to teach teachers to do the same.


Classroom Partner: Facilitate each teacher’s ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of the classroom and of all students.


Mentor: The coach is a critical friend supporting all teachers, no matter the level of experience. Maintain a consistent presence in classrooms with the goal of creating a relationship with each teacher through a dialogue focused on the teaching and learning processes taking place.


Travel: The coach will work with teachers in several of the EdCo schools which are positioned throughout Buffalo and Erie County. A reliable means of transportation is a requirement of the position.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:


·      B.A. required. M.A. degree in Education, Educational Leadership, Curriculum, or similar preferred.

·      5-10 years of teaching experience and demonstrated success and mastery in teaching preferred.

·      Prior experience as an instructional leader (formal or informal role), department chair, teacher leader, lead teacher, instructional coach, consultant, or comparable role.

·      Fluent understanding of instructional coaching.

·      Demonstrated ability to design and implement diversity responsive curricula.

·      Understanding of the ways systemic discrimination can show up in classroom settings and affect student achievement, especially for students who have been underrepresented in private schools. Training/Coursework in the field of diversity and equity practices.

·      Demonstrated experience in at least some of these arenas: interdisciplinary instruction, differentiated instruction, design thinking, project-based learning, Understanding by Design, cultural responsivity, Universal Design for Learning, competency-based teaching, and various assessment practices.

·      Ability to create and maintain positive and supportive relationships with faculty colleagues and administration.

·      Exceptional communication and collaboration skills, interpersonal abilities, positive attitude, and patience.

·      Experience of being coached by an instructional coach and/or mentor



Salary Range: $60,000-$65,000

Dependent on education and experience


Scope of work:

Though the work is performed largely independently, ongoing collaboration with the school leaders and EdCo staff is expected.


Working Conditions:


This position will follow an academic year schedule plus additional days at the end and beginning of the teaching calendar in June and August. There may also be specific events during the summer that would require participation.  The Coach would be expected to be on campus and/or available for virtual consultation at least between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily and to attend other meetings/functions as designated.