Mississippi Education Leadership Coach

Mississippi Education Leadership Coach

(Remote in Mississippi Delta)

Our Why

Teach Plus is a national nonprofit whose mission is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student access. The Teach Plus team exists to breathe life into the Student Opportunity Mandate: All students should have the opportunity to achieve their potential in an education system defined by its commitment to equity, its responsiveness to individual needs, and its ability to prepare students for postsecondary success. At the heart of our work is advocacy for collective impact, beginning with classroom teachers.

What We Do

At Teach Plus, we believe in equity-driven teacher leadership. When we invest in developing our most talented teachers into teacher leaders who are well-informed, persuasive, and prepared to lead, they have deep leverage in advancing equity for students, especially for students of color, low-income students, and those from underserved communities. To close the opportunity gap and to ensure equitable access to a world-class education for all students in the schools and communities we serve, we ignite systems change at multiple levels through our Policy Fellowship and Instructional Leadership programs designed to inspire and equip teachers. We are committed to lead change in our Equity Focus Areas: High-quality early childhood education; Recruitment and retention of a diverse teaching force; Rigorous curricula, high standards, and meaningful accountability; Teacher preparation, development, and leadership; Whole child, student-centered learning; and Equitable Funding.

What You’ll Do

Teach Plus’ Teacher-Led Practice Initiatives are innovative programs that engage, develop, and support teacher leaders to generate, implement and manage change in district and school practices and policies that impact teaching practice, student learning, and school culture and climate. In January 2023, Teach Plus will launch the Delta Change Agent Network in Mississippi, connecting 11 Change Agents across the Delta as they lead change in their individual schools and districts. The Education Leadership Coach will develop, coach, and support Change Agents as they identify opportunities for change in their schools, make a case for change with their school leaders and colleagues, create and implement plans for creating change, and monitor their results. The Education Leadership Coach is a critical leadership opportunity for a skilled coach who is looking to support school change driven by teacher leaders.

Teach Plus has identified five attributes that effective teacher leaders use to shift educators’ practice and improve student outcomes across their schools, which the Education Leadership Coach supports Teacher Leaders in developing in the following areas:

  • Skillful facilitators of adult learning
  • Evidence-based decision makers
  • Purpose-driven instructional leaders
  • School-wide change agents
  • Equity advocates

An ideal coach candidate embodies these attributes and demonstrates strengths in developing these capacities in others. Specifically, the Education Leadership Coach will be responsible for:

Teacher Leader Support and Development

  • Provide one-on-one support to a cohort of Change Agent teacher leaders as they:
    • Plan and implement their individual change projects to advance the determined project goals;
    • Plan for and deliver relevant school meetings as they implement their change projects;
    • Build their capacity as leaders to advance their professional growth and leadership attribute-aligned growth goals.
  • Create and foster the development of a Professional Learning Community and affinity space for teacher leaders as they lead individual change efforts focused on equity in their buildings to be able to reflect collectively, identify challenges,
  • elevate the views and experiences of teachers of color and share best practices across their schools and districts.
  • Provide support to teacher leaders as they engage in feedback loops with their principals and students, providing insight into their own instruction and practice, suggesting best practices for school or district-wide expansion
  • Monitor the progress of change projects and change agents’ professional growth and adjust programming to best meet their needs.
  • Build capacity to support teacher leadership, and share best practices, which includes:
    • Design and deliver professional development sessions (cohort meetings and convenings) for Change Agents across the Network.
    • Meet with the Evaluation Team to review data and discuss priorities.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration and best practice sharing with other regional and national coaches and regional directors.
  • Foster Change Agents’ growth along Teach Plus’ Leadership Attribute Continuum
    • Ensure that the work of the teacher leaders involved in the Delta Change Agent Network is based on evidence and collaboratively achieves desired impact on teacher practice and student learning.
    • Ensure that the primary work of each Change Agent’s team is focused on improving teacher practice and, therefore, learning for all students through the use of change management and continuous improvement.
    • Observe and strategically contribute to periodic Teacher Leader-led team meetings and professional development.
What You’ll Need to be Successful
  • 6+ years in the education field, with preference given to candidates who have both a teaching background and experience coaching teachers and school leaders in diverse school environments
  • Experience creating and building professional development materials and training
  • A relentless focus on data, including analysis and using it to inform instruction and make continuous improvement decisions, and the ability to conduct difficult conversations around systemic barriers and disparate outcomes
  • Commitment to and previous experience with educational equity and a belief in the power of teachers to bring about positive change for all students
  • Strong organizational and communications skills
  • Expertise in academic instruction, social-emotional learning, and/or culturally responsive pedagogy is preferred
  • Experience working in education in the MS Delta is a plus
Location, Time Commitment, and Term

This is a part-time position with a commitment of 20 hours per week, a schedule of which will be determined based on one-on-one coaching and cohort meetings with teacher leaders and program planning and collaboration with other Teach Plus coaches.

Teach Plus Mississippi operates remotely, but there will be opportunities to visit schools and convene with teacher leaders and other members of the Teach Plus Mississippi team, so some regional travel will be expected. While this position is remote, candidates who live within 60-90 minutes of the Delta will be prioritized.

This is a two-year grant-funded position with a tentative start date of mid-December 2022 or early January 2023.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this part-time position is $40,000-$50,000. The salary offered will be determined based on the selected candidate’s specific qualifications, years of relevant experience, specialized knowledge, and internal equity. Part-time employees are eligible for prorated paid time off benefits and are eligible to participate in the retirement savings program with a 3% company match.

Teach Plus is an equal-opportunity employer and encourages applications from diverse candidates. Teach Plus does not discriminate in any aspect of employment based on race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age.

How to Apply
To apply, please complete an online application found here. Teach Plus will receive applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Application Link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328209