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4356Job Opening: SFUSD Seeks Literacy Coach Teachers on Special Assignment!

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  • Magtoto, Nicole
    Apr 15, 2014

    San Francisco Unified School District

    Literacy Coach

    2014-2015 School Year




    The mission of the San Francisco Unified School District is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural and linguistic sensitivity, democratic responsibility, economic competence, and physical and mental health so that each student can achieve his or her maximum potential. 


    Our three primary goals focus on closing the achievement gap and diminishing the predictive power of demographics:


    • Access and Equity: We will make social justice a reality by ensuring every student has access to quality teaching and learning.
    • Achievement: We will ensure that every student graduates from high school ready for college and career success in the 21st century.
    • Accountability: We will keep our promises to students and families and enlist everyone in the community to join us.




    While San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is one of the highest performing urban districts in California, the district continues to struggle with ensuring that students who are African American, Latino, Samoan, English Learners and/or Special Education achieve equitable outcomes.  Recognizing this need, SFUSD is continuing to take important steps to disrupt student underachievement and to build the capacity of school communities to engage in continuous improvement and accelerate student outcomes.


    A key element of the district’s theory of change is to ensure that teachers have multiple opportunities to engage in high quality professional learning, including opportunities to: receive job-embedded coaching and instructional guidance, reflect on instructional practices, and plan and collaborate with colleagues around short and long-term instructional goals based on demonstrated student work or data.


    SFUSD is seeking to identify a cadre of Literacy Coaches with deep content knowledge and a proven ability to positively support adult learners who will lead the district towards the development of a common vision for effective literacy instruction through providing teachers with direct instructional guidance and impactful professional development. 


    Literacy Coaches will either be “site-based” at the direction of a school principal or will work at the “district-level” across multiple sites at the direction of a designated Assistant Superintendent, supporting teachers in both informal and in more formalized coaching cycles around an identified aspect of instructional practice.  Coaches will serve up to ten additional work days (compensated accordingly), to participate in coaching network meetings to develop protocols, professional learning modules, and role-alike training in preparation for the start of the school year.


    Literacy Coaches will be selected into a central pool of qualified candidates who will then be interviewed to serve at one or more sites under the supervision of a school principal, multiple principals, or Assistant Superintendent.




    • Provide direct coaching and instructional guidance to classroom teachers
    • Support staff awareness and working knowledge of the CA Common Core State Standards in ELA, SFUSD Core Curriculum, and available instructional material/ resources
    • Support K-8 classroom teachers towards the full implementation of key components of a comprehensive (balanced) approach to literacy framework in Grades K-8
    • Be knowledgeable of and be prepared to model effective use of differentiated instructional strategies for diverse learners
    • Be familiar with and be able to articulate the essential components of effective reading, writing and oral development instruction
    • Knowledge of administrating, analyzing, and using the results of reading assessments (preferable F&P) 
    • Provide and facilitate structures for peer coaching and student-centered lesson development support to increase teachers’ instructional knowledge and maximize student learning
    • Develop classroom teacher ability to differentiate instruction to meet individualized student needs as determined by diagnostic and formative assessment data
    • If a school-based Literacy Coach, collaborate with other site leaders (i.e. school administrators, Instructional Reform facilitator, Positive Behavior Coach, etc.) to support a conducive and supportive learning environment for both staff and students
    • If a district-level Literacy Coach, collaborate with School Support Team members, led by an Assistant Superintendent, to provide strategic support across multiple school sites
    • Collaborate with district departments to articulate coherent and comprehensive standards-based educational programs to ensure all students access the core curriculum
    • Design, implement, and coordinate professional development of the adopted core and intervention curriculums, use of effective teaching strategies that support increased student achievement, and use of range of balanced assessments to inform instruction
    • Support the integration of educational technology to support literacy outcomes
    • Facilitate teacher work groups/common planning time or grade level team/department meetings and incorporate looking at student work or data in order to adjust instruction
    • Provide leadership in establishing and/or better articulating a Response to Intervention or Instruction (RtI2) model in the area of literacy, at either the site or district-level
    • Assist in the organization of academic interventions for high needs students across the school
    • Actively participate in the regular meetings of school-based Instructional Leadership Team(s) and district network of Literacy Coaches for additional training and support
    • Attend and actively participate in Role-Alike meetings and Professional Development Sessions
    • Contribute to the cultivation of strong and cohesive professional learning communities
    • Monitor school and classroom implementation of curricular, instructional, and assessment system priorities
    • Develop and provide additional communication and engagement opportunities for parents/families to better understand shifts in school/ classroom instructional practices, CACCSS, SFUSD core curriculum, and recommendations for supporting student learning outside of school
    • Work with principal or designated administrator to communicate the role and function of the Literacy Coach in supporting the professional learning goals of administrators, teachers, support staff, and extended learning providers
    • Order instructional materials, if applicable, to support literacy instruction
    • Other duties as assigned



    • Possession of a valid Teaching Credential with English Learners authorization (CLAD or BCLAD) in one of the following:
      • Multiple Subjects; Single Subject English; or any Single Subject Credential with a Specialist Credentials in Reading and Language Arts or the Reading Certificate or National Board for Professionals Teaching Standards in the area of Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading – Language Arts. 
    • Certification as “Highly Qualified” per the Elementary Secondary Education Act of 2001 (ESEA)
    • Outstanding and /or Highly Satisfactory Summary Evaluations
    • At least three years of classroom teaching experience with demonstrated effectiveness in the subject matter, use of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment
    • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.


    • Completion of previous professional development or training provided by Literacy Collaborative (Lesley University/ Ohio University), Fountas & Pinnell, The New Teacher Center, Teachers College, Readers’ & Writers’ Workshop, and/or CA CCSS, balanced literacy, or SFUSD Core Curriculum professional development
    • Leadership/coaching experience in the subject matter through participation in professional organizations, district and state initiatives (e.g. Early/Extended Literacy Initiative, teacher leader in district programs, mentor teacher, Master Teacher Program, BTSA provider, Instructional Reform Facilitator, Humanities R&D group participant, or previous Superintendent’s Zone Instructional Coaching position)
    • Successful experience working with a diverse adult and student population; track record of success in an urban school setting
    • Experience in coaching, mentoring and modeling of lessons in subject matter
    • Experience in group facilitation and conducting professional development in the subject matter
    • Experience and knowledge in how to use programs and/or materials as instructional resources
    • Demonstrates understanding of the Gradual Release of Responsibility
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with district and school-based administrators
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; high degree of organization and effective time management
    • Skillful in analyzing student assessment data, instructional planning and professional development of teachers
    • Credentialed by California as a teacher or administrator
    • Record of positive demeanor and collaborative success
    • Bilingually proficient (speaking, reading, writing) in Cantonese or Spanish


    To Apply:

    • Go to www.sfusd.edu/jobs
    • Create an account and complete a certificated application. Applications generally take 1-2 hours to complete. SFUSD looks very carefully at the entire application, including the 3 short answer questions.
    • Go to the “Jobs” tab to view and apply for specific openings.
    • Please check back often to connect your application to specific openings as they are posted.
    • Applicants will be contacted based on the needs of the district and current selection criteria.


    For more information about SFUSD’s mission and Strategic Plan please visit http://www.sfusd.edu/en/about-sfusd/strategic-plans-and-projects.html


    For other questions, visit www.sfusd.edu or contact us at teach@...

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    Nicole Magtoto

    Human Capital Specialist

    SFUSD Human Resources

    555 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor

    San Francisco, CA 94102

    T: (415)-241-6101 x3282, F: (415) 241-6147

    E: magtoton@...