Teacher’s Coach – Friendship Academy

The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time Teacher’s Coach at Friendship Academy, a special education school for children ages 5 to 21 located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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Location: Friendship, PA

255 S. Negley Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Teacher’s Coach Job Responsibilities: 

  • Provide direction to teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support instruction and planning, including new resources
  • Support teachers with implementation of research-based instructional strategies that engage all students
  • Support teachers with implementation of knowledge using a variety of assessment tools
  • Provide support in analyzing student assessment data
  • Provide support to teachers with designing instruction based on assessment data
  • Provide support to teachers in determining instructional levels and establishing instructional groups
  • Provide ongoing training to teachers on IEP compliance/data collection
  • Attend IEP meetings when appropriate or requested by supervisors
  • Develop and present professional development trainings
  • Provide guidance to teachers with specific classroom activities when requested
  • Provide individualized reading instruction across grade levels
  • Provide instruction with modified schedules for students when appropriate
  • Provide support for clsasroom motivation and management strategies
  • Offer support to teachers with creating materials that are in alignment with curriculum
  • Provide assistance in researching instructional and/or curriculum issues
  • Model lessons when appropriate
  • Work positively toward meeting identified building improvement goals
  • Build strong relationships with teachers and administrators
  • Serve on school professional committees
  • Review and evaluate IEPs/RRs prior to scheduled meetings
  • Maintain professional competence through professional development
  • Provide guidance in developing IEP goals and trainings in AIMSweb
  • Substitute in classrooms K-12th grade when needed and substitute as Education Liaison when needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Teacher’s Coach Job Requirements: 

  • Master’s Degree in Special Education required
  • Pennsylvania teaching certification in special education required
  • Dual teaching certification preferred
  • At least three years of teaching experience in a special education classroom
  • Specialized knowledge of Pennsylvania Chapter 14 Special Education Regulations
  • The essential functions of the job described herein require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching and brisk walking, which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others
  • Current Act 34, 114, and 151 clearances required

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