Do you want to help PreK teachers strengthen and enrich the early childhood learning experience? If so, don't miss this opportunity to be a Regional Instructional Coach!
The Regional Instructional Coach will support teachers funded by the Preschool Development Grant of MSDE in implementing research-based practices and encourage reflective practice. The Regional Instructional Coach will provide ongoing, job-embedded, non-evaluative, professional learning to identified prekindergarten teachers in support of literacy instruction, math instruction, social foundations, developmentally appropriate practices, and curriculum implementation. In addition, Regional Coaches will serve as a resource for Peer Coaches. Regional Instructional Coaches will demonstrate a solid understanding of research-based instructional practices as well as effective adult learning strategies.
Twelve Regional Coaches will be deployed throughout the State categorized into MSDE identified regions (see below). Coaches will be required to attend MSDE provided coaching orientation and training July 9-10 & 25-27, 2018 at Coppin State University, Baltimore, MD and a 2-day curriculum training either July 18-19 in Annapolis or July 23-24 in Frederick. Additionally, Regional Instructional Coaches will be required to participate in a Coaches Community of Practice which meets monthly via webinar. The coaching assignment is expected to take 100 hours (approximately 25 hours per month) during the period September 1st - December 31st, 2018.
Regions: Montgomery County; Baltimore City; Baltimore County; Prince Georges County; Carroll and Frederick Counties; Harford County; Wicomico and Somerset Counties; Howard and Anne Arundel Counties; Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties; and, Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties.
- Master's Degree required **Either the Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree must be in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The non-ECE degree must be in a related field.
- Five (5) years successful teaching experience in an early childhood classroom
- Three (3) years experience as a mentor, coach, trainer, or experience working with adult learners
- Must have a flexible schedule and be willing to travel (locally throughout the State)
Role of the Regional Instructional Coach:
- Approach the coaching relationship from a core belief in the value of the teacher and the coaching relationship.
- Build trust with teachers by asking clarifying questions, actively listening, establishing confidentiality, validating teachers' assets, and asking permission to coach (Aguilar, 2013).
- Support teachers' questions and learning by collecting and sharing appropriate research and information; ask questions that foster reflection on practice (Duncan, 2006).
- Actively seek and provide honest feedback, input, modeling, and debriefing.
- Use inquiry and probing conversations to support teacher reflection.
- In collaboration with the teacher, develop goals and action plans to strengthen instructional practice.
Essential Coaching Content Areas:
- Relationship Building and Communication
- Adult Learning Theory
- Professionalism: meeting ethical guidelines & demonstrating high professional standards
- Facilitating Learning and Results
- Assessing the success of the coaching partnership