Coach on Special Assignment (COSA)

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JOB TITLE:                            Coach On Special Assignment (COSA)
CLASSIFICATION:  Certified Teacher         
REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent/Building Administration
The Coach on Special Assignment (COSA) will support District 7 K-3 classroom teachers in developing and implementing research-based instructional practices in early literacy through on-going collaborative study and coaching in addition to providing regional literacy leadership facilitated through WRESA. 
The Coach on Special Assignment (COSA) will remain an employee of Dearborn Heights School District No.7. 

  • Possession of a valid Michigan teaching certificate.
  • Bachelor's degree, advanced coursework in literacy, or related field
  • Three-Five or more years successful teaching experience 
  • Experience facilitating grade/team level professional learning
Master's Degree in literacy or Reading Specialist certification, Reading Recovery Training, or the equivalent amount of training focused on research-based practices in early literacy
  • Ability to work well with people and maintain productive and positive interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of current state literacy standards and MAISA GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy 
  • In-depth knowledge of reading and writing processes and acquisition as evidenced in daily practice 
  • Knowledge and appropriate use of research-informed instructional practices to help all students develop literacy knowledge, skills, and abilities including concepts of print, phonemic awareness, letter-sound recognition, word reading, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, writing, critical thinking, and motivation
  • Recognition of a variety of assessment purposes and experience utilizing formative, screening, and diagnostic tools to inform instruction
  • Ability to use observational data and formative assessment processes to guide professional learning and coaching
  • Proficiency in technology-based instructional and organizational tools
  • Willingness to invest in one’s own learning through professional reading, active participation in professional learning workshops, and attendance at local, state, and national professional conferences for the purpose of professional growth
  • Ability to provide and receive feedback in order to adjust practice
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with teaching staff by creating a professional and collaborative environment that includes mutual respect, teamwork, and accountability
  • Attend statewide and countywide coach training and networking sessions
  • Coach side-by-side with K-3 classroom teachers to support implementation of best practices in early literacy employing a core set of coaching activities, including: 
    • Observing to provide low-inference feedback
    • Co-planning, goal-setting, and having reflective conversations 
    • Co-teaching lessons with teachers 
    • Modeling specific instructional moves
  • Spend the majority of their time working directly with K-3 teachers, individually or in small groups, to align their beliefs with research-informed instructional practices and enhance their:
    • Classroom literacy environment
    • Use of research-informed literacy strategies
    • Implementation of new literacy programs and strategies
    • Use of practices aligned with state standards
  • Provide job-embedded feedback for teachers as they reflect on, set goals for, practice and refine skills learned through the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy
  • Analyze formative assessment and diagnostic data to create instructional plans
  • Plan and set coherent, aligned goals for teachers’ development based on data related to student learning 
  • Support teachers to collect and analyze data to inform instructional decisions
  • Lead, organize, and/or facilitate professional learning communities for teachers
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings to build capacity and extend literacy learning with K-3 classroom teachers
  • Meet regularly with the district literacy leadership team and/or district coaching network and serve as an active member of the WRESA Coaching Network
  • Engage in continuous professional learning on research-supported coaching and instructional practices to remain knowledgeable and to grow literacy instruction capacity throughout Wayne County
  • Employ facilitation skills to create trust among colleagues, develop collective wisdom, and build ownership and action that supports student learning
  • Engage in ongoing instruction-specific and reflective dialogue with colleagues based on observations of instruction, student work, and assessment data and make connections to research-based effective literacy practices designed to improve student learning
  • Assist building administrators in identifying strengths and needs in support of an early literacy continuum 
  • Consistently record coaching activities using the provided COSA tools and templates to effectively communicate the positive outcomes of coaching
  • Communicate progress with district-assigned COSA Coordinator and building leadership 
COSAs will be required to participate in regional (WRESA) professional development per the agreed upon Commitments drafted by WRESA and signed by the hiring district including, but not limited to, the following: 
  • 3-day COSA Coaching Academy*
  • Monthly WRESA Coaching Network sessions 
  • Regionalized literacy learning opportunities in collaboration with WRESA Department of Literacy (i.e., Instructional Rounds)
*A stipend of $125 per day will be paid by WRESA for attendance at summertime learning.
The majority of a COSAs time will be spent in the district. Work may be performed in schools, classrooms, meeting settings, and in community agencies or businesses. 
EVALUATION:  Conducted by Building Administration
Travel both within the district and the county is required. Mileage costs will be paid by the district per the established rate and protocol. 
TO APPLY: Internal candidates please email a letter of interest to Kevin Brock at  External candidates please apply through Wayne RESA’s Applitrack online system.
The information contained in this job description is not an exhaustive list of duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 that no person shall on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin or handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, in employment or any of its programs or activities.

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Dearborn Heights School District No. 7

Compare with State

Amount per Student

$9,486 (USD)

State Average: $12,292 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 6%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 18.25

% IEP Students


State Average: 13%



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