School Improvement Coach
The Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) is operated by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The Illinois CSI will provide coordination of the Statewide System of Support (SSOS), including the various regional improvement efforts under ISBE’s existing network, to ensure that districts receive expert, timely and relevant assistance with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps and raising achievement in the all students group in districts receiving services. The District Assistance Team for Priority Service Coaches, with direction and support from a District Liaison for Priority Services, Area Assistance Directors and the Illinois CSI Manager for Priority Services, will provide direct support to ISBE-designated districts that receive Priority services through the SSOS. District Assistance Team for Priority Service Coaches may work with up to five district leadership teams on planning, implementing, and refining their district improvement plans and strategies with an emphasis on turnaround and transformation principles at the district level. They will participate in and co-facilitate networked professional learning opportunities for assigned districts and provide follow-up coaching support. In addition, they will connect district and school teams to appropriate SSOS resources and tools.
- Provide direct support to districts to build capacity to improve supports to schools, specifically in persistently low-achieving districts;
- Use data analysis and strategic planning to assess district support needs and select and provide technical assistance in implementing initiatives in alignment with that plan;
- Provide strategic coaching to build district capacity in the use of effective continuous improvement planning and implementation processes at district and school levels;
- Monitor and support strategic transformation plans through the use of Rising Star, an online continuous improvement tool housed on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC), for quality district and school continuous improvement planning;
- Communicate regularly with the Illinois CSI staff, other District Assistance Team for Priority Service Coaches and other ISBE service providers to ensure coordination and effective delivery of services;
- Use technology in new and creative ways (including electronic mail, essential user applications, web-based resources and data entry, and other venues) to increase communication across district service providers and initiatives;
- Maintain regular and ongoing communication and prepare reports for District Liaisons for Priority Services, Area Assistant Directors and the Manager for Priority Support Unit;
- Conduct reviews of district services and determine effectiveness of programs, practices, and policies;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in education or education related field required.
- Illinois Teacher Licensure required.
- Three to five years of experience in the field of education, including K-12 administrative teaching experience;
- Experience working in a consultant and/or coaching capacity (required).
- Demonstrated knowledge of change management and turnaround/transformation experience (preferred).
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in designing and implementing strategic improvement efforts;
- Experience with designing, implementing and overseeing implementation of improvement supports for chronically low-performing districts and schools (required).
- Experience with continuous improvement planning processes and knowledge of research-based effective practices (required).
- Content expertise in one or more of the Eight Essential Elements with a specific emphasis in:
- Turnaround and Transformation
- Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in alignment with the Common Core
- Data analysis and development of data systems
- Experience in using data to inform strategic initiatives and implementation (required).
- Expert facilitation, oral and written communication skills (required).