Instructional Leadership Coach - Online Schools

Pearson - United States3.8


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Pearson’s Online & Blended Learning K-12 group provides high-quality, highly accountable online education solutions to schools, school districts and students in grades K-12. It serves families and schools with a variety of digital learning and online school solutions including Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, and Pearson Connexus. The group, formerly known as Connections Education, is based in Columbia, Maryland and has been named a “Top Workplace” by the Baltimore Sun for three consecutive years and a “Best Place to Work” by Baltimore magazine. Recognized for its outstanding curriculum, high-quality teachers and leadership, Pearson Online & Blended Learning is committed to expanding quality education through technology, and helping students achieve both academic and personal success.

Position Summary:
The Instructional Leadership Coach reports to the Director of Instructional Leadership Consulting Services and is responsible for supporting the instructional leaders/teacher managers at Connections Academy schools in advancing online teaching and learning in alignment with OBL’s core education standards and learning science research. The Instructional Leadership Coach will partner with Connections Academy schools to identify school-specific needs and provide appropriate, customized support to improve instructional efficacy, accelerate student performance, and improve state test scores, with a focus on improving academic outcomes in mathematics.Applicants must have experience directly managing, coaching, or mentoring teachers to improve student performance.

Primary Responsibilities:
+ Support teacher managers in implementing and monitoring research-based practices that improve teaching and learning (e.g., peer coaching, professional learning communities, feedback, reflection)

+ Support teacher managers at schools in developing and sharing strategies that teachers can use to:

+ diagnose student needs more analytically; plan more productively; and teach more effectively

+ identify students who need additional support,

+ implement appropriate interventions following a response to intervention model

+ modify courses/curriculum to meet students’ needs and align to state standards

+ Work closely and collaboratively with internal leadership and school instructional leadership to support schools

with instructionally related School Improvement Plans

+ Share, and support schools in implementing, practices proven to be successful at other Connections Academy schools

+ Use key data points to identify areas for improvement and support

+ Provide ongoing input into tools and success metrics to evaluate effectiveness of coaching/consulting services to schools, gauge customer satisfaction, and identify areas for improvement

+ Work with the Training Services team to identify areas where additional training is needed.

+ Make recommendations to Training Content & Development teams based on observed trends, needs, gap analysis, etc.

+ Other duties as assigned.

Pearson Online & Blended Learning is focused on providing a flexible work environment to its employees, including the ability to work from home on a regular basis in most positions. We believe that flexibility in work/life balance is a critical part of our culture and employee satisfaction, and we are proud to provide to our employees the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. In exchange, we require that employees have the appropriate means to work remotely, including adherence to our work at home policies regarding home office setup, including but not limited to privacy of records, technology standards, equipment standards and expectations.


+ 3 years experience directly managing, coaching, or mentoring teachers (preferably in a virtual teaching environment)

+ Experience in instructional leadership, academic coaching, professional development, online pedagogy, or related education industry experience with direct responsibility for improving teacher effectiveness

+ Deep expertise in research-based pedagogy that has an impact on student achievement and engagement,learning science research, effective practices for working with K-12 students, virtual teaching and learning

+ Experience as a math coach, or leading math improvement initiatives, highly desirable

+ Ability to build and consistently strengthen relationships with school stakeholders

+ Ability to track and analyze quantitative and qualitative data to discover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve teacher effectiveness and accelerate student performance

+ Strategic thinker with proven ability to translate education research into practice

+ Excellent research, written, and oral communication skills

+ Proven track record of working collaboratively in a fast paced work environment with multiple competing deadlines

+ High expectations of oneself, colleagues, and stakeholders

+ Habitual problem solver

+ Self-motivated and directed

+ Ability to travel out of state

+ Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

Customer Centric– Acts with a strong customer mindset (both internal and external) and is a visible advocate for the customer. Builds strong relationships with customers and uses those to improve their experience and outcomes.

Delivering Financial Results– A strong track record of delivering against budgets and commitments.

Communications- A great communicator who engages teams and stakeholders with thoughtful delivery and messages that resonate.

Building a strong team- Creates strong morale and inclusive spirit within team, Proactively addresses team performance and communication challenges and blends new people into teams when needed. Has a track record of hiring and quickly and effectively onboarding great talent. Demonstrated success developing and promoting talent.

Works well in a matrix- Models collaboration, solves problems with peers, builds trust and support.

Takes personal responsibility– Can be relied on to complete tasks timely and well, demonstrates “ownership” regardless of the outcome, proactive in exploring and exploiting new opportunities.

+ High level of integrity and transparency;

+ High degree of flexibility;

+ Positive attitude;

+ Evidence of a strong work ethic, and;

+ Demonstrated team player

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

**Primary Location: ** United States

**Job: ** Professional Development

**Organization: ** North America Connections

**Employee Status: ** Regular Employee

**Job Type: ** Standard

**Shift: ** Day Job

**Job Posting: ** Apr 10, 2019

**Job Unposting: ** Ongoing

**Schedule: ** Full-time Regular

**Req ID: ** 1905084

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.