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Instructional Coach at Breakthrough San Francisco for Summer 2013

Instructional Coach Job Description
(Literature, Writing, Math, and Science)
Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School
Summer Session 2013
Breakthrough Overview

Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School provides intensive academic enrichment and ongoing support to motivated, under-served students from public schools across San Francisco with the intent of ensuring they are academically successful and on the path to college. Simultaneously, we train outstanding college students from across the country for education careers. 97% of our students are of color; 98% are low-income; 52% speak a language other than English at home; and 83% will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college.

The intensive six-week summer program for rising fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders is a key component of Breakthrough’s effort to ensure students are receiving academically rigorous instruction through middle and high school. Summer programming consists of four core academic classes (math, literature, writing, and science), as well as electives, such as mock trial, Japanese, and poetry. Because Breakthrough utilizes a “students teaching students” model, all summer classes are planned and taught by exceptional college-aged interns. Intern teachers bring energy, commitment, and a willingness to learn, and Instructional Coaches bring experience and knowledge. Because of this successful partnership, a large number of Breakthrough teachers enter education-related fields after college graduation.

General Job Description

Instructional Coaches (ICs) are experienced and successful professional educators who provide content-specific support and mentoring for Breakthrough’s intern teachers and engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community. ICs dictate the level of academic rigor during Breakthrough’s summer program through their interactions with teachers. Each IC supervises four teachers in his/her department, leading weekly department meetings, visiting classes, evaluating lesson plans, and meeting frequently with individual teachers regarding their on-going work. As the only professional teachers on-site, ICs are accountable for the quality of instruction Breakthrough students receive and are responsible for supporting Breakthrough teachers through their first teaching experience.

Specific Instructional Coach Duties


Complete two-day weekend training session

Consult with Breakthrough staff regarding 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade academic content in specific content area

Refine and develop existing curriculum, as needed

Meet with program staff to plan orientation workshops

Teacher Orientation:

Help facilitate workshops on topics such as classroom management and lesson planning

Participate fully in all orientation workshops

Work with teachers to write and adapt lesson plans

Six-Week Summer Program:

Guide teachers through developing and/or revising curriculum, creating assessments and locating appropriate teaching resources (note that 7th and 8th grade teachers, and potentially others, will be working with pre-written curriculum)

Provide teachers with support and regular feedback as they design and/or revise lesson plans

Observe each teacher in department at least twice weekly. Follow each observation with a debriefing session in which teachers receive concrete feedback based on Breakthrough’s Teacher Excellence Rubric

Communicate regularly with the Director of Instruction to discuss teacher progress

Plan and lead twice weekly departmental meetings

Lead at least one large group, mid-summer professional development session

Engage fully in the Breakthrough San Francisco community

Evaluation Week:

Submit a final evaluation and letter of recommendation for each assigned teacher

Evaluate overall summer program

Make additions, edits, and improvements to subject-specific unit plans

Read and edit student evaluations


Bachelors degree required, Master’s degree preferred

Outstanding track record as a professional classroom teacher for at least two years (preferably in grades 5, 6, 7, or 8)

Outstanding knowledge of subject matter and broad knowledge of available resources

Superior presentation, writing and organizational skills

Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to hold others to high standards while also offering support and maintaining positive relationships

Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback, both written and verbal

Experience with curriculum development and implementation

Creativity, energy, and commitment to excellence

Prior experience with Breakthrough or Summerbridge is highly desirable

Familiarity with San Francisco schools is highly desirable

Experience teaching in an academically rigorous college preparatory institution is highly desirable

Commitment and Compensation

Pre-summer meetings and preparation with program staff (approximately 15 hours)

Instructional Coach training days, tentatively May 11 – 12 (8am to 6pm each day)

Teacher orientation, June 13 – June 21 (8am to 5:30pm)

Six-week program, June 24 – August 2 (30 hours/week:

Monday- Friday from 8am to 2:00pm

Two late afternoon events over the course of the summer

May require some work off-site via email or phone with teachers as needed

Evaluation Week, August 5 – August 7 (10 hours)

Compensation is in the form of a $5,000 stipend.

To apply: The application launches January 25, 2013 and can be found at Please be sure to indicate your interest in coaching at the San Francisco Day School site. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until March 15, 2013.

For more information, please visit: and

Please contact Katy Gaul, Director of Instruction, at 703-967-2955 or with any questions.

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