Ubuntu provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Nuancing traditional development models, we have redefined the theory of “going to scale;” instead of expanding geographically, we focus on the depth rather than breadth of our impact within a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu’s programs form an integrated system of health, educational, and social services, ensuring that disadvantaged children succeed in the world of higher education and employment.
Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa’s most vulnerable children with what all children deserve — everything, every day.
The Math Instructional Coach (MIC) will provide instructional support and coaching to all Ubuntu School staff as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential. The MIC’s primary role is to work with teachers to support best practices in using data, provide analysis of school-wide trends in instruction, and make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of need.
As an advisor to teachers and principals, the MIC is responsible for four main areas:
observing instructional delivery and providing feedback to enhance and support the development of each math teacher’s content area
supporting math teachers in the design of units and lessons for the development of their yearlong curriculum,
analyzing data in order to modify curriculum and forms of assessment to meet students’ needs, and
working with the academic staff (grade level chairs, assistant principals, principals) in the schools to support sharing of best practices.
The MIC will work collaboratively to advise the administration and teachers on developing instructional strategies and intervention programs for struggling students. This may include modeling lessons in classrooms, helping teacher groups plan instruction, creating system-wide policies and procedures, and facilitating professional development.
The Ubuntu School is looking for someone who models flexibility, passion, and commitment to supporting and building others. This person needs to have a deep understanding and commitment to progressive education and be able to dive into a new curriculum that they may be unfamiliar with. This person will encourage reflection, provide guidance and structure, and focus on teacher strengths and accountability. He or she will be responsible for ensuring high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching and providing feedback to teachers. He or she will also engage in significant professional development with our school partners and work closely with the school principal.
Key Responsibilities Include:
Support the development of high quality/effective math instruction in all grades; observe and coach developing math teachers to improve instructional planning, teaching practice, and the use of data, assessment, and instructional technology
Work with teachers to refine and develop common standards based pacing plans, mid-year and end of year common assessments for each grade level
Work with various teams (administrators, teachers) to facilitate analysis of data provided by diagnostics, common assessments, and formative assessments
Help teacher teams develop both school wide and classroom intervention plans.
Work school administrators to develop policies and school structures that facilitate the improvement of math instruction and the appropriate interventions and supports for students
Continuously monitor, track and analyze student achievement data in order to identify needed supports and strategies
Assist teachers in understanding Ubuntu’s mission, core values and progressive education
Teach/model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis, teaching lessons side-by-side with teachers
Assist teachers with understanding and sourcing resources for classroom instruction and planning
Assist teachers in learning new teaching practices and dynamic models that involve experiential investigative and inquiry based learning
Work closely with school principal to organize professional development plans/sessions, orientations and training programs for staff
Observe teachers’ lessons and provide feedback for professional growth and students’ success
Conduct professional development on targeted topics to improve staff understanding of teaching strategies, progressive education and other needs of students
Implement other approved instructional coaching strategies
Work to create an effective learning community and demonstrate progress through weekly coaching documentation
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five years teaching experiences in a Pre-K to Grade 4 school setting
Strong commitment to the mission, vision, goals and objectives of Ubuntu Pathways and the Ubuntu School
Demonstrated ability to work with young children and families from diverse racial/cultural populations
Experience leading other teachers to achieve strong academic results with historically underachieving students
Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
Experience working with adult learners, coaching teachers, and delivering professional development.
Significant experience with math curriculum development and daily lesson planning
Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify curricula
Knowledge of and experience with student-centered curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as progressive education
Excellent judgment, growth mindset, communication, and creative problem-solving skills
Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive working style
Ability to be multi-faceted, multi-skilled, and resourceful; willingness to do whatever it takes to help our students reach a level of academic excellence
Ability to model positive and healthy character traits and habits, such as being organized, consistent and understanding
Unquestioned integrity and commitment to the Ubuntu School mission and willingness to serve the Ubuntu School community
Understanding of challenges and opportunities in a start-up public charter school environment
Completion of a background check
Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership preferred, but not required
Salary commensurate with skills and experience. Additional benefits such as medical aid, provident fund, funeral cover, life cover, additional annual leave days and study leave days are also offered.
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