Lead Coach* for SY2023-2024

* Teachers at I Dream PCS are called 'coaches'. A coach facilitates the learning process, instead of directing and doing the thinking for learners. The role of coaches at I Dream is a critical example of our commitment to transform relationships between learners and themselves, the curriculum, and the community.

I Dream PCS Mission

I Dream PCS co-designs purposeful, self-directed learning with children and families, so they have voice and choice on the path to discovering and pursuing their dreams.

Why Join I Dream PCS?

I Dream PCS is growing! Starting in August 2023, we will serve learners in grades PK3-5th. We expect to enroll 107 learners for the 2023-2024 school year. I Dream PCS will remain a PK3-5th grade school as we grow to 240 learners at full capacity in subsequent years.

I Dream PCS is seeking coaches that will work to actively dismantle hierarchical systems of power that prevent young learners from realizing their full potential in the world. You will collaborate with other lifelong learners and social justice warriors to reimagine school design in a way that includes all voices in the decision-making process. You understand the task in front of us will require a monumental amount of work, but you see the vision and know this is difficult work we must do for our children.

Essential Mindsets

  • You are all about the mission.

When you read the I Dream PCS mission, your eyes light up and you smile on the inside. Our website speaks to you and you know you want to be a part of making this school a reality for children. You can see it. Our mission and vision align with your beliefs and passion.

  • You have a growth mindset about yourself and your work.

You are a lifelong learner that is in constant evolution. You know you are good at what you do, but you also know that you always have room to learn. You learn from your mistakes and failures as much as you learn from books and from others. Growing yourself and your expertise comes natural to you. You approach the growth and development of learners and school programs by leveraging strengths and assets rather than focusing on deficits.

  • You work with others positively and productively.

You can easily work alone, but you recognize how important and fun it is to be a positive and productive member of a team. You have excellent interpersonal communication skills. People want to work with you.

  • You are ready to disrupt systemic inequities in service of our children.

You understand that the current public education system perpetuates systemic racism and that the achievement gap exists by design. You are committed to social justice and ready to transform the current public school model to one that values the gifts and talents every child and every family brings to the world. You are also committed to doing your own work to identify and mitigate your biases and prejudices in service of this work.

Responsibilities

Teaching & Learning

  • Embrace a learner-centered instructional model and develop lessons based on this framework.
    • Support culturally responsive instruction that values and celebrates the life and culture of each learner.
  • Demonstrate a solid knowledge of academic content and child development.
  • Can provide accommodations and strategies for all learners to access grade level content.
  • Co-teach in a multi-grade classroom with a Coach (formerly an Assistant Coach) and a Special Education Coach.
  • Meet weekly with the coaching team to co-plan and co-facilitate individualized instruction to meet the academic and socio-emotional needs, as well as the dreams and interests of every learner.
  • Plan fieldwork and service learning that deepens academic understanding and connects with learners’ dreams and interests.

Community Building

  • Co-create classroom management system with learners to build a community of self-directed and collaborative young people.
  • Initiate and develop supportive relationships with learners, their families, staff, and community members.
  • Communicate regularly with families, conducting at least 3 Partner Visits throughout the school year
  • Serve as an instructional coach and supervisor to the Coach in the classroom.

Strategic Thinking/Data/Solutions

  • Use formative assessments and checks for understanding to plan and revise daily instruction.
  • Collaborate with learners, their families, and coaching team to continuously measure and celebrate learner progress toward mastery of standards and goals.
  • Complete a narrative progress report for each learner 3 times each year.

Qualifications - At least two of the following are required:

  • Master’s degree in Education or related field
  • 2+ years of full-time teaching experience
  • Standard teaching certification
  • Passing scores on Praxis II exams

All candidates must be committed to meeting the needs of all learners and have experience working in urban communities.

Compensation and Benefits

I Dream PCS offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package to promote self-care and overall wellness, including employer-covered health insurance for employee, dental and vision insurance, free life insurance up to $50,000, 403b retirement including employer match, and included short term disability insurance.

I Dream PCS is excited to build a diverse founding team, and we encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we hire without consideration of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy/parenthood, veteran status, or disability. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodations, please let us know.

Salary Range: $55,000 - $75,000