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Instructional Coach, Academy at Elkin (Elkin, NC)

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Elkin, North Carolina
Faculty Development
Elkin, NC

Faculty Rank: No

Provide Rank: N/A

Position Number: 095701

Department: Elkin Lab School - 260855

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Education.
  • Hold or be eligible for an NC teaching license in elementary education, K-6.
  • 3+ years of successful teaching experience.
License/Certification Required

See Minimum Qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience as an instructional coach or instructional facilitator.
  • National Board Certification.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Instructional Coach is responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with and supporting teachers and administrators with the goal of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity. The Instructional Coach facilitates a learning environment that promotes teachers to think deeply and critically about learning that is meaningful and relevant to their students' culture, lives, and future. They focus on individual and group professional development that will expand and refine the understanding of research-based effective instruction. In order to meet this purpose, the Instructional Coach will provide personalized support that is based on the goals and identified needs of individual teachers.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with teachers and other instructional staff to create fair, inclusive, and equitable classroom communities.
  • Assist teachers to create clear expectations and norms for classroom communities.
  • Foster a growth mindset within the school.
  • Actively engage with colleagues, school administration, the local community, and university partners to cultivate a collaborative school environment.
  • Establish positive relationships with teachers, students, and administrators.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum to support curriculum initiatives and academic programming.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices.
  • Assist teachers to develop innovative, integrated, and inquiry-based lesson plans that are student-centered and based on constructivist approaches.
  • Model and support evidence-based teaching strategies for teachers that result in increased student performance.
  • Assist teachers with designing instructional decisions based on assessment data.
  • Support teachers in assessing the progress of their students and using data to inform teaching strategies.
  • Support teachers in analyzing student assessment data.
  • Facilitate weekly grade level PLT meetings.
  • Monitor and assess intervention programs to make recommendations to the Director of Curriculum.
  • Work positively toward meeting identified school improvement goals.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum to develop a strategic plan of professional development for all instructional staff.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum to lead professional development for instructional staff.
  • Serve as the school's testing coordinator, which includes administering and analyzing all federal, state, and local testing requirements.
  • Plan, implement and facilitate school-wide morning meetings to build community and foster a positive school climate and culture.
  • Develop and maintain a confidential, collegial relationship with instructional staff.
  • Provide positive encouragement and emotional and moral support to teachers.
  • Fully understand and follow expectations set forth by the staff handbook.
  • Maintain appropriate work habits, including regular and punctual attendance and effective use of time.
  • Attend and be fully engaged in staff meetings, PLT meetings, and other committee meetings.
  • Engage in opportunities for enhanced professional development to stay current in innovative teaching practices affecting the whole child.
  • Follow a plan for professional development and demonstrate evidence of growth.
  • Respect the confidentiality of records and information regarding students, families, and teachers in accordance with accepted professional ethics and state and federal laws.
  • Share responsibility during the school day for the supervision of students in areas of the school.
  • Comply with state and federal education statutes, including the NC Code of Ethics for Educators.
  • Adhere to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Learn more about the Academy at Elkin and the instructional coach position here.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

Staff/Non-Faculty: Staff/Non-Faculty

Appointment Type: 1.0

Work Schedule/Hours
Monday-Friday, 7:15 am -3:15 pm; at times this position may require more than the workday to perform the essential duties of the position.

Number of Hours Per Week: 40

Number of Months Per Year: 11

Mandatory Staff: No

Suggested Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position within a school environment.

Posting Date: 03/04/2022

Closing Date

Open Until Filled: No

Evaluation of Applications Begins

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/01/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit the following documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references with contact information
  • NC teaching license
Search Chair Name
Dr. Hannah Reeder

Search Chair Email

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Director of Human Resources/EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144

ADA/504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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