Early Elementary Literacy Coach

3+ months ago

Amplify builds innovative and compelling digital educational products that empower teachers and students across the country. We have a long history as the leading innovator in K-12 education - and have been described as the best tech company in education and the best education company in tech. While others try to shrink the learning experience into the technology, we use technology to expand what is possible in real classrooms with real students and teachers.

Amplify works with educators across the country - and about 2 million students - on early literacy development. Although we're a technology company, we don't believe that our work is over the moment a teacher has a new software license. Instead, it's just beginning - we work side-by-side with educators and school leaders, fitting our products into the lived reality of classrooms and schools.

We are seeking Early Elementary Literacy Coaches to pioneer several of Amplify's new approaches to professional services and customer success. This role can be r emote, with some light travel required.

This is a Part Time, Temporary role (minimum of 20 hours/week) with opportunity for Full-time position


  • Help principals and grade level team leads (specifically K-1) update their plans for core instruction and intervention, including, but not limited to:
  • Student-teacher assignments
  • Literacy block design
  • Responsibilities and schedules of resource teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Use of progress monitoring data
  • Facilitate cross school meetings during which school leads cross-pollinate ideas and get feedback on their plans
  • Analyze beginning-of-year assessment data in order to help leaders finalize which students will get Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions and confirm final staffing assignments
  • Facilitate bi-weekly calls with the Kindergarten and First Grade teams (includes everyone involved with core instruction and intervention - teachers, paras, and special education teachers) to help them spot and act on opportunities to further support students and increase their rate of progress
  • Meet with Principals bi-weekly or as needed to problem solve and plan
  • Respond to ad-hoc issues and facilitate an online community in which staff share what they have learned and seek help from each other and from experts such as you
  • Analyze middle-of-year assessment data and help leaders update their plans for the 2nd half of the school year
  • Facilitate an end-of-year review session to recognize success and agree on improvements for the 2017-18 school year

Basic Qualifications:

  • DIBELS Next Mentor certification (or significant experience using DIBELS data and other early elementary reading assessment data to identify the most optimal and actionable instructional next steps for individual students, small groups, and whole classes)
  • 5+ years of experience teaching reading to K or G1 students
  • Experience advising school leaders through change within their schools and grade level teams - e.g., gaining staff buy in and emotional commitment
  • Experience implementing reading interventions for small groups of K or G1 students - both as a core teacher and as an dedicated T2 or T3 interventionist
  • Experience designing and implementing new grade-wide and school-wide approaches to maximize students progress (organizing teachers, interventionists, and other support staff; adjusting schedules; determining how to use space; etc.)
  • Track record of improving the performance of not only students, but also teachers and reading interventionists (as judged by the progress of their students)
  • Experience helping teachers and interventionists commit to the next logical instructional next steps and follow through on their commitments
  • Experience collaborating with others using remote technology - phone, Google Hangouts, Skype, online forums
  • Ability to on occasion as needed

Preferred Qualifications:

  • You have a true outcomes orientation - you have no dogma - what works is your guide
  • You have a beginner's mind in that you are not overconfident with what you know
  • You have a "whatever it takes," can do attitude
  • You are tenacious
  • You have a growth mindset for yourself and others
  • You have strong receptivity to upward, downward, and peer feedback - you act on feedback and continue to get better over time - you question the status quo
  • You have a near expert level of use of Excel and Google Sheets
  • You are comfortable and frequently use a wide variety software and hardware (technology)
  • You have an internal locus of control and can always see how you have contributed to an issue
  • You prioritize what must be done well now, and what can be improved later
  • You challenge prevailing assumptions when warranted, and suggest better approaches
  • You inspire others with your thirst for excellence
  • You are humble, work well with others, are transparent, and put your half baked ideas out there for input and critique
  • You quickly get up to speed