Instructional Coach

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time


The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four year olds. We have grown to serve over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2020, we began programming at our second site in Hayward, California.


We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 4th grade for our 2021-2022 school year. In our school we currently serve ~250 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.


The Instructional Coach will support teacher’s professional development and ongoing implementation of a tiered structured literacy program. While the instructional coach may work with teachers on math instruction and general classroom practice that will be relevant throughout any part of the school day, the primary area of focus for teacher coaching is in literacy, specifically utilizing Expeditionary Learning curriculum. The Instructional Coach is expected to support teachers with planning, push into classrooms to model lessons, observe teachers, and offer ongoing feedback aligned to comprehensive coaching goals. The Instructional Coach reports to the principal and works alongside the GLCs to ensure every student is engaged in excellent instruction and every teacher is engaged in excellent professional growth opportunities.


  • Drive increases in student engagement and achievement through successful teacher coaching using CLASS system
  • Drive increase in CLASS scores for teachers
  • Ensure alignment of Literacy Instruction from grade to grade and tier to tier
  • Co-Plan and Lead professional development
  • Support school-wide literacy planning and data-driven instruction
  • Support school-wide cultural programming and community events
  • Support day-to-day campus needs for supervision, student support, special event preparation, and fun
  • Collaborate withPrincipals to support junior level teacher coaching and development (coaching and development plan for junior level teaching staff)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction to support furthering academic priorities (ELD instruction, content instruction, etc.)
  • Ensure assessments are conducted on time and with fidelity. Support teachers’ use of assessment data to differentiate instruction


  • Expertise in progressive, inquiry-based elementary instructional practices that emphasize culturally responsive teaching within a developmentally appropriate framework
  • Experience with high poverty and English Language Learner populations; preferably experience with early childhood and middle school learning experiences
  • Familiarity with or philosophical alignment with Expeditionary Learning, Structured Literacy, CLASS, and Social Emotional learning.
  • Track record of teaching or coaching to exceptional academic and socio-emotional results for children
  • Experience coaching teachers
  • Experience with trauma-informed practices and/or anti-bias education
  • Exceptional planning and project management skills
  • Belief that all children can accomplish extraordinary things

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan with employer matching, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.


TPS values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In particular, we deeply value staff who share the identities and lived experiences of the historically underrepresented students and families we serve. TPS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions.

Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!

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Experience Level

Mid Level

The Primary School

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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