Instructional Coach, STEM (2017-2018)

Alpha Public Schools - San Jose, CA - Full time

REPORTS TO: Principal


  • Alpha School Leaders
  • Network Academic Team


  • Alpha: Blanca Alvarado Middle School
  • Alpha: Cornerstone Academy
  • Alpha: Jose Hernandez Middle School


The Instructional Coach will actively drive academic outcomes at the school site by supporting and coaching instructional staff. Alpha is looking for a seasoned educator, with a proven track record of results, to lead teachers and other instructional staff in the execution of a rigorous, college prep academic program. Primary duties include, but are not limited to: leading professional development, leading regular data analysis meetings, leading content team meetings, observation and feedback of teachers, modeling best practices for teachers, co-planning units, lessons, and formative assessments, and on-going curriculum support. This role requires a high comfort level with shifting priorities and the ability to work closely with the school leaders to drive student achievement. The ideal candidate is expected to serve on the school leadership team and is to be highly flexible, adaptable, and an excellent communicator.


  • Facilitate the intellectual and professional development of teachers with a focus on improving student achievement
  • Create positive relationships with teachers and administrators that are aligned with Alpha’s culture and staff values
  • Work with teachers to write and adapt lesson plans for both STEM or Humanities classes
  • Guide teachers through internalizing and customizing curriculum, creating assessments, and locating appropriate teaching resources
  • Provide teachers with support, regular feedback and expert advice on:
    • Lesson plans, unit plans and assessments
    • Assist teachers in aligning their teaching with appropriate standards, curriculum and assessments
    • Deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback, both written and verbal around lesson plans, content mastery and teacher’s instructional methods
    • Understanding scope and sequence models
    • Support the development of curriculum
    • Assist teachers with the collection and analysis of student data results
  • Cultivate a standards based, data and results oriented culture among all instructional staff
  • Provide teachers support around improving personalization & personalized learning in the classroom
  • Secure external resources for teachers, as needed
  • Provide comprehensive/balanced training in and across assigned subject areas and curricular areas and lead workshops as necessary
  • Work with the Academic team on design and implementation of network based testing/assessment

Collaborate with school leaders to make instructional decisions based on student performance and make recommendations for best practices


    • Alpha Instructional Coaches have 4+ years of teaching experience
    • Experience leading and coaching teachers to improve instruction and curriculum
    • Strong content knowledge in Math or English Language Arts
    • Adept at using data to drive instruction
    • Experience teaching in a Blended Learning environment or experience teaching Common Core, preferred
    • Valid teaching credential, required
    • Bachelor’s degree, required
  • DRIVEN: Sustained commitment to the school/workplace that demonstrates persistence and drive to complete a job
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL: Demonstrates risk taking, problem solving, innovation, self-confidence, and the ability to push oneself beyond one’s comfort zone
  • ORGANIZED: Has the exceptional organizational skills required to manage a large caseload of teacher
  • FLEXIBLE: Adapts to meet the needs of teachers, principals and a startup work environment
  • COLLABORATIVE: Engage and work closely with fellow staff members, demonstrate strong communication and relationship building with teachers and principals


Alpha Public Schools is a network of public charter schools serving the students of East San Jose. Alpha’s mission is to provide children from high-poverty communities with an education that effectively develops the academic skills and character competencies to overcome the achievement gap and graduate from college.

What Alpha Offers

As a staff member at Alpha, you will change the educational and economic trajectory of students who otherwise would not attend college. You will work with a passionate, hard working and collaborative staff. You will significantly and directly impact the success and direction of a startup charter school, and have the opportunity to advance into a leadership role within a rapidly growing organization.

Alpha Offers

  • Competitive starting salaries
  • Excellent medical and retirement benefits
  • A committed team and mission-driven organization
  • The opportunity to innovate and disrupt the traditional school model
  • A parent community committed to educational excellence
  • The opportunity to lay the foundation for the founding Instructional Coaching team that will serve thousands of students

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