Innovation Coach – Elementary School

Concordia International School Shanghai

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Position Title:       Innovation Coach – Elementary School
Division:                Division(s) assigned
Supervisor:           Director of Innovation
Position Summary
The Innovation Coach works with the Innovation, EdTech & Libraries team to assist, support, and lead students, teachers, and administrators to infuse contemporary and emergent teaching and learning practices across Concordia International School Shanghai. The Innovation Coach supports student and faculty learners in introducing, integrating, and innovating learning experiences, teaching, and learning environments. The innovation Coach is responsible for leading and supporting educational technology curriculum and professional learning, working with the Concordia Tech Hub to coordinate educational practices with students, teachers, and the Concordia community.  
▪       Bachelor’s Degree, master’s degree in instructional technology preferred
▪       Teaching certification
▪       Certification in Instructional Coaching (e.g., or willingness to obtain
▪       A minimum of 5 years of successful classroom teaching experience required
▪       Working in an international school setting or American-style education system
▪       Expertise in using technology in schools, preferably in a 1-to-1 or 2-to-1 program with Apple devices
▪       Significant successful achievements in purposeful and innovative integration of technology to transform learning
▪       Successful experience with curriculum development and collaboration within a professional learning community
▪       Experience preferred with leading Understanding by Design (UbD) or Competency-based education
▪       Experience with inquiry-based project/problem-based, and/or applied learning
▪       Working successfully with an ethnically diverse population
▪       Knowledge and experience preferred in blended, hybrid or online instructional design
▪       Experience preferred with the design thinking process for fostering innovative mindsets
▪       Understands the components of effective coaching
▪       Demonstrates a passion for contemporary and emergent learning practices
▪       Demonstrates a passion for teacher and student success
▪       Committed to teamwork and collaboration both within and across divisions
▪       A highly skilled teacher, grounded in knowledge of current best practices related use of technology to personalize learning
▪       Exhibits leadership skills that enable school reform efforts
▪       Able to articulate a vision and manageable action steps to enable systematic change
▪       Effective communicator within a diverse community, both orally and in writing
▪       Emotionally intelligent, able to balance ambition with humility and effectively building relationships
▪       Respect for teachers as fellow professionals and lifelong learners
▪       Demonstrates a positive, optimistic, can-do attitude
▪       Able to quickly gain proficiency in required technology – Apple iOS, Apple Mac OS, Microsoft 365 and Teams, Canvas, Seesaw, PowerSchool, Microsoft Office)
▪       Proficient in using social media to enhance learning and building an online community
▪       Engaging and effective presenter 
  • Planning and Preparation
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current trends in specialty area and professional development
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the school’s program, and levels of teacher skill in delivering that program
    • Establish goals for the instructional support program appropriate to the setting and the teachers served
    • Demonstrate knowledge of resources, both within and beyond the school and district
    • Plan the instructional support program, integrated with the overall school program
    • Develop a plan to evaluate the instructional support program
  • The Environment
    • Create an environment of trust and respect
    • Establish a culture for ongoing instructional improvement
    • Establish clear procedures for teachers to gain access to instructional support
    • Establish and maintain norms of behavior for professional interactions
    • Organize physical space for workshops or training
  • Delivery of Service
    • Collaborate with teachers in the design of instructional units and lessons
    • Engage teachers in learning new instructional skills
    • Share expertise with staff e.g., through teaching model lessons, presenting workshops, facilitating study groups
    • Locate resources for teachers to support instructional improvement
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness
  • Professional Responsibilities
    • Reflect on practice
    • Prepare and submit budgets and reports
    • Coordinate work with other instructional specialists
    • Participate in a professional community
    • Engage in professional development
    • Show professionalism, including integrity and confidentiality
  • Qualities of an Effective Instructional Specialist
    • Model Christ’s teachings through interpersonal skills, respectful relationships and problem solving.
    • Establish collaborative relationships with all staff, students, and parents.
    • Integrate the school curriculum with the schoolwide learning outcomes (SLOs).
    • Support curricula established by the school.
    • Ensure that personal professional goals are established and completed each year.
General Expectations
  • As a school grounded in the Christian faith, Concordia hires Christian teachers and administrators. Concordia seeks to hire candidates who are able to model their faith, are interested in the complex questions of faith and spirituality, and who are keen to learn and interact with others of different faith traditions.
  • On regular school days, on duty between 7:45 am and 3:45 pm, not inclusive of activities and meetings
  • Other duties as assigned
Job Specific Expectations
  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of a shared vision for the integration of technology and modern/emergent pedagogy in learning and teaching
  • Collaboratively plan with, advise, assist, and support teachers and administrators in infusing technology and innovative teaching practice to provide meaningful, relevant, and engaging classroom-based, blended, and online learning experiences for students
  • Lead and support the use of digital and web-based strategies and platforms
  • Collaborate with instructional teams to identify and plan learning experiences that leverage educational technology and innovative pedagogy
  • Lead and support, in conjunction with the curriculum & instruction hub, counselors, information literacy specialists, and teachers, the development and ongoing revision of a meaningful, relevant and articulated digital literacy (ICT, digital citizenship, media literacy, information literacy) curriculum
  • Liaise with the Concordia Tech Hub team on technical issues
  • Liaise with the student and parent community regarding issues in educational technology and learning
  • Contribute to the IT, innovation, and professional development budget development process
  • Assist in the development of yearly IT, educational technology and curricular plans
  • Create digital resources to support teacher professional learning
  • Curate and share exemplars of Concordia innovative practices

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  • Location Shanghai
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