Position Summary:

The Instructional Coach will work directly with the School Leader to drastically improve teacher effectiveness through high repetition practice of Key Teacher Skills based on the Jounce model of teacher development. The Instructional Coach will spend at least 90% of his or her day increasing instructional effectiveness in the building through teacher coaching, as well as developing his or her own coaching skills through practice with the School Leader. He or she will also help maintain and grow the school-wide culture of deliberate practice. The Instructional Coach will report to the School Leader.

The Deep Roots Difference:

Excellent teaching is by far the most significant in-school factor driving student learning. To achieve the results we seek for all of our students, we will have an intensive focus on highly-effective teacher coaching, so that every teacher at DRCS is providing a world-class education for our students. Studies have shown that high quality teacher development can quickly change teacher practice and increase effectiveness, for both new and veteran teachers. Our professional development and coaching model dramatically accelerates teacher growth, ensuring a highly-skilled, highly effective teacher in every classroom. Teachers will be coached more than 10 times as frequently as at even the highest performing schools around the country. We accomplish this through the following actions:

  • The school leader spends 80% of his time developing the teachers and the Instructional Coaches
  • Coach-to-teacher ratio is kept at 10:1 or less
  • The operations team is responsible for all non-instructional responsibilities throughout the building
  • We hire growth-minded teachers who love to practice and to improve their craft from day to day, hour to hour


  • Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom
  • Demonstrated significant positive results with students as a classroom instructor
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for academic subjects, especially curriculum specific to DRCS
  • Evidence of self-motivation and willingness to be a team player
  • Belief in and alignment with Deep Roots’ mission
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated and documented ability to motivate and inspire others

Essential Functions:

  • Build skill and capacity in teachers across the school
  • Work with School Leader to build personal coaching skills
  • Monitor and track teacher progress toward measurable goals
  • Refine and build the teacher coaching model at Deep Roots
  • Model and intentionally build joy, growth mindset, and intellectual curiosity throughout the building
  • Model excellent teaching in classrooms daily
  • Additional duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Must have or be working towards teacher certification
  • Demonstrated expertise in subject area
  • Classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting preferred
  • Documented experience using data-driven instruction to achieve significant student gains

Title: Instructional Coach
Location: Philadelphia, PA 19134
Job Type: Full-time