Instructional Coach (TenSquare, LLC)

Posted by: TenSquare, LLC

Washington, DC, US


TenSquare is a national charter school support organization that works alongside schools and staff to make lasting and measurable change. Working in nine states and the District of Columbia, TenSquare has practice areas in school performance, talent services, facility development, and authorizer/agency support. TenSquare team members bring operational and management expertise from top tier schools and networks from around the country.

TenSquare works in partnership with schools and school systems to help them navigate the charter accountability landscape, grow and thrive in an increasingly competitive charter school environment, and improve student outcomes. Specifically, we:

  • Provide strategic and focused accountability coaching for leaders and boards;
  • Develop and help implement high-impact and proven instructional coaching strategies and professional development to increase student achievement;
  • Strengthen organizational performance through enhanced processes for budgeting, staffing, scheduling, compliance, and other operational priorities;
  • Conduct in-depth performance audits and create data-driven action plans and operational road maps for change;
  • Provide performance data analysis and compliance support;
  • Facilitate long-term capacity building, strategic planning, and turnaround initiatives;
  • Recruit high performing teachers and leaders for PK-12 and Adult Ed schools;
  • Support planning, development, and financing of facilities projects.

Our strategic, hands-on engagements have led to significant gains in student achievement and organizational performance as measured by state exams and authorizer report cards.


  • Foster collaborative and trusting relationships with teachers
  • Support teachers by observing, modeling, co-teaching, co-planning and debriefing/reflection
  • Set individual and effective goals with teachers and help them meet those goals
  • Ensure understanding and alignment of curriculum and teacher lesson plans, PARCC readiness and implementation
  • Provide explicit feedback on lesson plans
  • Use student data to inform and impact instruction
  • Create and deliver high quality professional development for teachers
  • Other duties as assigned (including but not limited curriculum mapping, recruitment, writing lesson plans, assessing students, small group pull out)


Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:

Educational Background and Work Experience

  • A minimum of three years of classroom teaching experience;
  • Adult leadership experience as an Assistant Principal, Dean, Mentor Teacher, Dir of Academics, or Department Head, preferred;
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, required

Skills and Characteristics

  • A proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations;
  • Comfort synthesizing and prioritizing data to solve problems and develop strategies to achieve ambitious academic goals;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • A demonstrated passion for advancing educational opportunities in low-income communities; knowledge of the charter school movement, a plus.
  • Experience coaching school teachers to instructional excellence;
  • Strong familiarity with Common Core Standards, and experience with PARCC exam a plus;

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