What does an Instructional Coach do?

Instructional coaches support teachers through personalized professional development and job coaching. They work as a resource to support teachers as teacher leaders who serve to work alongside them. As critical levers in improving student achievement, instructional coaches build a teacher’s capacity and understanding of instructional practices related to various learning models, including Common Core.

Instructional coaches are models for continuous improvement and lifelong learning. They strive to go above and beyond to ensure teacher and student success and work collaboratively. Instructional coaches promote internal reflection, and provide guidance and structure where needed and emphasize strengths, collaboration, and common concerns. They are responsible for ensuring their schools’ nurture high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching, and teacher feedback. Instructional coaches need a degree in education and certification.

What responsibilities are common for Instructional Coach jobs?
  • Assist in writing, implementing and evaluate state and federal projects.
  • Utilize research-based best instructional practices to create rigorous, dynamic learning environments for students.
  • Ensure safety and security requirements are met in the classroom.
  • Provide technical assistance in the collection, analysis and interpretation of student achievement data.
  • Regularly observe courses and provide instructors with direct feedback and guidance on their classes and teaching performance.
  • Provide technical support to collaborative teams within builds.
  • Provide instructional support and coaching to educators as they work to ensure that each student is able to reach his or her academic potential.
  • Observe classroom instruction for the purpose of providing feedback and to ensure the development of science-specific instructional practices.
  • Model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Prepare class lectures and hands-on learning activities to meet the needs of approved apprenticeship curriculum.
  • Provide professional leadership and support, and serves as an educator, role model, mentor and facilitator.
  • Lead teachers through a continuous improvement cycle to achieve benchmark goals.
  • Supervise and support intellectual and practical preparation through unit / lesson unpacking and lesson plan feedback.
  • Lead weekly grade-level academic meetings to deepen teacher understanding of unit goals and analyze student work.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate records of teacher progress connected to coaching goals.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending staff development training, workshops, seminars and conferences.
What are the typical qualifications for Instructional Coach jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in education.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement processes.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Instructional Coach make?

Confident
$94,396 /yr
Total Pay
$58,350
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$36,046
 /yr

Additional Pay

$94,396

 / yr
$43K$503K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Instructional Coach Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
58%
5 - 7
10%
8+
20%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Jul 30, 2021

“Great place to grow and progress in your career.”

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Mar 1, 2022

“Good people to work with”

Willows Rural Fire Protectiion DistrictWillows Rural Fire Protectiion District
Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Aug 30, 2021

“Great people to work with”

Bright Horizons Family SolutionsBright Horizons Family Solutions
Instructional Coach
Jan 4, 2021

“Low salary is not competitive”

Northumberland County CouncilNorthumberland County Council
Curriculum Lead
Jun 17, 2022

“nice people to work with”

Reading In MotionReading In Motion
Instructional Coach
Apr 1, 2021

“Amazing people doing amazing this in the school communities.”

Southwest Preparatory SchoolSouthwest Preparatory School
Instructional Coach
Jan 11, 2021

“Instructional coach salary was a bonus to the job.”

iSchool Virtual Academy
Instructional Coach
Jun 27, 2022

“Salary is pretty good but could be closer to the local district salaries.”

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