Residency Field Coach

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Position Information

RankAdjunctTerm LengthPosition StatusPosition TitleResidency Field CoachCampusOtherIf other, please specify

Early Childhood Special Education (PK-2)
Early Childhood Bilingual (PK-2)
Elementary Education Bilingual (1-6)

Supervision at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in north, west, and south neighborhoods within city limits.

Position Summary

The Residency Field Coach for Teacher Residency programs at National Louis University reports to the Director of Residencies and Alternative Licensure. This position is contracted annually and per student on an as-needed basis.

About the Program
NLU’s National College of Education has a longstanding history of developing unique pathways into the teaching profession designed in collaboration with community organizations, schools, and districts to meet their specific needs. From data and reports about our partners’ recurring teacher shortages grew NLU’s Teacher Residency Programs, in which rigorously selected candidates spend one full year in a classroom setting – compared to the 11 to 12 weeks in traditional student teaching. By the end of the program, successful candidates will have earned their Initial Professional Educator License (PEL) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Teacher residencies build on the medical residency model: residents gradually build their knowledge and skills in a classroom with students, working alongside an experienced mentor teacher, while simultaneously learning about the core of teaching in their university courses. Because NLU’s residents’ learning is directly connected to what is actually happening in the classroom, every program aspect relates to developing a well-informed and well-prepared teacher through a practice-based approach with a focus on understanding the context and culture of the schools where teachers will serve. With this, our residents can more effectively serve and respond to diverse student populations in urban and high needs classrooms.

Starting in 2018, CPS and NLU have partnered to offer residency programs at the Elementary and, beginning in 2019, Early Childhood Education grade levels to meet the teaching needs of the district. Specifically, candidates can choose between the following tracks:
•Elementary Education Bilingual (Grade 1-6)
•Early Childhood Education Bilingual (PK-2)
•Early Childhood Education Special Education (PK-2)
About the Role
The Residency Field Coach (RFC) role is crucial to the success of this program. The RFC will provide direct coaching and guidance to both resident teacher candidates and their CPS Mentor Teacher for one full academic school year (Fall through Spring terms). Different from NCE’s traditional Supervision model, the RFC will have this stronger focus on coaching the Mentor Teacher on how to use assessment and performance to coach their resident teacher as many Mentors need additional support in giving effective feedback. Together, CPS, NLU, and the RFC will agree on key strategies and components of instruction, forms of assessment, and framework for evaluation of performance. The common language will help codify expectations across the program for coaching and assessing. The RFC and Mentor Teachers should regularly norm and discuss expectations for coaching and resident performance so they align with the common language of the program.
Travel time is reimbursed through a travel expense supplement.
The Residency Field Coach’s primary responsibilities include:
- Serving as liaison between NCE/NLU, the resident teacher, Mentor Teacher, and site school leadership.
- Developing a relationship with the site school leadership and Mentor Teacher(s) that supports and enhances NLU’s mission and goals.
- Discussing with the Mentor Teacher and resident teacher candidate a strategy and time-line for meeting any course and program requirements.
- Directly observing NLU students at their assigned school (in-person and virtually), providing on-going feedback to NLU students of lesson plans, observations, etc. as well as providing feedback to Mentor Teacher on coaching techniques
- Arranging and conducting appraisal and assessment meetings with all parties to encourage and facilitate the professional growth of the candidate.
-Providing feedback to NLU residency team on roles and practices for coaching resident teachers and Mentor Teachers
- Attending required professional development opportunities offered by the National College of Education and Chicago Public Schools.


Residency Field Coach will possess:
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred),
- Licensure in specific State of Illinois licensure areas preferred, and
- Must have a minimum of 3 years of classroom teaching experience and/or equivalent related experience in the field.
*Current professional field experience preferred (Special Education in PK-2 classrooms; Bilingual in Spanish in PK-2 classrooms; and/or Bilingual in Spanish in Grades 1-6)

Posting Detail Information

Posting NumberADJ358Number of VacanciesDesired Start DateOpen Until FilledNoSpecial Instructions SummaryQuick Link for Internal Postings Questions (HR Only)

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you legally eligible for employment in USA?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you live in Pennsylvania or Ohio?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * How many years of previous teaching experience do you have?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What is the highest level of education completed in discipline or sub-field in which you are applying to?
    • Bachelors degree in discipline or sub-field
    • 18 graduate semester credits in discipline or sub-field
    • Master's degree or higher in discipline or sub-field
    • Doctoral degree in discipline or sub-field
  5. * What is the highest level of education that you completed at an accredited institution of higher education?
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • All-But-Dissertation (ABD) in a Doctoral Program
    • Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD, JD, DBA, etc.)
Documents Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Transcript A
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcript B
  4. Transcript C
  5. Other (Licenses, Certifications, Etc.)




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Job No:
Posted: 6/20/2019
Application Due: 9/18/2019
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