Learning Innovation Coach
Birmingham, AL /
Ed Farm – Department of Learning /
The Education Farm ("Ed Farm") is a transformational program based out of Birmingham, Alabama that will increase K-12 and post-secondary attainment, eliminate educational inequality, close the tech skills gap, and promote innovation in education. Ed Farm builds alongside existing institutions to introduce new programming and tools to assist students, educators, and administrators in achieving measurable goals related to educational attainment, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. Ed Farm seeks a Learning Innovation Coach who can generate lesson plans, classroom activities, and enhancements using Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” K-12 curriculum. The Learning Innovation Coach also will provide professional development, facilitate coaching cycles, model high-impact teaching and learning strategies, co-teach with Teacher Fellows and provide ongoing instructional support to the Ed Farm’s Teacher Fellows cohorts in both Birmingham and statewide.
- Coaches teachers in and models the use of online and blended learning, digital content and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities for online professional development for teachers and administrators. •
- Keep abreast and knowledgeable of digital age learning environment models including the flipped classroom, face to face, online, collaborative classroom and blended learning forms of instructional delivery, technology skills, and instructional strategies necessary to effectively impact the instructional practices of the teachers that are coached and model in a variety of classroom and professional development situations.
- Keeps abreast of the latest research in how technology use affects elementary, middle, and high school aged children and ensures that this research is considered when making curricular decisions.
- Coach teachers in the design and implementation of computer science skills and technology enhanced learning experiences and instructional strategies that address the diverse needs and interests of all students, emphasizing creativity, and higher order thinking skills.
- Facilitating school based high quality professional development, working with teachers (in groups or individually) to refine their knowledge and skills, before/after school and during the school day.
- Works collaboratively and communicates effectively with the Director of Learning, Learning Manager, and Learning Coordinator to evaluate, select and implement technology enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology/computer science standards.
- Identifies technology integration competencies among instructional staff, in collaboration with school administrators, and delivers appropriate coaching, training, and resources to support the professional growth of individuals.
- Evaluate results of programs to determine the effectiveness of deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.
- Model and promote digital citizenship by assisting with digital citizenship lessons in classrooms, and facilitating safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
- Work with faculty to promote diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness by using digital-age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents, and the larger community.
- Prepares documentation (e.g. user guides, sample lesson plans, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written documentation and/or conveying information.
- Provide feedback to teachers through classroom visits and professional coaching.
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge of Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” and “Everyone Can Create” K-12 curriculum
- Knowledge of Alabama’s Course of Study for Digital Literacy and Computer Science standards
- Knowledge of Alabama’s Course of Study for power content standards K-12
- Experience with instructional design and innovative technology integration pertaining to K-12 digital literacy, computer science, and core content curriculum
- Confident and consistent communication with diverse groups of leaders, teachers, and students. Able to navigate complexity of various communities and clearly share the mission, vision, values, and Department of Learning programs
- Strong skill set using Apple products including: MacBook, iMac, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV
- Strong skills in using Apple apps to support students and teachers in creating high quality learning experiences and artifacts of learning.
- Experience with developing and deploying professional development experiences pertaining to digital literacy, computer science, and innovative teaching and learning strategies and curriculum
- 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience is preferred
- 1-3 years of instructional technology experience is preferred
- Experience with integrating and innovating with technology in the classroom, specific to Apple devices and apps
- Willingness to overcome challenges if and when they arise
- Strong facilitation and communication skills, both virtually and face to face
- Experience collecting and analyzing data related to student learning outcomes
- Willingness to travel statewide and nationally
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Location(s): Birmingham, AL, with a willingness to travel
Ed Farm, as an organization, values work that promotes diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness by using digital-age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents, and the larger community. We are a team of individuals who are passionate about education. We believe that diversity of culture, backgrounds, opinions, and abilities is vital to our work, and our team welcomes anyone willing to build community through collaboration. Ed Farm works to eliminate all forms of disparity and discrimination, including those based upon an individual's ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, religion, faith, culture, level of ability, or socio-economic background. Diversity and inclusion are vital to bringing accessibility and equity to education, entrepreneurial, and tech workspaces everywhere.
Successful candidates will be required to undergo a pre-employment criminal history background check with fingerprinting. Ed Farm is an equal opportunity employer committed to student success. We seek applications from all qualified persons who share this goal, including minorities, women, persons with disabilities and members of other protected groups.