The Instructional Coach works within the Department of Special Education at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and is a key individual contributor responsible for serving as an instructional coach to paraprofessionals who are implementing reading and math interventions as part of a federally-funded research project.
The Instructional Coach will be responsible for: learning how to deliver the reading and math interventions and related assessments; learning behavior management strategies; providing on-going coaching guidance to paraprofessionals, a majority of this coaching will be provided virtually; conduct assessments with participating paraprofessionals, teachers, and students; travel to local schools to conduct assessment and observations; code video and audio recordings of intervention; conduct data entry and data checking; may be involved in travel to other sites (Nashville, Dallas, Atlanta) for meetings, assessment, or observations; will be required to complete human subjects research training.
Ranked as the #1 Special Education Program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for more than a decade, our department has long been a leader both in research and practice. Our department ranks first in scholarly production and is a leader in equipping special educators to deliver high-quality educational experiences for students with disabilities.
The mission of the Department of Special Education is to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities through (a) the preparation of exceptionally competent teachers and researchers, (b) conducting research that informs and improves educational programs and behavioral interventions, and (c) leadership in professional associations and advocacy for persons with disabilities. We are committed to equipping students with diverse backgrounds and experiences to provide exceptional services and supports to people with disabilities and their families.
Our master's and doctoral students receive strong funding through research grants, U.S. Department of Education federal training grants, scholarships, and other awards . Indeed, most of our graduate students are fully funded. Our master's program graduates typically receive multiple offers of employment and our doctoral program graduates assume faculty and research positions in leading universities across the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides ongoing support to paraprofessionals participating in the research study.
Conducts assessment with study participants.
Provides assistance with data and materials management.
Meets with Project Coordinator for ongoing training.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's degree in Special Education (or related field) from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
Special Education teacher certification is strongly preferred.
2 years of special education teaching experience with experience delivering both academic and behavioral interventions to students with disabilities is strongly preferred.
Reliable transportation is necessary.
Previous experience serving as an instructional coach is strongly preferred.
Ability to multitask, manage large projects, and adhere to deadlines is preferred.
Ability to keep up to date with current events and technologies in the field is preferred.
Self-motivation is preferred.
Ability to maintain curricular and industry knowledge is preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills are preferred.
Knowledge of the use of a variety of assessment tools is preferred.
Knowledge of researched-based instructional strategies that engage all students is preferred.
Preferred start date is 12/1/19. This is a part-time position withweekly hours from 20 to 29.5. This is a 10 months per year position.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best Large Employers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).
About Vanderbilt Benefits
Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.