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SFUSD Pathway to Teaching Coach - Special Education

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Requisition ID : 7206 

Business Unit : Central Office 

Job Code :  0807 

Credential :  SpEd: Mild/Moderate 

Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Our goal is that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile. Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

Who We Want

We want talented people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and problem solvers comfortable in a community of continuous learning.

We have high need for teachers in the following areas: 

  • Bilingual (Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish)
  • Special Education (Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education)
  • Physical Education 
  • Math
  • Science

What You'll Do


As a Pathway to Teaching coach, you will support the development of a caseload of new teachers pursuing an Education Specialist credential, Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Specifically, you will:

  • Develop teachers through coaching, ensuring that teachers rapidly improve their performance through high-quality feedback, including real-time coaching

  • Conduct coaching cycles, which include planning for effective instruction, cycles of observation and feedback, and analyzing student learning

  • Identify innovative solutions for improving the overall performance of your caseload of teachers to meet teacher performance and program completion goals.

  • Grade coursework for your caseload of teachers and integrate coursework into coaching.

  • Use teacher data to analyze Pathway teacher performance, and identify potential interventions/strategies for improving individual, caseload, and cohort-wide performance.

  • Establish and reinforce a culture of achievement that drives Pathway teachers to ensure that all students achieve at high levels.

  • Support teachers through program completion, including facilitating completion of testing and coursework requirements.

  • Liaise with administrators, site teacher leaders, and other coaches, content area teams to support teacher growth and program development.

  • Attend regular collaboration meetings to improve your practice

  • Other duties as assigned

What You Bring

We are looking for amazing, experienced teachers or instructional coaches who hold clear Education Specialist credentials, who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by the vision of Pathway to Teaching, and are ready to dive in and roll up their sleeves. Pathway coaches play a critical role in shaping and crafting the success of the program. You’ll be right at home here if you are reflective, focus on continuous improvement, like to cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work, and the Pathway administrators, coaches, and teachers to the next level. We expect our Special Education  Pathway to Teaching coaches to:

  • Have classroom teaching experience. You have successful teaching experience as a Special Education teacher and a proven track record of raising student achievement. You have strong familiarity with standards-aligned and IEP goal-aligned instruction, as well as PBIS TIer I, II, and III behavioral supports.

  • Provide high-leverage, effective feedback to improve practice. Whether you are watching a teacher teach  or looking at student performance data, you can identify where that teacher is effective and what they need to do to improve immediately and in the long term. Based on your data analysis and what you see in the classroom, you identify new approaches to improve teacher performance under a quick timeline. You have previous experience and comfort observing and providing direct, clear, and actionable feedback to teachers, both verbally and in writing.

  • Build trusting relationships. You have a demonstrated ability to connect with adult learners quickly and to build strong working and coaching relationships that enable transformative change through culturally responsive coaching.

  • Maintain a rigorous performance bar. You are comfortable using rubrics to assess teaching practice and aligning feedback to that rubric. You support teachers to do their best in all contexts.

  • Be comfortable with the unknown. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; just the opposite:, you thrive on it. You are flexible and comfortable adapting your work to maximize your impact on students, the teachers you coach and your team.

Be a continuous learner. You have a demonstrated ability to respond positively to feedback and learn quickly. You will also work collaboratively with your Pathway team to support the success of the Pathway to Teaching program.

Position Overview

Pathway to Teaching is SFUSD’s internal teacher preparation program that prepares candidates for a successful career as a teacher in San Francisco Unified School District. We aim to recruit, select, prepare, support, and retain excellent teachers for SFUSD schools. Pathway intern teachers participate in a rigorous preparation program and are supported by Pathway to Teaching coaches throughout their intern year. Through Pathway, aspiring teachers access an affordable, one-year credential program while earning a salary and filling critical teacher vacancies as district intern teachers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Clear CA Education Specialist credential (required)

  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction, with at least five years Special Education teaching experience (required) and a proven track record of raising student achievement. Minimum years teaching experience can be reduced to three years if coaching experience criteria (below) is fulfilled.

  • Clear understanding of what effective teaching looks like and a deep commitment to the support of effective and rigorous instruction in all Special Education settings (required)

  • Strong familiarity and experience with the Common Core State Standards and IEP goals (required)

  • Deep understanding of effective, research-based PBIS TIer I, II, and III behavioral supports.

  • Previous experience with mentoring, coaching and/or facilitating professional development for teachers (highly preferred) 

  • Previous experience with practice-based teacher education (highly preferred)

  • Proven ability to overcome barriers and provide seamless support to teachers as they work to complete a rigorous teacher preparation program

  • Ability to track and analyze data on teacher and student performance to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve results

  • Ability to communicate direct feedback in a compelling way that inspires teachers to make immediate improvements to instruction that will accelerate their students’ achievement

  • Willingness to work occasional Saturdays, to flex hours when needed, and to travel to sites across the city each day

  • Active participation and collaboration in team and department meetings


Desired Qualifications

What We Offer

SFUSD is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. Benefits of teaching in San Francisco include:

  • Competitive salaries determined by experience, education level, and credentials
  • Comprehensive medical, vision, and dental insurance for teachers and their eligible dependents
  • City and state programs for housing assistance:
  • Teacher Next Door Program: https://sfmohcd.org/teacher-next-door
  • MyHome Assistance Program: https://www.calhfa.ca.gov/homebuyer/programs/myhome.htm
  • Additional salary stipend of $5000 for National Board Certified teachers
  • Additional salary stipend of $2000 for credentialed teachers teaching in high potential schools and a $1000 stipend for teachers teaching hard to fill subject areas

How to Apply

  • Go to: https://careers.sfusd.edu/
  • Create an account and complete an application.
  • Go to the “Current Openings” tab to view and apply for specific openings.

Please check back often to connect your application to specific openings as they are posted. Applicants will be contacted based on the needs of the district. For more information about careers at SFUSD, please visit https://careers.sfusd.edu/. For more information about SFUSD’s mission and Strategic Plan please visit www.sfusd.edu. For other questions, contact us at teach@sfusd.edu.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities. For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

What It Means to Work Here

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014, SFUSD created an inspiring statement, Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives.SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As aCORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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