MATCH Teacher Coaching in New Orleans
Start Date: Soon
I. THE BASICS
MATCH Teacher Residency is a one-year program that trains recent college graduates for a
very specific teaching environment -- math and English teaching jobs in No Excuses schools
like KIPP, Achievement First, Uncommon, etc. We're based in Boston.
MATCH Teacher Coaching is brand new, however.
MTC will be based in New Orleans. Beginning July 2011, we will train 30 teachers spread
across several New Orleans charter schools, for one full year.
We will deploy 2 people to do this work.
One is our own Erica Winston, who will be moving from Boston back to New Orleans
(where she grew up). In addition to her work with MATCH Teacher Residency, she taught
via New Teacher Project, and coached with TFA.
The other person may be you.
The primary job from August 2011 to June 2012 is teacher coaching. But it’s an unusual
approach. Let us explain.
II. THE CALENDAR
II.A. Primary Responsibilities: AUG 2011 – JUNE 2012
The general idea is that you will spend each week with a single teacher, all day, every day.
You’ll be pushing for quantum leaps that aren’t possible with normal coaching (which is
usually just a short observation followed by a short debrief).
A typical teacher would see you for 3 different weeks next school year (2011-2012). Once in
fall; once in winter; once in spring. Ie a schedule might be:
Late August – each for 1 full week
September – each for 1 full week
Teachers C & D (chose to work as a pair)
Teachers E & F
Teachers G & H
October – each for 1 full week
Teacher J + K
Teachers L + M
Teachers N + O
Then in November you’d go back to your late August teachers, and start the cycle anew.
I.e., over the year, you’d work with 15 total teachers, either singly or in pairs.
You’ll never coach an unwilling teacher. We won’t work with anyone who is not at least a “9
out of 10” in his/her enthusiasm for this type of coaching. While heavily grounded in the
practical, you want this week to feel transformational for the teacher – “Oh my
GOODNESS this changed my LIFE.” That sort of feeling.
The following week you’ll be with a different teacher. It’s very unusual coaching that, to our
knowledge, has never been tried in No Excuses charter schools – with rare exceptions of
struggling teachers who will otherwise be fired.
This work is not about helping a struggler gain traction. These are 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year
teachers that are probably doing okay and need to vault to legitimately good – or who are
currently doing already legitimately good and could leap to “Holy moly wow great.”
II.B Preparation for the Coming School Year
You will spend a few weekends in Boston at MATCH Teacher Residency, working with our
team to master our approach to prescriptive coaching. You will also, during the week, visit
NOLA classrooms of teachers who’ve signed up for this training for next year.
You will work with Erica Winston and Mike Goldstein to plan and implement the July
teacher training in NOLA.
Lead the July training with Erica Winston and Mike Goldstein – the training is 9 days with
the whole group to set up the 1-on-1 coaching.
This timeline is flexible. You may be in the classroom or have obligations until the end of
the year. If we think you are a great fit with our program, we will work to fit your current
schedule around our schedule.
III. THE WORK
MATCH Teacher Residency works with highly coachable people (exclusively) to work on
these main areas:
1. Classroom Management, using proactive and reactive moves, including a number
popularized by Lee Canter and Doug Lemov.
2. Building parent and kid relationships, often through night and weekend phone calls
and text messages.
3. Running a “Tight and Legit” one-hour lesson with a clear Aim, Do-Now, “I Do –
We Do – You Do,” and a Ticket To Leave to measure if kids mastered the Aim.
4. Using student relationships to really maximize the out-of-class work actually done by
the kids: homework, readings, papers, and studying.
5. Analyzing the “True teacher work week.” How do you use your prep periods?
What about nights and weekends? Do you get enough sleep? Are you organized?
Do you spend too much time on Google and Facebook? Etc.
Your job is to make an obvious, immediate, palpable and visible difference – an obvious
“Before and After” change – in the eyes of teacher, his/her supervision, and you.
Ultimately, we need these palpable and visible differences to pay off in measurable gains in
IV. RANDOM DETAILS TO GIVE YOU A BETTER FEEL
Q: How many teachers would I coach in a typical 7-day period?
A: In any given week, you will see 1 or 2 teachers in one school.
Why 2? The idea here is to experiment with a Noah’s Ark approach: 2 teachers working in
the same school signing up for the program together. These teachers want to become the
equivalent of workout buddies: the kind who get in each other’s face and PUSH for those
last 5 reps or that extra mile. I.e., we’ll only let 2 people sign up together if they pledge in
blood that they will – once the coach is out the door Friday night – keep pushing each other
in the strongest possible way to execute what has been learned.
Either way, after the week, you’ll do an exit process with the teacher(s) and the person’s
supervisor/evaluator (principal, assistant principal, or department head) – leaving a plan to
keep following through.
Q: What schools will I be working in?
A: You’ll work with teachers who wanted the coaching, all of whom are from various charter
schools where their leaders also wanted this coaching.
Q: Will I be working closely with school administration or supervisors?
Yes. We want everyone to be on the exact same page so that teachers do not receive mixed
messages. Typically you’ll have an entry meeting with you, the teacher, and supervisor – and
an exit meeting to assess if the coaching worked.
During the week, you may have a little or a lot of contact with the supervisor. We will be
invitational, but realize that these leaders are often busy and have limited bandwidth.
Certainly each day you will send an email to teacher and supervisor recounting the key work
done that day.
Q: Where do I work?
A: Typically you’re in a school with a teacher. However, you will have a permanent desk and
phone in the NSNO office. You will have access to the Internet, printers, and copiers.
Q: What’s the Big Picture?
A: We are trying to generate jaw-droppingly big change in teachers. That’s the goal. Most
teacher coaching efforts fail. There’s great data on that – which we’ll review with you if you
If we succeed, we’ll not only affect our trainees, we’ll have a prototype that can quickly
become adopted (in part or in whole) by other teacher training efforts and charter schools.
So the work matters.
We think of you as a thought partners in this start-up. That’s the good part. The “bad”
part of any start-up is that stuff shifts around. When you sign on, you’re choosing to join a
small team, roll with the punches, and be an active part of making this better – i.e., you’re
not just a hired gun that does your work and goes home.
Q: What is a small start-up like?
A: Before you choose to take this job, training people who want to make quantum leaps in
their teaching, think about a few things.
1. Am I at least 90% on board with what I know about the MTC program? And with the
other 10%, am I comfortable that:
a.) Some of the 10% I'll ask about and get more comfortable with
b.) Some of the 10% I'll ask about and propose a different way
b1.) Some of what I propose they will adopt
b2.) Some they'll say no
c.) And assuming I feel they treat me with respect, I realize that some of the 10% I'll agree to
disagree, and meanwhile 100% endorse the MTC approach when I work with trainees. I
won't say to a teacher I’m coaching "Well, Erica says I have to teach you X, even though I
don't think it's a good idea."
*If I join on, I am agreeing that this represents my viewpoint.
2. Am I excited that this is a coaching program that purposefully has a radically different
For example, we are often prescriptive with teachers -- a lot less "you might try" and a lot
more "Do X....not good enough...do it again." We like PRACTICING stuff like in sports
and music, and then DOING it next period.
If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter via email to Erica Winston at