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International Baccalaureate MYP Coordinator & Curriculum Coach

Chicago, IL
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ABOUT AGC: The Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) was born from an audacious request of a group of idealistic young people who demanded that the city of Chicago join them in reimagining what is possible in public education. Ten years later, the school has become internationally recognized as a model for the thoughtful integration of environmental stewardship, global citizenship and whole student wellness into the daily curriculum and culture of a public school. Although AGC is a small (currently 468 students), single site Charter school serving a majority low income and minority population on the city’s southwest side, it has received the highest honors spanning from the White House to the Department of Education and has been praised in international press including the New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR, the Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes.

AGC’s innovation is rooted in a bold vision to shift global systems of education to meet the needs of the 21st century student. Dually focused on barriers to low income student achievement outside the classroom and on preparing a generation of leaders to tackle today’s environmental challenges, globalization and rapid technological innovation, AGC is championing a new educational framework for an ever changing world. AGC’s mission is to develop mindful leaders who take action now and in the future to positively impact their local and global communities. The daily work of students, staff and families is built on the pillars of: modeling academic excellence, developing inquirers, serving the whole child, cultivating international awareness, fostering environmental stewardship, and facilitating collaboration within the community.

AGC is committed to pushing innovation far beyond the walls of their classrooms. Since opening its doors in 2008, AGC has reached nearly 1M students around the world by sharing their work openly, presenting at international conferences and welcoming nearly 1,000 educators each year from across the globe to experience their model in action and to support widespread adoption.

Fundamental to AGC’s commitment to reimagine public education is a determination to reimagine the public school building. AGC is working to design a new campus which will be a physical manifestation of its mission and a replicable model that will profoundly shift how school design connects with pedagogical implementation across the globe. In collaboration with acclaimed Studio Gang Architects, led by Macarthur Genius grant winner Jeanne Gang, AGC is currently designing the Midwest’s first energy net positive school to serve as a replicable prototype and national hub for sustainability. Collaborators include Copenhagen based Rosan Bosch Studios, who are shaping the design with Scandinavian-inspired principles of student centered learning spaces and integration with the outdoors, and creating an experiential pedagogical approach that moves away from the traditional school layout and towards maker spaces, tinkering studios, teaching kitchens, science zones, theatre nooks, art labs and a learning barn. This campus will house not only AGC’s K-8 school, but also an early childhood center, a teacher training institute, an urban farm, reimagined learning spaces, and additional sustainability and wellness resources for the community. To learn more, visit www.agcchicago.org


The MYP Coordinator and Curriculum Coach supports teachers, leads the MYP reauthorization process and oversees the development of AGC’s POI. The MYP Coordinator & Curriculum Coach reports to the Upper School Principal with whom they will collaborate to lead professional development and community events to make IB learning visible.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader with a commitment to AGC’s mission and to advancing whole child wellness and sustainability through innovative education opportunities. This individual will be a motivating leader and effective coach who has demonstrated breakthrough outcomes in a similarly school setting.

The MYP Coordinator & Curriculum Coach will work with the Upper School Principal and 6-8 teachers in the following areas:

Community & Cultural Leadership

  • Uphold and support the school’s commitment to environmental sustainability, global citizenship, whole child wellness and educational innovation through ensuring comprehensive curriculum integration and cultivating a mission-aligned school culture.
  • In close partnership with the Executive Director and Upper School Principal, support the continuous development and effective implementation of the school’s instructional program and services leading to academic success of all 468 students though the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
  • Foster and facilitate AGC’s democratic school model by working with the Executive Director and Upper School Principal to recommend procedures for input and decision making.
  • Stay current with trends, research, and methodology in instructional techniques, technology, multicultural content, problem solving and interdisciplinary connections.
  • Collaborate with the 6-8 team to plan mission aligned 8th grade trips and events, including graduation.
  • Work with the Upper School Principal and others to manage the high school admissions and transition process.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a new Early Childhood program to commence in conjunction with the campus opening.

Academic Leadership

  • Coach 6-8 staff, identify and coordinate professional development needs and opportunities and ensure PD and programmatic alignment is maintained with the school’s overall mission and vision.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Upper School Principal to periodically review and recommend school policies and procedure revisions, the annual school budget and calendar.
  • Coordinate and carry out a weekly schedule of curriculum planning meetings with 6-8 teachers and maintain clear documentation of curriculum and unit planners.
  • Lead the development and documentation of AGC’s Program of Inquiry and Scope and Sequence in alignment with the IB and Common Core Standards.
  • Collaborate with the Upper School Principal to develop and implement the MYP assessment strategy with keen attention to skill development and student academic growth.
  • Distribute all relevant MYP publications and maintain a professional library to support MYP work.
  • Collaborate with the Special Education Teachers and Director of Special Services to ensure students with disabilities’ needs are being met through the MYP.
  • Develop and lead the orientation and onboarding of new teachers into the MYP; co-teach and model lessons and differentiation strategies.
  • Coach and co-facilitate collaborative teams to use formative assessments and data to drive instructional planning. Assist with data analysis to drive instructional planning. Facilitates intervention analysis and implementation.
  • Develop and extend AGC’s dual language into middle school, including curriculum development, professional development in dual language best practices and fostering collaborative relationships with other dual language middle school programs.
  • As necessary, assume role of a substitute general education teacher.

Communication Leadership

  • Act as the liaison between the school and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Spearhead the MYP authorization process (and reauthorization in subsequent years); prepare and submit documentation required on an ongoing basis to ensure all PYP requirements are met.
  • Provide outreach to the wider PYP community through Online Curriculum Center discussion forums, e-mail and school visits.
  • Establish and maintain links with other PYP schools, particularly in Chicago Public Schools.
  • Collaborate with the PYP Coordinator & Curriculum Coach to ensure a strong and cohesive of the IB continuum at AGC.
  • Plans and facilitates events, student, parent, and community meetings and information sessions that promotes awareness of the IB program during and outside the instructional day.


The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • 5+ years as an educator and at least 2 years of IB MYP experience
  • Leadership experience with a record of success in an elementary school setting.
  • Strong track record of managing a cross functional team to achieve ambitious results through periods of major organizational growth or transition
  • Exceptional verbal, written, listening, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to motivate and persuade people
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with an ability to manage concurrent projects and priorities effectively
  • A passion for advancing educational achievement in low income communities as well as a commitment to the mission/vision of Academy for Global Citizenship
  • Perseverance and an entrepreneurial spirit
  • A team building, facilitative rapport with peers and staff and a problem solving approach to obstacles
  • A Bachelor’s degree required, a Master’s degree preferred and at least 10 years of professional experience
  • Expertise in at least one of the following: environmentalism/sustainability, elementary school education, International Baccalaureate programming, or health and wellness education
  • Strong preference for fluency in Spanish

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