Anticipated Middle School Curriculum & Instruction Specialist - STEM

1.0 FTE for 2021-2022 School Year pending budget approval

  • Must hold or be eligible for CT State Teaching Certification in the area for which a job opening exists
  • Consideration will be given to the following -
    • Relevant and recent school leadership experience
    • Deep content knowledge and/or expertise in curriculum development efforts
    • A strong commitment to FPS mission and vision, including core documents, and a strong belief in instructional coaching
    • References that indicate excellent teaching talent, initiative, growth mindset, and a learner orientation
    • Philosophy that aligns with the district's core beliefs
    • Various life experiences that enhance contributions to the overall district and/or school community

General Description: Instructional specialists provide effective instructional support to teachers aimed at ensuring that students master core content knowledge and skills as well as the competencies and dispositions essential for success in college, career readiness, and citizenship. Instructional specialists effectively collaborate with leadership teams and teachers in order to develop and monitor curriculum and assessment implementation. They work closely with the school principal, assistant principal, and leadership teams from across the district to plan and provide professional learning experiences that are responsive to teacher and student needs. Their school improvement efforts are focused on district and school goals and priorities. Instructional specialists are responsible for guiding instruction through coaching and supporting curriculum development efforts based on feedback and data-informed decision making. Working as a vital member of a learning organization, instructional specialists develop relationships with colleagues, families, and students and work collaboratively to ensure that all children achieve academic and personal growth. As instructional specialists, they should demonstrate all aspects of CT's Code of Professional Responsibility.

Salary: $49,020-$104,599 depending on experience plus Resource Teacher Stipend ($5,115), which requires 2 additional work days beyond the teacher contract, appointment renewed annually

Supervisory Responsibilities: Instructional Specialists lead and support the instructional and curriculum improvement efforts of two of the following departments: Social Studies, Language Arts, Science, Math.

Evaluation: Instructional Specialists report to and are evaluated by Principals and/or Assistant Principals. Instructional Specialists will be evaluated according to the guidelines and requirements as described in Farmington's Educator Evaluation and Professional Development Plan.

Essential Domains of Teacher Leader Practice

  • Communicate a clear vision for teaching and learning that is aligned with the district goals and core content knowledge and skills
  • Stay abreast of current research and professional literature related to teaching and learning in the discipline
  • Develop and monitor goals and collect evidence of success
  • Provide support to the principal in scheduling, budgeting, and hiring

  • Provide instructional support and coaching for teachers at all levels of experience - novice to expert
  • Lead and/or participate in the development of new curricula
  • Evaluate and recommend new instructional materials and intervention programs
  • Participates in frequent brief classroom visits to strengthen reflective conversations about effective practice
  • Lead classroom observation protocols to address instructional problems of practice

  • Assist teachers in creating effective formative and summative assessment strategies to promote student ownership for growth and development
  • Collect, analyze, and use assessment data to help teachers plan responsive instruction and to improve programs
  • Monitors the effectiveness of the written curriculum using achievement data, teacher feedback, and classroom observations and modifies as needed for specific subgroups of students
  • Work with teachers and colleagues to calibrate and communicate expectations for meeting standard

  • Communicate with respective departments and collaborate with administration and school leaders to create a budget
  • Communicate to foster positive home-school partnerships
  • Plan and lead department meetings in collaboration with K-12 school leaders and FHS department leaders
  • Develop strong partnerships with FPS leadership teams in order to promote and ensure K-12 alignment
  • Contribute to district-wide committees to build coherence across all levels
  • Exhibit cultural sensitivity and respect for diverse cultures, values and beliefs
  • Contribute to a positive school culture and collaborative improvement work

  • Facilitate and lead professional development offerings that align with district and school improvement efforts
  • Demonstrate a learner orientation - participate in and lead professional development opportunities, take initiative to improve professional practice, learn from feedback, contribute to the learning of other teachers and teacher leaders
  • Demonstrate professional responsibility - good attendance, timely work completion, organized and confidential record keeping, and ethical behavior

All applicants should apply online at A full application includes: resume, cover letter, two letters of reference. Cover letters may be addressed to Kimberly Wynne, Assistant Superintendent.

The Board of Education will not make employment decisions (including decisions related to hiring, assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, disciplinary action and termination) on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, alienage, ancestry, disability (including pregnancy), genetic information, veteran status or gender identity or expression, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification. Questions concerning Title VI or Title IX compliance should be directed to: Kim Wynne, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032 860-673-8270. Questions concerning Section 504 compliance should be directed to: Dr. Laurie Singer, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032 860-677-1791.

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