CURRICULUM SPECIALIST, LITERACY (HIGH SCHOOL)

Location
Denver, CO, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Apr 08, 2021
Ref
45888
Grade Level
High School
ACADEMICS DIVISION

Traditional 235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $68,683 - $83,116

Essential Functions and Objectives:

A dministers and manages activities within a specific area of a responsibility. Serves as the subject matter expert and applies gained knowledge to execute, maintain and improve systems, programs, or processes.

R esponsible for identifying and supporting the use of high-quality and culturally sustaining instructional resources, enhancing teaching and learning, and scaling effective programs to meet student achievement literacy goals and to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life. Focuses heavily on delivering high quality instructional materials through the lens of resource development, curation, refinement, implementation, and continual improvement.

- Provides various support and conducts activities related to logistics, reporting, training, communications, and processes. Participates in the planning and implementation of new initiatives.

- Assesses and troubleshoots escalated problems and applies expert understanding to resolve complex challenges of stakeholders; focuses on root cause identification in order to achieve systemic and sustainable improvement. Approves and documents exceptions for compliance record keeping and reporting.

- Ensures appropriate key stakeholder involvement in planning, goal-setting, and implementation to achieve buy-in of work products. Ensures purposeful, positive and professional interactions and relationships with all stakeholders; enables consistent application of work products across the district.

- Identifies opportunities for improvement, prioritizes, and recommends solutions to management. Implements approved enhancements to ensure consistency across the district. Identifies opportunities to reduce costs; analyzes available data, trends, and feedback, and ensures compliance with expectations for optimal operation and goal achievement.

- Leads the development, implementation, and continual improvement efforts of literacy curriculum aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards; contributes to the development of a coherent instructional program that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards; and applies instructional expertise to improving the effectiveness of core curriculum and instruction in District schools, specifically including implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, which are inclusive of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

- Guides the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts / literacy and ensures alignment of other Colorado Academic Standards content area curriculum with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

- Applies knowledge of culturally sustaining instructional practices and prioritizes equity to create curricular resources and professional learning that support historically marginalized students.

- Assesses the needs of core literacy, literacy intervention teachers, and school leaders.

- Ensures strong alignment between standards/shifts, scope and sequence, and assessment items.

- Ensures strong vertical and horizontal alignment in literacy intervention resources, as well as alignment with core programming.

- Develops bodies of annotated student work.

- Revises curriculum based upon student outcomes and implementation feedback.

- Develops research-based recommendations for instructional strategies, professional development, and assessments to increase the quality of teaching and learning in literacy.

- Deeply analyzes student achievement data (student work samples, interim assessments and performance-based assessments) to determine how to better develop materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher support.

- Develops strategies and clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for individual projects that are easily translated into individual work goals and deliverables for other team members.

- Creates detailed timelines for each initiative; assesses and tracks project progress regularly, using various computer programs and tools; and drives project completion by holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.

Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

- A teaching career with five (5) or more years of highly successful teaching experience; candidates with a minimum of two years of teaching experience with exceptional results will be considered if there is relevant prior work experience.

- Two (2) or more years proven, multi-year track record of exemplary teaching achievement, especially the achievement of low-income, underrepresented/under-served students. Experience in the design of standards-based curriculum and assessments.

- CDE teaching certificate in Language Arts (elementary or secondary).

- Knowledge of how students learn in the designated curriculum focus and knowledge of best program practices.

- Knowledge of best practices in curriculum instruction and standards based education.

- Knowledge of Google Suite with emphasis in Sheets, Forms, and Docs.

- Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions.

- Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate with a variety of audiences.

- Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance.

- Demonstrated content area expertise.

- Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methodologies and experience in providing such instruction to meet Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.

- Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional colleague relationships.

- Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success and a strong desire and willingness to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities.

- Demonstrated commitment to continuous professional learning.

- Knowledge of second language acquisition in the curriculum content areas preferred.

- Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish highly desirable.

E ducation Requirements:

- Bachelor's Degree with a major in an area of curriculum focus required.

- Master's Degree with a major in an area of curriculum focus preferred.

About Denver Public Schools:

Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.

DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth. Learn more at dpsk12.org .

Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.

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