Assistant Principal of Curriculum – Science
DEPARTMENT: Curriculum & Instruction
SUPERVISOR: Assistant Superintendent of Learning and the Executive Director of Learning
The Assistant Principal of Curriculum provides leadership at the building level in curriculum development, revision, and review that supports district initiatives; supports teachers as they implement curriculum; provides mentoring to ensure retention of highly qualified teachers; analyzes achievement data at the district and building levels; leads the process of assessment development; and, guides necessary changes to achieve excellence and equity.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBLITIES: Content area teachers
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Regularly meet with Assistant Superintendent of Learning and The Executive Director of Learning, principals, and content area teachers.
- Observe classroom instruction and provide feedback to principals and classroom staff on ways to increase effectiveness of instruction for all students, the implementation of the district curriculum, reading and writing strategies, and best practice as it relates to instruction.
- Assist building principals and classroom staff with the effective use of instructional materials and equipment, including use of technology, the delivery of the district curriculum, effective instructional strategies, and application of student assessment techniques.
- Provide staff development on current best practices in education including reading and writing across the curriculum and serve as a mentor and model in developing and demonstrating teaching techniques that are effective with a school’s population.
- Organize and facilitate discussions with classroom staff and administrators about curriculum and instruction, such as grade level meetings or study groups to provide opportunities for teachers and staff to focus on content, classroom pedagogy, student work, assessment, grade reporting, student learning, reading and writing across the curriculum and curriculum implementation.
- Assist staff in understanding and implementing national, state, and district standards, in analyzing student achievement data, and in determining how to focus instruction to remediate and reinforce skills and knowledge in the content area.
- Assist staff in the development and management of student observation techniques and other assessment strategies, such as authentic or performance assessments and portfolios, to determine student mastery of content skills as well as determine areas that need increased instruction.
- Work with individual building principals, coaches, and teachers to analyze results of formative and summative assessment data to guide decision-making for instruction and intervention.
- Assist staff and instructional coaches in using informal assessments (anecdotal records, observation techniques, running records, performance assessments, etc.) to determine student progress toward literacy standards.
- Provide support to new staff and staff whose teaching assignments have changed.
- Keep accurate records of types of activities provided in schools, such as demonstration teaching presented to staff members, classroom observations, and staff development activities. Document interventions for analysis of what works and what is not working.
- Regularly meet with Assistant Superintendent of Learning and building administrators to provide assistance in curriculum development and implementation, staff development and assessment.
- Conduct curriculum review to analyze curriculum content including formative and summative assessments. Work with professional staff to make recommendations for revisions to Assistant Superintendent of Learning.
- Conduct review of instructional materials and make recommendations for change through involvement of instructional staff through district approved procedures (Curriculum Committee work and Instructional Council) for recommendation to the superintendent. Upon approval, coordinate ordering and distribution of materials.
- Plan and coordinate district-wide staff development activities with Assistant Superintendent of Learning.
- Recommend budget allocations. Administer and monitor approved budget allocations.
- Chair or oversee ongoing and task specific district curriculum and assessment committees.
- Keep abreast of new materials, current research trends, techniques and ideas through reading professional materials and attendance at seminars, conferences, workshops within and outside of the district.
- Assume any other duties as may from time to time be delegated by the Assistant Superintendent of Learning. Assistant Superintendent of Learning may make any adjustment in the scope of responsibilities as outlined above which will be in the best interest of the school district.
Elementary or Secondary Teaching Certificate with endorsement in Science
Previous successful experience as a teacher
Master’s degree from an accredited college/university and Illinois State Board of Education
Type 75 Administrative Certificate
Training or course work in a variety of research-based techniques/programs
Training or experience facilitating groups and working with adult learners
Training or course work in the administration and analysis of assessments and the use of data to guide instructional practice and intervention
LENGTH OF WORK: 12 months
Demonstrated success in providing staff development using best practices with evidence of reading and writing across the curriculum
Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to use the data from assessments to inform changes in classroom instruction
Demonstrated success in working with adults and working knowledge of adult learning theories
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of state, national and college readiness science standards
Familiarity with word processing, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and PowerPoint
Applicants do not have to complete a vacancy form for this position