Mathematics Specialist, MN Regional Center of Excellence
Available: On or before July 1, 2012
Southeast Service Cooperative
This newly created Regional Center of Excellence will serve
identified schools in the 11 southeast counties and 7 Twin
Cities/Metro counties of Minnesota.
The purpose of the Mathematics Specialist position is to provide
technical assistance support in the Minnesota Department of
Education's (MDE) regional Centers of Educational Excellence in
the coordinated improvement efforts for all students, including
students who are not native speakers of English. These regional
support centers will serve as the Statewide System of Support
(SSOS) and provide leadership teams in Focus and Priority schools
with the basic components of continuous school improvement,
including needs assessment, data analysis, standards alignment,
instructional strategies, formative assessment, and instructional
leadership specific to the needs of the schools. In addition,
this specialist will assist leadership teams in setting goals,
developing professional learning teams, effectively managing
change, building intentional cultures and improving
communication; to enhance instructional leaders' capacity to
support, promote, lead, and sustain professional learning that
improves both teaching practices and learning outcomes for all
students. The regional specialist will collaborate with other
Center staff, Department of Education personnel, and school
leadership teams to determine the most appropriate and impactful
course of action, and build statewide capacity in the Common
Principles of Effective Practice (CPEP) and State Implementation
and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP).
- Participate in learning communities and professional
organizations to network with other professionals and continue
to expand knowledge and skills necessary to support system-wide
- Model and support best practices in mathematics instruction
and assessment in core content areas, supplemental programs,
and out of school programs to increase student achievement in
- Identify and change instructional practices and
characteristics of school culture that do not fully support the
engagement of all students, and high expectations for all
- Effectively interpret data, communicate results, and
contribute to problem solving decision making that
significantly impact student achievement.
- Essential: Understand what type of data is available at
the district, school, classroom and student levels, what it
means, what is missing, and it's limitations; in order to
increase understanding of current practices and next steps
for districts and schools.
Essential: Provide expertise to interpret
diagnostic mathematics assessments and make instructional
recommendations based on current best practices and
appropriate tools for specific situations.
- Coordinate and provide professional development
opportunities for staff (including administrators) that
supports effective implementation and learner outcomes for
School Improvement Grants, Alternative Delivery Systems of
Instructional Support, Adequate Yearly Progress, Title I.
Coach, co-teach, model, demonstrate,
observe, and provide feedback to teachers on the
- Core, supplemental, and intensive intervention
approaches for K-12 mathematics instruction
- Data use as the basis for instructional decision
- Standards-based instruction
Support school improvement goals related
to mathematics by participating in Professional Learning
Communities, providing resources to leadership teams and
staff development committees, and conferring regularly
with administrators and teachers to attain stated
- Work collaboratively with district special education staff,
English Language Development staff, Title I staff, and other
educators within and beyond the district to support for all
learners by utilizing multi-tiered systems of support,
standards-based Individual Education Programs (IEPs), and
Minnesota English Language Development Standards.
- Represent MDE's strategic initiatives, programs, services
and resources to education organizations and other stakeholder
Skills required for this position:
- Licensed as a secondary of mathematics teacher or as an
elementary teacher with an emphasis in mathematics; experience
as a classroom teacher, preferably in more than one grade level
- Knowledge of current mathematics legislation and the
ability to lead the application of all statutes and guidelines
related to mathematics practices and programs.
Ability to effectively interact with people
of diverse backgrounds within the community and educational
settings; and motivate others to share responsibility for
improving mathematics outcomes for all students.
Ability to gather, organize, synthesize, and
present information to diverse audiences and provide
technical assistance and coaching experiences to
Experience working collaboratively with a
variety of specialists and general educators to lead school
Knowledge of progressions of learning
included in Minnesota's Academic Standards for
Knowledge of current mathematics research
and evidence-based practices; and proven methods for
implementing theory into practice.
Ability to use data to improve mathematics
instruction and achievement for all students.
Experience in a multi-tiered system of
support framework, such as Response to Intervention or
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Knowledge of implementation practices such
as CPEP and use of the SISEP approach.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing,
with all levels of LEA staff, Regional staff, MDE staff and the
Technology literacy and computer experience with word
processing and other software.
Able to lift and carry light loads (up
to approximately 20 lbs); able to sit for extended period of time
and work at a computer and/or desk. Good driving record and
ability to travel to meetings, mostly across southeast Minnesota
and the Twin Cities/Metro area.
Regional Center of Excellence Director.
: Commensurate with industry standards and local
market, based primarily on experience and training and within
Southeast Service Cooperative wage and benefit guidelines.
Anticipated range $60,000 - $75,000. Benefit
details provided if interviewed.
Southeast Service Cooperative is an Equal Employment