The Department of Education Superintendent of Schools is looking for an Instructional Specialist for Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan & Orange Regions.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: Steven.Virgadamo@archny.org
- Valid teaching certificate
- Master’s degree preferred
- Experience working with the EngageNY curriculum preferred
- Experience teaching in a technology-enriched environment
- Evidence of professional growth
- Strong references from current administrator
- Minimum of 5 years successful teaching experience
- Experienced successful classroom management
- Successful use of instructional strategies with diverse student populations
- Experience delivering professional development
Regional District Superintendent (supervision and evaluation. Receives administrative direction from the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development.
The instructional specialist will provide ongoing development of the instructional programs within the assigned school region and their schools to improve teachers’ instructional practices that increase student learning. The instructional specialist also works collaboratively with the principal.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Works collaboratively with other instructional specialists and theAssociate Superintendent for curriculum/staff development to ensure consistency throughout the region
- Consults with the regional superintendent and principals to assess instructional needs
- Works with principals and teachers to improve the instructional program at the assigned schools
- Determines a base line of current practice and continuous improvement
- Communicates the core belief that all students can learn and sets high expectations
- Is knowledgeable of research based best practices and the successful implementation of these practices
- Develops and implements new and promising practices and/or programs.
- Disaggregates, analyzes, and interprets test data, and then assists in its interpretation to determine instructional needs and school improvement
- Differentiates support to school staff based on student data and knowledge of research and best practices; offers and uses a repertoire of strategies that address the goal that all students can achieve at high levels, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, or other factors of diversity
- Helps to plan, conduct and/or facilitate meetings or workshops
- Organizes and disseminates quality instructional methods and materials and duties such as demonstration teaching, and team teaching that would encourage or allow collaboration among staff members.
- Effectively teaches adults, in both a group and individual setting, understands and communicates the implications of the changes needed in today’s Catholic education system.
- Keeps abreast of and interprets to the staff, current research, curriculum development, and instructional strategies.
- Models the integration of technology in all curriculum areas.
- Performs other duties as assigned which relate to the instructional area of expertise.
- Gains cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
- Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
To meet the job requirements, potential instructional specialist will need:
- Data analysis skills to:
- Analyze and interpret data
- Make suggestions for improving the performance described by the data
- Leadership skills to:
- Work with the principals and other leaders at each site
- Promote confidence in those who will implement the suggestions developed from the data
- Create a change process (change is a process, not an event)
- Organizational skills to:
- Develop strategies and calendar to accomplish pivot points
- Set and reach benchmark dates/progress
- Use assessment strategies that go beyond pencil and paper and standardized tests
- Communication skills to:
- Elicit perceptions of teachers re: needs analysis
- Promote a sense of staff efficacy about the “do-ability” of the improvement plan (and staff role in accomplishing the plan)
- Promote collaboration and collegiality among teachers and leaders
- Develop a method for regional agreement for improvement topics (Professional Learning Communities)
- Curriculum development skills to:
- Promote understanding of the core curriculum
- Provide direction for staff developing its expertise in applying the core
- Use high yield strategies
- Evaluation skills to:
- Monitor transfer of skills from presentations to classroom
- Provide (use) rubrics to examine progress