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Professional Learning Specialist (School and Network Development Specialty)

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Central Administration
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This is a full-time, non-represented role.  The salary grade is 4028.

Job Summary

The School District of Philadelphia is committed to having schools staffed with great teachers and principals. Professional Learning Specialists are responsible for supporting the continuous development of teachers, principals, and support staff. Professional Learning Specialists design, align, and facilitate, professional learning opportunities for educators throughout the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Work involves formulating and implementing plans to meet the short-term and long-term needs of the District’s teaching and administrative staff. Work additionally involves determining training and personnel development needs on a learning network, school and individual level. Professional Learning Specialists are tasked with providing high-quality professional growth opportunities that will enhance educators’ leadership, cultural competency, organizational, communication, problem-solving, and outcomes-oriented skills. Their work also involves supporting the District’s curriculum, assessment, and instructional goals.

All Specialties

Essential Functions

  • Designs and facilitates professional learning and development sessions and courses on a variety of topics to support the designated programmatic framework.
  • Conducts professional learning and development sessions by learning network, grade band, and school type to bolster educator effectiveness and student progress.
  • Research new trends in education in an effort to keep staff aligned with the Pedagogical shifts and SDP instructional practices.
  • Thoughtfully creates customized professional learning modules for educators.
  • Support District initiatives.

 

Office of the Chief of Schools – School and Network Development Specialty

  • Designs and facilitates professional learning and development sessions and courses on effective facilitation of high-quality Common Planning Time sessions to support the designated programmatic framework as a key member of the Chief of Schools Office’s School and Network Development team.
  • Supports Chief of Schools Professional Learning Specialists (PLS) in the implementation of support in the assigned area; incorporates the research behind Common Planning Time and its purpose along with standards-aligned instruction, pedagogy, instructional supports, and evidence-based instructional practices.
  • Researches new trends in education in an effort to keep staff aligned with the Pedagogical shifts and SDP instructional practices.
  • Thoughtfully creates customized professional learning modules for network level instructional leadership.
  • Support District initiatives.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Curriculum and Instruction’s content teams.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the District’s Common Planning Time implementation plan; assists in the establishment of staff buy-in and data based decision-making; performs site visits district-wide; provides coaching and technical  assistance to network staff.
  • Vets and approves exemplary sessions for inclusion in the district-wide video resource

library; collaborates with partnering offices to coordinate logistics for filming, editing

and distributing exemplary practice videos and creating accompanying development

tools.

Other Functions

  • May participate in the review and/or preparation of grant proposals, reports, and other required documentation as needed.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree program from an accredited college or university in education, curriculum and instruction, reading specialist, administration or a related field.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional teaching experience which have included designing and professional development, leading or supporting Common Planning Time or Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and serving as a staff development leader, supervisor, or principal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of:
    • the principles, practices and techniques of academic pedagogy, trends and best practices.
    • the principles, practices and techniques of working with adult educators.
    • standards-aligned instruction, pedagogy, instructional supports, and evidence- based instructional practices.
    • the methods and techniques used in effective program planning, design and administration.
    • the current educational issues that directly impact student learning.
    • effective facilitation moves and approaches to engage adults in collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • understand the core curriculum as it relates to high-quality Tier One instructional planning.
    • exercise discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive situations.
    • maintain necessary records and files, compile information and prepare reports.
    • process multiple tasks simultaneously, adhere to timelines, and bring plans to completion within a timely manner.
    • assess the effectiveness of programmatic activities and make recommendations  for modifications as needed.
    • expertly develop and facilitate presentations that engage adults in meaningful ways to impact practice.
    • evaluate effectiveness of professional development and implement changes as needed.
    • conduct research and analyze data to inform District, network and school supports.
    • gather, track, and use data to drive decision making and create detailed reports.
    • effectively use Google Drive including documents, sheets, slides, and forms to develop and share content and presentations.
    • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Certificates/Licenses

  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Administrative certificate for K-12 or Elementary and Secondary Principal.

 

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

Nondiscrimination

The School District of Philadelphia provides to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this District, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin or handicap/disability, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 104 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices.

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