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Title: Curriculum Specialist (Science) 

Department: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 

Reports To: Deputy, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment or Deputy, Multilingual 

The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. For forward-thinking administrators and educators, opportunities abound. Over 131,000 students entrusted to the District arrive at school every day with an extraordinary range of needs and aspirations. We are committed to delivering on their right to an excellent public school education, and we are particularly focused on ensuring every student has access to exceptional educational opportunities. Equity is our mandate. Will you join us? 

Job Summary 

The Curriculum Specialist role requires particular expertise in a specific content area (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and World Language). The Curriculum Specialist will develop and/or acquire Common Core aligned curricular resources and be responsible for maintaining an in depth understanding of national and Pennsylvania Common Core State Standards. It is expected that the Specialist will work collaboratively with department leadership and other Curriculum Specialists in understanding the curriculum, identifying curricular resources and supports. He/she will have further responsibility of understanding and assisting in implementing current methodologies, effective instructional strategies and facilitating curriculum-related professional development. 

Essential Functions 

∙ Works with other Specialists and academic offices to design professional development opportunities for Principals and Teachers in the use of the curriculum engines and other curricular related resources. 

∙ Assists District level school based Instructional Specialists, Teachers, administrators and other staff as necessary to understand content area needs, innovations, instructional practices, strategies, etc. 

∙ Coordinates the writing and revision of district curricula in the content area. ∙ Works in conjunction with Educational Technology staff to develop the curriculum engine. ∙ Serves as a key communicator regarding the content area to appropriate audiences. ∙ Provides leadership and works effectively as part of the Curriculum and Instruction department to enhance cross-discipline integration. 

∙ Designs benchmark assessment blueprint and review content to ensure alignment to district scope and sequence. 

∙ Debriefs with leadership staff to analyze and support the instructional practices in schools.

∙ Plans and administers the implementation of instructional strategies to support academic achievement. 

Title: Curriculum Specialist

 

Minimum Requirements 

∙ Master’s degree from an accredited college or university. 

∙ Five years of full-time, experience as a regularly appointed teacher in a specific content area and has involved supporting teachers in improving instructional practices, participating in curriculum development and providing professional development

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

Demonstrated knowledge of: 

o all aspects of the content and Common Core Standards. 

o current academic research and theory 

o key components of curriculum and aligned assessments. 

Demonstrated ability to: 

o develop and align curriculum and related resources. 

o plan and administer effective district-wide and school- specific professional development. 

o review benchmark test content and design. 

o build relationships and support teachers in understanding content-area instruction and the use of the curriculum engine. 

o communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

o establish and maintain effective working relationships. 

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. 

Certificates/Licenses 

Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Level II certificate to supervise the area for which application is made.

 

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