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Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist - Phoenix

Company: Sonoran Schools
Location: gilbert
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

"Curriculum & Instructional Support Specialist"


The Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist is a critical lever in improving student achievement. The role of the Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist is to build teacher capacity and their understanding of instructional practices as related to the Arizona Academic Content Standards and Data Driven Instruction. A Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist is a learner who models continuous improvement, lifelong learning, and goes above and beyond to ensure student success.

The Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist works collaboratively with members of the District's Academic Team, under the leadership and direction of the Chief Academic Officer. The Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist actively promotes reflection, provides guidance and structure where needed, and focuses on strengths, collaboration and common issues of concern. The Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist is responsible for ensuring high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching and providing feedback to teachers.

The position is a twelve-month Phoenix-based assignment and reports directly to the Chief Academic Officer. It is NOT supervisory and therefore, DOES NOT include evaluation of colleagues.


  • Model lessons in classrooms on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Support the instructional development of all teachers in understanding Sonoran Schools' curriculum and varied assessments, the Danielson Framework for Teaching (FfT), and data analysis.
  • Build strong relationships with teachers and administrators.
  • Provide direction and coordination for how the curriculum is taught consistent with District initiatives and recognized best instructional practices.
  • Create an articulated schedule with building and District administration.
  • Assist teachers in understanding Sonoran Schools' mission and core values.
  • Provide technical support to collaborative teams within buildings.
  • Assist teachers with resources, materials, tools, information, etc. to support classroom instruction and planning, including new resources.
  • Support teachers and administrators in using data to improve instruction on all levels.
  • Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best practices to meet the needs of their students.
  • Support teachers by helping with the strategic how of teaching -- share multiple instructional strategies/processes with teachers during planning times.
  • Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide feedback for a teacher's professional growth and students' success.
  • Develop staff members' knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors through a variety of professional development targeted topics and designs.
  • Develop coaching plans for teachers to ensure student improvement.
  • Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to improve professional practice.
  • Contribute to the development of systems and structures to improve teacher practice within schools.
  • Provide job-embedded informal professional learning beyond the coaching responsibility.
  • Submit a coaching log and any pertinent data requests/coaching documentation to the Chief Academic Officer, upon request.
  • Develop, deliver, attend and participate in summer training sessions.


  • Possess Arizona Department of Education certification, preferably in Mathematics and/or Science. (SEI Endorsement is required.)
  • Possess a Master's degree in a related area: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, English as a Second Language, etc.
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience teaching, with a record of successfully impacting student achievement and working successfully with students with the greatest needs.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues, including the ability to create and nurture a professional community of adult learners.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including giving and receiving constructive feedback with preferred experience in Cognitive Coaching.
  • Proven ability in using student-level data to guide instructional decisions.
  • Demonstrated Teacher Leadership.
  • Strong pedagogical knowledge and content expertise.
  • Demonstrated expertise in oral and written communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated expertise in Response to Intervention (RTI), Specially Designed Instruction, SIOP Model, Essential Elements of Instruction, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Multi-Tiered Support Systems.
  • Models continual improvement, demonstrates lifelong learning, and applies new learning to help all students achieve.
  • Demonstrates evidence of professional growth, including leadership and participation in a wide range of significant professional development activities.


  • Improve student and teacher performance in targeted areas as identified.
  • Increase in Professional Learning opportunities and participation of staff across the District.
  • Change in teaching practices.

Keywords: Sonoran Schools, Gilbert , Curriculum and Instructional Support Specialist - Phoenix, Other , gilbert, Arizona

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