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Job Opening Information Assistant Director for Social Studies in the Office of Teaching and Learning

Position Title
Assistant Director for Social Studies in the Office of Teaching and Learning
Required Application Type
Teacher / Admin
Salary/Pay Scale
Per SAA contract
Job Description

Embody, advocate and operationalize the mission, vision and strategic direction of the Schenectady City School District. Support the Office of Teaching and Learning and District schools to achieve the District’s goals for student and graduate success by ensuring equitable student and school access to all programs, resources, and high quality instruction. Assist the District team in establishing District-wide practices that promote equity attending to the need for an antiracist, culturally responsive curriculum.

Primary responsibilities (provide assistance to the TL team):

  • Identify, evaluate, and standardize the social studies curriculum and instructional resources that promote equity, diversity, and inclusions and lead to improved student outcomes
  • Lead the research and development of social studies instructional practices, programs, and policies that maximize educational options and lead to improved academic success for all students
  • Serve as a resource to Principals, teachers, and community partners (universities, colleges, non-profit educational organizations) to provide assistance to adopt culturally responsive curriculum and effective social studies pedagogical practices for the purpose of advancing educational equity
  • Develop social studies professional development opportunities for teachers to increase educational outcomes.

Specifically:

Identify, evaluate, and standardize curriculum and instructional resources that promote equity and lead to improved student outcomes

  • Assists the district in understanding, interpreting, and operationalizing the Social Studies Framework as set forth by New York State Education Department
  • Integral role in assuring that the goals of the Student and Graduate Success Pillar are a central focus in work undertaken, operationalizing the defined pillar strategies to move measures towards successful completion
  • Analyzes and utilizes student academic data for the purpose of developing or co-developing appropriate social studies curriculum and guiding instructional conversations.
  • Promotes the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support social studies teaching and learning and ensures that necessary resources are available.
  • Supports teachers and building leaders in the creation and delivery of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive social studies curriculum that will reflect the contributions of diverse populations and perspectives.

Lead the research and development of instructional practices, programs, and policies that maximize educational options and lead to improved academic success for all students

  • Research topics required to maintain the integrity of equity work (e.g. relevant policies, new federal and state statutes, financial resources, etc.) for the purpose of developing new social studies programs/services, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, securing general information and/or responding to requests
  • Lead a task force of stakeholders to plan for the implementation of the Seal of Civic Readiness pathway
  • Assist building administration and faculty in analysis and use of social studies assessment data to reflect on teaching practice, make instructional decisions, inform lesson plans and meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Collaborate and problem-solve in developing comprehensive, rigorous, and coherent social studies curricular programs that addresses all levels of thinking, enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to a concept, problem or issue, and supports their construction of meaning during the most important lessons and tasks
  • Provide support to foster a culture that motivates teachers and administrators to perform at the level of excellence necessary to improve student achievement and close the opportunity gap.
  • Provide support to building administration in the implementation of a rigorous coherent curriculum appropriately aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards and NYS Social Studies Framework in coordination with classroom teachers.
  • Review and observe current teaching methods and learning materials as needed for areas of District improvement and to ensure they meet the current local, state and federal requirements.

Serve as a resource to Principals, teachers, and community partners (universities, colleges, non-profit educational organizations) to provide assistance to adopt culturally responsive curriculum and effective pedagogical practices for the purpose of advancing educational equity

  • Serve as a collaborative resource within the district for furthering goals of educational equity in developing and implementing effective social studies learning strategies that reflect and support diversity, equity and inclusion for student academic success.
  • Establishes strong working relationships with school and district staff.
  • Supports a climate where equity is discussed, challenged and used to promote opportunities for staff and student success.
  • Serve on cross-functional teams to provide educational and managerial leadership that builds and supports a high performance educational team, inspiring and aligning the academic work of the District.
  • Gather input from staff and surveys from students as well as formal assessment data as part of the process to monitor and evaluate the impact of the instructional program.
  • Supports the development of the instructional and leadership capacity of staff.

Develop professional development opportunities for teachers to increase educational outcomes

  • Analyzes and utilizes data to identify professional development needs and to evaluate, improve and report on program effectiveness.
  • Communicates the goals, plans and progress of the district professional learning program.
  • Communicates available professional learning activities to school and district staff.
  • Collaborates on the design and implementation of a comprehensive Professional Development Plan of all staff.
  • Implements professional learning opportunities through multiple delivery models including, formal structured workshops and digital platforms.
  • Organizes, maintains and supports professional learning communities.
  • Remains a learner and informed of innovative professional development techniques to provide the district with the highest quality of professional development activities.
  • Participates in the development of the district school calendar to ensure adequate professional learning time.
  • Assist in the development and onboarding of new staff.

Secondary responsibilities will at times include:

  • Assist building administrations in the recruitment and hiring of staff across multiple buildings.
  • Will conduct teacher evaluations to ensure proper implementation of curriculum.
  • Within the framework of the tenets of the APPR process, provide support and/or supervise and coach teachers by adhering to precise instructional systems, visiting classrooms to observe instruction, modeling effective instructional practices, providing support, and giving feedback.
Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required;
  • Valid NYS School District Leader certification (SDL or SDA);
  • Certification and experience teaching social studies within public education is desired, urban education setting is preferred.
Application Procedure

Interested candidates must compelte an online application. In addition, all applicants are requested to submit a current resume or curriculum vitae which includes evidence of participation in one's professional growth and development.

Job Category
Administrator
Job Location
Central Office

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