Director of Science and Social Studies Academics

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The Director of Academics for Science/ Social Studies (DOA) will help with selection and management of Science/ Social Studies programing at LPCS.  Our DOA will support teachers and Multi-classroom teacher leaders with lesson planning, implementation and new teacher coaching.  DOA’s will establish teacher development goals, student growth and end of year goals based on data, work collaboratively with all Science/ Social Studies teams to ensure grade level alignment, and model strong content knowledge and teaching pedagogy. The DOA will help lead school-wide professional development, oversee and implement co-planning lesson sessions, implement model lessons, coach teachers and MCL’s. The DOA will organize the Science/ Social Studies teams to analyze student-learning data and change instruction to ensure high-growth learning for every child. The DOA collaborates with teachers and MCL’s, using the Science/ Social Studies team’s ideas and innovations that improve learning. The DOA is fully accountable for learning and development of all 2nd-8th students (Science/ Social Studies).


Planning and Preparation

*    Set high expectations of achievement that are ambitious and measurable for all students taught by team

*    Establish methods and create instructional tools and materials that Science/ Social Studies teachers use in all classrooms

*    Set direction, verbally and with tools and materials, that clarify content and teaching process

*    Lead team to:

  • plan backwards to align all lessons, activities, and assessments
  • design instruction that is enriched (developing higher-order thinking skills) and personalized (reflecting learning levels and interests of individual students)
  • design assessments that accurately assess student progress

Classroom Environment

*    Lead team to:

  • hold students accountable for high expectations of behavior and engagement that are ambitious and measurable
  • create physical classroom environments conducive to collaborative and individual learning
  • establish a culture of respect, enthusiasm, and rapport


*    Lead team to:

  • hold students accountable for ambitious, measurable standards of academic achievement
  • identify and address individual students’ social, emotional, and behavioral learning needs and barriers
  • identify and address individual students’ development of organizational and time-management skills
  • incorporate questioning and discussion in teaching
  • incorporate small-group and individual instruction to personalize and tailor instruction to individual needs
  • monitor and analyze student assessment data to inform enriched instruction by teacher
  • communicate with students and keep them informed of their progress

Professional Responsibilities

*    Lead team to maintain regular communication with families, and work collaboratively with them to design learning both at home and at school, and to encourage a home life conducive to learning success

*    Organize and schedule team time to ensure alignment of instructional vision and delivery in all classrooms, and to troubleshoot students’ persistent learning challenges

*    Lead team to determine how students spend instructional time based on instructional skills and content knowledge of teachers in team

*    Allocate instructional process elements (lesson planning, large-group instruction, small-group instruction, individual interventions, data analysis, grading, etc.) among team of teachers based on teacher strengths, content knowledge, and professional development goals

*    Allocate non-instructional administrative duties among team of teachers

*    Model instructional tasks to aid team development

*    Clarify and adjust team members’ roles and provide feedback, developmental advice, and assignments to develop their effectiveness

*    Assess team members for potential role changes, and for increasing job opportunities for team teachers who are ready to advance (to new or more complex roles)

*    Share team member’s progress with School Director when team members do not meet the leader’s standard

*    Model soliciting and eagerly receiving feedback from all stakeholders to improve individual professional skills and student outcome

*    Participate in professional development opportunities at school


*    Knowledge of subject matter being taught

*    Master’s degree – Teaching/ Instruction/ Curriculum

*    5 or more years teaching with valid teaching license with experience in upper and middle grades( preferred)

*    Valid teaching certificate

*    Experience serving as an instructional leader

*    Evidence of high-progress or achievement)  student outcomes in the relevant subjects (in the top 25% compared to other teachers on national norm test)

*    Experience successfully leading and managing a team of adults to accomplish goals

*    Demonstrated effectiveness working with people who have differing cultural backgrounds and/or personal characteristics, including race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic differences. Preference given for experience working successfully with those of similar demographics to the desired school placement.


Collaboratively work with team to:

  • support School Improvement Plan Input and Mid-Year Check (yearly),
  • Serve on event planning committees,
  • Engage in at least 6 hours of self-selected PD,
  • Conduct weekly Instructional observation walk-thru and present finds/data to lead team weekly or bi-weekly
  • Serve on TEAM teacher evaluation committee
  • Onboard new, mid-year hire teachers in content area


*    Full-time position

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