English Language Arts
Reports to: Superintendent
SUMMARY: Responsible for the direction and oversight of all aspects of the Language Arts and Social Studies curricula and programs. The Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Administrative Team, the Language Arts and Social Studies faculty, students, parents, and members of the wider school community.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Design, create and implement comprehensive language arts and social studies curricula based on current national and state education standards
Bring a data-driven approach to student and curriculum assessment and decision-making, with particular expertise and experience with the MAP and benchmark assessment systems and the state standardized test
Believe in and have familiarity with differentiated instruction and the ability to advise and mentor teachers in its integration into teaching practice
Oversee the language arts enrichment programs, developing and revising criteria for placement in these programs with the faculty members involved
Develop professional development materials and trainings for teachers
Identify outside professional development opportunities based on teacher need and interest
Present information at grade-level meetings with teachers in grades K-6 regarding new initiatives
Identify appropriate materials (field trips, speakers, print and media sources) to support curriculum
Track student progress in reading, writing and spelling for grades K-6 and use data to inform decisions about curriculum and materials
Collaborate with Math and Science Coordinator, technology team, library media specialists and Educational Support Services department to ensure continuity of content and delivery of 21st century skills for grades K-6
Mentor new and veteran teachers and provide ongoing in-classroom support to improve instructional practice and assessment
Establish and maintain positive working relationships with parents, teachers, administrators and students
Collaborate with McCormick School District administrative team to oversee whole school events and decision
Partner with members of Department Chairs to develop consistency of curricular offerings K-12 and smooth transitions of students
Other duties as assigned
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in Language Arts (Reading, Writing, and Spelling) and Social Studies instruction and curriculum, with particular familiarity with the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop philosophy, methodology and approach and understanding of the application of South Carolina Standards in an independent school setting. The successful candidate will be a progressive educator, be highly organized, have the ability to multi-task, and have strong collaboration and communication skills in order to function as a member of a variety of teams and with the various stakeholder groups of our school.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
He or she will have a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in both classroom instruction and school administration, including responsibilities in curriculum oversight, supervision and evaluation of faculty, and parent partnerships. South Carolina Teacher's Certification. A minimum of a Master’s degree in Education or a field related to the position is required.
Ability to present effectively information to staff, teachers, administrators, public groups/community, and Board of Trustees. Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports, procedure manuals and business correspondence. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from parents, regulatory/state agencies or members of the business community.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram forms and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and the Board of Education policies.
McCormick Middle School