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Professional Learning Specialist (Instructional Tiered Support)

Company: The School District Of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary
The School District of Philadelphia is committed to having schools staffed with great teachers and principals. Professional Learning Specialists are responsible for supporting the continuous development of teachers, principals, and support staff. Professional Learning Specialists design, align, and facilitate, professional learning opportunities for educators throughout the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Supports the District, Network, and schools in delivering a seamless system of comprehensive support in alignment with the District's Equity-based MTSS Model. Assists in monitoring the implementation of MTSS by training and providing support to network and school-based personnel. Works closely with District, network, and MTSS teams to ensure that these teams are implementing equitable services to students with academic needs. Expands the support structure for delivery of all levels of MTSS implementation within schools. Coaches school-level MTSS teams and provides support for effective team functioning. Maintains communication from central office to networks and schools and connects the team to necessary resources for successful implementation of MTSS. Conducts school visits to monitor the implementation of MTSS. Consistently monitors district, network, and school intervention data to make recommendations on overall MTSS implementation
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Essential Functions

  • Designs and facilitates professional learning and development sessions and courses on a variety of topics to support the designated programmatic framework.
  • Conducts professional learning and development sessions by learning network, grade band, and school type to bolster educator effectiveness and student progress.
  • Research new trends in education in an effort to keep staff aligned with the Pedagogical shifts and SDP instructional practices.
  • Thoughtfully creates customized professional learning modules for educators.
  • Support District initiatives. Instructional Tiered Support - Academic Supports Specialty
    • Supports schools in the implementation of instruction and tiered support in the assigned area such as ELA/Math, incorporating web-based instructional supports, evidence-based instructional strategies and the District's expectations and frameworks related to that area.
    • Monitors academic programs to ensure that students are receiving timely and appropriate supports in Tiers I, II, & III
    • Ensures that the tiered supports are in compliance with the District's framework, policies, procedures and mandated guidelines.
    • Assists in school team training and participates in the process of active learning; develops, designs and delivers professional development on Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and procedures for central and academic division offices, principals, leadership teams and school staff.
    • Monitors the meetings of the school-based MTSS teams; supports the teams by offering tools to assist in such areas as academic interventions, development of student plans, progress monitoring; ensures the teams are utilizing the data for informed decision-making.
    • Assists in the development and implementation of the District's MTSS plan for all sites; assists in the establishment of staff buy-in and data based decision-making; performs site visits District-wide; provides coaching and technical assistance to school staff.
    • Coordinates academic data and analyzes reports, ensuring the dissemination of program outcomes and effects; implements and supports the use of data-based decision making and provides technical assistance and facilitation of data management systems.
    • Prepares a variety of reports and documentation on MTSS initiatives and supports the central office MTSS leadership team in developing a plan of action related to the data.
    • Acts as a liaison between schools, learning networks, and the central office MTSS leadership team.
    • Collaborates with the Office of Curriculum and Instruction's content teams.
    • Develops and facilitates district-wide MTSS professional development.
    • Supports other central-office based academic related initiatives. Other Functions
      • May participate in the review and/or preparation of grant proposals, reports, and other required documentation as needed.
      • May develop and participate in the RFP/RFQ and Action Item process as related to MTSS. Minimum Requirements
        • Master's degree program from an accredited college or university in education, curriculum and instruction, reading specialist, administration or a related field.
        • Five years of full-time, paid, professional teaching experience which have included leading and designing professional learning for adults.
        • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume. Instructional Tiered Support Specialty
          Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
          • Demonstrated knowledge of:
            • the principles, practices and techniques of academic pedagogy, trends and best practices.
            • the principles, practices and techniques of working with children in need of MTSS.
            • standards-aligned instruction, pedagogy, instructional supports, and evidence-based instructional practices.
            • the strategies, techniques, and practices used when working with 'at-risk' student populations and students in need of enrichment.
            • the methods and techniques used in effective program planning, design and administration.
            • the current educational issues that directly impact the implementation of a multi-tiered systems of support.
            • MTSS processes, interventions, components, protocols and state mandates/initiatives.
              • Demonstrated ability to:
                • understand the core curriculum as it relates to literacy and mathematics strategies and interventions.
                • learn policies and procedures related to student discipline and attendance and its impact on academic learning and progress.
                • interpret policies and apply them to individual circumstances and situations in an appropriate manner.
                • exercise discretion and tact in dealing with sensitive situations.
                • maintain necessary records and files, compile information and prepare reports.
                • process multiple tasks simultaneously, adhere to timelines, and bring MTSS cases/intervention plans to completion within a timely manner.
                • assess the effectiveness of programmatic activities and make recommendations for modifications as needed.
                • plan, develop and implement professional development workshops on academic interventions.
                • evaluate effectiveness of professional development and implement changes as needed.
                • conduct research and analyze data to inform District, network and school supports.
                • gather, track, and use data to drive decision making and create detailed reports.
                • maintain records and prepare reports.
                • develop and facilitate presentations.
                • use a computer/laptop for daily work functions.
                • understand and follow oral or written directions.
                • understand and follow oral or written directions
                • effectively use Google Drive including documents, sheets, slides, and forms to develop and share content and presentations.
                • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
                • establish and maintain effective working relationships. Certificates/Licenses
                  • Possession of a valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Administrative certificate for K-12 or Elementary and Secondary Principal.
                    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.
                    The School District of Philadelphia provides to all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this District, regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin or handicap/disability, gender identity, or genetic information. Please refer to Board Policy 104 for further information regarding the District's commitment to Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices.

Keywords: The School District Of Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Professional Learning Specialist (Instructional Tiered Support), Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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