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30 May 2018


Denver Public Schools
 Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description


235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $69,674-$83,607


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Along with other members of the K-12 Literacy Team, the Curriculum Specialist for Literacy Interventions is responsible for identifying and supporting the use of high-quality instructional resources, enhancing teaching and learning, and scaling effective programs to meet the student achievement literacy goals of the Literacy 2020 Plan and to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life.  Under the direction of the Academic Manager for Literacy Interventions, the Curriculum Specialist focuses heavily on delivering high-quality instructional materials through the lens of resource development, curation, refinement, implementation and continual improvement.


Lead the development, implementation and continual improvement efforts of intervention curriculum aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards:

– Contributes to the development of a coherent instructional program that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.- Applies instructional expertise to improving the effectiveness of core curriculum and instruction in Denver Public schools, specifically including implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, which are inclusive of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

– Guides the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts / literacy for ALL students.

– Ensures alignment of other Colorado Academic Standards content area curriculum with the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards.

– Applies curriculum development expertise to setting criteria and building frameworks for developing rigorous Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) aligned literacy intervention curricula.

– Assesses needs of core literacy, literacy intervention teachers and school leaders; and leads development of resources to address those needs and increase the quality of instruction.

– Creates and/or curates development of units aligned to the rigor and depth of literacy standards.

– Ensures strong alignment between standards/shifts, scope & sequence and assessment items.

– Ensures strong vertical and horizontal alignment in literacy intervention resources, as well as alignment with core programming.

– Develops bodies of annotated student work.

– Collaborates with other department staff in the management, development, and analysis of district-supported assessments.

– Provides support and training for administration, reporting and data use of assigned assessments to drive literacy instruction

– Revises curriculum based upon student outcomes and implementation feedback.

– Develops research-based recommendations for instructional strategies, professional development and assessments to increase the quality of teaching and learning in literacy.

– Deeply analyzes student achievement data (student work samples, interim assessments and performance-based assessments) to determine how to better develop materials and provide targeted, high quality teacher supports.

– Anticipates, identifies, and resolves complex obstacles to ensure success of overall curriculum programs as well as specific projects.

– Develops strategies and clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for individual projects that are easily translated into individual work goals and deliverables for other team members.

– Creates detailed timelines for each initiative; assesses and tracks project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; drives project completion by holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.  Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success; interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external Denver Public Schools stakeholders.

– Perform all other task and duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


– CDE teaching certificate in Elementary Education.

– A teaching career with five or more years of highly successful teaching experience. We will consider a candidate with a minimum of two years of teaching experience with exceptional results if there is relevant prior work experience.

– A proven, multi-year track record of exemplary teaching achievement, especially the achievement of low-income, underrepresented/under-served students.

– Linguistically Diverse or Bilingual Endorsement/Masters preferred.

– Demonstrated experience working in urban school districts requiring cultural and linguistic responsiveness to meet the needs of all students.

– Experience in monitoring curriculum content assessment data and recommending program improvements.

– Knowledge of second language acquisition in the curriculum content areas preferred.

– Proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish highly desirable.

– Knowledge of effective instructional programs and methodologies and experience in providing such instruction to meet Colorado Academic Standards and Colorado English Language Proficiency Standards.

– Experience in the design of standards-based curriculum and assessments.

– Demonstrated content area expertise.

– Emotional constancy and extraordinary interpersonal skills to ensure purposeful and professional colleague relationships.

– Meticulous organizational ability in order to set priorities, organize workload, handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines.

– Extraordinary oral skills to effectively communicate with varied audiences.

– Comfort with and ability to write efficiently and effectively as part of a culture where curriculum writing, email communication, and documentation are critical.

– Knowledge of how students learn in the designated curriculum focus and knowledge of best program practices.

– Knowledge of best practices in curriculum instruction and standards-based education.

– Demonstrated commitment to continuous professional learning.

– Strong desire and willingness to support student achievement in traditionally under-served communities.

– Passion for connecting with students and families in support of student success.

– Superior analytical skills and sound judgment to make critical decisions.

– Capable of thriving in circumstances involving ambiguity and nuance.

– Positive attitude, maturity, and personal stability sufficient for a demanding position

– Valid Colorado Driver’s license, appropriate insurance coverage and an acceptable driving record for the past three years


Education Requirements:


– Bachelor’s degree with a major in an area of curriculum focus, advanced degree with emphasis in curriculum preferred


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.


Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.



How to Apply

Bureaus: - National -. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Job Tags: 80203. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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