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Curricular Opportunities

Assistive Technology Specialist
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The Assistive Technology Specialist is a new role created by the Office of Specialized Instruction’s Academic Support team and is open to special education teachers who are interested in integrating assistive technology with instructional technology.

In order to be eligible for this role, special education teachers must have experience with assistive and instructional technology and must have a deep knowledge of the Common Core State Standards.

The Assistive Technology Specialist will commit 10 hours per week during the summer and two hours per month during the school year.
Interested candidates should contact [email protected]

Common Core Mathematics Corps
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The Common Core Mathematics Corps (CCMC) is a group of DCPS educators who will work with Central Office leadership to design, plan, and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Math rollout. At each grade level from kindergarten through high school geometry, three to four educators will be selected to work together on curriculum design, professional development, planning, and implementation. Teachers,
coaches, and master educators are all welcome to apply for the CCMC.

Teachers interested in the CCMC must be recommended by a Master Educator, Instructional Coach, curriculum specialist, or school leader and must be familiar with the CCSS-Math. There will be approximately 35–50 positions available, and teachers may apply for this position in January and February. The CCMC will begin training in February and will continue to work throughout the
following school year.

If interested, contact [email protected]

Common Core Reading Corps Summer Curriculum Fellowship 

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The Common Core Reading Corps Summer Curriculum Fellowship is a unique opportunity for DCPS educators to help shape the district’s English language arts curriculum. The Fellowship is an extension of the Common Core Reading Corps that began during the 2012-2013 school year.

This fellowship places two to three educators per grade level on curriculum writing/revision teams during the summer. Fellows will strengthen existing curriculum, as well as PARCC-aligned Performance Based (formative assessment) Tasks, developed during the summer of SY13-14. Details of fellowship content, duration, and participant compensation will be announced in March, 2015. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend, pending completion of their curricular documents.

Curriculum Writer

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Curriculum Writers work with the DCPS Office of Teaching and Learning to author curriculum materials and instructional guidance that will be used as resources for teachers across the district.

A curriculum writer should be a highly experienced classroom teacher, preferably with three or more consecutive years of experience in a specific subject or grade range (e.g., elementary reading, tenth-grade English). Curriculum writers must possess deep content knowledge and must be skilled at writing clearly and concisely, conducting rigorous research, and collaborating with other professionals on a shared project.

Teachers may apply to be curriculum writers through an online application. Selected applicants begin their work in April and continue through the summer each year. There are approximately 30 positions available annually.

Fundations Facilitator
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Fundations facilitators become experts at implementing Fundations lessons and provide systematic support to other teachers using the program. This support includes allowing teachers in their buildings to observe as they demonstrate Fundations lessons, leading study groups throughout the year for teachers in their buildings on specific Fundations topics; and conducting co-observations with a Wilson Fundations coach during coaching visits.

This role allows teachers the opportunity to develop their mentoring and coaching skills. During the school year, facilitators will work closely with Wilson Fundations coaches who have extensive experience supporting teachers across the country. Becoming a Fundations facilitator is the first step to becoming a Fundations presenter for DCPS. Fundations presenters provide training to teachers and other district employees. Additionally, they serve as Fundations policy advisors for the DCPS Office of Teaching and Learning.

Applications are due in May. Selected applicants begin their work in August and continue throughout the school year. There are approximately 20 positions available annually.

Sustainability Corps
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The Sustainability Corps is a group of DCPS educators that will work with the Department of General Services (DGS) and the DCPS Office of Teaching and Learning to develop standards-aligned curricula that will engage students in solving real-world sustainability problems facing their schools. In SY 2015-2016, the Sustainability Corps theme is DCPS Recycles! with a focus on waste investigations. Corps members will work together in grade bands to develop, test, document, share, and refine high-quality, standards-aligned units that produce data-driven solutions to challenges facing their schools’ recycling programs. DGS will provide training in real industry methodologies and supporting materials.

Teachers in the Sustainability Corps must be recommended by a Master Educators, Instructional Coach, curriculum specialist, or school leader, and must be familiar with the CCSS-Math or NGSS. Applications are due in May. Selected applicants will begin their work in August and continue throughout the school year. There are up to 12 positions available annually. For more information, please contact [email protected].
 

Wilson Reading System Cohort
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Teachers who are interested in serving as the instructional leaders for Wilson Reading System (WRS) programming in their buildings have the opportunity to apply to complete the Level I Certification, a rigorous, year-long course led by Wilson Language Training staff.

WRS-certified teachers receive $2,000 in tuition credit and have the option to be included in a national database of

WRS-certified teachers available for tutoring, published by the International Dyslexia Association.

Applications are due in May. Selected applicants begin their work in August and continue throughout the school year. There are approximately 20 positions available annually. 


Spotlight: Marcus Konde

After 11 years with Fairfax County Public Schools, Marcus began his first year at Easter Senior High School through the Capital Commitment Fellowship, primarily because of his admiration for DCPS's commitment to upgrading its schools while also setting goals to be the best urban school district in the country.  He is excited to be part of DCPS and is convinced that the district will no only reach its goals, but exceed them.

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What keeps us motivated is having stronger teacher leaders.  Strong teacher leaders have the ability to draw the best out of their colleagues by sharing ideas and experiences.  Often it is easier to relate to a leader that is on the front lines with you.  Happy, motivated teachers equal motivated students who are learning and achieving."