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Arts vacancy in PA: Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction


From: Mark Alexander (markcalexander_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Apr 09 2002 - 05:39:57 PDT

Sending this along to ArtsEdNet, just FYI. Perhaps someone is interested. It was sent out by Scott Schuler, Arts Consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education.



Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction
Job Description

Charter High School for Architecture + Design
Philadelphia, PA

Background, Mission and Curricular Goals

The Charter High School for Architecture + Design, with a current enrollment of 350 students, was founded in September 1999, by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as its Legacy 2000 Project. It is tailor-made for the motivated, creative, visual learner who learns best by doing and seeing. CHAD is a school for predominantly urban students who like to draw, design and build, and who are interested in architecture, graphic, interior and industrial design.

The Mission of the school is to prepare students to influence and to shape the built, natural and manufactured environment. The design-based academic curriculum strives to celebrate creativity, imagination and systems thinking. The Board of Trustees is committed to developing a curriculum that integrates a college preparatory, academic program that fuses traditional core subjects with general design, drawing, spatial and architectural concepts. It provides innovative learning experiences that set high standards and considers a variety of individual abilities and learning styles.

The Curriculum uses "design" for a model of investigation and supports the visual learner's needs. Principles of design are woven throughout all academic disciplines including math, science, English, history, and other content areas. One key curricular focus is to develop critical thinking skills through inquiry and problem solving lessons.

Integrating the professional community with the educational program complements daily lessons. Efforts are made to provide students with off-site visits to design studios, architectural offices and construction sites. Historically significant sites and spaces that help to identify a connectedness between "world" and school are visited as well. The practical artistry of problem solving through graphic communication, industrial design, architecture and applied engineering is emphasized.

Interdisciplinary instruction enables students to find meaning in the lessons provided. We challenge, engage, and motivate students to pursue excellence.

General Description

The Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction (S.C.I.) is primarily responsible for the effective development, implementation, and assessment of disciplinary and interdisciplinary design-based curriculum for the whole school. The S.C.I. will assure that curricular and pedagogical practices meet PA State Department of Education requirements and standards. The S.C.I. will assist the Board, CAO/Principal, staff and community in development of the school's educational philosophy, goals, and objectives.

The successful candidate will be approachable, open to suggestions, innovative, flexible and sensitive to the needs of the faculty. The S.C.I. will exhibit leadership and be receptive to non-traditional concepts. It is important for the S.C.I to demonstrate the ability to "think out of the box".

Reports to: The CAO/Principal of CHAD

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides inspiration, direction and support to jointly develop, implement and assess design-based curricula with all departments.
2. Provides leadership, guidance and direction to all faculty, to assure that the curricula and other instructional services are appropriate to the needs of students.
3. Directs, plans, manages, implements and assesses the school's staff development program.
4. Understands and incorporates "best practices" into the curriculum.
5. Works with individual staff members to improve and/or expand their instructional competence so that curricular goals and objectives may be implemented.
6. Participates in the development and implementation of the school's testing program and works with faculty to help select textbooks and other instructional materials.
7. Works with faculty to help develop the annual instructional budget.
8. Develops and maintains professional development resources including a book and media library for access and use by teachers.
9. Upon request of the CAO/Principal, provides curriculum and program information to the Director of Development, to support ongoing fund raising efforts.
10. Supports special and remedial education efforts.
11. Prepares reports regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment to state and federal agencies as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
12. Demonstrated ability to infuse technology into the curriculum as appropriate.

Required Qualifications:

1. Holds or is eligible for Pennsylvania Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certificate or provisional certificate (pending full certificate within 12 months).
2. Masters degree from an accredited college or university.
3. Minimum three years teaching experience (5 years preferred) at the high school level (urban experience preferred).
4. Minimum three years of supervisory or administrative experience in a school environment.
5. Demonstrated leadership in school improvement and interdisciplinary-based curriculum development.
6. Knowledge of and experience with innovative learning approaches (knowledge of design-based curriculum a plus).
7. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
8. Ability to inspire faculty and staff to work together as a team.
9. Demonstrated computer and technology skills a plus.

Terms of Employment:

Full-time, 12 months, 20 paid vacation days

Position/Application Information:

The salary for the position is $65,000 + with a comprehensive benefits package. For consideration, please send letter of application, academic credentials, resume and references by April 30, 2002 to Greg Amiriantz, Principal/CAO, CHAD, 675 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Applications via email are acceptable if complete. Send to

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