Social Studies Curriculum Specialist

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KIPP Texas Public Schools
Dallas, Texas
Jul 16, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
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Job Description

The Social Studies Curriculum Specialist role is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has deep content knowledge of social studies, has a passion for curriculum and instruction, is committed to advancing social justice and culturally relevant pedagogy, and is eager to influence the future of social studies instruction across KIPP Texas and beyond.

The Social Studies Curriculum Specialist will play a critical role at the state-level in an effort to drive improved student results, including growth and achievement, college and career readiness, and closing the achievement gap, at KIPP schools in our Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio regions.


* Curriculum Writing | Develop rigorous, inquiry-based and literacy-oriented social studies curriculum, including unit plans, lesson plans, and assessments. This will include a combination of creating and adapting existing high-quality curricula to be vertically aligned toward high school AP skills and reflective of KIPPs antiracist values.

* Data Analysis | Regularly analyze a variety of qualitative and quantitative data at the school-, region- and state-levels to identify strengths and gaps in the curriculum itself and/or its implementation.

* Professional Development | Plan and facilitate virtual and in-person professional development on curriculum and instruction to ensure all regions are on a path to implement the curriculum with fidelity and achieve academic goals.

* Instructional Coaching | Coach and support school administrators, teachers, and regional academic teams to set, make progress towards, and achieve goals appropriate for social studies. This may include occasional travel to each KIPP Texas region (Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio).


The Social Studies Curriculum Specialist responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

* Develop and/or adapt social studies curriculum based on feedback from the Director of Humanities, including course overviews, pacing calendars, unit plans, lesson plans and assessments aligned to the KIPP Texas social studies vision.

* Ensure all social studies curriculum & assessments are top-quality and aligned to a college-ready bar and Texas state standards before students engage with them.

* Conduct ongoing data analysis (state-wide and region-specific) to support regions with focused, data-driven responses to instruction.

* Plan and lead virtual & in-person social studies professional development for instructional coaches and teachers, including unit and lesson internalization, instructional best practices, and responding to data.

* Coach, build relationships, and support principals, assistant principals, teachers, and regional academics teams across the state to ensure strong implementation of and solicit feedback on the social studies curriculum.

* Collaborate with other KIPP Texas academics teams (student support services, assessment & achievement) to ensure curriculum and supporting materials are accessible for ALL students, including special education and ESL/ELL students.

* Stay up-to-date on best practices in social studies instruction and literacy instruction more broadly; model best practices for instructional coaches as needed.

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