School Development Specialist

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 08-May-24

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR26046

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Work with individual schools, small groups of schools, and small to medium sized school districts that are implementing Everyday Mathematics (EM), or utilizing other tools and resources that promote high quality mathematics teaching and learning.

  • Work primarily with school-level leaders; helping them plan and carry out coherent programs of teacher development in to support of the implementation of high quality teaching and learning.

  • Identify and communicate to local leaders, key features and principles of mathematics teaching and learning, common pitfalls in its implementation, and solutions to common problems.

  • Develop local leaders to provide staff development experiences for the teachers in their buildings, including preparing them to chair grade-level meetings, coach and mentor individual teachers, support reluctant teachers, conduct school-level workshops that focus on increasing teachers' mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical understanding, and design and carry out programs of parent education.

  • Write and deliver professional development for a wide variety of school districts and grade levels. The majority of professional development will focus on the implementation of Everyday Mathematics, but opportunities will also arise to provide professional development on more general topics related to high quality teaching and learning.

  • Develops programs for primary and secondary school education. Requires a deep understanding of the field of primary and secondary school education.

  • Conducts research and development of curriculum, models, and best practices in the field of education. Works with school leadership teams to support school planning processes including needs assessments, goal setting, strategic planning, and determining strategies for curriculum selection and professional development. May lead the implementation of professional development workshops and individualized coaching efforts for principals, teachers, and other school staff.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's degree in math, teaching, education, or a related field.

  • Doctorate (Ed.D. or Ph.D.) in primary or secondary education or a related field.


  • Experience with using a variety of techniques for teacher education, including case studies, professional readings, mentoring, coaching, lesson study, teaching model lessons and teacher study groups.

  • Experience with implementation of Everyday Mathematics.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of instructional methodologies.

  • Advanced knowledge of professional development strategies, including coaching.

  • Ability to develop programs, curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools.

  • Ability to use assessment data to make decisions to improve instruction and professional development

  • Presentation skills.

Preferred Competencies

  • Fluency in Spanish.

  • Understand the principles of adult learning.

  • Writing ability, including the ability to design and draft materials that district leaders can use to conduct workshops and otherwise support EM implementation.

Working Conditions

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to manage stressful situations.

  • Interpersonal skills.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (required)

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