Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.
The Office of Computer Science (OCS) supports over 400 elementary and high school educators tasked to implement Computer Science (CS) content and meet the ambitious goals set by the department and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). By the year 2024, we are committed to ensuring 75 percent of elementary schools have adopted a computer science (CS) curriculum and that 100 percent of CPS high schools offer an introductory computer science course. Additionally, we are setting the stage to ensure 80 percent of high schools will offer at least one intermediate CS course and 40 percent will offer a course for early college credit.
Under the direction of the Director, the Curriculum and Instruction Manager will be accountable for the acquisition, development and continuous improvement of District and State standards-aligned curriculum while supervising ongoing teacher professional development to ensure effective use of District computer science curriculum. Manage K-12 computer science curriculum instruction, assessment, and assist with staff in-services for the same. Provide leadership and direction to computer science curriculum pathways and courses with coaches and teaching assistants. Work collaboratively with expert teachers, coaches, teaching assistants, and industry partners to develop processes and products that successfully support computer science education programs. Supervise grants and grant development and special projects as needed that support curriculum, instruction and assessment along with the Director, university partners, and researchers.
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
- Lead, develop and manage the talent on the curriculum team. Including High School Instructional Coaches, High School Curriculum Specialists, Curriculum Developers, and K-8 Curriculum and Integration Specialists
- Manage district-wide PreK-12 computer science curriculum development and professional development to ensure effective, standard-aligned curriculum is implemented.
- Manage the development and evaluation of professional development efforts for district computer science faculty.
- Facilitate the development of computer science content of PreK-12 curricula and multiple assessments to align the District scope and sequence.
- Provide leadership in planning and coordinating district-wide professional development days aligned to district computer science curriculum and site instructional needs.
- Manage outreach with school principals, administrative designees, counselors, schedulers, and technology coordinators regarding District computer science curriculum and professional development.
- Remain up to date on current research and legislation in the area of computer science curriculum
- Coordinate efforts with Computer Science Implementation Management of K-12 school sites to ensure effective support and efficient implementation of initiatives.
- Communicate PreK-12 curriculum, its philosophy, goals, and objectives to district stakeholders
- Regularly attend Leadership Team meetings to discuss important issues impacting the Computer Science for All District Program.
- Represent the District at national computer science curriculum instruction, assessment, professional development, university, industry, and related meetings.
- Other duties as assigned.
Type of Education Required
- Master's degree or higher, preferably, in an educational discipline
Type and Years of Experience
- Three or more years of experience working with adult learners, including coaching and/or designing professional development for teachers and administrators
- Working knowledge of state and national standards and assessments
- 3-5 years managing in an educational institution
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Outstanding leadership, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
- Aptitude to be able to use database and dashboards to maintain records, prepare and present reports
- Extremely strong organizational skills
- Develop trusting relationships and work harmoniously within a team, and with university and industry partners
- Exemplar project management skills
- Comfortable with public speaking
- Ability to work occasional weekends and travel to various schools in the CPS district
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.