The Colorado Academy Lower School is seeking an experienced, full-time Math Specialist (Pre-K through Grade 5) to support effective mathematics instruction and student learning.
This specialist will work with teachers, teacher teams, and administrators in curriculum development, teaching strategies, differentiated instruction, assessments, and materials selection to help support students in their learning. The Math Specialist will help design and implement professional development based on current educational principles, best practices, and theory. The ideal candidate has a passion for working with children of all ages and has a solid understanding of children's appropriate social, emotional, and academic developmental stages.
• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in mathematics and/or a Master’s degree in education (with at least 24 semester hours of mathematics courses, mathematics pedagogy courses, and leadership/coaching courses applicable to a mathematics specialist endorsement); a state-issued mathematics specialist endorsement desirable
• Actively engaged in professional development sessions addressing mathematics and mathematics education
• At least five years of successful, full-time K-5 classroom teaching experience
• Experience in working with multiple grade levels (preferred) and differentiated instruction
• Experience in providing professional development that addresses mathematics content, mathematics instructional strategies, and use of assessment to inform instructionKnowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the development of mathematical understanding and mathematical proficiency in elementary-age students
• Knowledge of current theory and practices in mathematics instruction, current mathematics curriculum programs, including but not limited to Investigations and/or Fosnot curriculum basics and pedagogy, and a variety of assessment strategies
• Knowledge of current educational principles, best practices and theory related to mathematics education, including knowledge of research-based instructional strategies that support elementary mathematics education.
• Ability to work constructively with individual teachers and teams of teachers with varying years of experience and multiple perspectives on mathematic instruction
• Ability to assess student needs and performance and to interpret results to inform instructional planning
• Ability to provide critical yet constructive feedback
• Skilled collaborative team member with strong interpersonal and communication skills
Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Promote enhanced mathematics instruction and student learning by coaching and working with teachers to develop more effective mathematics teaching practices and by sharing information addressing the way in which students learn mathematics
• Work with and support teachers in developing curriculum, differentiated instruction techniques, teaching strategies, assessments and materials to help support students in their progress.
• Build trust among faculty. This position does not evaluate teacher performance, but supports professional development and growth
• Develop job-embedded and other ongoing professional development for teachers, using strategies such as demonstration teaching/modeled lessons, co-teaching, classroom observation, and debriefing
• Collaborate with teachers to create common assessments and to facilitate data interpretation sessions analyzing student data and collaborate with teachers to develop plans and designs for appropriate instruction based on those interpretations
• Collaborate with grade-level teachers and grade-level teams of teachers to review and further develop mathematics curriculum maps, pacing guides, and instructional plans to enhance the success of their students
• Support the professional growth of teachers by strengthening classroom teachers’ understanding of mathematics content
• Collaborate with faculty and administration in addressing the development and implementation of programs and strategies for the improvement of student achievement in mathematics
• Report to the Lower School Principal and work with that position to support high quality instruction and curriculum development
• Collaborate with Middle School and Upper School Math Department Chairs to develop and review Pre-K-12 scope and sequence in math education
• Plan and coordinate the implementation of opportunities for parent education in mathematics
Qualified applicants are encouraged to send a letter explaining their interest and qualifications, resume, and contact information for five references to:
Michael Davis, Ph.D.
Head of School
3800 South Pierce Street
Denver, CO 80235