- Collaborate effectively and extensively with internal and external partners, including content and specialty teams across CPS’ Academic Offices, to ensure that Chicago’s curriculum is developed in accordance with all articulated quality standards.
- Oversee the review/feedback process for the Social Science Curriculum, including coordination of teacher review teams, consensus building, conflict resolution, planning, and decision-making.
- Demonstrate a deep understanding of the theories and practices associated with digital learning while supporting CPS’ digital transition.
- Lead and effectively communicate with development teams to focus effort and resources toward the achievement of expected results.
- Coordinate the development and distribution of formal curriculum design and evaluation guidance, including the Social Science Rubric.
- Demonstrate flexibility and creativity in the design and continuous improvement of the curriculum.
- Train stakeholders on the curriculum evaluation processes and utilization of rubrics and other guidance/evaluative tools.
- Effectively engage with stakeholders to prioritize and communicate feedback to external partners for curriculum update/revision.
- Advise the internal and external teams supporting systems integration and user experience (UX) design to ensure a seamless, elegant experience for teachers, students and parents.
- Ensure that contractual partners accurately customize the curriculum for Social Science and effectively integrate Social Science themes, inquiry skills, and an interdisciplinary approach to instruction.
- Model the routine, intentional and effective use of technology in daily work, including communications, organization and management tasks.
- Keep abreast of the current trends and best practices in pedagogy with digital curriculum and represent the district as an expert on these and other (related) topics.
- Manage multiple projects/sub-projects concurrently, monitor activity, progress, and time-related to project development requirements.
The Social Science Curriculum Development Specialist should have the following knowledge and capacities:
- Deep knowledge of equity issues in education and a deep commitment to providing access to high-quality digital curriculum for all students.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with:
- C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards
- Illinois Mandated Units of Study
- Illinois Civics Mandate
- Illinois State Social Science Standards
- WIDA ELD Standards
- Understanding by Design principles for curriculum design
- Universal Design for Learning principles for instructional design
- MTSS and SEL best practices
- Demonstrated experience in effective integration of technology in instruction
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Social Science Curriculum Development Specialist must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required:
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or a related Humanities discipline. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Illinois (or reciprocal) Teaching Certificate preferred.
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
- 5+ years of experience in curriculum design/development (writing).
- 5+ years of direct experience in a social science role.
- 5+ years of experience in educational technology or digital media.
- Deep knowledge of effective communication skills and problem-solving strategies.
- Evidenced success in collaborating with culturally and educationally-diverse teams.
- Five or more years of instructional experience in K-12 Education (large urban setting preferred)