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Teacher Development Specialist - Interventions/IATJobID: 42531
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Certified Professional/Teacher Specialist
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Interventions Office
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Certified Educational Support Staff
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  • Teacher Development Specialist - TR0271, TR0270 (rev 7.30.15).doc
POSITION TITLE: Teacher Development Specialist


Job Code: TR0271, TR0270



Job Family – Training

JOB SUMMARY: The Teacher Development Specialist is accountable for supporting a caseload of teachers by providing individualized feedback, coaching, and development to improve teacher performance and increase student achievement.


List most important duties first
  1. Observes instructional practice and provides a formative assessment of strengths and weaknesses. Provides real-time feedback and access to relevant development opportunities.
  2. Provides critical “on the job” coaching to teachers in support of their professional development.
  3. Works with teachers and principals to review performance data and development plans, and to identify teachers’ strengths and prioritize most pressing development needs to increase student achievement.
  4. Helps to identify and connect teachers to appropriate PD opportunities to meet priority needs.
  5. Monitors teachers’ efficacy in applying new skills and impact on student learning, adjusts approach as necessary to achieve goals for teacher improvement and student achievement.
  6. Provides input to the Primary Appraiser as one input into the appraisal process.
  7. Partners with Principals and SIOs to ensure focus is aligned to development priorities for individual teachers and across the campus.
  8. Collaborates with other Teacher Development Specialists within their team and across teams to think strategically about PD - e.g., review performance data, reflect on themes, determine how to aggregate and prioritize needs, and allocate resources accordingly.
  9. Taps into school based resources (e.g., Teacher Leaders, Dept. Heads) to deliver PD support – e.g., mentoring, modeling, facilitation, training, etc.
  10. Leads group learning opportunities focused on increasing teacher effectiveness in a specific area.
  11. Identifies high need training topics, works with PD Central Support to develop high value training, and delivers training where appropriate and able.
  12. Improves teachers’ instructional, content, and developmental expertise on an ongoing basis by participating in research-based learning opportunities.
  13. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree

WORK EXPERIENCE: 5 to 7 years of proven successful teaching experience as demonstrated by a track record of success in increasing student achievement. Successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in the designated subject. Subject matter expert in designated subject(s). Exceptional interpersonal skills, able to relate one-on-one and in groups with confidence and poise. Ability to provide critical and constructive feedback to effect immediate change. Highly analytical, able to interpret data and weigh multiple options. Strong communicator, ability to write clearly and analytically, able to evidence support. A problem solver, able to prioritize multiple scenarios. Ability to model research-based teaching strategies Self-starter, flexible, able to adapt and adjust quickly to changing situations and needs.

TYPE OF SKILL AND/OR REQUIRED LICENSING/CERTIFICATION: Microsoft Office; Office equipment (e.g., computer, copier)

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: No supervisory or direct people management responsibilities. May provide occasional work guidance, technical advice and training to staff.

WORK COMPLEXITY/INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work is substantially complex, varied and regularly requires the selection and application of technical and detailed guidelines. Independent judgment is required to identify, select, and apply the most appropriate methods as well as interpret precedent. Position regularly makes recommendations to management on areas of significance to the department. Supervision received typically consists of providing direction on the more complex projects and new job duties and priorities.

BUDGET AUTHORITY: No budget development activity is required.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Decisions are made with greater freedom and discretion, including recommendations that are subject to approval on matters that may affect multiple departments across HISD. Job is frequently expected to recommend new solutions to problems, to improve existing methods/procedures/services and generate new ideas. May also review decisions made by other individuals on more routine matters.

IMPACT OF DECISIONS: Decisions have moderate impact to the facility/department or division, causing increased satisfaction or dissatisfaction; producing efficiencies or delays; promoting or inhibiting personal intellectual or professional development; and/or contributing to financial gain or expense. Errors may be serious, usually not subject to direct verification or check, causing losses such as improper cost calculations, overpayment or improper utilization of labor, materials or equipment. Effect usually confined to the organization itself and is short term.

COMMUNICATION/INTERACTIONS: Collaborate and solve problems - works with others to resolve problems, clarify or interpret complex information/policies, and provide initial screening/negotiations without approval authority. Interactions are typically with customers, senior level professional staff, and managers.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS: Follows through with customer inquiries, requests and complaints. Forwards difficult and non-routine inquiries or requests to appropriate level for resolution.

WORKING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unpleasant elements. Ability to carry and/or lift less than 15 pounds.

About Houston Independent School District

HISD provides bus service for eligible regular-education students who submit requests to their campus transportation coordinators and have them approved by the Transportation Services Department. Bus stops for most regular-education students will be located at HISD campuses that are within one mile of the student's residence, but no further than two miles. The parent or legal guardian of a student who qualifies for bus service is responsible for transportation, if needed, to the student's assigned bus stop. If a special-needs student's Individualized Education Plan requires transportation services for a free and appropriate public education, HISD provides district bus service to the closest available program that meets the student's needs. The parent or legal guardian of a student who does not qualify for bus service is responsible for the student's transportation, if needed, to the assigned campus. Discounted METRO passes are available to all HISD students. Details about these "Youth" and "Student" discounts, including schedules, are available online under "Fare Information" at www.ridemetro.org, or by calling the METROLine at 713-635-4000. For information about eligibility and bus stops, contact your campus transportation coordinator, or consult the Transportation Services Department Web site.