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Instructional Specialist - Secondary Science

Alexandria City Public Schools
Alexandria, Virginia
Closing date
Sep 13, 2023

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School and Teaching
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

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Job Description

The Science Instructional Specialist will coordinate the processes for developing the school division's 6-12 science curriculum aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning in science. This individual will develop and monitor the implementation of the 6-12 science budget, including ensuring that all required science materials, kits, and equipment are available in every science classroom. An important aspect of this position involves coaching and giving feedback to 6-12 science instructors, including designing and implementing appropriate professional development in middle and high school science.

This job reports to the Executive Director of Instructional Support.

This is a 12 month-240 day position.


Education: Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred.

Certificates & Licenses: Valid Virginia Department of Education postgraduate professional teaching license required, or the ability to obtain one.

Experience: Five years of public school teaching experience.

Essential Functions

Curriculum Design and Development:
  • Facilitates the development of a suggested scope and sequence and related lesson sequence for each grade level of the 6-12 science curriculum guides.
  • Coordinates the design and development of 6-12 science curriculum guides (comprehensive course sequence), lesson plans, and related instructional tools.
  • Coordinates the design and development of secondary science Honors curriculum guides.
  • Coordinates the design and development of science secondary elective course curriculum guides.
  • Supports the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) units for the high school STEM academy.
  • Leads the development and implementation of science-based Summer Learning programs for secondary students.
  • Leads the planning, support, and implementation of middle school and high school science competitions including school-level competitions and the ACPS Science and Engineering Fair.

Instructional Services:
  • Provides coordination and oversight of STEM programs at the high school and middle school levels.
  • Coordinates support and field experiences designed to extend and refine students' understanding of the written curriculum in science.
  • Provides ongoing professional learning to ensure fidelity of implementation of the written curriculum in all science classes, courses, and grade levels.
  • Provides ongoing modeling and demonstration lessons, coaching, and mentoring to all 6-12 science instructors, including supporting teachers new to the division to ensure their use of research-based best practices.
  • Develops and implements ongoing professional learning in 6-12 science to ensure fidelity of curriculum implementation and instructional and assessment practices aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning.
  • Conducts non-evaluative walkthroughs focused on science classroom "look-fors."

Assessment and Progress Monitoring:
  • Leads the development of formative assessment tools and summative assessments for 6-12 science
  • Analyzes data related to student performance in 6-12 science to ensure effective progress monitoring of student achievement in all SOL Science Strands.

Budget and Materials Management:
  • Develops and monitors the implementation of the 6-12 science budget.
  • Ensures that all required resources (print and non-print; science equipment, etc.) are available in every school to support effective implementation of the written curriculum in science.

Communication and Interpersonal Competencies:
  • Demonstrates a high degree of competency in all communication skills areas, including writing, speaking, and presenting.
  • Assumes other responsibilities as may be assigned.

  • Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance.
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test.

Public Health Compliance
  • Proof of COVID vaccination. Exemptions for religious/medical will be reviewed.
  • Must follow safety and health protocols.


Primary Location:
Central Office
Salary Range:
Teachers and Other Licensed Staff Salary Scale (
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Alexandria City Public Schools is one of the most diverse school systems in the country and we celebrate that diversity. Our students come from more than 80 different countries, speak more than 60 languages, and represent a rainbow of ethnic and cultural groups. They are economically diverse, but all are rich in that the residents of Alexandria are dedicated to ensuring that each and every one of them achieves success.

The children of Alexandria have benefited significantly from the strong support of City Council and the Alexandria community over the years. Tremendous gains have been made in student achievement and ACPS continues to be in the forefront of technology integration.

T.C. Williams High School is on the cutting edge, both inside and out. The award-winning building features numerous environmentally sound features, such as a 450,000-gallon underground cistern that collects and stores rainwater for building use, and a rooftop garden that provides stormwater management. The redesigned educational program at T.C. consists of smaller learning communities designed to increase academic achievement and the level of student engagement. Students feel more connected to caring adults, and teachers have more opportunity to know and support their students.

The City of Alexandria was recently named one of the Top 100 Communities for Young People by America's Promise, partly because of the quality of our schools and programs. A recent City survey indicates that the number of people who made the decision to live in Alexandria based on the quality of the schools has increased since 2004. We have many reasons to celebrate. ACPS is truly an urban success!

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