Instructional Specialist - Secondary Science

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 25, 2023
May 31, 2023
Full Time
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 (
Shift Type:

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