Job Description

  • Position Type:
    Curriculum & Instruction Support- District

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    District Wide - Glendale, AZ

  • Date Available:
    July 2022

  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

  •   Additional Information:
    Position Title: Gifted Strategist

    Department: Curriculum and Instruction

    Supervisor: Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction

    Term of Employment: 186 day contract, Plus Additional Days, paid daily rate
    Salary Classification: Certified Salary Schedule

    Job Summary: The Gifted Strategist will provide support, coaching and mentoring to classroom teachers for the continuous refinement of Gifted instructional practices and district approved instructional models. The Gifted Strategist will support school-wide efforts to increase Gifted student performance including assisting with gifted identification/assessment, efficient scheduling, providing professional development, and promoting parent involvement.

    Essential Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include but are not limited to the following tasks, duties, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents in this class.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES generally include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
    • Provides support to teachers and staff in the understanding of Gifted delivery models and current research and evidence-based practices
    • Assists teachers in selecting approved supplemental materials, aligned Gifted expectations, and PUSD curriculum to meet individual student needs
    • Provides ongoing in-service to teachers and building staff on procedures and instructional best practices related to Gifted students
    • Conducts conferences with teachers relative to their use of evidenced-based practices and the integration of technology with classroom instruction
    • Provides assistance with adherence to state/district policies and procedures for coordination of assessment, identification, and placement process
    • Assists teachers in supporting Gifted students within the general classroom
    • Provides assistance in progress monitoring and analyzing student achievement data in order to plan and deliver individualized, differentiated Gifted instruction
    • Assists school administrators with efficient, effective scheduling of district approved Gifted delivery model
    • Communicates regularly with site and district level administrators on the progress of programs, services, intervention and practices
    • Attends and participates collaboratively in Curriculum and Instruction and Gifted department meetings
    • Identifies exemplar teachers who can serve as demonstration classrooms for other teachers
    • Collaborates with Gifted Coordinator to develop and implement professional development related to Gifted student needs
    • Actively participates in professional development activities that are provided by the district and/or by professional development organizations
    • Develops and models instructional lessons which incorporate best practices and the use of technology resources to enhance student learning
    • Observes and/or videotapes classroom teaching and provides follow-up coaching for the purpose of instructional support and program development
    • Supports and assesses the use of approved supplemental resources
    • Promotes parent involvement and supports parent showcase events for Gifted students
    • Assists with Gifted testing and participates in Administrative Review processes
    • Performs other duties as assigned or required
    • Knowledge of applicable Federal, state, county and city statutes, rules, policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of applicable Peoria Unified School District and departmental policies and procedures
    • Knowledge of curriculum, Gifted teaching methods and techniques, and professional development
    • Ability to model and to articulate the terms and concepts of essential elements of instruction with others
    • Demonstrate an understanding in the stages of teacher development
    • Ability to recognize training needs in program areas and to implement professional development programs
    • Demonstrate ability to design creative, efficient scheduling for student services
    • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers, vendors, students, parents, the general public and others having business with the school district
    • Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications
    • Ability to build relationships that support teacher development in response to individual needs of teachers
    • Ability to analyze assessments, curriculums, and instructional plans
    • Encourage and facilitate a positive work environment incorporating cooperation, pride, and trust

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must possess a valid Arizona teaching certificate, have a minimum of three years teaching experience with Gifted students OR any equivalent combination of experience and education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Gifted Endorsement is highly preferred.

    • Must be able to pass a fingerprint and background clearance check
    • Must be able to obtain and maintain an Arizona driver’s license
    • May be required to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds
    • May be required to work outside normal working hour
    • May be required to travel to perform work functions


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