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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3077912
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 5, 2019

Job Description


Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) serves 5,400 students in 12 schools and employs nearly 1,500 people.  The District was placed into receivership by the State of Massachusetts in Spring 2015, due to struggling performance well below the state average. Dr. Stephen Zrike Jr., a seasoned Massachusetts educator, was selected as Receiver to lead this exciting turnaround effort, which includes significant autonomy and flexibility from the traditional school system. Since being in receivership, the District has experienced many promising successes, including an 8-point increase in graduation rates and 29-point decrease in the number of students who drop-out. HPS has also extended the school day for students in preschool to 8th grade, expanded choice programs such as dual language and personalized learning, and offering new opportunities to students, such as computer science and many other enrichment programs. For more information about the HPS Turnaround Plan, please visit:

Essential Roles and Responsibilities

The primary role of the Instructional Leadership Specialist is to:


  • 50% Coaching: working with teachers in classrooms actively engaging in coaching cycles through modeling, co-teaching, co-planning, and providing observation and feedback.
    • Planning, implementing and supporting rigorous standards based core instruction in every classroom, every day for every student (including ELL and Students with Disabilities).
    • Models high expectations for adults and children through words and actions.
    • Models skills in giving and receiving feedback that enhances the school culture and promotes learning for all.
  • 30% Leadership: spending time on data review, leading team meetings, presenting professional development, etc.
    • Facilitate content/grade level PLCs (professional learning communities) focused data analysis and the 4 critical questions.
      • What do students need to know and be able to do?  
      • How will we know if they have learned it?  
      • What will we do if they have not learned it?  
      • What will we do if they aleady know it?
    • Understand and utilize data to plan, facilitate, monitor and adjust professional development based on teachers’ needs, the school’s School Improvement Plan, and the district’s Turnaround Benchmarks.
    • Attend and actively participate in all applicable Professional Development and school based Instructional Leadership Team meetings.
    • Coach and manage teams to create, monitor and achieve district goals.
  • 20% Teaching: of work schedule instructing students.
    • Analyze and act on school, classroom and individual student data in support of quality tiered standards-based instruction.


Instructional Leadership Specialists must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 5 years of experience working directly with students, with the majority of teaching experience in the content area to which you are applying.
  • Highly recommended by his/her current principal.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Possesses a professional license in the area of teaching position from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (a specific content license is preferred in the area of: Math)
  • Consistent proficient/exemplary overall performance rating on your evaluations over the past two years.
  • Provide evidence that demonstrate your expertise in exemplary practice, understanding and use of student data
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated in submitted documentation and review.

The Ideal Candidate has: 

  • Demonstrated ability to urgently lead the work of improving instruction
  • Exceptional ability to lead people and manage complex projects
  • High expectations for self and others, and the ability to meet and help others meet those high expectations
  • Ability to organize workload independently and set priorities; to adapt quickly to changing priorities; and perform multiple interrelated tasks under deadline pressures
  • Inherent capability to build strong relationships with students, colleagues, and families
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem solving capabilities
  • Commitment to professional growth for self and others  
  • Outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English a plus)           



  • Requires five additional work days over the summer as determined by the school leader.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Categories : Career Education > Building Maintenance
    Classroom Teacher > Math: General
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Holyoke Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of a person's race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national Origin, ancestry, age, sex, genetic information, military or veteran status, gender identity or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Contact Information

    • Kelly Curran , Administrative Secretary
    • 57 Suffolk Street
    • Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040

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