Springfield Public Schools

Springfield, MA ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3168366
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : September 3, 2019

Job Description

The Instructional Leadership Specialist collaborates with district and school leaders to facilitate and execute the district’s Strategic Plan with fidelity and integrity.  An Instructional Leadership Specialist is expected to spend 50% of their work schedule in classrooms actively engaged in modeling, coaching, co-teaching and/or demonstrating standards-based best practices, 30% of their work schedule reviewing data, leading team meetings, presenting professional development, facilitating professional learning communities, and 20% of their work schedule instructing students.

The Instructional Leadership Specialist has a primary role to lead and coach adults by:

1. Planning, implementing, and supporting rigorous standards-based instruction for all students.
• Designs model classrooms for demonstration purposes.

• Supports and facilitates the planning and implementation of rigorous, standards-based lessons in response to student data.

• Supports educators with the implementation of technology tools and resources that enhance student-centered, standards-based instruction.

• Demonstrates an ability to access, analyze, and act on school, classroom, and individual student data in support of quality tiered standards-based instruction.

• Facilitates professional learning communities.

2. Collaboratively designing and executing targeted school-based professional development that is in alignment with the district’s Strategic Plan.

• Attends and actively participates in all school-based Instructional Leadership Team meetings.

• Attends and actively participates in all applicable district-based professional development to ensure connections are made between district initiatives and the instructional goals of the school’s improvement plan.

• Actively engages the school community to understand how everyone contributes to the execution of the district’s Strategic Plan to collectively raise student achievement.

3. Creating a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning.

• Develops partnerships with district and building administration, families, and community to support the improvement efforts of the school.

• Consistently models high expectations for the quality of instruction and ensures accessibility for all students.

• Develops and nurtures a culture in which staff members are reflective about their practice and use student data, current research, best-practices and theory to continuously adapt.

• Coaches and manages teams to create, monitor, and achieve district and school-based goals.

• Delivers constructive feedback to educators that acknowledges effective practice and provides next steps that will impact teaching and learning.


1. Has completed a minimum of 5 years of experience working directly with students, with most of the teaching experience in the content area to which the candidate is applying.

2. Has a 97% attendance rate in a historical context from the academic year 2016-2017 and the academic year 2017-2018.

3. Possesses a master's degree from an accredited college or university or will possess a master's degree within 1 year (9-12 credits of completion in an approved program is the minimum for a 1year provisional appointment contingent on completion of the degree within a year).

4. Possesses a professional teaching license from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The license should reflect the content and grade-level of the position that the candidate is seeking to obtain in either English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.

5. Overall exemplary evaluation rating from a direct supervisor is preferred. A minimum of an overall proficient rating is required.  These evaluations must come from the last two current years of employment.


Application Process:

Phase One- Initial Application

The initial application must include:

  • Letter of Interest that describes the following:
    • expertise in impacting teacher practice,
    • analysis and use of student data,
    • leadership skills,
    • implementation of student learning goals, and
    • the instructional planning process in your school.
  • A copy of your valid, professional teaching license.
  • Resume with complete history of professional work experience.
  • Name and contact information of three (3) professional references.

After the initial review, selected candidates will be notified if they are approved to proceed to the next phase of the application process.

Phase Two- Site-Based Observation

Members of the Academic Department will come on-site to observe the candidate either leading the learning of adults or instructing students.  This observation is non-evaluative.

After the site-based observation, selected candidates will be notified if they are approved to proceed to the next phase of the application process.

Phase Three- Interview Inclusive of Performance-Based Tasks

Part 1:  Data Analysis

Candidates will receive a data set prior to the interview.  Completion of this task will require the candidate to analyze the data and communicate their findings to the interview committee.

Part 2:  Providing Feedback Based on Observed Teaching

Candidates will watch a video of classroom instruction directly preceding the interview.  While watching the video the candidate will take notes in order to provide constructive feedback that both acknowledges effective educator practice and highlights the next steps that will impact teaching and learning.

During the interview the candidate will be expected to deliver this feedback to the interview committee.

Part 3:  Interview

During the interview the candidate will present the data analysis, deliver feedback on the observed teaching, and answer questions that allow the candidate to articulate their expertise related to the duties detailed in this posting. 

After phase three, selected candidates will be notified if they are approved to proceed to the next phase of the application process.

Phase Four- Principal Interview

Candidates that have successfully completed the previous phases of the interview process will be designated as Highly Qualified Instructional Leadership Specialist candidates.  Principals with vacancies will interview these candidates, in collaboration with their Chief School Officer.  After this interview the Principal and the Chief School Officer will determine if a candidate is selected for employment as an Instructional Leadership Specialist.

If after the principal interview, a candidate is not selected for immediate placement then they will be placed in a pool of applicants.




Nondiscrimination Statement 

The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability or military service or marital status. The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in admission to, access or treatment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.


Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination 

Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment.  Springfield Public Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discrimination on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment.  The Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, 1550 Main St. Springfield MA, 011103, 413-787-7100,  ext. 55428, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Springfield Public Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.  Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Springfield Public Schools may be referred to Kathleen O’Sullivan or to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone 800-421-3481.

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  • Welcome to Springfield Public Schools!

    Thank you for your interest in the Springfield Public Schools.

    The Springfield Public School district is committed to hiring a diverse pool of qualified educators, administrators, and non-instructional support staff.

    The Springfield Public Schools is a large and diverse urban district with over 4,800 employees. We serve over 25,000 students in 52 schools. The district has a highly committed staff, a strong school committee, and very supportive community partnerships.

    The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency will ensure the delivery of an educational experience in which all learners achieve success. Springfield is proud to offer some of the most progressive educational programming in the nation, including specialized magnet schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Springfield offers the International Baccalaureate program, Montessori, STEM, Expeditionary Learning Schools, and non-traditional educational programs.

    Be part of The Springfield Promise--If you are committed to fostering excellence in all students, effective in enabling your students to achieve high levels of academic success, like to work collaboratively as part of a team, have strong content and pedagogical knowledge, and embrace and value diversity-- The Springfield Public Schools is the place for you.

    VISION : The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency

    To provide the highest quality of education so that all of our students are empowered to realize their full?potential and lead fulfilling lives as lifelong learners, responsible citizens and leaders in the 21st Century.

    To accomplish this work, it will take the support and assistance of everyone: students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators
    and the community. Through an aligned management system, each of the following strategic priorities will serve to help ensure system?wide accountability:
    • High Academic Achievement For 21st Century Success
    • Safe Learning and Working Environment
    • Highly Qualified and Effective Staff
    • Effective Parent and Community Partnerships
    • Appropriate Use of Resources and Equitable Funding
    • Accountable Leadership
    • Effective Communications
    • Our Students Will Always Come First
    • Teamwork, Trust and Mutual Respect are Expected
    • Everyone will Share in the Accountability
    • Our Core Business is Teaching and Learning
    • Parents and Community are our Partners
    If WE are clear in our expectations, focus on the instructional core, provide appropriate support, monitor performance with
    shared accountability?
    WE will dramatically improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.
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    The Springfield Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, handicap, or military service, 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.

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    • Springfield Public Schools
    • Springfield, Massachusetts 01103

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