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Teacher, TOSA K-2 Math & Literacy Specialist (2020-2021 School Year)

Date: Nov 27, 2020

Location: Minneapolis, MN, US

Company: Minneapolis Public Schools

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Job Title: Teacher, TOSA K-2 Math & Literacy Specialist (2020-2021 School Year)  and Requisition ID number: 64086

Close Date: 11:59 PM on 04/05/2020 

Organizational Unit:  Teaching & Learning (10000101) 

Site:  Davis Center (0001) 

FTE .5 FTE; 39 weeks; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union:  Teachers(04) 

Functional Area:  Teaching 

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.





Reports to: Executive Director, K-12 Academics


Summary of Position:


To create a public-facing K-12 MPS Literacy Scope to include:

  • Where literacy is present in core instruction (across content areas)
  • Acceleration in literacy at each grade level
  • Support in literacy for each grade level


The elementary literacy District Program Facilitator supports curriculum, instruction, assessment, content integration and professional development for all elementary schools.  This person is responsible for identifying and/or leading development of standards-aligned curriculum and assessments, designing and leading professional development which focuses on strategies integrated content area instruction with literacy, supporting school leadership teams in improving instruction, and increasing the level of technology integration in elementary classrooms.  This position will support the district’s strategic plan and Superintendent’s key goals focused on literacy. 






  1. Bachelor's degree in elementary education or similar qualification
  2. Advanced degree in education or educational leadership preferred
  3. Coursework/training in curriculum design and delivery, formative assessment, and professional development
  4. Valid Minnesota teaching license in K-6 or 1-6 elementary education.
  5. Valid Minnesota teaching license as a K-12 Reading Specialist (preferred but not required)



  1. A track record of leading students to make significant academic gains (more than a year's growth in a year's time)
  2. At least five years of experience teaching a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds
  3. Demonstrated effective leadership and coaching skills in working with adults
  4. Experience with curriculum development, analysis and delivery using effective formative assessment strategies
  5. Experience planning, facilitating, and evaluating high-quality professional development
  6. Demonstrated leadership and a proven track record of content integration in literacy (science, social studies, arts, etc.)


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Mindsets

  1. A passion for student achievement and educational equity.
  2. Increase representation of MPS students' cultures in instructional materials and incorporate culturally relevant teaching strategies.
  3. A demonstrated conviction that all students can and will achieve at high levels.
  4. A working knowledge of Social Emotional Learning pedagogy and how it intersects with academics.
  5. Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS  staff; acts in a manner that promotes harmonious and effective workplace environment.
  6. Knowledge of current educational research, instructional strategies, best practices and national programs in elementary education
  7. Strong facilitation, leadership, and communication skills (both oral and written)
  8. Ability to work creatively and collaboratively with teams
  9. Ability to synthesize ideas, communicate clearly and succinctly, and design strategies for communicating effectively with internal and external audiences


Position Functions, Duties, Responsibilities:

  1. Support implementation of the MPS core literacy instruction in grades PK-5, including instructional models which integrate literacy, media, science, social studies, mathematics, the arts, and physical education/health
  2. Ensure alignment of elementary curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments with the Minnesota academic standards.
  3. Lead teams of teachers and principals and MPS staff in developing, vetting, and revising integrated units of study and interim and formative assessments.
  4. Lead process of creating/adopting instructional materials which support standards-based teaching and learning and integration of literacy and content.
  5. Design and lead professional development on elementary curriculum, instruction, and assessment for school leaders, teachers, and specialists.
  6. Ensure that strategies for specific students, including English learner support, Special Education services, and advanced learner support are integrated seamlessly into elementary core curriculum and professional development.
  7. Promote strategies that reduce/eliminate racial disparities in student outcomes
  8. Identify and implement strategies for technological enhanced learning and integratio nikn in the elementary grades
  9. Provide content-integrated support to elementary and K-8 schools through observations/debrief, site visits, and collaboration with instructional leadership teams and associate superintendents
  10. Build the capacity of school leadership teams to support continuous improvement in teaching and learning at the site
  11. Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  12. Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned. There may be times when required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.

    Education and Experience Guidelines

    * Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university.

    * Prior successful experience teaching in an urban, multicultural education setting.

    * Demonstrated continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development.

    Master's or PhD preferred.


    A valid Minnesota teaching license



Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status, or veteran status.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

Posting Notes: | 12:01 AM On 04/05/2020 | Teaching & Learning (10000101) | Davis Center (0001) | Teaching 

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