Director of Instruction - DeForest Area School District

The DeFor­est Area School Dis­trict is seek­ing a pos­i­tive, highly moti­vated, and skilled leader to serve as Direc­tor of Instruc­tion. The Direc­tor leads, aligns, and coor­di­nates instruc­tional pro­gram­ming includ­ing cur­ricu­lum, instruc­tion, assess­ment, and pro­fes­sional development.

Posi­tion: Direc­tor of Instruction

Posi­tion avail­able: July 1, 2018

Appli­ca­tion dead­line: Jan­u­ary 25, 2018

Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als: All appli­ca­tions mate­ri­als should be sub­mit­ted via WECAN

Inter­view Date(s): First round of inter­views will be sched­uled for Jan­u­ary 29 and Jan­u­ary 30. The Direc­tor serves as an essen­tial mem­ber of the Superintendent’s cab­i­net and works col­lab­o­ra­tively with our District’s lead­er­ship team. As part of that lead­er­ship team, the Direc­tor col­lab­o­rates and leads spe­cific areas of the Dis­trict Leadership’s Strate­gic Plan. The can­di­date must demon­strate the abil­ity to con­sis­tently use an equity lens, have strong pro­fes­sional rela­tion­ships, lead, imple­ment and sup­port staff and stu­dents in all areas of growth. Ulti­mately, this posi­tion has a strong focus on increas­ing stu­dent aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment for ALL stu­dents in DeForest.

Essential areas of responsibility include:

  • Cur­ricu­lum
    • Coor­di­nate, mon­i­tor, and sup­port cur­ricu­lum course design, devel­op­ment, and align­ment to State & Dis­trict con­tent stan­dards across grades 4K-​12 in all sub­ject areas
    • Eval­u­ate instruc­tional resource adop­tion and imple­men­ta­tion process
  • Instruc­tion
    • Ensure staff are uti­liz­ing inclu­sive instruc­tional prac­tices based on research, best prac­tice and effec­tive dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion strategies
    • Sup­port the sum­mer school program
    • Lead the Dis­trict efforts in pro­vid­ing an effec­tive instruc­tional model with a strong focus on equity and lit­er­acy prac­tices used across grade lev­els, depart­ments, and classrooms
  • Assess­ment
    • Align grad­ing and assess­ment prac­tices that sup­port learn­ing for all students
    • Report con­tin­u­ous improve­ment efforts to Board of Edu­ca­tion (BOE) through mon­i­tor­ing reports in col­lab­o­ra­tion with other Dis­trict level administrators
    • Eval­u­ate staff using the Edu­ca­tor Effec­tive­ness process
  • Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment
    • Develop and facil­i­tate Dis­trict in-​service and other pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment days
    • Lead the new teacher induc­tion program
    • Over­see, eval­u­ate, and sup­port the con­tin­ued growth of the Pro­fes­sional Devel­op­ment for Com­pen­sa­tion (PDC) pro­gram and col­lab­o­rate with the report­ing of PDC data to the HR department
    • Col­lab­o­rate with lead­er­ship and staff to ana­lyze data, iden­tify gaps, and develop SMART goals and action steps for school improvement>
  • Other
    • Coor­di­nate, mon­i­tor, and sup­port com­po­nents of the District’s Multi-​Level Sys­tem of Sup­ports (MLSS) pro­gram, including:
      • Aca­d­e­mic & Career Plan­ning (ACP)
      • Eng­lish Learn­ers (ELL)
      • Tal­ented and Gifted
      • Library Media
      • Response to Inter­ven­tion (RtI)
    • >Develop and present annual mon­i­tor­ing reports for the Board of Edu­ca­tion for the following:
      • Oper­at­ing Expec­ta­tions –11: Instruc­tional Pro­gram (OE-​11)
      • Stu­dent Results
        • Aca­d­e­mic Per­for­mance (R-​2)
        • Self-​Directed Com­plex Thinkers (R-​3)
        • Col­lab­o­ra­tive and Respon­si­ble Cit­i­zens (R-​4)
    • Over­see State and Fed­eral instruc­tional grants, includ­ing Every Stu­dent Suc­ceeds Act (ESSA) and Title I, II, & III
    • Ensure com­pli­ance with State and Fed­eral rules and statutes
    • Man­age an annual instruc­tional bud­get that aligns and sup­ports the District’s strate­gic plan


This posi­tion requires a Master’s Degree in Edu­ca­tional Admin­is­tra­tion or related field, and a valid Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Pub­lic Instruc­tion license as a Dis­trict Admin­is­tra­tor or Direc­tor of Instruc­tion or abil­ity to obtain within 12 months. Must have three years of suc­cess­ful expe­ri­ence as an admin­is­tra­tor (prin­ci­pal expe­ri­ence pre­ferred) and have demon­strated the abil­ity to effec­tively lead organization-​wide change through a process of col­lab­o­ra­tion and con­sen­sus build­ing. This posi­tion must demon­strate strong lead­er­ship, orga­ni­za­tional, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

Please apply through the WECAN (Wis­con­sin Edu­ca­tion Career Access Net­work) system

DeFor­est Area School Dis­trict is an equal oppor­tu­nity employer, com­mit­ted to excel­lence in edu­ca­tion. DeFor­est Area School Dis­trict does not dis­crim­i­nate in any man­ner con­trary to law or jus­tice on the basis of race, color, sex, age, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, reli­gion, dis­abil­ity, veteran’s sta­tus or national ori­gin in its employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties. At the same time, the Dis­trict cher­ishes its right and duty to seek and retain per­son­nel who will make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to its goals and mission.

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