Monday, August 18, 2008
What’s it like to be a ....Director of Curriculum and Instruction?
What does a normal day look like? Is it consistent throughout the year? If you’ve had this position for a while, how have things changed?
Everyday is different. I might be doing “administrivia”(creating budgets, investigating textbooks for purchase, keeping up with current state GLCEs or HSCEs, acting as the district contact for MEAP and MME), training teachers, modeling lessons in classrooms, planning with school improvement teams, working with building principals, etc. Over the last few years, we have become much more focused on data; using the data from certain tests to help us to make good instructional decisions. A great deal of my job has become gathering and interpreting data for principals and school improvement teams. The use of technology has exploded and trying to keep teachers up to date with shrinking funds has been a challenge.
What other, if any, positions have you held prior to your current job? How did you get to where you are now?
I was at preschool teacher and director for 15 years, then I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade for another 14 years. At the end of my career, I was an elementary principal (K-4) and finally, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for a 3500-student district. (All except the preschool part of my career has been in the same district.)