Teacher Leader Opportunities

WDMCS offers many opportunities for professional development and leadership training. Please review the following teacher leader opportunities, which are listed in alphabetical order.

Building Equity Lead

$1,000 stipend

Participates in training and coordinates implementation of program framework in the building initiatives, and training that promotes and support diversity in the school district. Works with school district leaders and staff to ensure implementation of equity and diversity initiatives. Works with all stakeholders to maintain a district focus on equity in access and opportunities for all students and staff.

  1. Serves as a resource person at building and assists with presentations of information.
  2. Maintains professional growth through graduate work, active involvement in professional organizations, seminars and/or reading-related professional literature.
  3. Assists in recommending new policies and programs which support diversity as well as regulations and procedures relating to equal access and equal opportunity.
  4. Designs and supports staff development sessions relating to equity, cultural competency, etc. for appropriate school district personnel and students.

Building Leadership Team (6/bldg)

$750 stipend

Assist in identifying needs and plans for building PD to help maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning and increase student achievement.

  1. Collect, analyze, and evaluate data regarding building goals.
  2. Identify/develop PD trainings based on building goal data.

Demonstration Teacher Coordinator

$1,750 stipend

Serve as a liaison between Demonstration Teachers, Administrators and teachers, providing leadership and expertise to increase student achievement, and to retain high-quality educators.

  1. Serve as a Demonstration Teacher.
  2. Coordinate demonstration teaching visits and follow-up dialogue.
  3. Coordinate the marketing of demonstration teachers using multiple strategies, including technology.

Demonstration Teacher

$750 stipend

Plan, demonstrate and discuss the effective use of evidence-based instructional practices and strategies to increase student achievement.

  1. Demonstrate effective implementation of the 8 Iowa Teaching Standards and 43 criteria and the Iowa Core.
  2. Demonstrates new methods, materials, and instructional strategies that, through research, have proven to increase student achievement.
  3. Demonstrate the development of lesson plans and effective classroom management and motivation techniques.
  4. Demonstrates and models lesson planning and delivery throughout the year using video recordings and classroom visits.
  5. Maintains electronic calendar, website, and other medium to encourage classroom visits.

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District Leadership Team

$1,000 stipend

Assists in identifying needs and plans for professional development to help maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning and increase student achievement. Serves as a liaison between district and building leadership/department teams, and communicates DLT information with building/department staff regularly.

  1. Maintains up-to-date knowledge base on curriculum and instruction in the assigned curricular area(s).
  2. Analyzes data regarding implementation of professional development for K-12.
  3. Identifies/develops professional development training.
  4. Attends monthly DLT meetings and shares information with building/department.

Elementary Curriculum Lead

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Provide leadership, vision, organization, and coordination in developing and implementing PLCs as well as improvements in instruction, curriculum, and materials.
Assist in identifying/developing/providing PD to help maximize effectiveness of teaching and learning and increase student achievement in Mathematics-Science, English Language Arts (Literacy)-Social Studies

  1. Provide knowledge base, expertise, and leadership for the assigned curricular area(s).
  2. Analyze data regarding implementation of a coherent curriculum.
  3. Identify instructional materials necessary to support the implementation of the assigned curricular area(s); assist in the coordination and development of new instructional materials and the training of staff in their use.
  4. Collaborate to design rigorous and authentic formative and summative curricular assessments.
  5. Collaborate with building and district administration and teachers to identify needs.
  6. Collaborate with experts in other fields as well as District Directors and Associate Superintendents to provide an integrated curriculum.

Elementary Instructional Coach

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend
Works to increase teachers’ use of evidence-based instructional practices and strategies to increase student achievement.

  1. Observe and coach teachers on their instructional practices.
  2. Help teachers develop rigorous lesson plans and effective classroom management and motivation techniques.
  3. Help teachers analyze problems of practice, find and implement solutions.
  4. Introduce teachers to new methods, materials, and instructional strategies that, through research, have proven to increase student achievement.
  5. Model lessons for teachers when appropriate.
  6. Disaggregate assessment data to inform instruction.
  7. Help teachers incorporate technology into instruction.
  8. Assist with PD at the district and building level.

K-12/7-12 Curriculum Lead

.5/1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Provide leadership, vision, organization, and coordination in developing and implementing PLCs as well as improvements in instruction, curriculum, and materials. Assist in identifying, developing and providing PD to help maximize student learning. Among this subgroup of TLs will be teachers with expertise in: Visual Arts, K-12 PE, Applied Arts, Science, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, Math, Sped, ELL/At Risk, Performing Arts, World Languages, and ELP.

  1. Provide knowledge base, expertise, and leadership for the assigned curricular area(s).
  2. Analyze data regarding implementation of a coherent curriculum for K-12.
  3. Identify instructional materials necessary to support the implementation of the assigned curricular area(s); assist in the coordination and development of new instructional materials and the training of staff in their use.
  4. Collaborate to design rigorous and authentic formative and summative curricular assessments.
  5. Collaborate with building and district administration and teachers to identify needs.
  6. Collaborate with experts in other fields as well as District Directors and Associate Superintendents to provide an integrated curriculum.

Learning Supports/Family Engagement Coordinator

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

To help overcome achievement gaps as identified in our district vision, this TL identifies specific family conditions that can support or impair learning, provides support to teachers and families, and utilizes resources of the community to support student learning.

  1. Participate in developing and implementing family service policies and procedures.
  2. Promote involvement of immigrant families.
  3. Collaborate to plan, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of learning supports.
  4. Identify specific family conditions that can impact learning and share insights with school personnel.
  5. Serve as liaison to community groups.
  6. Provide ongoing assistance to build capacity for family engagement across the district.

Mentor Teacher Coordinator

.5 FTE | –

Provides leadership, expertise, and ongoing support to administrators, mentors, and beginning teachers.

  1. Provide training and support to mentors.
  2. Help design and implement the district induction program for new teachers.
  3. Support arrangements for classroom visits among mentors and beginning teachers and schedule conferences with mentors, beginning teachers and administrators.
  4. Monitor and report on the Mentor program throughout the year, including collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  5. Enhance communication about the Beginning Teacher Mentor Program.
  6. Serve on the District Leadership Team.

Mentor Teacher

$2,000 stipend

Provide expertise and ongoing support and professional growth opportunities to enhance the skills and effectiveness of beginning teachers.
1. Visit new teacher’s classroom and provide feedback.
2. Provide expertise and ongoing support to new teachers.
3. Attend and participate in new teacher/mentor training

MTSS Coordinator

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Ensure district implementation of MTSS and effective instructional practices.

  1. Coordinate train-the-trainer PD on universal screeners.
  2. Train others to support the use of research-based interventions across the grade levels.
  3. Collaborates with Director of Curriculum, Professional Development/Curriculum Facilitators and teachers around effective interventions across grade levels.
  4. Provides technology support for MTSS Iowa Tier and Universal Screening to teachers, teacher leaders, principals and district administrators.

Online Learning Coordinator

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Responsible for the leading the distance learning program in the West Des Moines Community School District. Assists with identifying new course offerings, provide support to teachers who are instructing online line or blended learning courses and provides professional learning to teachers aligned with online, distance learning course options.

  1. Assist teachers in the use of technology in instructional programs.
  2. Work collaboratively to strengthen all aspects of the instructional program.
  3. Work collaboratively to ensure rigorous, relevant, curricula and instructional practices are utilized in online and blended courses.
  4. Support the implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
  5. Works with students and families to explain online learning opportunities.

Project-Based Learning Network (formerly New Tech) Professional Learning Development Coach

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Responsible for the delivery of coaching, training, and consultation supports that yield improved student learning outcomes while supporting staff through the implementation of New Tech/Project Based Learning.

  1. Provide coaching and supports to New Tech schools and teams to foster the core practices of the New Tech model.
  2. Assist district and school site leadership in using data-driven decision-making protocols, reflective practices, and critical analysis of benchmarks to ensure improvement.
  3. Assist New Tech teachers in the development and implementation of standards-based, rigorous and relevant project-based learning units.
  4. Work collaboratively in developing and implementing ongoing instructional supports and learning to New Tech teachers.
  5. Speak with accuracy and confidence about the New Tech Design principles.
  6. Plan professional learning that is aligned with standards for professional learning.
  7. Provide professional support as needed on the New Tech Echo Learning Management system.
  8. Serve as a lead ambassador for various New Tech schools’ and teams’ events and projects.

Secondary Instructional Coach

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Works to increase teachers’ use of evidence-based instructional practices and strategies to increase student achievement.

  1. Observe and coach teachers on their instructional practices.
  2. Help teachers develop rigorous lesson plans and effective classroom management and motivation techniques.
  3. Help teachers analyze problems of practice, find and implement solutions.
  4. Introduce teachers to new methods, materials, and instructional strategies that, through research, have proven to increase student achievement.
  5. Model lessons for teachers when appropriate.
  6. Disaggregate assessment data to inform instruction.
  7. Help teachers incorporate technology into instruction.
  8. Assist with PD at the district and building level.

Special Education Instructional Coach-Elementary

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Increase general education and special education teachers’ use of evidence-based instructional practices/strategies and IEP creation/implementation to increase student achievement.

  1. Work with general and special education teachers in the application of instructional strategies, behavior management plans, positive behavior intervention strategies, accommodations, and modifications.
  2. Work with general and special education teachers to provide assistance.
  3. Observe and coach teachers regarding instructional and classroom management practices.
  4. Model lessons for teachers.
  5. Work with teachers in analyzing challenging areas in curriculum/instruction and in finding/implementing appropriate solutions.
  6. Share appropriate and effective use of de-escalation processes and procedures.
  7. Use technology to disaggregate assessment data, including progress monitoring, to inform instruction in both general education and special education settings.
  8. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with district-level curriculum personnel to ensure equal access to core instruction and instructional practices.
  9. Assist with staff development related to special education at the district and building level.

Special Education Instructional Coach-Secondary

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Increase general education and special education teachers’ use of evidence-based instructional practices/strategies and IEP creation/implementation to increase student achievement.

  1. Work with general and special education teachers in the application of instructional strategies, behavior management plans, positive behavior intervention strategies, accommodations, and modifications.
  2. Work with general and special education teachers to provide assistance.
  3. Observe and coach teachers regarding instructional and classroom management practices.
  4. Model lessons for teachers.
  5. Work with teachers in analyzing challenging areas in curriculum/instruction and in finding/implementing appropriate solutions.
  6. Share appropriate and effective use of de-escalation processes and procedures.
  7. Use technology to disaggregate assessment data, including progress monitoring, to inform instruction in both general education and special education settings.
  8. Assist teachers in incorporating assistive technology into the instructional program.
  9. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with administrators, teachers, and across district staff to strengthen all aspects of the instructional program.
  10. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with district-level curriculum personnel to ensure equal access to core instruction and instructional practices.
  11. Assist with staff development related to special education at the district and building level.

Thought Partner Community Outreach Coordinator NT

1.0 FTE | $2,500 stipend

Provides leadership, vision, organization, and coordination of the implementation and communication of New Tech (NT) in the West Des Moines Community School District. Assists in identifying, developing and providing professional development to help maximize the effectiveness of teaching and learning and increase student achievement with NT classrooms and schools.

  1. Maintains up-to-date knowledge base on curriculum and instruction in the assigned curricular area(s).
  2. Analyzes data regarding implementation of NT.
  3. Assists in maintaining current curriculum resource guides.
  4. Collaborates with experts in other fields as well as Teaching and Learning Directors and Associate Superintendent in order to provide a high quality NT learning environment.
  5. Supports the Principal/Director after Leadership Residency in planning and implementation.
  6. Participates equally with the Principal/Director at Leadership Residency and assists with planning and preparation of teacher residency and NT 101 work.
  7. Ability to serve in an outreach role working collaboratively with community businesses and city government.
  8. Serves as an ambassador and advocate of the implementation and sustainability of NT in each of the schools.
  9. Provides information about NT to various organizations as requested and necessary.