The school disciplinarian -- whom you might have visited on unruly days -- isn't the only administrator that keeps a school running. Often, a more behind-the-scenes administrator focuses squarely on curriculum. It is this individual’s responsibility to plan for effective and productive teaching. If you are a curriculum master and want to help others teach effectively, you'll want to ace your curriculum leadership interview.
Where do you want the desired school or district to go? This question is a philosophical one of major importance when interviewing for a curriculum leadership position. The hiring committee will, first and foremost, want to know if what you want to accomplish aligns with the district or building goals. Take time to review the mission statement of the school, and tailor your own vision statements to coincide with this overarching statement to which the school or district is committed.
Current Curriculum Knowledge
If you win the right to take the curriculum helm, you might make small adjustments in the curriculum used or the way in which students are instructed, but you almost certainly won’t entirely change course -- as doing so would be costly and potentially morale-killing for teachers. Communicate to the interviewers that you don’t want to completely reinvent the wheel should you be selected, by sharing with them your knowledge of the curriculum the school or district is currently using and explaining how you would supplement or slightly modify the current efforts. To do this effectively, inquire as to which curriculum resources teachers are using before your interview to prepare a well-researched answer.
Professional Development Plans
Curriculum leaders are commonly required to plan professional development for teachers. Search the school’s or district’s websites for information about professional development opportunities that teachers have already taken part in, and come to your interview prepared to present a reasonable plan for next steps. When considering what professional development you would seek to offer, take cost into account, referencing the investment each professional development opportunity would require, to show the interview committee that you take all factors into consideration when planning such things.
Though the school or district hiring you likely won’t be impressed by a candidate who seems too obsessed with current curriculum trends, you should demonstrate a basic knowledge of these trends to show that you are up-to-date in your training. Review curriculum-related buzzwords prior to your interview, and be prepared to use them in your responses to show your knowledge and preparedness for the post.
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