Directors of curriculum and instruction oversee the educational aspects of a school district. This includes selecting curricula, monitoring student performance data, training and evaluating teachers, and keeping the school board informed on these issues. This position may be classified at the assistant superintendent level, depending on the size of the district. Directors of curriculum and instruction are selected using the normal government hiring process. They are ultimately hired by the position’s supervisor which may be the superintendent or an assistant superintendent while panel interviews may be employed during the process. School districts almost always require directors of curriculum and instruction to hold a master’s degree, preferably in education. These directors must possess an administrator certificate from the state government. They almost certainly have teaching experience, so candidates have teaching certificates as well by the time someone is ready to move into this type of position. This job is not a person’s first position in a school district’s central office. Candidates should have several years of experience in school district administration. Candidates with experience as a specialist in curriculum have an advantage in hiring. Curriculum specialists are more likely to promote in to director positions if they have supervisory experience.

Director of curriculum and instruction

Directors of curriculum and instruction manage curriculum specialists and instructional technology staff. Curriculum specialists guide the selection of textbooks and other instructional materials, provide feedback to teachers on their performance and help them incorporate instructional technology into their lessons. Instructional technology staff maintain instructional hardware and software and help teachers troubleshoot technology problems. School districts need procedures to guide the selection of textbooks and other instructional materials. The director of curriculum and instruction develops these procedures and ensures they are followed. A good curriculum adoption process includes significant input from teachers since they will be the ones delivering the content. Curriculum specialists should do as much work as possible during this process so that it does not overburden teachers. Directors are responsible for long-range planning regarding the functions they supervise.   This means looking out several years to prioritize the work of curriculum specialists and instructional technology staff for directors of curriculum and instruction. Long-range planning also includes breaking down long-term goals into milestones that can be achieved over the coming few years. For example, a school district may want to provide more college credit opportunities for high school students. This is a project that requires at least a year and probably a few years of preparatory work. The director of curriculum and instruction must break this project down into sequential pieces so that the goal of providing more college credit opportunities can be achieved. Directors of curriculum and instruction establish and oversee quality assurance and continuous improvement processes. This includes establishing protocols for curriculum specialists to provide feedback to teachers on their teaching performance, analyzing relevant data and administering professional development programs to strengthen teachers.