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Professional Practice And Improvement Specialist

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Department Of Defense Fort Knox , KY 40121

Posted 5 months ago

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The Professional Practice & Improvement Specialist (PPIS) works directly for the Chief, Instructional Leadership Development who is responsible for ensuring a quality education by providing professional development and coaching for district and school leadership teams. The incumbent is among a team of professional educators who serve as consultants, coaches, collaborators, presenters, and facilitators within and across districts within the region to support district staffs.

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  • Provide guidance to district/school leadership teams to develop goals that are aligned to the DoDEA's missions, beliefs, and priorities.

  • Develop capacity to build a shared commitment for high student performance by being a catalyst for change, and articulating, implementing, and sustaining a vision of learning.

  • Assess, identify, plan and prioritize actions to promote grade specific (elementary, middle or high school) standards-driven instruction, innovative practices and professional growth within professional learning communities.

  • Ensure a link between professional development and a change in practice to monitor and inform improvements of school-wide and classroom practices using observations, feedback, data, and reflection.

  • Conduct root analysis and identify discrepancies between goals and current status and develop solutions in order to stimulate achievement.

  • Make recommendations based on research results and accountability data, regarding the leadership, instructional programs, school climate, and school improvement strategies to the CILD.

  • Assist the implementation/execution of teacher to leader development pipelines to build the capacity of educators and provide professional paths of development from teachers to teacher leader, Instructional Systems Specialist, and/or Principal.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)
    1701 General Education And Training

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required.

  • Mobility Agreement - must be available for worldwide placement to any DoDEA Europe, Pacific or Americas location.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance. This position is designated Non-Critical Sensitive as defined in DoD 5200.2-R and therefore requires that personnel security investigation be adjudicated on a pre-appointment basis.

  • Successful National Agency Check with Inquiries (Childcare NACI/CNACI) and a check of State Criminal History Records (SCHR) is also required.

  • Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report required upon entering the position and annually in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation dated 8/30/93.

  • A minimum of three years is required at a location before a DoDEA employee is eligible to apply for a lateral move (reassignment).

  • Must serve a one or two year probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 9901.512.

  • Must travel by military and/or commercial aircraft, land, or sea transportation to stateside and/or overseas locations for meetings/conferences and may be subject to environmental conditions to include the potential exposure to acts of terrorism.

  • Participation in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE Requirement (5 years): Relevant elementary or secondary school experience in teaching, educational research, development of curriculum and instructional materials, education assessment and evaluation, professional development, special education, educational administration, or comparable experience which clearly demonstrated success in applying the principles, methods, and techniques of education, and provided familiarity with current developments in teaching, learning, instructional leadership, and professional development.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE Requirement (2 years): Experience in a staff or supervisory professional position which clearly demonstrated the ability to administer and support elementary or secondary school instructional programs or to effectively supervise educators in professional growth. Specialized experience must include a minimum of two (2) years as an elementary or secondary School Principal, or a Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist (ISS), or a Supervisory Curriculum/Instructional Specialist. Such experience may have been acquired in a leadership position supporting program innovations that go beyond the standard education programs such as special education, gifted education, technology and others.

Examples of specialized experience include: experience gained in educational leadership positions in an elementary or secondary education system that demonstrated:

  • Professional competencies as a district superintendent or assistant superintendent relating to instructional leadership and professional development in an elementary or secondary school environment.

  • Ability to build capacity to include professional learning, coaching, modeling, and advising for system wide elementary or secondary school content-specific programs and initiatives, formative and summative assessments and instructional best practices to ensure alignment to DoDEA's College and Career Ready content standards.

  • Skill in supporting elementary or secondary school principals and assistant principals in such areas as: observing and analyzing teaching, walk-throughs, and the creation of master schedules to ensure a consistent instructional day for students and collaborative time for job-embedded leaning for teachers.

  • Leadership in supervising members working with district, area, or headquarters staff, school administrators, school staff members, and stakeholders (or equivalent structure) in improving elementary or secondary schools and supporting program innovations in core curriculum areas and/or student support programs.

  • Skill in using multiple sources of data, research techniques, analytical skills, and student assessment tools to identify elementary/secondary school/district strengths and weaknesses and to recommend changes for improving policies and programs.

  • Skill in developing, coordinating, and managing professional development programs in support of teaching, learning, leading, and professional development goals.

  • Ability to lead and assess continuous improvement, or technology integration efforts across a district or within a school in such areas a curricula, program standards, or performance indicators.

  • Ability to identify and address multiple causes of students' under performance and determine/implement interventions to close the learning gap;

  • Ability to assess learning needs of educators and school leaders, create a culture of collaboration and inquiry, and lead a comprehensive professional development program.

Applicants will be rated on the following competencies:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Develop training and educational content with corresponding curricular products and services to facilitate knowledge, skill, and ability acquisition.
  • Education Consultation, Coaching and Collaboration
  • Provide consultation, coaching and collaborative opportunities to implement research-based, student-centered instructional practices to foster professionalism, improve learning outcomes, and support transfer of learning into practice.
  • Instructional Delivery and Learner Development
  • Deliver, provide, and monitor training and education for individuals and groups within learning environments. Inform delivery through formative assessment. Differentiate instruction to ensure learners are reached and learning outcomes are achieved.
  • Learning and Program Evaluation
  • Assess the learning outcomes, design, and effectiveness of curricula and training programs, using formative and summative assessment tools, to ensure quality and degree of implementation, and to inform instructional decisions.
  • Training and Education Analysis
  • Analyze processes and interpret results in assessing training and education requirements. Identify individual and collective training and education capabilities and resourcing gaps, and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Communication
  • Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.


Minimum EDUCATION Requirement: A Master's degree in Education Administration, Educational Leadership, Professional Development, or Curriculum & Instruction OR a Master's degree in Education which includes a least 30 graduate semester hours of coursework. Must present coursework in ALL of the following areas:

  • Education Administration/Supervision

  • Curriculum Development/Design

  • Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

  • Professional Development

  • Educational Technology

  • School Data Analysis

Education may not be substituted for generalized or specialized experience at this grade level.

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Professional Practice And Improvement Specialist

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Department Of Defense