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Educational management, technology education, curriculum and instruction, and teacher's aides are all part of the integrated approach to public school improvement in the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system strives to become the highest performing urban school system in the country, with the "highest performing, highest paid, most honored, and most satisfied educator force in the nation."

As part of its effort to implement this vision, the DC Public Schools is looking for successful, experienced education administrators to lead its radical education reform. Some financial assistance with housing or relocation may be available.

Administrators do not need to live within DC. Salaries for principals and assistant principals depend on education and experience. The annual salary for assistant principals ranges from $82,397 to $98,078 for the 2009-2010 school year. The range for principals is $88,390 to $113,110. All new administrators need a valid District of Columbia Administrative Services Credential. In addition to other requirements, administrators must get a qualifying score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Programs and Positions

In order to ensure every child has access to a high quality education, DCPS established the Effective Schools Framework. Leadership, teaching and learning, instruction, and professional development are elements of this framework. The Principals Academy supports principals in implementing the Effective Schools Framework through monthly professional development workshops that focus exclusively on the elements of effective schools.

Instructional superintendents help principals and other school leaders do their jobs more effectively. To this end, they model effective educational leadership and provide support as needed.

Educational leaders who are near completion of their undergraduate or graduate degree and DCPS students in grades 10 to 12 may participate in the Urban Education Leaders Internship Program. The intensive, multi-disciplinary program aims to recruit and develop emerging education leaders.

The Curriculum and Instruction Department works with schools to ensure that every child receives the best education possible. The position of Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Secondary School Transformation is responsible for supporting the development of curriculum, instruction, and enrichment strategies for DCPS secondary schools.

The Director of Technology is a position in the office of the Chief Operating Officer of the District of Columbia Public Schools. The person in this position is responsible for implementing technology strategy and managing its use throughout the system. This position requires a bachelor's degree and experience in information technology management, preferably in the education sector.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Schools employ an integrated curriculum that includes using technology as a learning tool. The combination of hands-on lessons, exposure to technology, and an interdisciplinary curriculum prepare students for further education and a broad range of careers in the modern workplace.

As part of its plan to become the best public urban school system in the nation, DCPS has established the role of Coordinator for Paraprofessional and Substitute Teacher Strategy. The person in this position leads the system's efforts to revise policies around recruitment, selection, compensation, and retention of paraprofessionals, including teacher's aides. This position requires a combination of teaching and managerial experience.

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