Director of Curriculum and Instruction, General Studies @ Torah Day School of Phoenix

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, General Studies

About Torah Day School of Phoenix
Torah Day School of Phoenix (TDSP) is an orthodox day school that serves children ages 2 through 8th grade. It offers single-gender classrooms starting in Kindergarten (children aged 5).

TDSP started in 2010 with 7 students and saw significant growth in every subsequent year. There are now over 345 students enrolled in TDSP, and 60 staff members, making it the largest Jewish day school organization in Arizona. TDSP prides itself on the excellence of its educational offerings in both Jewish and General Studies, and on its warm and happy atmosphere. Its preschool, Kindertots, is rated as one of the top preschools in Arizona, having been awarded a 5 Star rating from First Things First, an Arizona state agency that supports and assesses quality preschools. TDSP is fully accredited by Advanc-Ed, and is a proud member of the Jewish Tuition Organization, and a proud partner of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. TDSP is affiliated with Torah Umesorah National Society for Hebrew Day Schools.

Torah Day School of Phoenix is a non-discriminatory school, and welcomes all Jewish children to its classrooms, regardless of background or ability to pay.

Phoenix, Arizona is the number one city in America for job growth, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It is one of the most affordable and easy-to-live-in cities in America, boasting year-round pleasant weather. Its generous tax credit program makes day school tuition affordable for all families. It is also home to a growing and vibrant Orthodox community, with multiple kosher restaurants, synagogues, separate boys’ and girls’ high schools, and a Kollel.

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is a new position at TDSP, and is designed to increase faculty engagement with the curriculum, align learning to the standards, and allow the faculty to receive pedagogic mentor-ship.

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION, General Studies

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction, General Studies (DCI) is a senior level position, reporting directly to the Head of School and working alongside the General Studies Principal. The DCI’s role is to support teachers in delivering rigorous and well-planned academic experiences for our students. The DCI will work with all General Studies teachers on a one-on-one basis to ensure superior academic achievement in the classroom.
The DCI will focus on:
1. Curriculum Development
A. Curriculum map
The DCI will review all current general studies curricula and design a workable, detailed and specific curriculum map to cover English language arts, math, science and social studies. The map will be divided by grade level and list all the standards and subjects that our students are expected to learn over the 9 years that they are in school with us. The map should conform with topics that are assessed on standardized tests. The map will be reviewed yearly.
B. Yearly Plan
The DCI will help teachers develop a yearly plan that will provide a specific outline of what is being taught on each day of instruction. The DCI will make sure that this plan conforms to state standards.
C. Curricula purchases and implementation.
The DCI will purchase curricula if necessary and will oversee its implementation in the classrooms. This includes teacher training and monitoring.

2. Lesson plans and homework
The DCI will meet regularly (a minimum of bi-monthly) with all general studies teachers to review their lesson plans for the upcoming week. The DCI will help teachers plan lessons that are academically rigorous, conform to the curriculum map, provide differentiated instruction when necessary, and make best use of instructional time. The DCI will use the meetings to help teachers improve their pedagogic skills.

The DCI will also review all homework that is being set to ensure that it is grade appropriate and conforms with the set curricula goals for that classroom.

3. Assessments
A. Regular assessments
The DCI will help teachers plan appropriate and regular formative and summative assessments and tests/final projects.
The DCI will help teachers review and analyze the results of these assessments so that they inform future learning and teaching, both for the class as a whole and for individual students.

B. Standardized tests
The DCI will review the results of standardized tests with the teachers, and develop academic improvement plans for the class and individual students based on the results.

4. Report cards
The DCI will help teachers analyze assessment results to provide meaningful and detailed feedback to parents on report cards.

5. Classroom environment
The DCI will work with teachers to ensure that their bulletin boards are lively and filled with current student work, and that their classrooms contain age appropriate books and games for the students. The DCI will also look for good use of space and seating modalities within the classrooms

6. Professional Development
The DCI will plan appropriate academic professional development.

7. Observations
The DCI will create a system to conduct walk-throughs and observations of all general studies classrooms. The observations will be used to monitor curricula fidelity, teaching effectiveness, and classroom management. The DCI will meet with teachers after the observations to provide feedback and strategies.


The DCI should be highly motivated and driven by results, extremely organized with an ability to balance deadlines and multiple workstreams, flexible and adaptable to ever changing student needs and work demands and hold strong written and verbal communication skills. Above all, s/he should possess an enduring belief in the endless potential of all student and should be committed to going “above and beyond” in the name of student success.

The DCI should have:

At least 5 years successful teaching experience in an academically rigorous school

Expert knowledge of what needs to be taught in elementary and middle schools to produce well educated students.

Leadership qualities that include a proven level of efficiency as well as the ability to work well with others.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Amy Wasser, Prizmah Center f****************

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: sick leave, medical, leave early for Shabbat, relocation option available, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: Tuition Assistance
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-13
  • Times this job has been viewed: 181 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Principal / Head of School, Middle School Principal
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
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Torah Day School of Phoenix
1118 W Glendale Ave
Phoenix , Arizona 85021
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