Specialist – Health & Wellness Curriculum – Health & Physical Education


Fort Worth Independent School District

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Position Available Date
Open until filled

Reports to : Director II – Health & Physical Education

Pay Grade:   603
PC:  19749-1
Days:  220
Salary: $60,196 - $73,951
This is a grant-funded position
Position Purpose

Develops curriculum, assessments, and professional learning opportunities utilizing evidence-based and best practice models to support subject programming, initiatives, and activities.  Ensures subject curriculum, instruction, and assessment alignment to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Division of Adolescent & School Health (DASH) grant-funded program focused on reducing HIV, STD, teen pregnancy, and related risk behaviors among adolescents.  Provides on-going support through effective coaching and mentoring practices for novice and experienced teachers that include co-teaching and lesson modeling.  Works closely with all secondary schools to strengthen staff capacity, increase student access to programs and services, and engage parent and community partners to support student health.  Supports district and campus-based wellness initiatives to include Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community (WSCC), and Coordinated School Health (CSH) programming and activities.
Curriculum Design
Develops curriculum and supervises writing and revisions for Health Education grades K-12.
Develops and supervises the writing of curriculum-based assessments, lesson plans, and unit guides.
Facilitates and designs training utilizing evidence-based, effective, and innovative practices.
Professional Development

Designs, provides, and trains others to deliver quality professional development for district personnel to include members of school staff, School Health Advisory Council members (SHAC), and administrators during regular and after-school hours, including some Saturdays.
Works with teachers and employs effective coaching, mentoring, and instructional modeling practices to support high quality instruction and professional growth.
Collaborates with campus administrators on best practices in the health classroom, WSCC, and CSH programming.
Collaborates with campus and District leaders, Student Support Services members including nurses, intervention specialists, and counselors as well as parent and community health partners to strengthen staff capacity, increase student access to health programs and services, and support student health including working with student-led club sponsors to secure safe spaces for all students.
Professional Learning Community
Maintains knowledge of research, developments, and best practices related to subject including the TEKS, National Health Education Standards, the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model, and Coordinated School Health.
Stays current on all curricular, instructional, and assessment evidence-based and effective practices.
Complies with federal time and effort reporting requirements.
Provides wellness learning opportunities for school, family and community groups.
Applies effective leadership skills to facilitate growth and improvement within health education programming and services.
Personal Work Relationships
All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork; responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Other Duties as Assigned
Performs all job-related duties as assigned and in accordance with Board rules, policies and regulations.  All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of current teaching methods and pedagogy in Health Education, including the differentiation of instruction based upon student learning differences.
Knowledge of health/wellness promotion including equitable, inclusive, and diverse instructional practices based on student differences.
Knowledge of for assessment strategies and construction.
Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
Skill in designing, planning, and delivering professional development activities.
Skill in planning and providing professional learning, and lesson planning with multiple core-area teachers.
Skill in interpersonal relationships, including using tact, patience, and courtesy.
Ability to incorporate active listening when communicating.
Ability to convey respect by acknowledging, encouraging, supporting and showing appreciation for others.
Ability to conceptualize and to translate complex issues into workable action plans.
Ability to consider academic, social, and emotional needs of students in making decisions about academic settings and accommodations for individual students.
Ability to conduct classroom observations, and decide what professional learning to provide for teachers and staff.
Ability to use software to access databases, email, create spreadsheets, and do word processing.
Ability to organize and coordinate work.
Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms.
Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Travel Requirements
Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.
Physical & Mental Demands, Work Hazards

Tools/Equipment Used:
  Standard office equipment including computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment.
Posture:  Moderate standing; occasional stooping, squatting, kneeling, bending, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
Motion:  Repetitive hand motions; including keyboarding and use of mouse; moderate walking.
Lifting:  Regular lifting and carrying (40 pounds or less).
Environment:  Works in an office setting; occasional work outside (exposure to sun, heat, cold, and inclement weather); exposure to noise; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours, including weekends.
Attendance:  Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
Mental Demands:  Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in Health education or related discipline required;
Master’s degree from accredited college or university in Health education or related discipline preferred.
Valid Texas Teaching Certification in Health required;
Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) preferred.
Experience:  3-5 years’ teaching experience in the content field.

Approved combinations:

  • Education                                 Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree                     5 years
  • Master’s degree                        3 years

This is a grant-funded position
This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

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