Curriculum Alignment Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary based on experience.




District of Columbia
United States


The Curriculum Alignment Specialist will be responsible for leading the planning and implementation of the vertical alignment processes at two AppleTree partner schools. The Curriculum Alignment Specialist will collaborate with teachers and campus leaders to analyze student data, diagnose instructional needs between Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, and identify research-based instructional strategies to close achievement gaps. The Curriculum Alignment Specialist will report to the Director of Professional Development and Data Accountability and will work with teams across multiple campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Analysis of Current Practices:

  • Review and analyze student academic growth and achievement of Pre-K and Kindergarten students, utilizing both Pre-K and Kindergarten assessment data to identify areas of improvement or learning gaps.
  • Map Pre-K Every Child Ready assessments to Kindergarten assessments to identify gaps and alignment.
  • Review all past implementation practices related to vertical alignment through document and data review, as well as interviews with leaders, teachers, and parents of Kindergarten students.
  • Collaborate with the AppleTree Instructional Quality team, school leaders, and teachers to review and all curriculum components and assessments.

Research-Based Innovation:

  • Apply research-based strategies to propose an updated scope and sequence of teacher collaboration and communication to ensure vertical alignment throughout the school year.
  • Collaborate closely with AppleTree Principals and the Chief Academic Officer to develop schoolwide plans to address needs of rising Kindergarten students.
  • Establish metrics to define and determine success of the vertical alignment process.
  • Share best practices in vertical alignment across AppleTree network and other LEAs.

Professional Development

  • Develop and provide professional development focused on improving alignment across the grade levels to increase student success and close performance gaps.
  • Conduct regular data review meetings and professional development workshops with school leaders and teachers.
  • Conduct teacher observations and/or walk-throughs of Pre-K classrooms, and provide feedback focused on alignment to Kindergarten standards.

Community and Family Engagement: 

  • Conduct stakeholder interviews with parents of Pre-K and Kindergarten students to best understand their questions and needs around transition.
  • Create newsletters or brochures for Pre-K parents to support their understanding of the expectations of Kindergarten.
  • Collaborate with school leaders and teachers to lead family workshops focused on the transition to Kindergarten.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, Master’s degree preferred
  • Three to five years of successful teaching experience in Pre-K and K-2 schools; experience across more than one grade level strongly preferred
  • Experience in curriculum design, Common Core Standards, and/or project management
  • Strong general technology skills. Experience working with Mac computers and Google Docs is preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including listening
  • Proven track record of delivering accurate, comprehensive results within tight deadlines
  • Excellent problem-solving and superior interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others on team projects
  • Commitment to early childhood education and AppleTree’s mission to close the achievement gap before Kindergarten

Note: This position requires work across the city at multiple campuses, it is strongly recommended that the candidate have access to a car.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required.


Salary commensurate with education and experience. Compensation includes excellent health benefits.


Excellent Health Benefits!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

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