The position of professional learning coordinator is designed to help the district's curriculum director, Sarah Stevens. Reportedly, the person who was hired for the position has a master's degree in curriculum, something Stevens, who had only about three years in teaching, then became a learning coach and almost immediately afterward became head of curriculum, does not have.
In the recent state audit, the district was criticized for having a number of people who were not qualified for their upper level positions. Somehow, it doesn't seem likely that the auditors would think the way to address the problem is to hire a qualified person to be an assistant to the unqualified person.
The advertisement for the position, which accompanies this post, was only online for a couple of days, and as far as I can determine it was only posted in house and was never posted as a public opening on the district website.
The added position also comes at a time when the district is employing a curriculum consultant to help with Common Core and the district's new "Visible Learning" concept. As of this month, the district will have paid more than $100,000 in the past seven months for the consultant and related program materials.
I will have more information on the Common Core Collaborative and Visible Learning in a later post.