Editor’s note: A reader requested we post a description of the duties of the GATE coordinator. This is verbatim from the job description. On June 18, the DJUSD Board of Education voted 3-2 not to renew GATE Corrdinator Deanne Quinn’s Variable Service Agreed (VSA).
GATE COORDINATOR, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA): All teachers on special assignment positions remain in the Davis Teacher’s Union and report directly to their site principals. The position does not include any supervisory responsibilities.
Qualifications: A clear California credential that authorizes service. Knowledge of GATE Program Standards. Understanding of the instructional, social and emotional development needs of GATE students and effective strategies to address those needs. Knowledge of core curriculum grades K-6 and honors and Advanced Placement course content grades 7-12. Staff development skills. At least 5 years of successful classroom teaching experience.
Work Year: 194 Days. On teacher salary, plus extra 10 days at daily rate of pay.
Responsibilities: Under the direction and supervision of the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services & Elementary Education: Plans, implements, and evaluates the program for Gifted and Talented Education in accordance with the California Standards for Gifted and Talented Education. Works closely with site GATE facilitators and principals in providing in-service training for classroom teachers that addresses site needs and comply with the requirements of the GATE grant application. Technology skills to access student information in Aeries and to use Excel and Word. Develop and present staff development, focused on identification of GATE students and differentiated instruction. Maintain GATE program and student records. Complete mandatory GATE State reports. Develop GATE Program application. Coordinate identification and testing of potential GATE students. Coordinate support services for GATE students, including working with teachers and counselors to identify at-risk GATE students and making appropriate referrals. Arrange and facilitate GATE Advisory Committee meetings and respond to parent concerns. Perform other related duties as assigned.
Ability To: Work cooperatively and effectively with teachers and families. Work independently. Work collaboratively with district staff and community members. Produce a variety of written materials (i.e. brochure, semi-annual progress reports). Evidence of successful leadership ability. Understand the importance of confidentiality issues relating to students/families. Communicate effectively. Be flexible in hours (will require attendance at some meetings outside of normal school hours). Support/enhance efforts across many school sites.