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Question 1 of 29
How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
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List of Instructional Coordinator Interview Questions
  1. How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
  2. How have you helped teachers understand new technologies for the classroom?
  3. If a school is performing poorly in a certain subject, what are your immediate action steps?
  4. How do you keep up to date on new technologies to better enhance students education?
  5. How would you interact with faculty members in order for them to understand that integrating technology into their lessons could be beneficial?
  6. How do you continue to educate yourself?
  7. What is your favorite book for educators' self development?
  8. Would you consider yourself to be highly accountable?
  9. As an instructional coordinator you will often find yourself on the less popular side of opinion. How do you deal with that?
  10. Would you consider yourself an influencer?
  11. Are you a strong negotiator?
  12. Do you want to be in Education for your entire career? Tell me about your long term career goals.
  13. Why did you initially aspire to be an instructional coordinator?
  14. What drives you do do your best every day?
  15. As an instructional coordinator, how do you keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic even when you are met with resistance?
  16. When you were a teacher, what was your favorite subject to teach? What grades?
  17. Tell me about your post-secondary education. Have you completed your Masters' Degree?
  18. How long were you a teacher before transitioning into an Instructional Coordinator?
  19. When have you had to coach a teacher? What was the issue, and was it a success?
  20. What was your biggest curriculum change you have implemented? Why did you feel a need to change it in the first place?
  21. When have you taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestion? Was it successful?
  22. How do you continuously strive to improve the teaching abilities of your team?
  23. Tell me about a new teaching technique in which you recently learned.
  24. Tell me about a time when you've had a difficult teacher to work with. What made them difficult and how did you create a breakthrough?
  25. How closely do you adhere to National curriculum standards?
  26. Do you agree or disagree with the majority of our State's curriculum standards? What would you change if you could?
  27. What are your thoughts on an arts based education?
  28. What is your favorite form of interactive learning?
  29. Tell me about a time when you failed to meet an objective.
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Instructional Coordinator Information
September 24th, 2017

Instructional coordinators are highly experienced educators. They focus on overseeing school curriculum, and teaching standards. As part of their job, instructional coordinators develop appropriate instructional material as well as proper procedures for teachers to implement the curriculum. They also coordinate the curriculum implementation with teaching staff and conduct regular appraisals to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. In some institutions, instruction coordinators may also train and mentor teachers.
It takes advanced education to become an instructional coordinator. Anyone wishing to pursue a career in this field must have at least a master's degree in education, instruction, school administration, or curriculum, as well as ample training in a relevant capacity. Strong analytical, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills are essential attributes for this role.
At the interview, your interviewer will question your choice of career and your career goals. They will ask you if you know exactly what this job entails and if you have what it takes to work as an instructional coordinator. They will also ask you about your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to this role as well as your short and long-term career goals. Excellent communication and leadership skills are key requirements of this role and the interviewers will be watching closely to see if you have these two skills. Before going for the interview, it is important to practice your replies to commonly asked interview questions so you can answer confidently at the interview. You can find these questions listed at Mock Questions.
Instructional Coordinator User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 29
How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Alignment with state curricula, appeal to students, ease of use by students.
2.
Textbooks are chosen by students abilities and fluency rate. They would include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books.
3.
I think about my class's interest and the content I am trying to teach. Then I try to find a text they can relate to that will either build up to the subject matter or that will lend itself to opening a discussion about the content.
4.
Depends on the standards that are covered in the book.
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One of the first things I do is I compare what the textbook covers with the standards. I see if the textbook addresses the areas of the standards. Then I would address the readability of the textbooks to ensure that the students are able to comprehend the content material in the textbooks. Finally I would see what technology ancillaries come with the textbook that would enhance student learning.
Question 2 of 29
How have you helped teachers understand new technologies for the classroom?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would research new technologies and conduct a demonstration for understanding.
2.
Large and small-group inservices, one-on-one, encouraging experimentation, hands-on training related to their classrooms.
3.
Our technology department was looking for a group of teachers to learn Smart boards, the only catch was we had to become a trainer of trainers. I jumped at the opportunity. I also introduced a really neat program, Class Dojo. Class dojo is amazing, you can track student attendance, behavior, send information home such as homework assignments or sign-up parents to participate at school, or whatever you may need to communicate for the home communication component. Parents love to see all the positive reinforcement their child receives throughout the day. It also, brings awareness to possible behavior. The idea behind the program is for teachers to give more positive reinforcement rather than negative. It also, helped track attendance for the Pbis team in a very user-friendly manner. I have also participated in online author studies.
4.
Modeling and providing practice opportunities.
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Being one of the younger teachers in my building, I have shared digital resources with my PLCs as a means to incorporate technology in instruction. I've also assisted team members with utilizing various platforms after a training when they've needed additional support. A more specific example is when we began using google classroom, I would find ways to create assignments for students to complete using the school's databases and the worked with my team in sharing tricks for sharing the assignments, grading them, providing feedback to students.
Question 3 of 29
If a school is performing poorly in a certain subject, what are your immediate action steps?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I think the first step would be to look for any patterns in the data to find a specific weakness and go from there. It may be that we need to gather additional resources or research using a different method/ strategy.
2.
Analyze what curriculum they are using and what strategies are being implemented, and what skills the students are not mastering in that subject.
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Evaluate the data, meet with the teachers, set a goal and create a plan of action.
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First I was examine the testing data from that school to see if there are any specific areas in the subject or related-subjects that may account for the discrepancies. Then I would follow up by talking to the school's administration and the content teachers to see what are their concerns, observe the teachers' instruction, debrief the teachers and administration on my observations, and then develop a plan for strategies and professional development.
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I will try to find out why and where ar we poorly performing, working with a group of teachers involve to solve it!
Question 4 of 29
How do you keep up to date on new technologies to better enhance students education?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Attending conferences and reading up on the latest technologies is important. I attended Curriculum 21 by Dr.Heidi Jacobs and it was such a great conference and she had many practical ways to infuse technology in the classrooms so that we are teaching the 21st century learners who are so wired and tech savy already. Speaking to other districts that are using the technology and getting feedback about what they liked or did not like is a good way to do that. Any problems they ran into that we should be aware of? I also feel actually using it myself is important so I can see the pros and cons of the technology and see if it is appropriate for our students and if it will enhance education. Not everything out there is going to improve education. We need to look at how it can benefit our students before we invest in any technology.
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Researching different new technologies.
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Talk with colleagues, seek information on internet and technology and education journals, observe others.
4.
Attending professional development.
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Looking at data and asking why. Then bringing it to the staff and discussing results and putting an action plan in place with leadership and taking it back to the team.
Question 5 of 29
How would you interact with faculty members in order for them to understand that integrating technology into their lessons could be beneficial?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Trying to show them in brief "commercials" how technology might meet their need in a certain area: classroom communication, presentations, record-keeping, discipline, student tools, etc. Offering more in-depth sessions in small groups on with individuals grouped accoring to a specific need.
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I would model using technology with them the same way I want them to implement it to their students.
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I believe it would be important for me to lead by example and use the technology myself in my classroom. I would discuss what both the pros and cons are of the technology but focus on the benefits. I would stress that it is a learning curve and to do it in baby steps with focusing on one or two new technology tools versus multiple ones.
4.
By showing them in a meeting how I integrate technology. Seeing is believing.
5.
I would interact respectfully, and with regard to their professional abilities. I believe no professional wants to be talked to and looked at as if they don't bring anything to the table. I like to implement teaching strategies in my everyday life regardless if I am talking to students or adults. I lead by example, I allow for others to add their strengths in, and I encourage self-awareness so that we all can learn from our rights and wrongs.
Question 6 of 29
How do you continue to educate yourself?
Question 7 of 29
What is your favorite book for educators' self development?
Question 8 of 29
Would you consider yourself to be highly accountable?
Question 9 of 29
As an instructional coordinator you will often find yourself on the less popular side of opinion. How do you deal with that?
Question 10 of 29
Would you consider yourself an influencer?
Question 11 of 29
Are you a strong negotiator?
Question 12 of 29
Do you want to be in Education for your entire career? Tell me about your long term career goals.
Question 13 of 29
Why did you initially aspire to be an instructional coordinator?
Question 14 of 29
What drives you do do your best every day?
Question 15 of 29
As an instructional coordinator, how do you keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic even when you are met with resistance?
Question 16 of 29
When you were a teacher, what was your favorite subject to teach? What grades?
Question 17 of 29
Tell me about your post-secondary education. Have you completed your Masters' Degree?
Question 18 of 29
How long were you a teacher before transitioning into an Instructional Coordinator?
Question 19 of 29
When have you had to coach a teacher? What was the issue, and was it a success?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
If I had to coach someone I would again sit down and have a conversation with them and really guide them to reflect on their instruction and how they handled the task. How they could have handled it better? Maybe suggest some reading or professional video that they can use to help them. Perhaps even go into a colleague's classroom and observe them teaching the skill/concept. It should be a positive experience for both parties for it to be successful.
2.
Steven Curry, Two new teachers in our grade level this year, one had issues with classroom management. Together, we selected one area: lining up and walking from the classroom to another destination. Relective questions to determine skills needed: Voices off, feet and faces forward, line straight. Conversation regarding whether 5th graders need to know the why of straight, quiet lines (safety), Practice with specific feedback on how to communicate the expecttions to the class. Discussed public acknowledgement of when students met expectations (point rating on the line). Pep talk for confidence. Check back with teacher on results, continued to cycle and tweak until students and teacher were consistently successful.
3.
Yes, Teacher students were preforming poorly on assessments and the teacher was just lecturing to the students. I provided the teacher with strategies to use and modeled what it would look like in the classroom.
4.
I haven't had to coach up a teacher, per se. However, I do try to make suggestions during PLC meetings when teachers discuss current situations in their classes or if a lesson did not go as well as expected.
5.
When I think of a coach, I think of someone who offers advice on a situation, who can see multiple perspectives on that situation, and someone who has the knowledge to remedy a problem. When a fellow teacher came to me with a concern about a group of students not mastering a history concept, I asked what instructional strategies were being used in the lesson. I offered some suggestions, especially on how to incorporate more literacy strategies to help the students with comprehending the concept being taught. Based on our conversations after the initial discussion, I felt it was a success and the teacher has begun using more varied instructional strategies into the classroom.
Question 20 of 29
What was your biggest curriculum change you have implemented? Why did you feel a need to change it in the first place?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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With the adoption of the common core standards, we had to change our curriculum to align to the standards. The challenge was to align the old Think Central math program to the new standards. It was important to see what had to be taught in each grade and where the gaps were. What was moving up to the next grade and what content was being moved down into the previous grade? How do we address the gaps during the transition year? We needed to make sure that the teachers will teach that content after the NYS assessments so that the students will not miss out on those concepts. (Angles were moved from 5th to 4th grade).
2.
Common Core. Huge shift in depth of knowledge, content, and methodology. I felt the need for change to encourage student success at new levels.
3.
The biggest curriculum change I have made was to revise intervention and what students would be taught during the intervention. This was decided after numerous walk throughs and teachers were not implementing the previous intervention curriculum.
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For me, a light came on a few years ago when my history students said "Ms. K we're reading the textbook but it's not clicking." What started off as reading a couple professional articles on about reading, grew into a passion for content literacy as it lead me to gain my graduate degree in literacy. From there I began incorporating research-based strategies in my classroom to help my students and saw immediate results as the students' understanding grew and saw a vast improvement on social studies standardized testing scores.
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MAISA is most recent . Shift from just teaching literature to teaching literacy.
Question 21 of 29
When have you taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestion? Was it successful?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am always trying new approaches in my classroom every year. This past year I used debates to teach argumentative writing. The students enjoyed it and you saw some really quiet students come out swinging in rebuttals and it was a fun and exciting way to teach them argumentative writing. We picked very current and relevant topics to them and it taught them to look at both sides of the issue which is different from the persuasive writing that they have done. I enjoyed it as well.
2.
Absolutely. One suggestion made to me a few years ago was to reduce the competition in my classroom as a result of my concern over increasing levels of cheating. Shifting to a more growth mindset, cooperative, collaborative approach has definitely been better at meeting my students' needs.
3.
I have taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestions when students were not preforming to the best of their ability and teachers were not allowing students to be responsible for their own learning.
4.
After a few years of having so-so passing rate with our state end of course, and then a major drop in the passing rate, I did much internal reflection as a teacher. I scrapped my notes, sought advice from other teachers, attended state department trainings, and took all of that in consideration. That led to a new note-taking system, improved presentations, more primary source analysis and critical thinking, and incorporating more literacy strategies into my classroom. Since then I have seen a significant improvement in test scores with my students.
5.
Yes! I m implementing the differentiation in the classroom and the results have been amazing.
Question 22 of 29
How do you continuously strive to improve the teaching abilities of your team?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I enjoy growth. I love the reward I feel when I see it happening in myself and others. I have improved others' teaching abilities through reflective questioning, specific feedback, modeling strategies, providing resources, supplying support, working collaboratively. I embrace a growth mindset for myself and others I work with.
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We all need to have that mentality that we don't have to be bad to become better. (Book by Candy McKay). I will constantly keep up with the latest research and best practices and provide presentations or literature to the principles to share with their teachers at their faculty meetings. Keeping up with the changes in the field of education is important since it is such a dynamic field with constant changes. I also feel administrators need to model that we are lifelong learners and encourage collaboration and a professional learning community. Providing teachers with the resources they need to help them do their job successfully and giving them useful feedback that they can use in their classrooms to help them improve.
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By giving them feedback from observations, providing professional development and suffesting different strategies in common planning meeting.
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By continually being their coach and advocate. Continually analyzing data, building a working relationship with teachers in order to provide or find the best professional development opportunities for my teachers.
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I try to be a role model teacher so they can learn by observing not only me but also others teachers, making round tables to discuss our experiences and give advice to all who need it and ask for it!
Question 23 of 29
Tell me about a new teaching technique in which you recently learned.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Harvard Project Zero "I see, I think, I wonder" Given a prompt that is NOT a question (e. G. Equation, photograph, video), students inititally come up with a list of their observations. Then, they use those observations to make a second list of "I think ..." statements (may or may not be correct, but what they think). Last, students formulate I wonder statements or questions based on the other two lists. This strategy teaches observation, prediction, and drawing conclusions at a DOK that can range to quite high. I've been very excited with the results of the process and how it slows students down to focus on components prior to making judgements or conclusions.
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New:) Good teaching is good teaching... Very few truly new. Just rebranded and improved... But I supposed getting technology into almost every lesson.
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Using google forms in the classroom for the students to turn in assignments.
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The latest teaching technique I learned is reciprocal teaching. This requires the students to teach one another what the teacher has already taught.
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I recently learned about a reading strategy where students get paired up based on reading level and they utilize this to work a partner reading together where they interchange paragraphs and take turns reading and summarizing.
Question 24 of 29
Tell me about a time when you've had a difficult teacher to work with. What made them difficult and how did you create a breakthrough?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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The most difficult teacher I have ever workeed with was a student teacher who thought they were pretty much finished with learning. It was a difficult and different attitude than I had worked with before. Becaue of his personality, I encouraged him to look at teaching like he would at coaching. We discussed a lot of sports and coaching strategies, during those conversations and through some reflective questioning he was able to come to a conclusion that both coaching and teaching are complex, change-oriented professions. I provided more resources on how teachers use data to reflect on their programs and change them to become more successful for their students. The analogy was our breakthrough moment!
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One teacher was difficult to work with because she felt she knew it all and I wasn't creditable to be telling her what to do. I gradually made my way into her class and taught a lesson or two to her kids and got them involved in the lesson. After a few sessions, the teacher was asking for help and shared how the students were really actively participating.
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I think we encounter difficult people on a daily basis. But how you deal with them is what is important. Often the difficult person can be seen as negative, defensive, stand-offish, and not receptive to what is being said. Often the root of the trouble is in a miscommunication or a misperception. It would be important to sit down and talk to the teach in question to see what the underlying issue is. Hopefully through discovering that I am there to help and not judge them with their job, it would allow for a breakthrough. Often it is finding a common ground to build on and hopefully the root of the trouble had been found in communicating with each other.
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Cynicism... Remain positive and supportive:)
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The teacher had a bad attitude toward teaching and coaching. We fixed the problem when I say him down and said I'm here for the kids. He agreed and that was our common ground.
Question 25 of 29
How closely do you adhere to National curriculum standards?
Question 26 of 29
Do you agree or disagree with the majority of our State's curriculum standards? What would you change if you could?
Question 27 of 29
What are your thoughts on an arts based education?
Question 28 of 29
What is your favorite form of interactive learning?
Question 29 of 29
Tell me about a time when you failed to meet an objective.
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