The curriculum advisor office is located at Troester Media Center at 3401 Renick Street.
Curriculum advisor objectives and responsibilities are listed below:
Curriculum & Assessment:
- Analyzes student performance data to identify learning needs and monitor curriculum implementation.
- Facilitates the development, design, and implementation of curriculum, instructional best practices, and formative assessments, ensuring alignment to Missouri Learning Standards and/or national content standards.
- Facilitates the research and review of instructional and curricular resources.
- Includes stakeholders in the curriculum development process, including staff, students, business partners, and parents.
- Outlines and communicates state and local requirements for instructional timelines and required instructional minutes.
- Facilitates the application process for new courses or programs.
- Practices fiscal stewardship in the preparation of content area budget proposals and resource adoption proposals.
- Advise/coordinate/monitor and report standardized state assessments, TSA’s, IRC’s, or other specialized assessments.
- Designs and directs staff development related to curricular learning standards and priorities, content-area instructional best practices, and curricular resources.
- Plans and provides targeted professional development for curriculum implementation.
- Participates in on-going professional learning related to Curriculum Advisor roles and responsibilities.
Collaboration & Communication:
- Builds and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholders, including instructional staff, building leaders, and district leaders.
- Meets monthly as a team with all other Curriculum Advisors and district Academic Services leaders.
- Assists district and building administrators in the development of improvement goals based on student learning and curriculum implementation data.
- Coordinates student activities related to performances, contests, and competitions.
- Presents information and recommendations to Academic Services and the SJSD Board of Education related to curriculum, instructional priorities, instructional resources, and other related topics.
- Completes and analyzes annual survey of content-area staff members to inform staff development planning and curriculum implementation
- Includes specialized populations in curriculum writing process (i.e., ESOL, special education).
Dr. Angela Dorsey
Dr. Dorsey received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her M.A. in Mathematics from Northwest Missouri State University and her B.S. in Mathematics from Missouri Western State University. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the areas of mathematics and adolescence and young adulthood.
Dr. Dorsey served as the Secondary Mathematics Curriculum Advisor from 2008-2018 and the Mathematics Department Chair at Central High School from 1998-2018. Dr. Dorsey has taught various mathematics courses at the middle school, high school, and collegiate level, serving as an Adjunct Professor at Missouri Western State University.
Dr. Dorsey has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences about instructional practice, critical thinking, literacy, and technology. She has extensive experience with curriculum writing and assessment development process. She served as President-Elect for the Missouri Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in 2017-2018.
Mrs. Jackson received her M.S. in Assessment from Missouri Western State University and her B.S. in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Northwest Missouri State University. She has a graduate certificate in the teaching of writing from Missouri Western State University.
Mrs. Jackson served as an Elementary Curriculum Advisor from 2017-2018 and Instructional Coach at Coleman, Hall, and Skaith from 2009-2013. She has taught kindergarten and 2nd grade at Skaith and 2nd and 3rd grade at Carden Park. Prior to joining the SJSD, she taught kindergarten and first grade at Co-Cathedral Catholic School where she received the Sallie Mae Excellence in First Year Teaching Award.
Mrs. Jackson has presented at multiple regional, state, and national conferences about curriculum and instruction. She has extensive experience with curriculum writing, assessment development, and professional development. She served as the Prairie Lands Writing Project Site Co-Director from 2006-2017.
Mrs. Kirby has an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood emphasis and her B.S. in Secondary Education Speech and Theatre from Missouri Western State University.
Mrs. Kirby served as an Elementary Curriculum Advisor from 2016-2018 and Instructional Coach at Pershing and Eugene Field from 2015-2016. Prior to that, she taught kindgarten, 2nd grade, and 4th grade at Hyde and Skaith. She served as a Parent and Child Together Time Facilitator for Even Start from 2004-2007.
Mrs. Kirby has extensive experience with curriculum writing, assessment development, and professional development. She took a leading role in the development of the elementary science curriculum and instructional learning rounds. She is active in the community and served as past president for the Cotillion for Achievement and the Junior League of St. Joseph.
Mr. Nash received his Ed.S. in Education from William Woods University, his M.A. in Teaching from Webster University, and his B.S. in History from Missouri Western State University.
Mr. Nash served as the Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Advisor from 2004-2018 and the Social Studies Department Chair at Benton High School from 2004-2018. Mr. Nash has taught a variety of courses at the high school level including World Geography, World History, AP European History, and American Government. Mr. Nash served as a member of the Data Team Leadership Team and a Professional Learning Communities building coach.
Mr. Nash has extensive experience with curriculum writing, assessment development, and professional development. He led the implementation of problem-based learning within the secondary social studies department.
Mr. Verbick received his M.S. in Elementary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University and his B.S. in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Missouri Western State University.
Mr. Verbick has served as the District Fine Arts Coordinator since 2005. During this time he has taught advanced music theory at Central High School. Prior to that, he taught elementary music and beginning band at Pickett, Skaith, Lake Contrary, and Hall. Before joining the SJSD, he served as a band director and taught vocal and instrumental music for grades K-12.
Mr. Verbick was honored as the SJSD Innovator of the Year in 2008. He served as a member of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Advisory Council from 2014-2017. Under his guidance, the district has been honored by the NAMM Foundation as one the best communities for music education for five consecutive years.