Content coordinators provide academic consistency throughout MISD

Content coordinators provide academic consistency throughout MISD

Coordinators provide teachers a direct line of support

 

November 10, 2023 — Teaching Texas’ required curriculum doesn’t come without questions from teachers. Luckily for them, Midland ISD’s content coordinators are here to help.

To be a public school district in the Lone Star State means following the required Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards for several subject areas such as math, science, reading and social studies.

“TEKS is the baseline of instruction for all public school teachers,” said Brittany Allen, Science Coordinator. “As coordinators, we make sure teachers have the support they need to not only teach students the required content, but also implement opportunities for collaboration so teachers can work with each other and share ideas.”

The need for support and collaboration is something she knows all too well. A former Legacy High School science teacher herself, Allen says being able to consult with a content coordinator gives reassurance that you’re on the right track. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of a coordinator’s duty is to ensure there is academic consistency across all campuses.

“As students advance in grade level, they need to have proficient knowledge in key areas no matter which teacher they had or which campus they came from,” said John Wilks, Social Studies Coordinator. “We make sure teachers aren’t going at it alone when navigating TEKS and curriculum resources the district has adopted.”

As the overseer of social studies, Wilks facilitates curricula from kindergarten through 12th grade in numerous areas: history, geography, government civics, sociology and psychology. “We even have a philosophy class in high school,” said Wilks, who previously taught at San Jacinto Junior High for nearly a decade before joining the content coordinators team this year.

Teachers can directly contact content coordinators with any questions or ideas they have. 

“The coordinators provide a direct line of support for teachers, so teachers don’t have to figure it out on their own,” said Andrea Messick, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning. “There is no ‘fail until you see progress.’ Instead, content coordinators give teachers the help they need right away.”

But coordinators aren’t teachers’ supervisors. Rather, they serve more as advocates, liaisons, counselors and translators of sometimes confusing state standards.

“It can be tough navigating through state requirements and keeping up with changes,” Wilks said. “So we do research on teachers’ behalf and relay it back to them, as well as adjust our guidance to reflect any changes.”

Being a teacher can certainly be frustrating at times, but content coordinators are there to support.

“Communication isn’t one-way for us,” Allen said. “Listening to our teachers is incredibly important. They’re the boots on the ground, and the more feedback we receive, the better.”

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Media Relations Contact:
Trevor Hawes
Communications Specialist
432-240-1044 | trevor.hawes@midlandisd.net