Lower School Reading Specialist
Pike School, The
Andover, Massachusetts
Salary: Negotiable
Date Posted: 7/31/2017
 
Job ID: 39849
Position/Title: Lower School Reading Specialist
Employer: Pike School, The
Department: Lower School
Category: Teaching
Type: Learning/Reading Specialist - Lower School
Status: FullTime
 
 
 
Job Description/Responsibilities:
The focus of the reading specialist is to determine the needs of and provide instruction to Lower School students who face challenges in learning to read. After assessing students' strengths and areas of need, the specialist directly teaches individuals and small groups and prescribes instruction for the regular classroom.

The reading specialist will work directly and effectively with children in grades Pre-K to 2 in a variety of settings. This may be within a heterogeneous reading group, in a small group of struggling readers, in a one-on-one intervention setting, or in support of a whole class to enhance their overall reading program.

This specialist will also work directly and collaboratively with grade level teaching teams in team meetings, child study meetings, as a one-on-one coach, with the Lower/Middle School literacy coach, and as a leader in professional development about reading. Additionally, the reading specialist will provide insight and develop strategies for reading curricula and practices on a systemic level across the division or in concert with other divisions.

Requirements in Education/Experience:
Candidates will have a B.A., an M.A. with a concentration in reading education, previous experience as a reading specialist, a valid teaching certification, and previous elementary teaching experience. Training in one or more specific instructional approaches (e.g., Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Fountas & Pinnell, Reading/Writing Workshop) is preferred.

Additional skills, experience or characteristics desired:
•successful practitioner of differentiated instruction and Professional Learning Community (PLC) practices preferred
•understanding of the unique challenges and best practices with ELL/DLL/multicultural populations
•knowledge of media literacy and use of technology with students and faculty
•experience and/or collaboration with Learning Specialist/SPED departments in reading
•self-motivated, reflective
•connects well with children, collaborates well with adults
•experience working as a resource to parents

More specific responsibilities:
•has knowledge of and experience teaching the foundations of reading processes and instruction
•uses multiple approaches to teaching reading and speaking and listening skills to grades Pre-K to Gr. 2, grounded in theory and integrating traditional and digital texts and other media
•uses a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading instruction
•provides intensive instruction to struggling readers, either within or outside the students’ classrooms, including but not limited to teaching regularly scheduled reading classes for each grade level
•works cooperatively and collaboratively with faculty and administration in determining the best approaches to reading instruction and practices to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners
•develop, provide and/or lead effective professional development for teachers including the additional support needed to implement various instructional programs and practices, both in large groups, grade level teams, and through one-on-one coaching

Candidates should submit a resume, at least two letters of reference, and a personal statement that addresses how your experience meets the expectations of the position as stated above.



 
 
Minimum Degree: BA
Certification Required: No
Minimum Experience: 1-3 Years

 
Qualifications:
Requirements in Education/Experience:
Candidates will have a B.A., an M.A. with a concentration in reading education, previous experience as a reading specialist, a valid teaching certification, and previous elementary teaching experience. Training in one or more specific instructional approaches (e.g., Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, Fountas & Pinnell, Reading/Writing Workshop) is preferred.
 
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Deadline:
Open Until Filled
 
Contact Info
resumes@pikeschool.org
 
 
 
 
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