Reading Specialist Teacher - Daly Elementary is looking for an
engaging Reading Specialist. Relationship building and making data
driven decisions are a must. Preferred K-8 certification with
endorsement in ELA. Please apply @ hsd3.org (Open Until Filled)
Position Title: HSD Elementary Reading Specialist
Reports to: Building Administration
Salary: Teacher Pay Scale
The reading specialist identifies and works with students
at-risk in the area of ELA. The reading specialist works closely
with the regular education teachers, administration team, and
parents to create and implement an intervention plan for
those at-risk students.
The reading specialist has the necessary knowledge, skill, and
emotional intelligence to assist teachers in developing higher
levels of expertise within a broad range of teacher performance
levels. Reflective dialogue is used to engage teachers in
meaningful reflection and collaboratively assists the teachers in
developing ways to improve instructional practices. While the
reading specialist is not a supervisor, and does not formally
evaluate teachers, the reading specialist does provide teachers
with descriptive feedback regarding instructional practices so that
they can identify areas to continuously improve.
- Knowledge and Skill: Thoroughly understands skill progressions
in the area of ELA, can develop and implement academic
interventions using research-based methodology, and can model
effective instructional practices as needed.
- Trust and Rapport: Develops trust and rapport with teachers and
parents to have meaningful conversations.
- Generates Leverage: Collects instructional data and translates
salient themes into high leverage (high impact/low effort)
recommendations to improve practice.
- Reflective Practitioner: Provides highly descriptive data to
engage teachers and teacher teams in reflective dialogue.
- Emotionally Intelligent and Adaptive: Selects appropriate
developmental approaches, for students and staff, as needed.
- Action Oriented: Collaboratively develops simple, clear, and
actionable instructional plans.
- Self-Mentoring: Attends workshops, reads research, and
self-reflects to continuously reach higher levels of
- Visible Teaching/Learning: Assists teachers to become learners
of their own teaching and to see teaching through the eyes of their
- Board Policy: Follows and implements Board policy and
- Other duties as assigned.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Develop and implement a screening process for students
identified as at risk through district assessments, classroom based
assessments, or both.
- Act as one of the Student Intervention Team coordinators to
schedule and facilitate team meetings to include: classroom
teachers, specialist, administration, parents.
- Model lessons in classrooms on an as needed/directed
- Support the instructional development of all teachers in
understanding the common core, curriculum and varied assessments,
the Framework for Teaching, and data analysis.
- Provide direction and coordination for how the curriculum is
taught consistent with District initiatives and recognized best
- Work with teachers and administration to analyze student data,
diagnose instructional needs and identify research-based
instructional strategies to close achievement gaps as well as
- Assist teachers with planning and pacing of lessons, the
development of differentiated lessons, and the selection of best
practices to meet the needs of their students.
- Informally observe (non-evaluative) lessons and provide
feedback that facilitates teacher reflection for a teacher's
professional growth and students' success.
- Work with administration to develop, organize and deliver staff
development in needed curriculum content, interventions, and
research-based instructional practices
- Develop coaching plans for teachers to ensure student
- Utilize Adult Learning Theory to motivate adult learners to
improve professional practice.
- Contribute to the development systems and structures to improve
teacher practice within schools.
- Provide job-embedded informal professional learning beyond the
- Only minimum duties are listed. Other functions may be required
as given or assigned.
- At least 5 years of classroom teaching experience or
- Previous demonstration of effective pedagogy and continuous
- Previous demonstration of professionalism, emotional
intelligence, and sound decision-making.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively with teachers
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to manage time and responsibilities.
- Ability to effectively handle stressful situations.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of employment and student
- Other qualities as deemed appropriate.
Computer, calculator, copier, telephone/voice mail, fax machine,
Outlook, scanner, interactive whiteboard.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly
works inside, but some duties will be performed outside, such as
field trips, etc. The employee must be able to meet deadlines with
severe time constraints. The employee will frequently work
irregular or extended hours while performing the duties of this
job. The employee is directly responsible for the safety,
well-being, and work output of students. The noise level in the
work environment is usually moderate.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
frequently required to sit, walk and stand; twist at neck and
waist; and kneel. Specific vision abilities required by this job
include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the
ability to adjust focus. The employee is required to be able to
hear conversations in quiet environments. The employee is required
to use hand/fingers, handle or feel objects, and reach with hands
and arms. May be required to lift or move up to 20 pounds.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee rarely
performs routine work. The employee frequently exercises
flexibility (ability to shift from one task to another). Guidance
and reinforcement are infrequently available. The employee
frequently works within time constraints and maintains
attentiveness intensity. The employee is frequently involved in
social interactions, which require oral and written communications.
Memory, reasoning, and exercising judgment are constantly
used/required on the job.
The physical demands and work environment characteristics
described within this job description are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the