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Literary Specialist

School: The Howard School
Available Position: Teacher

The Howard School’s literacy program is designed to provide intervention for students who struggle in one or more of the following areas: phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics and word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension, and/or written expression with a focus on encoding. These students receive instruction from the Literacy Specialist in small-group, in-class, or one-on-one support sessions. Depending on individual student needs, components of different Structured Literacy programs or methodologies are utilized including, but not exclusive to, Wilson, Open Court, Project Read, Lindamood Bell, Orton-Gillingham, and Hill RAP.

Specialist Characteristics:
• Committed to designing and adapting instruction to meet a range of student learning needs and interests
• Fully trained in at least one Structured Literacy teaching method
• Committed to and skilled in differentiation
• Highly collaborative and excited about generating curriculum and assessment ideas in a team setting
• Curious, creative, self-reflective, and willing to take initiative and run with new ideas
Essential Functions:
• Teaches Structured Literacy in small-group, in-class, or one-on-one support sessions through demonstration lessons, modeling, and direct explanation of teaching strategies
• This support may include coordination and implementation of literacy programs schoolwide
• Conducts individual diagnostic assessments of students and provides staff and parents with a summary of findings and implications for instruction
• Demonstrates understanding and application of reading comprehension techniques and principles including word structure, syntax and other linguistic features of reading comprehension
• Understands and can use assistive technology to support reading
• Provides support and continued coaching in the area of literacy for new and veteran teachers by modeling lessons, conducting observations and facilitating conversations
• Collaborates with the Department of Language, Literacy, and Assistive Technology team, division administrator, and classroom teachers regarding efficacy of literacy program and individual student achievement
• Maintains and increases knowledge of trends and issues in literacy
• Assists in the evaluation and purchase of supplemental materials to support the literacy program
• Respects the individuality of each student
• Assists in the writing of reports and student evaluations both independently and as part of a collaborative team
• Performs other job-related duties as required
• Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job

• Bachelor’s degree required
• Advanced degree and 3-5 years of school experience preferred
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Demonstrated leadership and facilitative skills
• Desire to plan and work collaboratively on a team is essential
• Ability to differentiate instruction, including working with students with learning differences, and the skill and willingness to adjust to student understanding and misunderstanding
• Displays proficiency in all related computer applications, including; Mac OS, Apple iOS, Microsoft Office programs, email and Internet, and Google Apps for Education Suite, experience with assistive technology is a plus
• Flexible teaching background and interest in teaching electives, coaching and/or advising clubs is a plus

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Contact name: Claudia Ramos
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