READING SPECIALIST

| October 9, 2014

REPORTS TO

Director of Student Support Services

NATURE & SCOPE:

The Reading Specialist will assume professional responsibility to interpret information from both formal and information assessments for planning instructions.  They will plan instructional programs that include: read aloud, sustained independent/shared reading, writing, oral and
written response, and explicit instructions. The components of the plan will also include strategies for comprehension such as; phonological awareness, decoding/word recognition and vocabulary development, fluency development, study strategies and motivation.  The program will be for assigned students or to provide support for other students and teachers who are working with them.  They will identify high interest appropriate texts and materials to match students’ strengths and needs to promote knowledge, independence, and motivation.  They will also introduce students to a wide variety of children’s literature at various levels and teach them how to select and use books at different levels for different tasks with a focus on motivation and developing lifelong readers.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • New York State certificate
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license with no serious violations.
  • Have excellent experience in teaching and working with children.
  • Have excellent integrity and demonstrate good moral character and imitative.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of teaching reading, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning and students needing to learn reading.
  • Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing using proper grammar and vocabulary.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide diagnostic testing to determine pupils reading problems.
  • Determine reading programs appropriate to pupil’s reading difficulty
  • Remediate reading problems.
  • Establish high standards and expectations for all students for academic performance and responsibly for behavior
  • Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards with working with students, parents, school personnel, and other agencies associated with the school.
  • Plan and implement sequential learning experience for students using a variety of instructional strategies, consistent with the school’s philosophy, mission statement, instructional goals, school level objectives and the Core Curriculum Content Standards.  The learning
    experience shall follow and use approved curricula and instructional materials.
  • Plan and implement instruction to ensure that reading pupils exceed the State Core Curriculum Content Standard in one or more of the seven content areas.
  • Plan and implement instruction to ensure that all students meet and exceed the State Core Curriculum Content Standards in the seven content areas:
    • Language Arts Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • World Languages
    • Comprehensive Health and Physical Education and
    • Visual and Performing Arts
  • In those areas in which a teacher specialist takes the primary responsibility for the content and skills of the Standard, the reading specialist will coordinate enrichment instruction with the classroom teacher in order to reinforce learning and student achievement.
  • Engage the learners in differentiated learning experiences for the range of skills levels and developmental needs found in the classroom, managing when appropriate, multiple instructional activities simultaneously.
  • Provide and effectively organize a variety of materials, equipment, media, and community resources to support the instructional program, using school-approved procedures. Organize and supervise approve field trips to enhance classroom learning.
  • Monitor the pacing of instruction and budget class time efficiently by providing clear directions, outlining expectations, and effectively brining to closure instructional experiences.
  • Submit lesson plans in the approved format to the Principal as required and requested.
  • Use Effective presentation skills when employing direct instruction, including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
  • Use excellent written and oral English skills when communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
  • Provide a nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate that encourages students responsibility, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies, and effective classroom management techniques.
  • Discipline students in a fair and consistent manner, using school approved procedures.  Seek assistance of the parents and the Principal when needed.
  • Establish a professional rapport with students that earns their respect.
  • Communicate regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the child in the school
  • Assess and diagnose the learning, social, and emotional needs and styles of students, using a variety of assessments techniques and data.
  • Plan and adjust the learning experiences accordingly, requesting advice and assistance from specialists when appropriate.
  • Assist with the preparation, monitoring and following of Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for selected students assigned to the class.
  • Employ a variety of methods for students to demonstrate learning and accomplishments.
  • Evaluate and grade homework, assignments, and tests in timely fashion, providing feedback to the student on performance.
  • Maintain records and provide evidence of growth and progress to parents and to students.
  • Assume responsibility for all students within the school, beyond those specifically assigned, supervising in a fair and constructive manner to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
  • Assist with extracurricular activities, supporting the total program of the school.
  • Attend student events to demonstrate genuine interest in the life of the students.
  • Ensure the safety and health of all students, notifying the administration of any unsafe conditions, following established procedures.
  • Create a stimulating, attractive, organized, functional, healthy and safe classroom, with proper attention to the visual, acoustic, and thermal environments.
  • Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports are required by law and regulation or requested by the Principal.  Maintain accurate attendance records. Account for all funds collected from students.
  • Worked cooperatively with adults assigned to the classroom establishing clear expectations for roles and responsibilities.
  • Serve as a role model for students, dressing and grooming professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the honorable profession of teaching.
  • Maintain positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationship with the administration, instructional staff, students, parents and representatives of resources agencies within the community.
  • Attend required staff meetings and serve as appropriate on staff committees.  Participate in curriculum and program development and in the selection of materials and equipment to support instruction.
  • Notify immediately appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse child abuse child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or anabolic steroids.
  • Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and personal growth experiences.
  • Summarize, interpret, and disseminate current developments in learning, instructional strategies and classroom management through reading of professional journals, participation in professional development, and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Recommend to the Principal the supplies and equipment needed to support instruction and assist with ordering following established  procedures.
  • Maintain a safe working condition and safely operate electronic and other equipment needed to carry out job functions and responsibilities.
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications as assigned by the Principal and assigned supervisor and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.

TO APPLY:

If you possess the qualities outlined above, please apply for a position at NHACS! To apply, please submit a current resume and
cover letter (as attachments in Word or PDF format) to recruitment@newheightsacademy.org. We will not consider applicants
who include that information in the body of the email.

In the subject line of the email, please name the position for which you are applying.  Please make sure that your
resume indicates your certifications (teaching or other). In your cover letter please:

  1. Describe why you are the perfect fit for the position for which you are applying.
  2. Explain why you desire to work in an urban middle/high school setting.

Applicants who do not follow the directions or who do not hold certification will not be considered.

New Heights Academy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

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