Reading Specialist

Clayton, DE 19938, US
Jan 12, 2018
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Reading Specialist is a specially prepared professional who has responsibility for the literacy performance of readers in general or struggling readers in particular within the school.

  • Delaware Reading Specialist Certification or current enrollment in a program leading to certification in reading. The expectation is that the applicant will complete the program
  • Three years teaching experience
  • Delaware K-6 Elementary Teaching Certification
  • Master's degree (or bachelor's degree plus 30 graduate credits) from an accredited college including methodology pedagogy

REPORTS TO: RTI/ELL Service Coordinator


  • Two years experience as Title I Reading Specialist
  • Experience in providing staff development for adults


  1. Instructional Program : The Reading Specialist's full-time job is to improve

Reading instruction and to provide targeted reading intervention to students in

the school.

Other responsibilities include:
  1. Promote interest in reading.
  2. Coach (e.g. co-teach, model, demonstrate, observe, and provide feedback) classroom teachers on the implementation of core and intervention approaches for K-8 reading and the use of formative assessment data as the basis for instructional decision making; use scaffolding techniques to help teachers become comfortable in implementing evidence-based instructional practices.
  3. Provide support for the implementation of the comprehensive reading program and approach selected by PCA that addresses the five components of reading (i.e., phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies) in a systematic manner.
  4. Become familiar with the administration and interpretation of in-depth diagnostic measures or additional assessments commonly used in the school.
  5. Coordinate reading assessments at appropriate grade levels and assist teachers in analyzing the test results.
  6. Assist teachers with instructional reading intervention strategies and procedures.
  7. Assist with the evaluation of students with severe reading problems that may require additional support services.
  8. Monitor and track individual student progress in reading.
  9. Model reading and language arts instruction in K-8 classrooms.
  10. Collaboratively select and coordinate all reading and language arts materials used in the classrooms in conjunction with the Director of Curriculum.
  11. Maintain accurate, complete and correct records as required by law, school policy, and administrative regulation.
  12. Submit appropriate data and reports as requested.
  13. Fulfill the requirements of punctuality, reliability, and responsibility with regard to school policies, procedures, and regulations.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned.

  1. Staff Development :
  2. Participate in staff development and Reading Cadre sessions conducted by the Delaware Department of Education as schedule allows.
  3. Orient teachers and paraprofessionals as to the philosophy, procedures and resources for the PCA reading program.
  4. Provide resources and training opportunities for professional growth for classroom teachers (e.g., through in-service courses, workshops, seminars, conferences etc. as approved by the Director of Curriculum, Principal and/or Head of School) on evidence-based reading research and practices.
  5. Provide for his/her own professional growth by attending in-service courses, workshops, seminars, conferences etc. as approved by the Director of Curriculum, Principal and/or Head of School.
  6. Act as a catalyst for building a school learning community that focuses on integrated learning, building connections across grades.

  1. Evaluation :
  1. The Reading Specialist will be evaluated with the Delaware Professional Appraisal System (DPAS II) for Specialists.

  1. Public Relations :
  1. Keep parents and the community informed as to the purposes and progress of the PCA reading program as well inform parents of ways they may assist.
  2. Interpret the school's reading program to staff, parents, and members of the community.

  1. Other
  1. Performs other duties as assigned.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Salary and work year to be determined by the Board of Directors.

A person may not be employed by a public school employer in any position requiring licensure and certification if the person does not meet licensure and certification requirements established under Chapter 12 of [Title 14 of the Delaware Code]..., except pursuant to a license extension and/or emergency certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12. See 14 Del. C.§ 1313.

Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all new employees hired after December 31, 1995

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