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Title of Position: Education Associate, Secondary English Language Arts/Literacy
Reports To: Director of K12 Initiatives and Educator Engagement
Description of Position:
The Education Associate for Secondary English Language Arts/Literacy will provide leadership in the implementation of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and professional development in English Language Arts and Literacy in grades K-12 with specific emphasis at the middle and high school levels. The scope of work will require significant coordination and collaboration both within the Department of Education and with district and school personnel. This individual is a member of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development workgroup of the Department.
- Coordinate state meetings and committee work to further the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
- Work collaboratively with districts and charters and others to support standards-based English Language Arts curriculum and instruction for all students.
- Work collaboratively with the Delaware Literacy Coalition and Literacy Specialists/Cadre to design and deliver a coherent and comprehensive professional development program and Common Core aligned resources for K-12 English Language Arts teachers, specialists, and leaders.
- Design, facilitate, and monitor statewide professional development, in a variety of contexts, and in collaboration with a variety of organizations to ensure implementation of English/Language Arts and Literacy standards.
- Assist with state consortium efforts as a English Language Arts/Literacy representative.
- Collaborate across work groups on English Language Arts and Literacy initiatives, including the implementation of English/Language Arts and Literacy standards.
- Develop and disseminate materials to support best practices in Language Arts curriculum, instruction, and professional development with a focus at the middle and high school levels.
- Serve as a representative of Delaware for national collaborative projects related to current job responsibilities.
- Participate in the design and development of differentiated professional learning in the form of online modules, courses (and other modes of delivery) from inception to completion. Work within and across workgroups on the application of instructional design principles, learning theories, multimedia to support active professional learning.
- Analyze both state and district/charter level assessment data to inform decision making and drive programming and technical assistance.
- Work in collaboration with the Office of Assessment to support assessment related initiatives.
- Perform other tasks as assigned by the Work Group Director or the Chief Academic Officer.
Essential Qualifications and Skills:
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a concentration in literacy and/or literacy across the content areas and certification as a reading specialist.
- Minimum of five years successful teaching experience in K-12 schools English Language Arts or similar experience
- Firm knowledge of national trends and Common Core Standards
- Experience with reading and writing instruction; especially 6-12
- Experience with literacy instruction across the content areas
- Preferred experience with technical assistance to districts and charters
- Experience with using technology as a vehicle for professional development/learning
- Preferred experience with coordination of teacher professional development programs
- Knowledge and skills in best practices of professional development with adult learners
- Ability to initiate, plan, manage, and execute large scale projects
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Performs responsibilities with minimal supervision
- Capable of setting priorities and working in collaboration with others
- Capable of setting priorities and working under pressure
- Able to proactively problem-solve with professionalism
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with staff in a tactful, congenial and personal manner
- Understands the Department’s organizational aims and objectives
- Exercises discretion and confidentiality
Salary will be computed on the basis of experience and training and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education.
A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate during the interview process an understanding of diversity, educational equity and multicultural education. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The selected candidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position’s key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by his/her supervisor.
The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, age or Vietnam Era veteran’s status in employment or its programs and activities. Inquiries should be directed to the Department’s Human Resource Office, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware, 19901, Telephone No. (302) 735-4030.