Reading Specialist

New Castle, DE 19720, US
Apr 09, 2018

JOB TITLE: Reading Specialist

REPORTS TO: Principal

JOB GOAL: Charter School of New Castle teachers will play an essential role in the growth and development of each of our students. All of our students come from underrepresented ethnic groups and many are performing several grade levels below their current grade level. Our teachers own the responsibility to plan, instruct, assess, lead, mentor, and guide each of our students to academic success overcoming all hurdles and obstacles to ensuring academic success. Charter School of New Castle teachers are responsible for the successful design, development, and implementation of academic lessons, working with other teachers and staff to analyze, assess, and improve the educational experience for our students.

OVERVIEW: Founded in 2006, Charter School of New Castle is split between two buildings, a K-4 Elementary School with about 500 students and a 5-8 Middle School with about 300 students. Charter School of New Castle is a family-focused charter school that prides itself on staff collaboration, and community engagement. At Charter School of New Castle, we provide our students with a well-rounded educational experience which is intellectually stimulating and builds a foundation for success. Our talented caring teachers receive intensive delivered by external experts in additional to its instructional leaders. In 2015, Charter School of New Castle partnered with EastSide Charter School to form the state's first multi-charter partnership. EastSide Charter School, Charter School of New Castle Elementary School, and Charter School of New Castle Middle School will be directed by a central office, which provides oversight and academic, financial, and technological support, to ensure the successful operation of each of its partner schools. This position is suited for someone who is willing to do "Whatever it Takes" to support our students in being successful in school and in life.


The Reading Specialist will:
  • Hold high expectations for each student
  • Coordinating the school reading program
  • Assist classroom teachers in planning reading and Language Arts programs
  • Collaboratively select and coordinate all reading materials used in the classroom
  • Assist classroom teachers with instructional interventions
  • Possess strong knowledge of content area
  • Demonstrate strong pedagogy
  • Exhibit positive rapport with students
  • Create and foster a positive learning environment
  • Establish and maintain strong communication lines with all parents
  • Assist in development of curriculum standards and backwards planning
  • Attend weekly department meetings
  • Perform clerical duties as required relating to textbooks, instructional supplies, student reports and records, attendance, etc.
  • Provides intensive instruction to struggling readers. Such instruction may be provided either within or outside the students' classrooms. Plans and develops special reading projects as approved or provided.
  • Focus on providing professional development for teachers by providing them with the additional support needed to implement various instructional programs and practices.
  • Provide essential leadership for the school's entire literacy program by helping create and supervise a long-term staff development process that supports both the development and implementation of the literacy program over months and years.
  • Assist teachers in the diagnosis and analysis of student work to collaborate on instructional strategies.
  • Supports the school Reading Intervention program (RTI) and provide suggestions on methods of intervention.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal, Achievement Specialist, or Academic Dean

  • The ideal candidate will possess the following: Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution. Has or is eligible for State of Delaware certification as teacher in grade or content area.


  • Experience:
  • at least one year of teaching experience (two years' experience preferred)
  • an outstanding record of elevating student achievement in an urban classroom, with a strong understanding of pedagogy that drives results


Charter School of New Castle educators must:
  • Be driven to improve the minds and lives of students from underserved communities; dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help all students achieve academic success
  • Be passionate about academic learning and insistent on academic excellence and rigor at all times
  • Be self-aware and know how to treat all members of the school's community with respect, appraises accurately his or her strengths and weaknesses, and is perceptive about how he or she is regarded
  • Work urgently and be able to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Be detail-oriented and self-directed with the ability to work independently and with a team
  • Act entrepreneurially as an initiator, problem-solver, and creative thinker

Effectively communicate with various audiences in an authentic and persuasive manner
  • Possess strong written communication skills
  • Be able to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
  • Be detail-oriented and self-directed and able to work independently on short- and long-term projects
  • Satisfactory criminal, child abuse, and FBI clearances


Length of Work Year: 10 months, select Saturdays, and occasional evening and weekend commitments will also be required; occasional travel throughout the state and region.

Salary and Benefits: Salary based on board approved salary scale. Charter School of New Castle offers a friendly

and committed team of colleagues and a comprehensive benefits plan.

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