Start Date: Aug 31, 2018 Salary: Commensurate with experience
About the School A leader in progressive education for more than 100 years, the Bank Street School for Children provides students, from nursery through 8th grade, an education that engages their natural curiosities, nurtures critical thinking, and helps to develop a sense of community and social responsibility. Through a teaching approach that is fundamentally hands-on and child-centered, Bank Street students develop the courage and confidence to think independently, work collaboratively, understand themselves and others more deeply, and possess the compassion to make a positive impact in the world.
General Position Description The K-2 Literacy/Reading Specialist serves as a schoolwide consultant and K-2 coach on reading, writing, language arts assessments, curriculum, and intervention. The K-2 Literacy/Reading Specialist works closely with the Student Support Team to support students in developing their reading and writing skills. The K-2 Literacy/Reading Specialist provides reading intervention and support for students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 in collaboration with the Learning Specialist.
? Provide professional development and support to classroom teachers on age-level curriculum, Sounds in Motion, leveled libraries, and assessment ? Collaborate with teaching teams at regular intervals to develop, assess, and refine curriculum ? Engage with teaching teams, learning specialists, and school psychologist to develop and assess intervention strategies for individual children ? Train and support new teachers to facilitate guided reading groups in first and second grade ? Run reading groups in first and second grade classrooms ? Facilitate whole group Handwriting and writing lessons in first grade ? Meet with individual students before or after school for diagnostic purposes ? Provide written notes and ongoing communication to classroom teachers about individual students ? Participate in parent conferences, as needed ? Report out at team meetings for individual children, as needed ? Supervise student teachers in literacy from the grad school ? Other duties as assigned by the Division Head and/or Dean
? Deep understanding of the developmental stages of reading and writing ? Successful history of coaching teachers around literacy instruction ? Experience developing and utilizing leveled libraries/matching readers with developmentally-appropriate texts ? Knowledge of a range of literacy assessment tools (F&P, QRI, PAT etc.), including running records ? Familiarity with and training in writers’ workshop, Orton Gillingham, Sounds in Motion, and Handwriting without Tears ? Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to social justice and equity ? Strong written and oral communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills ? Warmth, humor, flexibility, and optimism
Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs. In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
Bank Street School for Children is a coeducational, independent progressive school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan serving students from Nursery through Grade 8. It is a working model of Bank Street College's approach to teaching and learning.