Part-Time One Year Literacy Specialist Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2
The Park School
April 12, 2018
Part Time - Faculty
Early Childhood, Reading
The part-time Literacy Specialist is a member of the School’s Lower Division and reports to the Head of the Lower and Middle Division. This part-time one year leadership position is responsible for working with Lower Division faculty to support the teaching of literacy.In addition, the position requires expertise in early childhood literacy curriculum, as well as experience working directly with four to eight-year-old children.
This position includes overseeing the literacy instruction in the Pre-K through Grade 2 classrooms, as well as supporting the Grade 2 reading programs by working with small groups of students.The position involves working closely with the Lower Division Reading Specialist and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
The ideal candidate will possess creative problem-solving skills, a sense of humor, a passion for literacy teaching and learning, and strong interpersonal skills that allow one to cooperate and collaborate effectively with others.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work 18 hours a week
Provide small group literacy support for students in four Grade 2 classes
Support individual Grade 2 teachers with literacy instruction
Facilitate grade level team meetings Pre-K through Grade 2
Enhance and support the curriculum to better meet the identified needs of students
Promote consistency in the learning experiences of the children
Empower teachers to make effective planning, instructional and assessment decisions
Introduce new ideas and current research about best teaching practices, as well as develop content knowledge in teachers
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Depth of understanding in literacy development, research-based practices and current trends in elementary literacy education, with a focus on student development in Pre-K through Grade 2
Demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and actively pursue professional development rooted in individual and schoolwide literacy goals
Facilitative skills that promote professional growth with a student-centered literacy mindset
Experience using a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
Experience with the Wilson “Fundations” Program
Experience with Teachers College Reading and Writing Units of Study
Training in multisensory instructional methods
Strong technology skills
A collaborative, flexible teaching style
Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community
Bachelor or Master Degree in Elementary Education or Literacy preferred
Three or more years teaching in the early elementary grades
Knowledge of curriculum design and instructional best practices in Literacy
Enthusiasm for working with highly-motivated faculty and students
Demonstrated evidence of creating and facilitating professional development opportunities
Please visit The Park School Employment page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and names of three references.
The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
About The Park School
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education.The cornerstone of Park's program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to his or her greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park's faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
Park is committed to being a metropolitan, co-educational day school of diverse races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Central to its mission is an appreciation of similarities and differences of perspective and the interdependence of all people. As a family school, Park is a community in which the dignity of each child, teacher, and parent is respected.