Director of the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy
Atlanta Speech School
June 14, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
The Atlanta Speech School
Many analysts lament our nation’s continuing illiteracy epidemic, as fewer than 35 percent of our children continue to leave 3rd grade as proficient readers. Not many moments offer the right leader the chance to address this problem at scale, backed by a strong institution, deep relationships with national brain development experts and partner organizations, a dedicated staff of more than 40 PhD and Masters level educators and digital experts, and 10 abidingly committed charitable foundations. If you think you might be that leader or know that leader, please read on.
The Rollins Center for Language and Literacy of the Atlanta Speech School is in a unique position to address the nation’s illiteracy crisis. The Center has gained rising traction in both the online and live-coaching worlds thanks in part to its work so far -- deeply grounded in Head Start/Early Head Start settings and highly diverse public school systems. It is also deeply grounded in the Atlanta Speech School itself, which serves as the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital and – with its four schools and four clinics -- has helped to empower tens of thousands of children each decade across most of its 80-year history.
To capitalize on and optimize this powerful engine for change, The Atlanta Speech School seeks a leader who is driven to close the access divide to early childhood literacy and who will confront this challenge with passion, urgency, optimism, practical wisdom and a collaborative spirit with our 100-plus partner organizations in this work.
S/he will bring a deep knowledge of the spectrum of academic research that defines the attention required from the last trimester of pregnancy through age 8 to build each child’s reading brain. S/he will also bring the courage and tenacity to see that this research is continuously transformed into practice at scale and to provide and foster the skills, energy and emotional intelligence necessary to effect ambitious and critically necessary outcomes across a complex landscape.
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