The Lower School Program at Miami Country Day School is well-respected in our community and nationally. Developmentally sound practices along with personalized learning experiences characterize our approach to instruction. We nurture a passion for lifelong learning, self-confidence and leadership. We strive to make education relevant and to give our students the foundation they need for success beyond life at Miami Country Day School.
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our students to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day. Students are at the forefront of what we do.
We are accredited by FCIS and SACS; active membership is maintained in SACAC, NACAC, NAIS, SAIS, CASE, CRIS, ERB, ALA, and the College Board.
The Literacy Specialist is an educator trained specifically to work in all aspects of student literacy. The Literacy Specialist will partner with the Lower School Director, Assistant Director and classroom teachers to provide an engaging, inquiry-based and constructivist literacy program to a broad range of learners using Columbia Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Workshop as a core curriculum.The Literacy Specialist supports the development of reading and writing by working with students, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians. The Literacy Specialist individualizes the teaching of learning skills and strategies for improving reading, writing and problem solving. The Fountas and Pinnell assessment system is also part of the dynamic programmatic foundation of literacy, and experience with this is crucial.
The Literacy Specialist will address the needs of a diverse group of learners. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, learning assistance programs, learning theory, effective interventions, as well as enrichment instruction. The ability to generate and implement creative and innovative ideas for engaging and working with students to transform student potential is necessary.
The Learning Specialist will provide academic support through individual work with students and collaboration with teachers, parents and outside resources. In addition to expertise in teaching and a background in literacy theory and interventions, the candidate should have experience with a collaborative/consultative approach to serving students with diverse learning styles.
The successful candidate will also have demonstrated experience and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. A strong interest in continued professional growth and development is required, as is a sense of humor and the ability to see the positive in challenging situations.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND TASKS:
Develop strong working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Relate to, establish rapport with, and motivate students to find joy and meaning in reading and writing.
Be familiar with balanced literacy focus and the integration of rigorous, evidence-based phonics training with authentic literacy encompassing word recognition, reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, spelling, and expressive writing.
The Reading and Writing Workshops are driven by standards, focused on strategies, differentiated, and guided by student data.
Deploy classroom-based and standardized assessment measures to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students and groups, and develop an intervention plan based on the assessment findings.
Provide individualized instruction, both individually and in small groups, to readers throughout Lower School to help students develop learning strategies and reading skills.
Assess student achievement and assist with placing students in appropriate reading and writing intervention, enrichment and support services.
Stay current in instructional approaches in order to be a resource to classroom teachers assessing student literacy performance and interpreting assessment results.
Help teachers diagnose reading strengths and weaknesses and match these skills with appropriate techniques and materials.
Work with teachers and administrators to facilitate the coordination of the reading program within the total curriculum.
Participate in curriculum committees, professional development and curriculum design to support student needs in reading.
Collaborate with teachers to identify the literacy needs of students, to set learning goals and targets, and to problem solve with teachers to develop best practices for continuous academic growth of students in literacy.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Master degree in Reading/Literacy Education or similar advanced degree.
5-8 years teaching experience.
Experience with the Columbia Teachers’ College Readers and Writers Workshop and Fountas and Pinnell reading level system.
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity.
Ability to facilitate and share best practices for enhancing literacy excellence and engagement.
Proven success working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, as well as exceptional written and oral communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize a multitude of tasks by volume, urgency, etc.
Detail oriented and resourceful.
Tactful and confidential.
Availability to attend disparate evening and weekend events
Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish objectives of the school program.
Knowledge and implementation of relevant technology.
Appropriate and personalized communication and instruction.
Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, and reach with hands and arms.
Work in a fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts.
Lift 20 pounds and occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
Work in varied and extreme weather conditions, including extreme heat.
Demonstrated interest in working with adults and children valuing diversity and the accomplishments of different learners and the whole child.
The above describes the general nature and level of work. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required as they are ever changing in a dynamic work environment.
If interested in applying for this position, please see MCDS Website for instructions.
Miami Country Day School is an independent, college-preparatory, day school founded in 1938, dedicated to the development of The Whole Child. The school is committed to providing a uniquely diverse and enriching educational experience that is designed to prepare each student for success in college and to make a difference in life. In rigorous pursuit of excellence, Miami Country Day School provides a caring learning community focused on unleashing the potential of every student, every day.
Location: 601 Northeast 107 Street, Miami, FL 33161
Our Students & Faculty: 900 students representing diverse backgrounds and cultures; Lower School, PreK3 through 5th grade; Middle School, 6th through 8th grade; Upper School, 9th through 12th grade; 123 full-time faculty, 56% hold advanced degrees; 21% represents over thirty-two countries