The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade VIII 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.
The Literacy Specialist is a member of the school’s Lower Division and reports to the Lower Division Head. In support of the school’s mission and curricular goals, this full time, 10-month position is responsible for providing reading and writing support to students in Pre-K through Grade II. In addition, the position requires expertise in early childhood literacy curriculum, as well as experience working directly with four- to eight-year-old children.
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. At the Park School, faculty engage respectfully with families and demonstrate sensitivity to cultures, values, configurations, and beliefs.
Roles & Responsibilities
Provide small group literacy support for students in Kindergarten - Grade II
Collaborate with Pre-K - Grade II teachers to plan and integrate literacy lessons into the classroom teaching
Communicate regularly and effectively with parents, both orally and in writing
Attend parent-teacher conferences for both individual students and any conferences deemed appropriate in grade-level classrooms
Manage and administer assessment procedures, training, and data collection in collaboration with Lower Division Head
Demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and actively pursue professional development rooted in individual and schoolwide literacy goals
Partner with the Director of Academic Support to differentiate reading instruction for students in Kindergarten - Grade II
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.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree required in Elementary Education or Literacy
Minimum of 5 years teaching experience in elementary grades
Depth of understanding in literacy development, research-based practices and current trends in elementary literacy education, with a focus on student development in Grades Pre-K - II
Experience using a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
Experience with Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Units of Study preferred
Experience with the Wilson “Fundations” Program
Training in structured multisensory instructional methods
Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community
About The Park School
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade VIII 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.