The literacy specialist provides and leads literacy instruction and assessment, school-wide, through a combination of intervention, coaching and coordinating support staff. This position begins in August 2019 and is a ten month position. The literacy specialist reports to the Associate Head of School for Program & Instruction.
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other professionals in planning instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners
Provide and support literacy assessment and data analysis
Provide leadership for school’s literacy program
Provide professional development by training, coaching, and supporting teachers and assistant teachers with literacy programs and instructional practices
Support Schechter’s curriculum and professional development by modeling best practices, coaching teachers and encouraging reflective practice
Serve as a resource for teachers, assistant teachers, administrators and families
Coordinate literacy support, including organizing schedules and instruction for support staff
Ensure accurate and appropriate record keeping and reporting
Master’s Degree in Education with concentration in Literacy/Reading
K-12 Reading Specialist License
Minimum of 3 years experience in a K-8 school or equivalent environment.
Current knowledge of research and effective practices in the areas of literacy development, literacy instruction, assessment and professional development
Experience coaching and collaborating with teachers
Experience planning for and facilitating professional development workshops for teachers
Familiarity and experience with
Reading and writing workshop
Small group guided and strategy instruction in reading and writing
Familiarity and experience with Fundations(c) phonics curriculum, K-3
Excellent interpersonal skills and flexible, responsive work style
About the School:
The Solomon Schechter Day School (15 months through Grade 8) nurtures self-discovery through an innovative and engaging curriculum. We ignite a spark in students for Jewish learning and a love of Israel while fostering a caring, collaborative and joyful community.
We are looking for educators who are excited about:
Student-centered learning. You are an educator that strives every day to create a classroom environment that is truly a community of learners, where students reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning it.
Creativity and innovation. You are looking for a creative and innovative environment to teach, where you are empowered to identify ways to nurture and challenge students.
Small class sizes. You thrive in small class sizes, that ensure students and educators are in the optimal environment to be successful.
Educator community. You want to work with self-reflective colleagues, who are constantly trying to learn and grow as educators, and support the learning of peers.
Pay & Benefits:
Competitive salary; commensurate with experience
We thrive to provide a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that supports our faculty and staff, including: health insurance, prescription drug benefit, vision, healthcare/dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), long term disability, life insurance, 403(b) with employer matching, tuition reduction for employees’ children, paid holidays, sick time and personal time, and early dismissal on Fridays.
The Solomon Schechter Day School is the premier Jewish Day School in Greater Boston. We are committed to creating a joyful learning experience for our students, rooted in academic excellence and in nurturing their connection with Jewish tradition.