The Chestnut Hill School, founded in 1860 and located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a co-educational, independent school educating students from Beginners (age 3) through Grade 6. The School lives its commitment to academic excellence, diversity and community, recognizing that these inextricable values are required to optimize learning, a sense of belonging, civility, and compassion. CHS graduates stand up for their beliefs, express their thoughts, and care about the rights and feelings of others. We welcome applications from individuals who are willing to join a warm, inclusive, and joyful school community and able to contribute to the fulfillment of our mission.
POSITION SUMMARY: The literacy specialist is responsible for literacy instruction and intervention as well as leadership in the area of literacy instruction. This is a part-time position.
The Literacy Specialist will:
Support the mission of the school.
Ensure the safety and well-being of all students.
In collaboration with grade-level colleagues, plan and implement the literacy program.
Provide thought partnership and expertise to classroom teachers and interns as regards best practices in literacy instruction.
Maintain a comprehensive inventory of instructional materials and resources.
Develop and administer assessments to evaluate student progress toward learning objectives in literacy.
Provide daily small-group reading instruction and push-in classroom instruction as needed.
Differentiate teaching methods, assignments, and/or assessments to meet students’ needs.
Communicate regularly with families concerning student progress and information about academic programming and classroom events.
Participate in parent-teacher conferences as needed.
Contribute to narrative progress reports to record and communicate students’ progress as needed.
Attend staff meetings, including grade-level meetings, learning specialist department meetings, and full-staff meetings, as scheduled.
Participate in all-school activities, such as Admissions open houses and the Carnival, that take place outside of regular work hours
Regularly update curriculum materials
Engage in regular professional development opportunities to ensure continual growth and renewal
Perform dismissal, lunch, and recess duties as assigned.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the head of school or academic dean/dean of faculty
Master’s degree in education, reading, or related field
Extensive experience in literacy instruction and intervention
Deep and broad understanding of reading content, research, instructional strategies and curriculum design
Proven ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues
Commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Equity and inclusion
Employee lives the stated mission of the school, and values and respects diversity in all facets of school life. Employee promotes equity, inclusion, and social justice in work with students, families, and colleagues.
In keeping with Chestnut Hill School’s commitment to a strong community, employee exemplifies cooperation and collaboration, demonstrates leadership when necessary, is a supportive team member when needed, and assists others to ensure deadlines and goals are met.
Employee exercises clear, constructive, and appropriate communication with students, colleagues and administration in written and verbal communication.
Critical observation and problem-solving
Employee shows ability to not only gather information but to also interpret, analyze, and suggest next steps based upon data. Employee assesses problems and utilizes all available resources to resolve challenges through proper channels.