Upland Country Day School is a coeducational, non-sectarian day school serving students in Preschool through Grade 9. Located in Kennett Square, southwest of Philadelphia, Upland draws students from towns throughout Chester County and northern Delaware. For additional information, please visit our website at www.uplandcds.org.
Upland seeks an experienced reading specialist in our Lower School. This is a full-time position for the 2019-2020 school year.
Entrusted with the education and care of children, Faculty at Upland promotes the best interests of the child within the context of the School’s philosophy. Those who teach are responsible for the quality of their teaching, promoting their own growth, and modeling the values in and out of the classroom that the School espouses. The following is an outline of the major responsibilities:
The role of the Reading Specialist is to support students (grades K-5) by providing tiered fluency intervention and remediation; to support teachers in their efforts to advance student literacy through the Bookworms Reading Program; to work with parents and outside professionals in order to better support students. Each student guided by the Reading Specialist is expected to achieve at a high academic and personal level according to his/her potential. The Reading Specialist reports directly to the Head of the Lower School.
Examples Of Duties
Guides, plans, directs, and models research-based instruction across the district curriculum and content areas.
Works with the school's instructional team to identify curricular needs in reading.
Facilitates and supports ongoing data team meetings to analyze progress monitoring and benchmark data and make recommendations for student instruction and interventions.
Works collaboratively with administration to develop, implement and coordinate a comprehensive intervention program.
Serves as a resource for administrators, classroom teachers, parents, and students to improve literacy.
Disseminates information and materials on current research related to educational trends to the faculty and community.
Provides assistance, as requested, by participating in parent conferences, answering parent concerns, and recommending enrichment activities to parents and teachers.
Maintains a professional knowledge of successful reading research-based practices. Remains active in education associations related to reading/language arts to include participation in conferences, workshops, reading specialist meetings, and other staff development opportunities.
Analyzes assessment data to identify students’ strengths and needs.
Designs and/or recommends appropriate tiered interventions for students.
Provides research-based supplemental and intervention reading instruction/programs to students who are experiencing difficulty with reading.
Plans and collaborates with classroom teachers, special area teachers, and grade-level teams to align instruction for students and assist teachers in implementing best practices.
Models and demonstrates lessons with classroom teachers to improve students’ academic performance.
Assists teachers and administrators in adapting the reading/language arts curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
Coordinates and administers reading assessments used to monitor student progress and identify individual student needs.
Administers individual diagnostic assessments to determine the strengths and needs of students
Shares assessment information with classroom teachers, parents, and specialized personnel such as psychologists, special educators, guidance counselors or speech-language pathologists in order to provide an effective academic program for students.
Analyzes data and assists teachers in analyzing data from reading assessments (e.g., screening, progress monitoring, diagnostics, outcomes) to identify strategies and make recommendations to meet the needs of individual students.
Minimum Qualifications Reading Specialist Certification from an accredited University. Master’s degree preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of pedagogy.
Knowledge of current research-based instructional practices in reading/language arts.
Knowledge of and skill in reading assessment and diagnostic-prescriptive teaching in reading.
Knowledge of, and skill in, the use of database, internet, spreadsheet, word processing, and related applications.
Successful experience developing and supporting curriculum implementation.
Training and experience in delivering components of structured literacy.
Proficiency in planning and delivering instruction aligned to best practices in delivering instruction to students with a range of reading needs.
Strong human relations skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Strong organization and communication skills.
Ability to appropriately maintain confidential information.
Founded in 1948, Upland Country Day School is a non-sectarian, independent day school
educating boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 9. Within a nurturing and fully participatory environment, we develop children as independent and lifelong learners. Upland’s program prepares students for success in their secondary education and beyond through a balance of academics, the arts, athletics and citizenship. Our students graduate as developing adults with a strong sense of community, respect for others, strength of character, and self-confidence.
Upland employs adults, and admits students, of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, national and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, or administration of its educational policies, employment policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or other school administered programs. Upland seeks and supports diversity in its professional faculty and staff. Teacher certification is not required for consideration.