Early Childhood Literacy Specialist
The Chestnut Hill School, Chestnut Hill, MA
POSITION SUMMARY: The Literacy Specialist is responsible for literacy instruction and intervention, as well as leadership in the area of literacy instruction, for Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 1, with the possibility for other grades. This is a full-time position.
The Literacy Specialist will:
- Provide thought partnership and expertise to classroom teachers and associate teachers about best practices in early 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 well as additional Tier 2 intervention for students as needed
- Differentiate teaching methods, assignments, and/or assessments to meet students’ needs.
- Possess and utilize knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion pedagogy to plan and execute engaging and rigorous instruction.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with families concerning student progress and information about academic programming.
- 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 (e.g. open house, admissions playgroups, the carnival, etc.) 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.
- Support the mission of the school in all ways, by engaging and communicating effectively with staff and parents.
- 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
- Experience in literacy instruction and intervention as well as an understanding of current best practice, including the Science of Reading
- 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