Teacher Lower School Reading Specialist (Pre-K through Grade 5) 2017-2018
Lower School teachers (PreK-5) work in self-contained classrooms of typically 20 students each. Lower School teachers focus on three core academic areas: mathematics, language arts, and social studies. Physical education, Spanish language, science, music, art and computer technology are taught by specialists. Collaboration and communication between homeroom and specialist teachers is a high value in the Lower School.
CA offers an excellent compensation package, wide-ranging opportunities for professional development, and an environment notable for its dedicated teaching professionals and supportive administrators. Salary is based on education and experience.
Applicants are also invited to visit the CA website (www.coloradoacademy.org) to learn more about the school and its program.
Literacy Leader and Instructional Coach (At least 50% time shall be devoted to program leadership and coaching to include, but not limited to, co-teaching, collaboration, instructional support, modeling, observing, providing feedback, and curriculum development/implementation.)
· Promote enhanced literacy instruction and student learning by coaching and working with teachers to develop more effective literacy teaching practices and by sharing information that addresses the way in which students learn literacy.
· Work with and support teachers in developing and implementing curriculum, differentiated instruction techniques, teaching strategies, assessments, and materials selection to help support students in their progress.
· Participate in data interpretation sessions analyzing student data and collaborating with teachers to develop plans and designs for appropriate instruction based on those interpretations.
· Support the professional growth of teachers by strengthening classroom teachers’ understanding of literacy content and pedagogy from a balanced and research-based perspective.
· Support teachers’ instructional practice utilizing strategies such as demonstration teaching/modeled lessons, co-teaching, classroom observation, and debriefing.
· Collaborate with grade-level teachers and teams of teachers to review and further develop curriculum maps, pacing guides, and instructional plans to enhance the success of their students.
· Work with the Lower School Principal to identify professional development opportunities for teachers.
· Assist with the planning and delivery of parent workshops and informational sessions about the Colorado Academy literacy curriculum.
· Serve as needed on various literacy related committees at an interdivisional level.
· Report to the Lower School Principal and work closely with that position to support high quality literacy instruction and curriculum development.
Direction Instruction of Students (No more than 50% time shall be devoted to this category)
· Provide direct instruction in collaboration with classroom teachers in the areas of reading and writing for identified groups and individual students, with an emphasis on emergent, beginning, and transitional readers in Kindergarten-Grade 2.
· Provide remediation in small groups to students performing below grade level expectations who are identified through data meetings with teachers and administration.
We offer an excellent compensation package, opportunities for professional development, and an environment of dedicated teaching professionals and supportive administrators.
· A Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education or relevant field and/or a Master’s degree in education (with at least 24 semester hours of literacy content courses, literacy pedagogy courses, and leadership/coaching courses); a state-issued Reading Specialist endorsement desirable.
· Actively engaged in professional development addressing literacy and literacy education.
· At least five years of successful, full-time K-5 classroom teaching experience.
· Experience in working with multiple grade levels (preferred) and differentiated instruction.
· Experience in providing professional development that addresses literacy content, literacy instructional strategies, and use of assessment to inform instruction preferred.
How to ApplyQualified applicants are encouraged to send a letter of application, resume and three references to: Michael Davis, Ph.D. Head of School Colorado Academy 3800 S. Pierce Street Denver, CO 80235 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Colorado Academy does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures, or practices on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, military service, or other protected status.
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