William L. Callahan School
Burrillville School Department
Harrisville, Rhode Island

Job Details
Job ID: 2765967 Application Deadline: April 3, 2017
Posted: March 20, 2017 Starting Date: August 29, 2017

Job Description
The Burrillville School Department is seeking qualified, certified candidates for the position of Reading Teacher beginning the 2017-2018 school year. Please read the following job description for position requirements and general responsibilities.
Burrillville School Department

Position Description

Title: Reading Specialist - Elementary

Supervisor: Building Principal, Assistant Superintendent

Department: School Department


Under the supervision of the Principal and the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, the Reading Specialist will support the Reading/Language Arts Program, contributing to its vision, its development, and its implementation. Recognizing that a balanced program meets the needs of all learners, the Reading Specialist will promote an approach to literacy learning that provides students with a continuum of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical viewing as well as provide modeling and training for teachers in incorporating reading / literacy strategies.


1. Participates in the unification, development, and implementation of the district’s K-12 Reading Literacy Program.

2. Demonstrates ability to provide and model reading / literacy strategies for classroom teachers to enhance teaching and learning in order to improve student performance.

3. Demonstrates understanding of a comprehensive balanced Reading program that incorporates reading and writing development.

4. Demonstrates ability and commitment to institute the Reading/Language Arts long-range strategic curriculum plan.

5. Demonstrates ability and commitment to successfully collaborate with all staff to develop and implement a sequential reading program.

6. Demonstrates knowledge of a variety of ways to teach Reading, when to use each method, and how to integrate methods into an effective instructional program.

7. Demonstrates ability to provide appropriate reading instruction to meet the individual needs of all learners.

8. Demonstrates ability to provide reading instruction that builds both the skill and the desire to read increasingly complex materials.

9. Demonstrates knowledge of a wide variety of books and other reading materials in classroom, school, community libraries, etc.

10. Demonstrates ability to provide reading assessment that identifies student strengths as well as needs and involves them in making decisions about their own learning.

11. Demonstrates willingness to pursue professional development to ensure that knowledge and skills remain current.

12. Demonstrates ability to continually assess children’s progress and relate reading instruction to children’s previous experiences.

13. Demonstrates commitment and active participation at Staff and School Improvement team meetings, etc.

14. Demonstrates ability to interact successfully with parents in support of students.

15. Participates on the Reading/Language Arts Curriculum Committee and other committees involving Reading/Language Arts Curriculum.

16. Demonstrates ability to generate and interpret Reading/Language Arts assessment data.

17. Demonstrates ability to provide assistance in conducting both State and District assessments.


1. RI elementary or secondary English certification. Certification as a Reading Specialist is required.

2. Master’s Degree in Reading.

3. A minimum of five (5) years of classroom (large group) teaching.

4. Experience with educational technology.

5. An understanding of literacy and assessment strategies and standards across the curriculum and the “teacher as trainer” model.

6. An understanding of and commitment to “teacher as trainer” practices (e.g., demonstration lessons, coaching, communication skills).

7. A commitment to participate in intensive training sessions designed to ensure the implementation of district literacy standards.

8. Strong oral and written communication skills.

9. Ability to establish a cooperative working relationship with teachers as well as school and district administration.

Approved by the Burrillville School Committee: June 13, 2000

Revised: May 11, 2004

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Burrillville School Department!

The Burrillville School Department is a public school district that serves the Town of Burrillville, located about 20 miles from Providence in northwestern Rhode Island, bordering both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Burrillville, incorporated in 1806, is a rural community comprised of nine villages spanning 57.3 square miles: Bridgeton, Glendale, Harrisville, Mapleville, Mohegan, Nasonville, Oakland, Pascoag, and Wallum Lake.

The School Department is a community of approximately 2,550 students, 235 faculty members, 87 staff, and 15 administrators, including the Superintendent of Schools. The School Department is overseen by the Burrillville School Committee, seven representative individuals elected on a rotating basis every four years by the citizens of the town.

There are five schools in the Burrillville School Department, serving Pre-K through Grade 12: Austin T. Levy School, Steere Farm Elementary School, William L. Callahan School, Burrillville Middle School, and Burrillville High School. You are invited to explore the Burrillville School Department on this web site and, if you want to know more about us or have a suggestion, please feel free to contact us.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Burrillville School Department is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
    There are no application questions required for this job posting.

    Contact Information
    Anne Schmiedel, Administrative Assistant
    2300 Bronco Highway
    Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830
    Phone: 401-568-1301
    Email: schmiedela@bsd-ri.net