EMPOWERMENT ZONE LITERACY INTERVENTION TEACHER

Springfield Public Schools

Springfield, MA ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3426098
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 11, 2021

Job Description

Position: Literacy Intervention Teacher

Location: SEZP

Grade Level: 6-12

Full Time Start Date: Immediate

Salary: Starting at $50,500 and commensurate with experience, based on SEZP’s Career Ladder, and with opportunity for additional stipends

 

SEEKING EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS

The SEZP seeks a Literacy Intervention Teacher who believes educators are activists - promising instructional access, high expectations, advocacy, and a tenacious commitment to anti-racism for all students.

 

SEZP offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Educators in SEZP qualify for benefits (personal/sick days, health insurance, etc.) offered to other teachers in the Springfield Public Schools.

 

WHO YOU ARE

The SEZP is seeking an elementary, middle, or high school educator who views herself/himself as a change agent and who is committed to equitable instruction for learners who are inheriting a significant provision gap in their literacy learning. The essential responsibilities for this role will be guided by the following two values:

  • AGENCY: We believe educators in the SEZP will empower each and every student to pursue their fullest academic and personal potential. We believe a student’s agency to become their best academic and non-academic selves should be organized around personalized supports through which the student will co-own the setting and the attaining of their academic and life goals.
  • RELATIONSHIP: We believe that each and every SEZP student thrives in a positive, welcoming learning environment that emphasizes intentional and proactive relationship building. Supported through an explicit and universal culture of equity and anti-racism, a student will recognize the value of, and play a leading role in, developing interdependent relationships, with all members of the school community working collaboratively in pursuit of this vision.

 

WHAT YOU WILL DO 

 

As a Literacy Intervention Teacher, you will engage in the following job responsibilities across multiple schools in the SEZP:

  • Deliver literacy interventions to students who need intensive support to urgently develop skills in comprehension, fluency, phonics, vocabulary, and other fundamental areas of reading
  • Advise the RTI process to support the diagnosis of root causes underlying reading difficulties and the identification of appropriate interventions to address these needs, including programmatic approaches such as phonics, guided reading, LLI, Orton Gillingham, HELPS, Wilson, or others
  • Progress monitor response to these interventions in order to help RTI Teams determine whether to continue, refine, or abandon interventions
  • Gather and analyze resulting intervention data to continually inform the personalization of interventions for students
  • Attend relevant RTI meetings and provide guidance for other practitioners seeking to scale and replicate effective intervention practices
  • Complete additional tasks as assigned by the SEZP leadership team

 

WHO WE ARE

 

The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) was created to accelerate student achievement in the City of Springfield’s most underperforming schools, schools where frequently the most complex and the most vulnerable student populations lie. The core partners behind SEZP – the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Springfield Public Schools and the Springfield Education Association – envisioned that the autonomous conditions in SEZP could help usher in innovative and substantive solutions to the perennial challenges that these schools face.

 

As a “zone” of 15 schools serving over 5300 students, SEZP’s approach draws on a deep and embedded partnership with the school district and local teachers’ union, harnesses the flexibility and innovation of autonomous school models, and offers customized support as a non-profit school improvement partner. 

In all of its work, SEZP is in pursuit of equity and anti-racism – acknowledging the systemic oppression our students and families encounter daily and working to disrupt these provision gaps urgently and courageously. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Experience with reading intervention programs, approaches, and practices, such as phonics, guided reading, LLI, Orton Gillingham, Wilson, or others preferred
  • Experience as an elementary, middle, or high school educator preferred
  • Appropriate educator license (e.g., Elementary, English, Reading Specialist) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education preferred
  • Experience as an active anti-racist or advocate for equity preferred
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required

 

If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or reach out for more information. We know that historically marginalized groups – including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for a job. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from educators with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. 

 

Questions? 

We encourage you to reach out to Kelley Gangi at kgangi@springfieldempowerment.org if you have questions about the role or your qualifications. The position will be filled as soon as possible and applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. 

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, age, disability or military service or marital status. The Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate in admission to, access or treatment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.

 

Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination

Springfield Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment.  Springfield Public Schools is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 not to discrimination on the basis of sex in admission, administration of its educational programs or activities or employment.  The Senior Administrator of Human Resources, Kathleen O’Sullivan, Springfield Public Schools, 1550 Main St. Springfield MA, 011103, 413-787-7100,  ext. 55428, has been designated as the employee responsible for coordinating Springfield Public Schools efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.  Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 to Springfield Public Schools may be referred to Kathleen O’Sullivan or to U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-1100, telephone 800-421-3481.

 

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
  • Location Description

    Thank you for your interest in the Springfield Public Schools.

    The Springfield Public School district is committed to hiring a diverse pool of qualified educators, administrators, and non-instructional support staff.

    The Springfield Public Schools is a large and diverse urban district with over 4,800 employees. We serve over 25,000 students in 52 schools. The district has a highly committed staff, a strong school committee, and very supportive community partnerships.

    The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency will ensure the delivery of an educational experience in which all learners achieve success. Springfield is proud to offer some of the most progressive educational programming in the nation, including specialized magnet schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Springfield offers the International Baccalaureate program, Montessori, STEM, Expeditionary Learning Schools, and non-traditional educational programs.

    Be part of The Springfield Promise--If you are committed to fostering excellence in all students, effective in enabling your students to achieve high levels of academic success, like to work collaboratively as part of a team, have strong content and pedagogical knowledge, and embrace and value diversity-- The Springfield Public Schools is the place for you.

    VISION : The Springfield Promise: A Culture of Equity and Proficiency

    MISSION
    To provide the highest quality of education so that all of our students are empowered to realize their full?potential and lead fulfilling lives as lifelong learners, responsible citizens and leaders in the 21st Century.

    STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
    To accomplish this work, it will take the support and assistance of everyone: students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators
    and the community. Through an aligned management system, each of the following strategic priorities will serve to help ensure system?wide accountability:
    • High Academic Achievement For 21st Century Success
    • Safe Learning and Working Environment
    • Highly Qualified and Effective Staff
    • Effective Parent and Community Partnerships
    • Appropriate Use of Resources and Equitable Funding
    • Accountable Leadership
    • Effective Communications
    CORE VALUES
    • Our Students Will Always Come First
    • Teamwork, Trust and Mutual Respect are Expected
    • Everyone will Share in the Accountability
    • Our Core Business is Teaching and Learning
    • Parents and Community are our Partners
    THEORY OF ACTION
    If WE are clear in our expectations, focus on the instructional core, provide appropriate support, monitor performance with
    shared accountability?
    Then…
    WE will dramatically improve student achievement and close the achievement gap.
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