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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3426105
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : January 11, 2021

Job Description

Thurston Middle school seeks a literacy specialist to join a group of collegial professionals.  The ideal candidate must be licensed by DESE and hold either an Orton Gillingham or Wilson Reading Levels One and Two certification.
Nature and Scope:
The Literacy specialists works with the classroom teacher to support and develop classroom instruction and to assess students reading abilities and writing abilities in order to develop plans to support students who need literacy intervention.  
Essential Functions/Responsibilities:
  • Provides direct reading intervention and instruction for students who are below grade level benchmarks.
  • Supports literacy group models within classrooms
  • Provides literacy assessments and ongoing data analysis
  • Helps teachers interpret literacy assessment data of students.
  • Assists administrators and teachers in designing appropriate intervention programs for students at risk of reading failure.
  • Provides professional development training, workshops, and coaching appropriate for teachers and instructional assistants in literacy development skill acquisition.
  • Mentors and coaches teachers in the areas of literacy instruction.
  • Assists administrators and teachers in identifying appropriate literacy materials for all students.
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and innovation in English/Language Arts based on the standards outlined in the Massachusetts ELA curriculum Frameworks
  • Provides demonstrations of new methods and materials for teaching English/Language Arts (e. g. integration of Technology and best practices for Remote Learning)
  • With the Reading Coordinator, plans and conducts periodic program evaluations to assess the need for improvements in reading instruction and/or assessments.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • DESE certified
  • Mass Reading certifiation
  • Ability to assess reading and general literacy needs of students.
  • Effective oral and written communication.
  • Familiarity with educational testing and informal assessment and structured multi-sensory sequential reading programs preferred.


- Knowledge of the standards set forth in the MA curriculum frameworks and the Westwood learning expectations.
- Knowledge of the relevant content.
- Knowledge of relevant School Committee Policies, district and building goals, needs of the students in the class, and relevant state and federal laws.
- Ability to execute the performance standards set forth in the WPS teaching rubric.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational and planning skills.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues.
- Ability to forge effective working relationships with students and parents.
- Technological proficiency, both in the use of technology for communication and for instruction.
- Ability to work under time constraints and meet deadlines.


- Demonstrates caring and concern for all students.
- Conveys a love of learning to students.
- Makes positive contributions to the larger school community.
- Communicates clearly.
- Uses good judgment.


Work takes place in classrooms and other building rooms/areas, including offices, auditorium, gym, lunchroom and hallways, within a school building setting, primarily indoors. Job takes place in a high-performing school district with high expectations.


- Requires sufficient vision to read printed documents and to view detail on a computer screen for extended periods.
- Requires frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, and reaching, as well as carrying and occasionally lifting up to 30 lbs.
- Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation, on the telephone, and in the classroom.
- Ability to hear sounds clearly up to twenty feet.
- Travel among buildings may be required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Westwood is an inclusive community that supports diversity among its staff and student body


The Westwood Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    The Westwood Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation and is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    Contact Information

    • HR Department
    • 220 Nahatan Street
    • Westwood, Massachusetts 02090

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