SPECIAL EDUCATION LITERACY SPECIALIST (#553)

Somerville Public Schools ( learn more )

Somerville, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 4008853
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : September 28, 2022
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

 

Job Goal:   Somerville Public Schools strives to create an inclusive and racially affirming environment that welcomes and values the diversity of our staff and students. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

 

We welcome and value different perspectives and experiences in our staff, recognizing the powerful impact that a diverse workforce has on all students. We are committed to supporting educators through a strong induction and mentorship program, educator-driven professional development, and opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

As a district, we are also committed to supporting the whole child by promoting a trusting, mutually respectful and inspiring culture that values the individuality of our students and the professionalism of the field.

 

Qualifications:

  1. Excellent communication skills;
  2. Orton Gillingham or Wilson Reading Preferred;
  3. Strong people and problem solving skills; an ability to win the respect and trust of fellow teachers and work through problems that may arise
  4. Advanced degree preferred
  5. Understanding of scientifically based literacy research and evidence-based practices for teaching the range of literacy skills and assessing student progress toward achievement of benchmarks; a demonstrated ability and willingness to learn and stay current.
  6. Knowledge of Language and Literacy based disabilities including Dyslexia
  7. Must be a licensed teacher (Special Education required; ESL preferred) by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Instructional Support:  Supporting teachers with designing and implementing rigorous and culturally responsive strategies that meet the learning needs of students with disabilities
    • Provides instructional coaching in specialized instruction which includes student-centered observation-feedback cycles with individual teachers focused on improving student outcomes through effective instruction and assessment
    • Collaborates with special education teachers in all aspects of specialized instruction, including use of student assessments to group students, management of effective whole- and small-group instruction, and individual activities to meet specific student IEP goals and objectives
    • Provides specific strategies for improved instructional delivery with research-based instructional strategies and interventions to improve achievement for all students
    • Assists teachers with implementation of Tier 3 interventions
  • Data Analysis and Utilization Support:  Supporting teachers in understanding, analyzing and utilizing data to support equitable student access to learning
    • Establishes a culture that uses student data regularly to improve instructional practices
    • Collaborates and/or facilitates the analysis of interim and formative assessment data that informs instructional planning
  • Professional Development:  Providing ongoing professional development based on teacher, building, and district needs.
    • Collaborates with master teachers and principals in determining appropriate resources and support for teachers
    • Leads teacher study groups to increase content and pedagogical knowledge as needed
  • Other work:
    • Coordinates with stakeholders and the leadership team as necessary to support teacher development and student growth
    • Maintains records of teacher support and submits to supervisor at requested intervals to document quantity, duration and type of teacher support 
    • Completes any additional duties as assigned by the Director of Special Education and Asst. Directors of Special Education

 

The Somerville Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, home status, marital/civil union status, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, place of birth, national origin, ancestry, cultural identity, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > Alternative Learning Environment
    Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
    Special Education > Alternative Learning Environment
    Special Education > General Special Education
    Special Education > Special Education Assistant
  • Employer Description

    Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools.

    Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University. Learn more about us...

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    Job Requirements

    • No experience required

    Contact Information

    • Central HR
    • 8 Bonair St.
    • Somerville, Massachusetts 02145

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