Hoosac Valley Regional School District
Employment Opportunities


Hoosac Valley Regional School District
Cheshire, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3496239 Application Deadline: May 14, 2021
Posted: April 15, 2021 Starting Date: August 28, 2021

Job Description
The Reading Specialist position at the Hoosac Valley Regional School District is a specially trained professional who is primarily responsible for working with PreK-5 teachers using structured literacy evidence-based instructional practices to improve reading achievement.

Essential Functions:· Supports, supplements, and extends classroom teaching by working collaboratively to implement structured literacy evidence-based instructional practices to reach all students; Provide instruction that is direct, explicit, systematic, cumulative, diagnostic and prescriptive; Provide support for the implementation of a comprehensive core reading program and approaches that address the components of reading which are phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension including oral language, and writing; Work with at risk students one-on-one, in small group, or in a whole-group format

Assessment - · Knowledge of and experiencing administering various types of assessments including valid, reliable and scientifically-based screening and diagnostic assessments; curriculum-based measurements (CBM); and in-depth diagnostic assessments used for formative, progress monitoring, and summative purposes.
Grey Test of Oral Reading; Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing; Test of Word Reading Efficiency; Word Identification and Spelling Test; Woodcock Johnson Test of Achievement; Woodcock Johnson Test of Oral Language; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children; Use assessment data to identify students at risk for reading difficulties and to inform instruction; Assess the reading strengths and needs of students and provide that information to classroom teachers, parents, and specialized personnel such as psychologists, special educators, or speech teachers; Use of formative/informative assessment and progress monitoring data as the basis for instructional decision making; Work with the Literacy Coach and Associate Director of Special Services to coach teachers on the administration and interpretation of assessment data to determine adequate progress or those in need of interventions of varying intensity as well as grouping for small needs-based groups as part of differentiated core instruction; Work with Literacy Coach and Associate Director of Special Services to assist teachers on the use of assessment data to modify instruction for individual students and to group students for classroom instruction (e.g. homogeneous groups)

Leadership - Collaborative leadership and adult learning theories and strategies related to:
Effective mentorship and coaching; Planning and leading professional development; Designing and facilitating family engagement activities; Participation on the District Curriculum Committees

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Job Requirements
Recommended Minimum Qualifications: Masters in reading, education, special education, or related field; Two to five years prior PreK-5 teaching experience preference for individuals with experience in reading instruction;Valid MA Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education license required; Valid MA Reading Specialist license preferred; Experience and skill as a coach or mentor is helpful; Excellent communication skills; Deep understanding structured literacy evidence-based instructional practices to improve reading achievement; Training in specialized reading programs, assessments, and/or methodologies, including but not limited to: Project Read (after 2003) Phonics, Written Expression, Report Form, Story Form, Story Form Literature Connection, LETRS Modules 1-12, Telian Lively Letters, Read Naturally, Fastbridge/AimsWeb, Key Three Routine – Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Fluency Training, Wilson Level 1 certification or Orton Gillingham Associate Level certification, Lindamood Bell Programs, Fundations, Heggarty, Framing Your Thoughts, Lexia, experience using a Core program. Additional Reading Specialist Responsibilities: Attend Building Based Team (BBT) and Special Education Team meetings, as necessary Other duties as assigned Physical Requirements: Light physical activity occasionally required.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Lisa Bresett, Senior Administrative Assistant
    191 Church Street
    Cheshire, Massachusetts 01225
    Phone: 413-743-2939 x1104
    Email: lbresett@hoosacvalley.org