11/13/2023Return to view all job openings
BROAD SCOPE OF POSITION
This position reports to the Principal, School for the Deaf and is responsible to administer literacy assessments, provide coaching / mentoring for literacy teachers to support implementation of curricula/interventions, for Preschool – 12th grade students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing. The Literacy Specialist / Coach will utilize Colorado Academic Standards and benchmarks in establishing instructional goals and provide assessments that measure whether students meet standards, in a safe and civil school environment.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Administers assessments to assess students’ literacy skills and collects, analyzes, monitors, and reports student literacy assessment data at the student and program level.
- Co-facilitates a school-wide Literacy Professional Learning Community (PLC) to utilize data to drive instruction and develop data-based goals, objectives, and standardized best practice strategies to guide instruction.
- Collaborates with administrators and teachers to identify and / or develop appropriate literacy curriculum and intervention materials to support each student’s primary communication mode and provides training and support to teachers in the identified curriculum.
- Provides training, coaching, and mentoring to literacy teachers, in best practices, to implement a schoolwide framework for literacy instruction and intervention.
- Collaborates with teachers to design rigorous, standards-based instruction in Literacy aligned with the student’s primary mode of communication.
- Engages teachers in learning new instructional strategies and locates / researches resources to support instructional improvements.
- Coordinates the development of Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) plans, for identified students.
- Utilizes technology to model, teach, and assist students relative to classroom instruction and activities.
- Provides parent consultation and training and coordinates parent-focused activities in the area of Literacy.
- Demonstrates knowledge / skill in the areas of task analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior management, organization / planning, curriculum development, current technology practices, parent relations and teamwork.
- Utilizes appropriate communication skills with a commitment to literacy development in each student.
- Collaborates effectively with other staff in providing student instruction, supporting school reform efforts, strategic planning, and positively contributing to co-curricular activities.
- Positively serves as a team member in the School for the Deaf, and of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) as a whole; and participates in regular team and departmental meetings, school and instructional meetings as required.
- Participates in activities related to professional development and training/workshops as appropriate.
- Performs other appropriate duties as assigned.
- Master's Degree in Education or closely related field from an accredited college or university, with specialization in Deaf Education.
- Must hold or be eligible for appropriate educator licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed as a Special Education Specialist: Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, or comparable endorsement.
- Subject area endorsement or specialization in English Language Arts and /or specialization related to literacy.
- 3 years of experience teaching literacy to children (in an educational environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing.
- Proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced (3+) skill level as demonstrated through an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy / procedure.