Intervention Specialist (K-5) (0.5 FTE)

Blaine County School District No. 61 South Central / Twin Falls Reading/Literacy Primary Full Time Posted 3M ago

About this job

TITLE: Reading Intervention Specialist
PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule
FLSA: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Building Principal and Assistant Principals
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Principal's designated schedule.

This position can take the form of a full time Elementary Literacy Coach, a full time Elementary Reading Interventionist or a combination of both, depending on the school and job assignment. Provides support to the principal and teaching staff in the implementation of language arts standards and instructional strategies grounded in the science of reading research to ensure all students learn at high levels. Assists district and building administration in the development and implementation of a plan designed to support site level teachers with implementing effective instructional strategies in Language Arts. Teaches alongside teachers in the classroom (co-teaching) to support students and their acquisition of the reading standards. Co-plans with classroom teachers using student data to personalize instruction and maximize literacy learning time in the classroom. Provides professional learning opportunities to build the capacity of classroom teachers in teaching literacy standards to mastery. Reflects with the teacher after lessons as part of the continuous improvement cycle. Diagnoses, evaluates, assesses and teaches reading at various levels to students not meeting benchmarks in reading. Creates, plans and implements a high-quality reading intervention program and environment conducive to learning and personal growth in accordance with each student's needs. Establishes effective rapport with students, staff and administration in an educational environment favorable to learning and personal growth. Motivates students and staff to develop skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to provide a strong foundation in literacy for future learning.

Possess a bachelor's degree in a related field. Hold a valid Idaho Standard Instructional Certificate with appropriate endorsement for assignment (Literacy (K-12)). Master's degree in reading preferred. Possess knowledge of teaching literacy to English Learners. Spanish language skills or bilingualism preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
* Works as a capacity builder with classroom teachers to teach the K-5 language arts standards utilizing evidence-based practices in foundational reading skills, reading comprehension, writing, remediation strategies/techniques and assessment to improve student progress in the area of language arts.
* Serves as a resource in identifying effective instructional strategies and interventions to improve reading achievement.
* Meets regularly with principals and teachers to set goals, review assessment data and assess the outcomes of goals established by the school.
* Participates on grade level teams to review, analyze and evaluate the history, background, and assessment of students to design instructional programs to meet individual educational needs.
* Provides leadership and reinforces ongoing professional development for teachers to include the demonstration of instructional practices grounded in the science of reading.
* Co-plans with teachers or grade level teams and co-teaches lessons to enhance instruction for students.
* Collaborates with teachers to create classroom environments that spark a heightened interest in learning for every student, promote inquiry and maximize instructional time.
* Individualizes and adapts educational processes and procedures to enhance student educational opportunities, including actively pursuing alternative solutions to improve student learning, i.e. providing individual, small group, or remedial instruction.
* Pursues a variety of scientifically based methodologies in teaching reading that promote improved levels of achievement and accelerate student growth in meeting reading benchmarks.
* Supports administration by collecting and presenting student performance data in reading.
* Communicates with teachers and parents regarding individual student progress.
* Ensures equal access to a rigorous reading curriculum for every student; includes grade level appropriate text and acquisition of the academic language to deeply learn content.
* Participates in job related activities, such as staff meetings, in-services, and committees.
* Performs a variety of non-instructional duties, including participation on curriculum and instructional development committees and meetings targeting district wide improvement.
* Selects and requisitions instructional tools and equipment appropriate to the interest and maturity level of students, maintains required inventory records and makes purchases as authorized.

Knowledge of child development and especially of characteristics of students in the age group assigned. Knowledge of the prescribed curriculum and assessments. Knowledge of current educational research. Knowledge of current technology. Knowledge of learning styles and skill in using varied teaching methods to address student learning styles. Skill in oral and written communication with students, parents, and others. Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness. Ability to assess levels of student achievement effectively, analyze test results, and prescribe actions for improvement. Ability to maintain appropriate student supervision so that students have a safe and orderly environment in which to learn. Ability to work effectively with peers, administrators, and others. Ability to work under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods, direct other persons within a small work unit, and track budget expenditures. Ability to use computer and technology to support effective instruction and student learning, including Google Docs.

The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment under minimal temperature variations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to crawl, balance, stand, and walk; use mental acuity and repetitive motion; use hands to hold, move, feel and manipulate objects; reach with hands and arms; sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Specific speaking and hearing abilities required by this job include expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, shouting in order to be heard, and receiving detailed information through oral communication. Performs light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Education required

Bachelor's Degree

$26,000 - $46,349.53

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

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