Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of city life? Would you like to live in a pristine environment? Do you long for work / life balance? Would you like to truly make a difference in the lives of students? If you answered yes to any of these questions, teaching in Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska, may be right for you!
Required Qualifications: A valid Alaska initial, professional, or master teaching certificate with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist.
Preferred Qualifications: Should possess a Master’s degree and be eligible for an Alaska Teaching License with an endorsement as a Reading Specialist. Three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was the primary responsibility, required. A comparable amount of training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications. Experience in cross-cultural settings is highly desirable with rural Alaska setting preferred.
Salary: Dependent on experience / education placement on negotiated salary schedule.
Job Summary: Under the direction of the principal, the responsibilities of the position fall into two categories. As a teacher, the reading specialist is responsible for providing direct instruction to students, individually or in small groups, to enable students to develop literacy skills. As a literacy leader, the position is responsible for implementing a comprehensive literacy program at the assigned school through coaching, supporting, and guiding teachers in best practices for literacy instruction.
Direct Instruction of Students
- Provide direct instruction in the areas of reading and writing for identified groups and individual students, with an emphasis on emergent, beginning, and transitional readers.
- Identify literature for use in all content areas in support of the curriculum.
- Provide curriculum support and training for all teachers and continuous staff development that supports school division initiatives.
- Model and coach instructional methods in a variety of settings (whole group and small group) and provide follow-up support.
- Collaborate with and coach teachers on the use of assessment data to plan instruction; analyze school literacy data and plan for future literacy needs.
- Provide ongoing training and follow-up in the use of assessment tools.
- Select instructional materials to meet student needs.
- Participate in collaborative instructional planning.
- Assess students using a variety of measures to determine appropriate placement and specific instructional needs.
- Conduct classroom visitations and provides feedback to teachers and administrators on the school’s literacy program.
- Maintain an organized system and accessible location for the storage and circulation of reading and writing materials.
- Maintain a comprehensive inventory of instructional materials and resources.
- Assist with the planning and delivery of parent workshops and informational sessions involving the language arts program.
- Participate in parent conferences and provide instructional suggestions.
- Remain grounded in content standards and objectives in order to facilitate integrated and concept based instruction.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of BBBSD’s curriculum and techniques for integrating curriculum; knowledge of the needs of students requiring remedial reading instruction; thorough understanding of the teaching and learning process; ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education; ability to infuse technology into curriculum; ability to guide and train teachers in effective techniques and strategies; ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, central office, school based staff, students, parents and community; ability to use diagnostic data to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the student(s); excellent organizational, communication, and human relations skills.