K-3 Literacy Specialist

Job | Posted 10 days ago
Employment Type
Start Date
Position Areas
English/Reading/Language Arts


Under the supervision of the Director of Curriculum, the K-3 Literacy Specialist provides and leads literacy instruction and assessment, district-wide, through a combination of intervention, coaching and coordinating support staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The K-3 Literacy Specialist will:

Monitor the instructional program provided by English/language arts classroom teachers and provide ongoing professional learning support and coaching to help teachers improve performance and achieve literacy-related objectives

Support teachers in ensuring the alignment of their lesson plans and instruction to the appropriate Virginia Standards of Learning and the Curriculum Framework

Provide intense coaching on the alignment on the written, taught, and tested curriculum

Facilitate teachers’ use of high-impact, evidence-based instructional strategies, including differentiated instruction for diverse learners

Stay abreast of the latest English/language arts research, innovations, program trends, and methodologies and implement new strategies as appropriate for the school’s student population

Work with new teachers to ensure they have materials and competencies necessary for success

Observe classroom English/language arts instruction regularly and provide follow-up consultation and written non-evaluative feedback to teachers and administrators

Analyze and use student performance data to identify and respond to the literacy-related professional learning needs of teachers

Coordinate the gathering, selecting, and analysis of data with respect to the program area

Assist the Coordinator II - Curriculum and Instruction (English/Language Arts) in identifying district strengths and areas for improvement in English/language arts and recommend responses that maximize student achievement in reading and literacy development

Take initiative and proactively identify opportunities to strengthen one’s team and organization

Work well in a fast-paced environment; demonstrate flexibility and adaptability with a sense of urgency and zeal for ensuring that all students in the school meet grade level expectations (at a minimum) in English/language arts and attain the foundational literacy skills that lead to college, career and civic readiness

Model professionalism, engage in reflection, self-led continuous improvement, seek out feedback and provide constructive feedback to colleagues

Perform other related duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Current knowledge of research and effective practices in the areas of literacy development, literacy instruction, assessment, and professional development. Ability to provide intense coaching to teachers and school-based Literacy Specialists on the alignment of the written, taught, and tested curriculum. Ability to provide district-level leadership regarding curriculum, pacing, and resources to support classroom instruction with a deep understanding of the progression of the knowledge, skills, and processes of education as defined in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Ability to analyze data at the student, class, and school levels and be able to help teachers use this data to tailor their instruction and ultimately increase academic performance. Comprehensive knowledge of child growth and development, large and small group instructional strategies, and the theory and pedagogy related to literacy instruction. Ability to train teachers in the dimensions of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension. Excellent interpersonal skills and flexible, responsive work style. Demonstrated ability to observe and evaluate teaching practices. Ability to relate easily to teachers and administrators and to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of groups. Excellent oral and written communication and collaboration skills. Excellent presentation skills. Knowledge of theories related to the adult learner. Ability to observe and assess the transfer of training and learning into practice. Superior organizational skills. Ability to problem-solve independently. Proficient in the use of technology.

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Danville Public Schools

341 Main Street, Suite 100 P.O. Box 9600, Danville, VA 24543

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Danville Public Schools

341 Main Street, Suite 100 P.O. Box 9600, Danville, VA 24543

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $11,724

% ELL Students


State Average: 9%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 14.22

% IEP Students


State Average: 13%



State Average: 801