General Description Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) is seeking an individual with a deep commitment to improving student achievement by providing supporting to struggling students in the area of reading. The elementary reading specialist will use the "push-in" and on occasion "pull-out" method of remediation to support students needing Tier II and Tier III interventions. The elementary reading specialist will also use all data sources to provide targeted, research-based strategies to improve literacy skills of identified students. The elementary reading specialist will use Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) data and other reading diagnostic tools to determine a student's oral reading, phonological awareness skills, spelling and morphology, recognition of alphabet letters and sounds and concept of words. The elementary reading specialist will work collaboratively with the Title I reading teacher, building level instructional coach, and the K-2 literacy instructional coach to assess students' needs, plan for remediation and professional development.
Essential Job Functions
Gathers, organizes, and interprets assessment data on identified students; Uses PALS data and other diagnostic tools to assess students' reading levels and instructional needs; Uses diagnostic data to focus on emergent, beginning, and transitional readers; Uses instructional best practices to support students with word recognition and spelling of high frequency words, use of affixes, roots, synonyms and antonyms; Support student with using appropriate phonetic strategies when reading and spelling; Uses techniques to support student's with alphabet letter sound and recognition; Utilizes best practice instructional strategies and research-based intervention curriculum materials to meet the learning needs of identified students; Demonstrates a knowledge and understanding of the Virginia English Standards of Learning (SOL) and school division's curricular requirements; Selects appropriate literacy instructional materials to meet student needs; Skilled at providing instruction in whole and small group settings in a virtual and face-to-face learning environment; Analyzes existing student achievement data and administers student assessments and monitoring instruments as needed to aid in progress monitoring of students; Maintains accurate student records and student progress data reports as required by district policy; Attends professional development opportunities; Works in a collegial and collaborative manner with school personnel; Promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and courtesy and models professional, moral, and ethical standards as well as personal integrity in all interactions with co-workers, customers and clients; Follows district guidelines and policies. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The elementary reading specialist performs complex professional work that includes planning, coordinating, organizing and analyzing assessment data to provide "push-in" and on occasion "pull-out" research-based interventions in the areas of reading for identified students in a Title I school in both a face-to-face and virtual learning environment. Assessment data to be used to identify students should include SOL, PALS, benchmark, division and school level diagnostic assessments and all other available school and division data. Work is performed under the general supervision of the director of teaching and learning.
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This description defines the types of duties and level of difficulty of work required of this position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not mentioned nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.
An Equal Opportunity Employer Petersburg City Public Schools assures Equal Employment Opportunities for employees as required by Federal and State Orders and Laws. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks. This job description is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements. However, administration reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position and does not imply an employment contract.