Overview

The Opportunity:

Behind every successful student is a team of passionate and dedicated educators. As a K-8 Literacy Specialist at Journey Community Schools, you will support educators to deliver high-quality instruction within a small school environment where every student is known and valued as an individual. You will support our professional learning community in providing a supportive and collaborative environment to fuel growth and development. Together, we can change the odds for underserved students, ensuring that every student is paving a pathway to success. Visit Journey Community Schools at www.myjourneycs.org.

General Summary:

The primary role of the JCS K-8 Literacy Specialist will be to actively coach K-8 teachers and leaders around the 5 Components of Reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) in conjunction with the Content Specialists during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years.

What You Will Do:

  • Actively coach K-8 teachers and leaders around the 5 Components of Reading
  • Work closely with the Content Specialists to develop teacher training scope/sequence
  • Develop and curate resources, materials and tools for training
  • Active Coaching includes but is not limited to
    • Real-time coaching
    • Co-teaching
    • Modeling
    • Co-planning
    • Data analysis & goal setting
    • Observations with clear action steps
    • Instructional Walkthroughs
    • One-on-one meetings
  • Identify exemplar teachers at each school and replicate practices
  • Own Organization-wide RTI2 Reading Intervention
    • Manage administration of easyCBM and i-Ready (fall, winter, and spring)
    • Provide staff professional development on reading screeners (i.e. easyCBM, i-Ready, Corrective Reading placement tests, dyslexia screeners)
    • Ensure that 100% of K-8 students with reading gaps in the 5 Components of Reading receive a daily reading intervention.
    • Identify organization-wide progress monitoring systems to meet achievement targets
    • Ensure org-wide bi-weekly student progress monitoring of reading intervention, data analysis, and adjustment of strategy and supports
    • Lead and support org-wide RTI2 fidelity checks of reading intervention and provide school/leader/teacher support as needed
    • Participate in org-wide and school-based RTI2 meetings
  • Collaborate with JCS Content Specialists
    • Generally work really closely with the Content Specialists
    • Create week-by-week plans to meet/exceed quarterly goals outlined in the academic priority plan
    • Collaborate with JCS Content Specialists to provide staff professional development on 5 Components of Reading
  • Manage Data
    • Track progress towards meeting JCS org-wide goals around the 5 Components of Reading
    • Create action plans based on 5 Components of Reading data
    • Collaborate with the Content Specialists to analyze the 5 Components of Reading data with internal staff and external stakeholders
  • Active Community Member
    • Participate as a member of the JCS Home Office Team
    • Participate as a member of the org-wide Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) Team
  • Reports to the Managing Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Supports the mission, vision, and core values of Journey Community Schools
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned

What You Will Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with relevant degree and/or content expertise required. Master’s degree or above preferred
  • Valid TN Teacher License required
  • Valid TN Administrator License preferred
  • 3+ years teaching K-5 Reading and/or Reading Intervention
  • 3+ years of K-5 school leadership experience (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Leader, Teacher Leader)
  • Documented K-5 student growth in 5 Components of Reading from teaching K-5 Reading and/or Reading Intervention required
  • Documented K-5 student growth in 5 Components of Reading from teachers that applicant directly coached preferred
  • Demonstrated success and exceptional results as an educator
  • Ability to design systems for standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment alignment that result in higher student achievement
  • Knowledge of teacher development frameworks and ability to contribute to development of aligned content and systems that accelerate teacher capacity and results
  • Knowledge of leadership frameworks and ability to contribute to development of aligned content and systems that leverage and align the role of school leaders in instructional improvement
  • Knowledge of adult learning and professional development frameworks
  • Demonstrated command of the intricacies of instruction-assessment cycle and ability to apply this knowledge to cohesive CIA development
  • Demonstrated ability to build adult capacity
  • Ability to manage projects including development, implementation and evaluation
  • Ability to communicate proactively, effectively and provide and act on feedback
  • Strong problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to contribute to and inspire a team
  • Exceptional ability to bridge and enhance cooperative working relationships
  • Entrepreneurial passion

Compensation:

Journey Community Schools offers its employees a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, small payroll contributions for rich benefit plans, life insurance/short-term and long-term disability, participation in a TN state retirement plan, tuition reimbursement plan, and adoption assistance program.

Journey Community Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. JCS promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans.