Lower School Reading Specialist

Nashoba Brooks School, Concord, MA

Accredited by AISNE

Nashoba Brooks School is an independent school for boys and girls, age 3-Grade 3; girls, Grades 4-8. The school is committed to personal excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts within its mission of preparing students for “…a life of continuous learning, accomplishment, and leadership in a diverse and changing world.” At Nashoba Brooks, we believe that diversity enriches and strengthens community and challenges individuals to become agents of change in creating a more fair and equitable world.

 Summary

Nashoba Brooks School seeks a part-time reading specialist for the 2020-2021 academic year. The successful candidate will possess the desire to work in a dynamic, student-centered school committed to continuous learning and excellence in 21st century education. A teacher at Nashoba Brooks models the mission of the School to create a student-centered, mission-driven learning environment for students.

Responsibilities

Nashoba Brooks teachers:

  • Coordinate and analyze reading assessments (formative, summative, and progress monitoring) for students, including assisting teachers and parents in interpreting these assessments and planning strategies to address students’ instructional needs.
  • Collaborate with homeroom and reading teachers to plan, differentiate, teach, and evaluate curriculum on an ongoing basis to best meet the needs of students.
  • Promote a strong working partnership by meeting regularly with teachers and learning specialists.
  • Promote a strong, proactive working partnership with parents through written progress reports, parent conferences and ongoing communication about student progress.

Skills

Strong candidates will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of current reading pedagogy, best practices and assessment.
  • Experience with systematic, multisensory reading programs, such as Orton-Gillingham or Wilson.
  • Excellence in integrated and differentiated curriculum development, lesson planning, and assessments for elementary school students.
  • Experience administering and interpreting assessments, particularly assessments of reading skills, such as The DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency test and the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, is preferred.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and class management skills.
  • Demonstrated desire to work collaboratively with colleagues to identify and address student learning needs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of elementary school students.
  • Demonstrated passion for teaching reading and the ability to differentiate instruction.
  • Experience integrating and using technology, including the use of interactive whiteboards.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate directly, effectively, respectfully and constructively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Excellent problem solving and project management skills.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.
  • Demonstrated growth mindset, optimism, and flexibility.

Qualifications

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred.
  • Extensive professional development in areas including, but not limited to, pedagogy, instructional practice, assessment, differentiated instruction, change leadership, peer coaching.
  • Minimum of five years of experience teaching reading to lower school students.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.

The reading specialist will model integrity, curiosity, responsibility, creativity and respect for all persons, as well as a demonstrated commitment to advancing the school’s mission and core values of integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience.

 

Application

Applicants should submit a cover letter and résumé to: 

Tim Croft, Assistant Head of School 

Email:  lsread@nashobabrooks.org

Homepage:  www.nashobabrooks.org