The Literacy Specialists are district-level instructional support positions that will provide instructional support and coaching to elementary schools. The Literacy Specialists primary role is to work with instructional coaches and school instructional leaders to support best practices in using data, provide analysis support, and make recommendations about potential next steps to address areas of need. The Literacy Specialists are responsible for four main areas; a) observing instructional delivery and providing feedback to enhance and support the development of a balanced literacy program; b) supporting schools in collaborative planning to effectively plan for literacy instruction; c) analyzing data in order to modify instruction to meet students’ needs; and d) planning and implementing professional learning at the district and school level to support sharing of best practices.
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors’ degree required; Master’s degree or Literacy certification/endorsement preferred Valid Georgia Certification, required Experience working with adult learners, coaching teachers, and delivering professional development A deep understanding of theories of literacy, including the diagnostic teaching of reading and reading intervention An understanding of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Literacy and current trends and best practices in curriculum design and instruction At least five (5) years of successful teaching experience in early grades Strong record of helping students achieve academic success Significant experience with early literacy curriculum development and instructional planning Experience in analyzing data and using results to modify curricula Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Board may find appropriate
Work closely with instructional coaches and school instructional leaders to strategically create and implement a plan to increase student achievement in literacy Play an integral role in the efforts to horizontally and vertically align the district’s balanced literacy curriculum and oversee literacy progress monitoring throughout the schools Work collaboratively with district and school leaders on developing instructional strategies for struggling readers Collaborate with Early Literacy Coordinator to plan and deliver professional learning for new and returning staff members aligned to high priority initiatives and outcomes in the area of literacy Partner with school-based instructional coaches to support the development of high-quality/effective literacy instruction in all schools in order to improve instructional planning, teacher practice, and the use of data to drive instructional decisions Collaborate with district and school leaders to develop structures that facilitate the improvement of literacy instruction and the appropriate interventions and supports for students Continuously monitor, track and analyze student achievement data in order to identify needed supports and strategies Perform other duties as assigned by appropriate administrator
REPORTS TO: Early Literacy Coordinator
SALARY RANGE: 11 months. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package, in accordance with the DCSS Compensation Guide.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applicants will begin on March 29, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD APPLY ONLINE. THE DOUGHERTY COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN OR DISABILITY
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The Dougherty County School System is a leading catalyst and advocate for public education in Southwest Georgia. It's the largest school system in the second congressional district. The school district has 21 schools (14 elementary, 4 middle and 3 high schools), five learning centers and the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy. All schools are accredited by AdvancED. The DCSS offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Dougherty County is recognized for its quail and duck hunting, fishing, the Flint River and many cypress swamps. The County has a population of approximately 90,000. Our County has two institutions of higher education, Albany State University and Albany Technical College. Notable points of interests include the Albany Museum of Art, the Flint RiverQuarium, the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Parks at Chehaw, Radium Springs Gardens, and Thronateeska Heritage Center, which includes the Museum of History, Wetherbee Planetarium, and the Science Discovery Center. Dougherty County is a short drive to Atlanta, the Georgia coast, as well as the Florida Gulf Coast beaches.
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Mar 14, 2021.
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