The Specialist Teacher, Literacy, at The Children’s School (TCS) is a teacher leader who is responsible for supporting effective curriculum implementation, instruction, and student learning in accordance with the mission and philosophy of the school for grades 3 through 5. The Literacy Specialist position co-designs the literacy scope and sequence of the school in collaboration with program leadership and other literacy specialists, and fulfills three roles: Instructor, Coach, and Teacher Leader.
As an Instructor, a Literacy Resource Specialist works with teachers to identify students in need of additional instruction, aids in recommending/planning in- and out- of-school supports, and establishes a schedule to provide targeted instruction during co-teaching, push-in, or pull-out situations.
As a Coach, a Literacy Resource Specialist works with teachers and program leadership to identify areas of professional need and provide resources or strategies to address these areas. The literacy specialist models lessons and assists teachers in planning lessons or units as needed, and gives advice or feedback about appropriate materials, resources and data that supports student engagement and progress in instruction and the curriculum. In addition, he or she acts as a key facilitator for early intervention strategies for the prevention of literacy deficiencies and works with the Director of Resource and Division Directors to implement those strategies.
As a Teacher-Leader, a Literacy Resource Specialist provides professional development for teachers, peers, and administrators which address curriculum, teaching strategies, trends, data analysis, and school wide initiatives. Specialists may facilitate Common Planning Time meetings and will provide one-on-one, small group, or building-wide training. It is expected that the Literacy Resource Specialist will continue to grow professionally, through research and by attending appropriate training.
Required on-campus office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and are subject to change. As an exempt position, job responsibilities include planning, meetings, evaluation of student work, team planning, professional development, etc. which typically extends beyond office hours.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Literacy Education
Trained in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, or similar
Applicable experience working with children
Understands the identity development and learning processes of early adolescents
Skilled at establishing meaningful relationships with students as a critical foundation for student engagement and academic achievement
Possess the following characteristics:
Alignment with the TCS Philosophy of Learning and values
Contagious optimism and enthusiasm
Honesty and Integrity
Collaboration-mindedness, empathy, self-awareness and reflective skills
Intrinsic motivation, initiative and high standards
Adaptation, resilience, iterative mindset and willingness to take risks, fail and recover
Critical thinking, inquisitiveness and boundless curiosity and enthusiasm
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Comfort in the use of digital technology and media
A minimum of three (3) years of experience as an Literacy Teacher in a similar classroom environment
Passion for and experience in the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion
About The Children's School
The Children's School is an independent elementary/middle school educating 400 students, with a history of almost 50 years in midtown Atlanta.