Germantown Academy, a coeducational PreK-12 independent school with 1,100 students in Fort Washington, PA (suburban Philadelphia), seeks a full-time, experienced Lower School Literacy Specialist to start in August 2021. Salary range is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Germantown Academy offers an excellent array of benefits.
Candidates must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological and ethnic backgrounds. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking, and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.
Position Purpose: Collaborate with Lower School administrators, faculty, divisional ELA department heads, librarian, and school psychologist to coordinate, align, implement, and review the PreK-5 core literacy curriculum, including curriculum, assessment, and evaluation. Teach small groups of students as part of student literacy support model. Collaborate with homeroom teachers to incorporate workshop teaching model and foundational word study concepts into program. Guide and support faculty through collaborative coaching, sharing resources, and promoting and offering professional development. Provide parent education workshops and individual parent coaching as needed.
Teaching: Teach small groups of students as part of literacy support program. Co-teach with homeroom teachers foundational word study concepts and reading and writing workshop lessons. Write progress reports for students receiving literacy support. Attend Parent/Teacher conferences as requested and needed.
Curriculum Coordination: Work collaboratively with lower school faculty to implement sequential, developmentally appropriate literacy practices, using a balanced literacy curriculum framework.Collaborate and coordinate with Reading Support Teacher to identify and support students in need of additional support. In collaboration with the lower school library teacher, motivate students and faculty to be active, lifelong readers.
Coordinate Literacy Assessment and Evaluation: Develop and coordinate the administration of literacy benchmark assessments for K-5. Work with admissions in the implementation of literacy assessments to applicants.
Coordinate Student Literacy Support: Collaborate with faculty, administration, and school psychologist to identify students in need of additional reading/writing support. Serve as a core member of the Student Support Team to review evaluation recommendations, suggest strategies, and offer support for implementing accommodations.
Instructional Coaching and Professional Development: Provide leadership around faculty professional development in the literacy program, including modeling and coaching around instructional strategies, selection of materials, and assessment and evaluation.
Parent Communication and Collaboration: Serve as a liaison to the parent community to respond to questions about the literacy curriculum.Guide and support parents with practices to support literacy goals and a love of reading. Provide parent education as needed in collaboration with administration and librarian.
Other duties as assigned: Attend faculty meetings, professional learning communities, and daily supervision duties as assigned.
5+ years lead classroom teaching experience required, elementary or early childhood teaching preferred
Undergraduate degree, Elementary or Early Childhood Education preferred
Graduate degree in Education required
Extensive professional development in reading and literacy required
Reading Specialist Certification required
Candidates for this position should possess these key skills:
A professional, friendly, patient, and welcoming presence who likes to work with children and adults
Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their teaching practice and in building relationships.
Ability to adapt and learn, take direction, and positively respond to feedback
Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to focus on and manage multiple tasks efficiently and productively
Ability to take initiative with and follow through on tasks
Ability to collaborate and lead in groups
Strong interest in teacher professional development and coaching
Strong understanding of literacy data analysis and use to evaluate student strengths, needs, and interventions.
Strong background in current literacy research and programs for early childhood/elementary students
Proficiency in Microsoft and Google suite products and applications to support administrative and program development needs.
Candidates who meet these criteria should apply online at:
Germantown Academy, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. The Academy, founded in 1759, is a non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory school of more than 1,100 students in Grades PK-12, located in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia on a campus of 126 acres. At Germantown Academy, we are committed to creating a learning environment that is as diverse as the broader, global world of which we are a part. We value this diversity because it makes us a stronger community, enriches our thinking and helps us to develop our collaborative spirit.