POSITION SUMMARY: The Literacy Lab’s Early Literacy Coaching Specialists are early childhood and early literacy experts who serve as key members of the Fellows’ support and development team. The Coaching Specialist will provide instructional support and professional development to the Leading Men Fellows in their work to drive literacy in early childhood classrooms. This support takes the form of real-time coaching in and modeling of an evidence-based, relationship-driven early childhood intervention model (SEEDS of Learning), delivering trainings, facilitating practice sessions, providing guidance and expertise, providing regular observation of interventions, reviewing and analyzing student data, and problem solving around program implementation challenges. Support, training, and coaching for the Early Literacy Coaching Specialist is provided by a National Lead Coaching Specialist. This is a 10-month, part-time salaried position that supports a cohort of Leading Men Fellows.
ABOUT THE LITERACY LAB: The Literacy Lab is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide children in low-income communities with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. We partner with school districts to add capacity in high-need schools to close the literacy achievement gap for children before third grade. The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship provides young men of color who are recent high school graduates with a rigorous opportunity to launch their careers and be at the center of change by serving as early literacy tutors for a school year through a residency-style program.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Early Literacy Coaching Specialist will be responsible for supporting a team of Leading Men Fellows in improving their knowledge of early literacy instruction and helping lead their 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old students to Kindergarten readiness by implementing the SEEDS curriculum with fidelity. The Early Literacy Coaching Specialist is a part-time, salaried position with hours to be scheduled during the school and work day and in response to schools’ and Fellows’ individual needs. The Coaching Specialist will work closely with program staff to ensure that Fellows are successful and supported in their classrooms and in their early career development. This is accomplished through the following activities and responsibilities:
A. Facilitation and Training
- Participate in and support the facilitation of all training for the cohort, including summer training institute, assessment training (PELI), and all other ongoing trainings. The Literacy Lab provides training, coaching, and support for Early Literacy Coaching Specialists prior to and during delivery of trainings to ensure that new staff are equipped to train and support the Fellows.
- Complete the necessary preparation work to support trainings, conduct assigned trainings, and participate in coaching and feedback sessions with Lead and/or experienced Coaching Specialists.
B. Coaching Fellows to Achieve Fidelity and Impact
- Benchmark preparations: Communicate with school staff, program staff, and Fellows about preparations for fall, winter, and spring benchmark assessments.
- Assessment fidelity checks: Perform assessment fidelity checks as Fellows administer benchmark assessments to ensure reliability and to verify that data is being recorded completely and entered in a timely manner for each student.
- Observations and targeted coaching: Observe Fellows on caseload at least twice-monthly; provide in-person coaching in their classrooms and re-training as necessary to ensure Fellows’ success. Ensure that observations checklists are completed and all fidelity data is tracked appropriately.
- Curriculum implementation: Ensure that Fellows implement the SEEDS of Early Literacy Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions with fidelity.
- Assessment data: Supervise and monitor the collection of benchmark data and progress monitoring assessment data. Ensure that progress monitoring data is recorded regularly in an online database.
- Alignment of tutoring: Facilitate ongoing communication with lead teachers about the alignment of Literacy Lab tutoring with the core literacy curriculum and individual student reading needs.
C. School and Program Support
- Clarification of program model: Meet with the administration and/or lead teachers at school sites to ensure that school teams understand and support the Leading Men Fellowship’s model and purpose.
- General literacy support: Support teaching teams regarding literacy-related issues or questions (i.e. intervention implementation, student engagement, etc.).
- RtI Data decision-making: Participate in tri-annual Response to Intervention (RtI) data decision-making team meetings at school sites to review data and plan for interventions to best meet the literacy needs of individual children and groups of children in the classroom; provide ongoing consultation support as needed regarding the identification and prioritization of students to receive targeted supplemental interventions.
- Ongoing communication: Provide program updates program staff on a regular basis and participate in regular meetings with program staff. Work closely with program staff to provide high-quality customer service experience to all partner school sites.
- Leadership meetings: Meet with the program staff monthly to review Fellows’ progress and to plan for the upcoming month. Participate in other Literacy Lab meetings and events as needed.
- Leading Men Data Management System: Monitor the completeness and accuracy of student data in the online data management system, including: student demographic data, benchmark data, and intervention data.
- Other duties and special projects as assigned, possibly including, but not limited to: o Participating in site visits with external stakeholders and funders o Consulting with program staff on program planning o Consulting with program staff and Data Team on program evaluation o Participating in meetings with school district leaders o Collaborating with other staff on special and ad-hoc projects
D. Ongoing Development of Coaching Skills
- Participate in periodic observation and coaching sessions with Lead and/or experienced Coaching Specialists to ensure coaching fidelity and build coaching best-practices.
- Participate in monthly calls facilitated by the National Lead Coaching Specialist to collaborate with other Early Literacy Coaching Specialists.
- Experienced coaches may be asked to support the professional development of other coaches through observation and mentorship.
E. Admin and Staff Initiatives
- Attend monthly staff meetings with all Literacy Lab staff.
- Accurately record time worked and submit weekly timesheets.
- Participate, as available and/or required, in ongoing staff development such as training and DEI initiatives.
- Collaborate on regional projects and regularly attend regional standing meetings.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching and/or coaching experience in Early Childhood Education
- Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in Education, Reading/Literacy, Educational Psychology, Special Education or a related field
- A deep commitment to closing the achievement gap
- Positive, relationship-driven personality with a flexible, can-do attitude and the skills to be an effective ambassador for The Literacy Lab
- Ability to work well and problem solve independently
- Knowledge and experience working within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework
- Experience consulting with teachers about early literacy instruction, interventions, and assessment
- Experience with early literacy curricula and programs and scripted reading interventions
- Experience as a trainer or facilitator
- Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills with individuals, teams, and administrators
- Strong attention to detail and time management skills
- Experience working with Baltimore City Public Schools preferred
- Caseload: 10 Leading Men Fellows
- Hours: 32 Contracted Hours per Week
- Contract Length: 10 months (following the school year calendar); this position is generally eligible for contract continuation at the end of the school year, subject to satisfactory performance. Coaches may need to be available periodically over the summer for training, all-staff meetings, and start-of-year preparation. Those requirements will be communicated to coaches in advance and will be compensated.
- Position and Pay Type: This position is a part-time salaried, FLSA exempt (not eligible for overtime); salary for each Early Literacy Coaching Specialist is determined based on the contracted weekly hours and location.
- Compensation and Benefits: The salary for this position is $65,892. Benefits include a flexible work environment, employer-paid health and dental insurance (employee only), a 403b retirement plan, and paid vacation.
- Flexibility: Flexibility is offered and flexibility is required to meet the needs of schools and the team; Coaching Specialists will work with their manager to establish a schedule that meets the needs of their caseload, regional, and staff-wide responsibilities.
- Work Location: The work location for this position is the schools on each coach’s caseload with administrative work done remotely. Coaching Specialists will spend the majority of their work hours at school sites observing, coaching Fellows, and holding data meetings. Coaching Specialists are expected to report to the office for regular in-person meetings and will conduct other administrative work remotely. Note: During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the Coaching Specialist’s work may be conducted remotely, but there may still be meetings/events for which the Coach is expected to report to school or to the office in-person.
The Literacy Lab is an equal opportunity employer. The Literacy Lab’s policy is to provide equal opportunity at all times without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental disability, medication, or status as a veteran.