LearningSpring School is a non-public school located in New York City, dedicated to educating students in grades K-8 living on the autism spectrum. LearningSpring's mission is to advance the social, developmental, and academic growth of its students through pioneering educational and therapeutic strategies in order to prepare each child to participate in the wider community. LSS has a strong parent body, faculty and staff, and board of directors. To learn more about our school visit our website at www.learningspring.org.
We are seeking a full time Literacy Specialist for the 2020-2021 academic year. The hours are 8am-4pm, Monday- Friday. This position is eligible for benefits and paid time off.
The Literacy Specialist will serve as a teacher/coach who will be the key resource linking the research-based product and literacy teaching strategies to everyday use in the classroom. The Literacy Specialist will be pivotal in improving literacy outcomes.
- Teach targeted literacy interventions to individual students and small groups of students using research-based strategies and resources
- Use assessments to diagnose reading strengths and weaknesses, and match these skills with appropriate techniques
- Work with classroom teachers and school administration to facilitate the coordination of the reading program with the total curriculum
- Responsible for writing progress reports three times per year and IEPs annually
- Assist teachers with the collection and analysis of data
- Provide in-person and virtual professional development to classroom teachers
- Coach teachers on using recommended literacy tools with efficacy, develop small group rotation models for teachers to deliver individualized instruction
- Support Head of School and Academic Department to co-design a plan for school-wide literacy instruction
- Review and communicate school-wide literacy program and progress on a regular basis to Academic Department
- Regularly attend and participate in team, department, division, and other committee meetings
- Participate in select parent conferences no less than three times per year and more if requested or needed.
- Actively collaborate with families, teachers, advisers, and outside learning support.
- NYS Special Education Certification/ New York State certification in Reading or Literacy is required
- At least 5 years’ experience in working as a literacy specialist.
- Certified in Orton-Gilligham
- Proven track record of positive student outcomes.
- Extensive experience developing IEP’s including present levels of performance and individualized academic goals.
- Ability to work with young children, K-8 who present with autism spectrum disorder and various learning challenges.
- Ability to utilize multi-sensory techniques to help students develop foundational skills in literacy.
- Familiarity with current reading/literacy development research
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize information and articulate current findings from multiple studies to educators
- Provide educators constructive feedback to improve literacy teaching practice
- Displays comfort level with different digital technologies in and out of the classroom
- Knowledge of Google Classroom and G Suite Applications
Physical Requirements and Essential Functions:
- Must be able to control and restrain students under your supervision. Must be able to lift, carry and hold students and classroom equipment.
- Must be able to maintain visual and auditory supervision of students.
- Must be able to accompany students to various parts of the building and outdoor space for meals, activities, fire drills.
- Must have physical stamina and flexibility (walking, bending, stooping, crawling, kneeling, running, stretching, reaching, standing, sitting on the floor) for participating in students' activities and speaking with them at their eye level, playing with them and to clean up toys and equipment from the floor.
- Must be able to maneuver and/or set up students' furniture, i.e., tables and chairs.
- Must have basic knowledge of First Aid/CPR.
- Must be able to read, write and speak English to write parent notes, evaluation forms, lesson plans and other correspondence concerning students.
- Must be able to communicate with students, parents and staff using clear, understandable speech.
- Must be able to read aloud books, signs, posters, etc. to students and to silently read memos, lesson plans, school policies, emergency procedures and other related correspondence.