POSITION SUMMARY: The Literacy Lab’s K-3 Coaching Specialists are literacy experts who will be trained in the Reading Corps model and are responsible for ensuring that the program is implemented with fidelity to maximize student growth in reading. Coaching Specialists provide direct coaching, expertise, and support to a team of school-based Internal Coaches and full-time Literacy Lab tutors at high-need elementary schools. This support takes the form of real-time coaching and modeling, facilitating practice sessions, providing guidance and expertise, providing regular observation of interventions, reviewing and analyzing student data, and problem-solving around program implementation challenges.
ABOUT THE LITERACY LAB: The Literacy Lab is a fast-paced, Washington, DC-based 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 provides evidence-based reading interventions for our students, using formative assessment to guide decision-making.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a full-time (32 hours/week) salaried position with hours to be scheduled during the school and work day and in response to schools’ individual needs:
A. Facilitation and Training
- Participate annually in all ongoing tutor trainings and support tutors’ development in training sessions through planning and facilitating training debriefs and practice sessions (approximately 60 hours during the year, including make-up and additional sessions).
- Complete the necessary preparation work to support trainings, including completing the online trainings required for tutors, and participate in coaching and feedback sessions with Lead and/or experienced Coaching Specialists. First year Coaching Specialists will facilitate sessions with the support of or in partnership with Lead and/or experienced Coaching Specialists.
- Support the school-based Internal Coaches in their progression through their required training(s)
B. Coaching Tutors to Achieve Fidelity and Impact
- Benchmark preparations: Communicate with Internal Coaches (partner school staff members) and Literacy Lab tutors about preparations for fall, winter, and spring benchmark assessments.
- Assessment fidelity checks: Perform assessment fidelity checks with Internal Coaches as Literacy Lab tutors administer benchmark assessments to ensure reliability and to verify that data is being recorded completely and entered in a timely manner for each student.
- Alignment of tutoring: Facilitate ongoing communication with Internal Coaches about the alignment of Literacy Lab tutoring with the core literacy curriculum and individual student reading needs.
- Selection of Literacy Lab students: Provide consultation support as needed to schools regarding identification and prioritization of students for participation.
- Assessment data: Support Internal Coaches in supervising and monitoring the collection of benchmark data and progress monitoring assessment data. Ensure that progress monitoring data is recorded weekly in an online database.
- Tutor Observations: Observe tutors in line with Reading Corps’ and Literacy Lab requirements and complete fidelity checklists to ensure that tutors are implementing interventions with integrity.
- Targeted coaching: Coach and re-train tutors on an as-needed basis to ensure tutors’ success and fidelity with interventions and assessments.
C. School and Program Support
- Clarification of program model: Meet with the administration and/or teaching staff at school sites to ensure understanding of the methods and objectives of the Reading Corps model and support for The Literacy Lab’s work at their school.
- General literacy support: Provide guidance and support to school-based Internal Coaches, tutors, and teaching teams regarding literacy-related issues or questions (i.e. intervention implementation, student assessment, data entry, etc.).
- Monthly data meetings: Convene and lead monthly data review meetings with each school site, using discretion and decision-making to drive progress. Under the guidance of the Coaching Specialist, the assessment data and/or individual progress of students will be reviewed and tutors will be equipped to adjust intervention for each student based on individual progress and challenges.
- Ongoing communication: Provide program updates to Internal Coaches and program staff on a regular basis. 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 tutors’ progress and to plan for the upcoming month. Participate in other Literacy Lab meetings and events as needed (Coaches’ retreat, site visits, etc.).
- Reading Corps Data Management System: Support the Internal Coach in supervising and monitoring the completeness and accuracy of student data in the Reading Corps online data management system, RCDMS, including: student demographic data, benchmark data, weekly progress monitoring data, weekly tutor log data, and family engagement data.
- Family Engagement: Support the implementation of the Reading Corps family literacy intervention, Read at Home (RAH!).
- Pilot Innovations: Provide support for implementation of Reading Corps pilot innovations on an as-needed, as-assigned basis.
D. Ongoing Development of Coaching Skills
- Participate in periodic observation and coaching sessions with Literacy Lab Lead/experienced Coaches and Reading Corps content leads to ensure coaching fidelity and build coaching best-practices.
- Participate in monthly calls facilitated by a Literacy Lab Lead Coach and/or by a Reading Corps Content Lead to collaborate with other Coaches
- Experienced coaches may be asked to support the professional development of other coaches through observation and mentorship.
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in Elementary Education, Early Literacy and Reading Development, Special Education, or Response to Intervention/Data-Driven Decision Making
- 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
- A deep commitment to equity and justice. A desire to learn, advocate, and implement anti-racist practices in alignment with the organizations mission and priorities.
- Positive 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 using curriculum-based measurement
- Knowledge and experience using scripted reading interventions (Standard Treatment Protocol)
- Knowledge and experience working within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework
- Experience consulting with teachers to provide specialized, tailored advice in reading
- instruction, interventions, and assessment
- 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
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.
Position Type: Full-time (32 hours/week)
Pay Type: Salary is $65,892, FLSA exempt (not eligible for overtime).
Benefits: Benefits include health and dental insurance with 100% of the premium covered for the employee, paid vacation, 403b retirement plan, and a flexible work environment.
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 in Western Massachusetts (Springfield-based), including the schools on each coach’s caseload. Administrative work will be done remotely. Schools may require monthly visits that are 1 or more hours away. Coaching Specialists will spend the majority of their work hours at school sites observing, coaching tutors, 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.
Travel: This position requires regular travel within the region and may require out-of-town travel (1+ hours away) of approximately 5-10 days/nights per year for regional duties, trainings, staff events, and conferences.
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject ATTN: MA K-3 Coaching Specialist).
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.