Details: Independent contractor position at rate of $60/hour
Early Literacy Coach – Leading Men Fellowship
The Literacy Lab is a fast-paced, Washington, DC-based non-profit organization whose mission is to provide low-income children 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 in Richmond by serving as early literacy tutors for a school year through a residency-style program.
The Early Literacy Coach is an early childhood and early literacy expert who is a key member of the Fellows’ support and development team. The Early Literacy Coach 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 Early Literacy), delivering trainings, 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 Coach is provided by a Lead Coach based in Washington, DC. This is an independent contractor position that supports the cohort of Leading Men Fellows in Richmond.
The Early Literacy Coach will be responsible for supporting a team of around five 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. The Early Literacy Coach is an independent contractor and will work a flexible, part-time schedule of approximately 10-15 hours per week for the second half of the 2018-19 school year. The Early Literacy Coach will work closely with the program team 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:
1. Participate in and support the facilitation of 40 hours of the SEEDS of Early Literacy curriculum training for the cohort. The Literacy Lab provides training, coaching, and support for Early Literacy Coaches prior to and during delivery of trainings to ensure that new staff are equipped to train and support the Fellows.
2. Participate in train-the-trainer activities to become a lead SEEDS trainer.
B. Coaching Fellows to Achieve Fidelity and Impact
1. Observations and targeted coaching: Observe caseload of Fellows twice-monthly; provide in-person coaching in their classrooms and re-training as necessary to ensure Fellows’ success.
2. Curriculum implementation: Ensure that Fellows implement the SEEDS of Early Literacy Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions with fidelity.
3. Alignment of tutoring: Facilitate ongoing communication with lead teachers about the alignment of Literacy Lab tutoring with the core literacy curriculum and individual student literacy needs.
4. Program data: Manage dissemination and collection of program-related evaluation tools and data entry.
C. School and Program Support
1. 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.
2. General literacy support: Support teaching teams regarding literacy-related issues or questions (i.e. intervention implementation, student engagement, etc.).
3. RtI Data Decision-Making Team: 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.
4. Ongoing communication: Provide program updates program staff on a regular basis and participate in regular meetings with the Program Manager.
5. Site visits: Participate in occasional site visits to highlight and demonstrate the effectiveness of Leading Men Fellows. These site visits may include representatives from the media, legislature, corporations, and other parties involved in funding.
· Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching and/or coaching experience in Early Childhood Education; experience in Richmond preferred
· 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
· Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills with individuals, teams, and administrators
· Preferred degree: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy, Special Education, or a related field
This is a contracted position with The Literacy Lab, a non-profit organization. The hourly rate is $60 per hour. The position will require approximately 10-15 hours per week during regular school hours from December 2018 through June 2019 with the potential to continue for the following school year. There will be weeks with more hours required for training and during busy times of the school year, so flexibility is required. Travel will be required to complete necessary trainings for a total of 5-10 days per year.
Please submit your resume via email to email@example.com (ATTN: Richmond Early Literacy Coach) along with a cover letter detailing your interest in this specific role.
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.
This is a contracted position with The Literacy Lab, a non-profit organization. The hourly rate is $60 per hour. The position will require approximately 10-15 hours per week during school hours from December 2018 through June 2019 with the potential to continue for the following school year. There will be weeks with more hours required for training and during busy times of the school year, so flexibility is required. Travel will be required to complete necessary trainings for a total of 5-10 days per year.
Minimum Education Required