At Literacy Trust, we believe education is a basic human right and access to high-quality literacy instruction is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our mission is to leverage existing resources in school communities to increase educational capacity and create fluent, motivated, self-confident readers.
We provide professional development to allow teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school community members to utilize our signature literacy intervention program, Reading Rescue. We strive to build sustainable intervention models that eventually become a core component of the school’s literacy ecosystem. Literacy Trust is currently partnering with more than 120 New York City schools, reaching over 1000 educators and 1000 students, throughout the five boroughs.
At Literacy Trust, we promote events, ideas, thinking, programs, and communities that inspire action in pursuit of universal access to literacy. To learn more about Literacy Trust, please visit: www.literacytrust.org.
What you’ll do:
(Note: responsibilities listed below define our standard work in a pre-Covid environment when schools are operating normally; we have been constantly shifting how we support schools and how we operate internally in order to meet the needs of distance learning.)
The Associate Director of Professional Learning’s (ADPL) primary role is to design and develop all Reading Rescue PD materials that are used by Program Managers in training elementary school staff members throughout the city. This development includes, but is not limited to, creating presentations, aligning online PD to in-person PD, and designing new PD materials. The ADPL will ensure that all existing PD content is high quality, effective, and inspired by research-based strategies. The ADPL will work closely with various team members in the PD development process, specifically the Reading Rescue Academic Advisor and the Associate Director of Program Design & Content in determining how best to pilot & roll out Reading Rescue program updates and related initiatives. Additionally, the ADPL will play a lead role in planning novel PD events.
The ADPL will also support, mentor, and develop Literacy Trust team members who will facilitate in-person and/or remote workshops for our partners. The ADPL will serve as a primary PD facilitator for Literacy Trust and lead professional development on an as needed basis.
The ADPL will report to the Director of Programs and work closely with and under the guidance of the Reading Rescue Academic Advisor. The ADPL may be responsible for managing direct reports if the need is determined.
- Create, update, and adhere to project plans to ensure timely execution of
- the design and development of PD decks and related materials
- internal staff training on PD content and methods
- data analysis related to PD activities
- other work streams as needed.
- Keep stakeholders informed of project implementation status, progress, milestones, key dates, and other critical information.
- Anticipate challenges and/or questions and proactively act to address them.
- Understand larger strategic priorities and make measurable progress against these larger goals as they relate to PD work streams.
- Gather and supervise contributions, according to project plan needs, from various team members and consultants related to PD design & development.
- Support Program Operations staff, TOC, and other Senior Staff in ensuring all PD logistics (PD calendars, procured PD materials, PD attendance systems, PD survey systems, etc.) align with PD content.
- Oversee the organization and maintenance of Literacy Trust’s system for maintaining records of PD content & initiatives.
PD/Webinar Design & Development
- Maintain ongoing edits and modifications to all PD decks and PD training materials for workshops facilitated by Literacy Trust.
- Work closely with the Reading Rescue Academic Advisor and Literacy Trust staff on a regular basis to update Reading Rescue PD content and methods.
- Research, utilize, and maintain expertise on current best practices related to fostering engagement, adult learning, and teaching literacy best practices in PD. Design PD content, methods, and related materials in accordance with those and other best practices.
- Ensure PD revision processes maximize input from various contributors and allow for effective and efficient reconciliation of input.
- Create and refine content for PD participant surveys, working with other senior staff to ensure content reflects participant needs, as well as Literacy Trust’s internal program evaluation goals and needs.
- Collaborate with the A.D. of Program Design and Development, plus other staff, on curating and updating Literacy Trust’s video library.
- Support & collaborate with the A.D. of Program Design and Development, plus other senior staff to research, study and share current information on curriculum, teaching practices, and instructional strategies relevant to school needs and Program Managers.
- Support & collaborate with the A.D. of Program Design and Development & other Senior Staff to research, develop, and manage additional PD opportunities (e.g., Program Coordinator Conference Day) that meet Literacy Trust organizational goals.
Leadership & Quality Control of PD
- Act as a model facilitator to other Literacy Trust staff to demonstrate best
- practices in implementing high-quality professional development.
- Plan for & lead internal training for Literacy Trust staff in learning PD session content, methods, materials, etc., ensuring that staff are prepared to facilitate independently.
- Plan & lead debriefs on PD cycles as needed to celebrate success, foster growth opportunities, and ensure needed revisions to PD content or processes are captured and acted upon.
- Individually observe and coach Literacy Trust staff members who are facilitating PD, providing differentiated supports as needed.
- Analyze qualitative and quantitative data about professional development activities to track program quality and take action accordingly at the individual and organizational levels.
Facilitation of Adult Learning
- Facilitate Literacy Trust’s PD sessions with high fidelity to program goals and implementation guidelines.
- Facilitate sessions in alignment with Literacy Trust facilitator checklist.
- Utilize a high level of knowledge and competency in literacy strategies to respond to questions and comments during facilitation.
- Follow-up with instructors to answer any outstanding questions from the session.
- Serve as a primary facilitator for Literacy Trust on a regular basis, leading PD as needed.
Other duties as required.
- Technical Expertise: PD Design and Development
- Planning & Organization
- Coaching & Mentorship
- Hold a Masters Degree in education, early literacy or other literacy related field
- At least 2 years experience as a teacher, as well as some experience coaching/instructing adults.
- Possess a strong familiarity with current trends in educational practices
- Have excellent instructional knowledge, participation strategies, delivery
- techniques and the ability to coach and train Literacy Trust staff, as well as teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators in effective pedagogical strategies
- Ability to utilize verbal and writing skills to effectively communicate a message
- particular to an audience and to meet relevant goals, using a clear, concise,
- and compelling style
- Acute attention to detail and ability to apply that skill to project management tasks and the design and development process for PD decks and materials
- Ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills and a variety of strategies and
- techniques to reach mutually beneficial goals over time.
- Knowledge of the New York City elementary education community
- Ability to work independently in an innovative, fast---paced environment
- Possess excellent human relations, communication and organizational skills
- Willingness to travel across all five (5) boroughs of New York City
- Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early mornings and
- occasional evenings
- Passion for Literacy Trust’s mission, impact and interest in investing external
- stakeholders in the work
- Must be authorized to work in the U.S.