Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
The Literacy Specialist serves as a member of the Special Education Leadership Team under the direction of the Coordinator of Specialized Instruction, K-12. The position assists teachers, principals, directors, members of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction and other Central Office personnel in the advancement of reading and writing skills for students with disabilities. The specialist supports elementary, middle and high schools with determining appropriate strategies and interventions to support struggling readers. Travel between schools is required.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Assists schools in maintaining and establishing programs and providing materials to meet the literacy needs of students with special needs.
2. Assists schools in identifying appropriate reading interventions to meet specific needs of students.
3. Assists in planning and implementing in-services and training that provide appropriate instructional strategies/techniques to meet the needs of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
4. Assists reading intervention instructors with program fidelity and support.
5. Teaches demonstration lessons to model methods, techniques, and procedures.
6. Assists in informing and training staff concerning current trends and best practices in the strategies and techniques in the field of special education as they relate to student's literacy skills.
7. Assists in determining appropriate placements for students requiring intensive reading intervention.
8. Assists with the review of materials of instruction, and other instructional resources in the areas of Reading/Language Arts.
9. Collaborates with the elementary, middle and high school reading offices to makes decisions regarding reading supports, resources and interventions
10. Liaison with Maryland State Department of Education and Advocacy Groups concerning literacy programs and services.
11. Assists teachers in providing diagnostic prescriptive educational assessments for students with reading disabilities.
12. Works with curriculum teams to support the inclusion of differentiated strategies and specialized instruction.
13. Liaison and Department of Special Education lead with MSDE and AACPS regarding county and state Testing/Instructional Accommodations.
14. Assists with county and state instructional and testing data to inform Coordinator of Specialized Instruction.
15. Directs work of the Literacy Technicians.
16. Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Master's degree or Master's equivalent.
· Three (3) years of successful classroom experience.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Thorough knowledge and understanding of the reading curriculum, including alternative reading programs.
· Demonstrated leadership qualities as a member of the school staff.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form with professional colleagues, staff, students and parents.
· Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with diverse populations
· Demonstrated proficiency with business technology applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or Power Point preferred).
Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.