Summer Program Reading Specialist
Locations Candidates will rank their preference among the three different sites Horizons at Maret (DC)3000 Cathedral Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20008Horizons at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School (DC)4700 Whitehaven Parkway, NWWashington, DC 20007Horizons at Norwoods (MD)8821 River RoadBethesda, MD 208172021 Program Dates Maryland Program DatesStaff Orientation: May 15 and June 21-25, 2021Summer Program: June 28-August 6, 2021*DC Program DatesStaff Orientation: May 15 and June 28-July 2, 2021Summer Program: July 6-August 13, 2021*There will be no program on 7/5/21 in observance of Independence Day Organizational Background Horizons Greater Washington (HGW) is an academic and enrichment program designed to help students from low-income families in the DC-area reach their full potential. HGW supports over 370 students from 1st grade through 9th grade with year-round programming and support.Working in partnership with our families, sending schools, and host schools, HGW is committed to developing the whole child through experiences that build problem-solving skills, foster awareness of community responsibility, instill respect for self and others, encourage a lifelong interest in learning, and inspire a meaningful, choice-filled life. The program begins when a student enters 1st grade and extends until they enter 9th grade, allowing for a rewarding long-term relationship between a diverse set of learners and the nurturing staff who work with them every summer.To learn more, please visit our website here .Position Description Horizons Greater Washington employs dedicated and enthusiastic educators with a dynamic talent of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children. A core component of our program is providing engaging and hands-on lessons for our students. We look for experienced, professional individuals with the ability to implement strategies to engage students in active learning through non-traditional methods in our six-week summer enrichment program. Candidates must work as team players to help fulfill the Horizons mission.The Reading Specialist at Horizons Greater Washington is a unique position. In addition to providing direct reading instruction to small groups of students in grades 1-9, Reading Specialists also focus on different ways to improve learning opportunities for students and teaching staff across grades and subjects. Improvements are made through research, development, and testing of new curricula and teaching methods in collaboration with teaching staff in a mentor role. Job Responsibilities The Reading Specialist's areas of direct responsibilities include, but are not limited to:Attend a five-day-long orientation session prior to the start of the program and one day in May (dates noted above) Meet with Site Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or problem solve as issues occurAttend meetings with fellow HGW Reading Specialists prior to the start of the program to coordinate efforts and act as resources for each otherProvide individual or small group resource remediation and/or enrichment for students in reading, writing, and math (K-8)Conduct classroom observations to identify faculty in need of additional supports around curriculum planning, delivery, and assessmentAssist teachers in understanding the unique needs of the students using available student data, including data related to school-year performanceAct as a consultant for faculty on matters of: curriculum development and implementation; class content; and curriculum change implementationProvide information and guidance regarding a range of effective and innovative reading, writing, and math practices through various activities such as individual discussions (informal and formal), coaching sessions, demonstration lessons with pre- and post- discussion/analysis, and study groupsCoordinate and administer pre- and post-program assessment of student progress using the STAR Reading SuiteTrain volunteers and Horizons Assistant Teachers to work with students as reading tutors RequirementsMinimum Qualifications Experience teaching reading and writing to range of grades (eg, K-3, 4-6, 9-12)Reading Specialist license/credential (or in the process of receiving such certification)Experience teaching in the classroom How to Apply Please upload a resume and cover letter, outlining your skills, experience, and availability. Additionally, please indicate your location preference. Applicant interviews begin on January 15, 2021. Selected candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.This position may be onsite, virtual, or both based on health restrictions and other factors in the community and the organization. Candidates must be willing to work in the full range of work environments.