Education Associate, Elementary Language Arts/Literacy

Dover, DE 19901, US
Oct 25, 2018
Grade Level
Elementary School
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Title of Position: Education Associate, Elementary Language Arts/Literacy

Reports to: Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development

Description of Position:

The Education Associate for Elementary Language Arts/Literacy will provide leadership in the implementation of standards-based curriculum, instruction, and professional development in Language Arts and Literacy in grades K-12 with specific emphasis at the early and upper elementary school levels. The scope of work will require significant coordination and collaboration both within the Department of Education and with district and school personnel. This individual is a member of the Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development workgroup of the Department.

Major Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate state meetings and committee work to further the implementation of the Delaware State Standards for Language Arts and Literacy.
  • Work collaboratively with districts and charters and others to support standards-based Language Arts curriculum and instruction for all students.
  • Work collaboratively with the Delaware Literacy Coalition and Literacy Specialists/Cadre to design and deliver a coherent and comprehensive professional development program and Delaware State Standards aligned resources for K-12 English Language Arts teachers, specialists, and leaders.
  • Design, facilitate, and monitor statewide professional development, in a variety of contexts, and in collaboration with a variety of organizations to ensure implementation of English/Language Arts and Literacy standards.
  • Assist with state consortium efforts as a Language Arts/Literacy representative.
  • Collaborate across work groups on Language Arts and Literacy initiatives, including the implementation of the Delaware State Standards.
  • Develop and disseminate materials to support best practices in Language Arts curriculum, instruction, and professional development with a focus at the elementary school levels.
  • Serve as a representative of Delaware for national collaborative projects related to current job responsibilities.
  • Participate in the design and development of online modules and courses from inception to completion. This will require working within and across workgroups on the application of instructional design principles, learning theories, multimedia, and simulation technologies to support active professional learning.
  • Develop course storyboards, create formats for digital materials, implement course websites, and produce course design documents to support the work of professional learning initiatives.
  • Collaborate to build and support exemplary learning objects and modules along with associated educational materials.
  • Make recommendations for best practices in online education and identify content and technology resources for online teaching and learning.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Work Group Director or the Academic Support Associate Secretary.

Essential Qualifications and Skills

Education: Master's Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably with a concentration in elementary reading and literacy across the content areas. Certification as a reading specialist preferred.

  • Minimum of five years successful teaching experience in K-12 schools English Language Arts or similar experience
  • Firm knowledge of national trends and the Delaware State Standards
  • Experience with elementary reading and writing instruction; especially K-2 foundational skills
  • Experience with literacy instruction across the content areas
  • Experience with designing and implementing multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS) in an elementary system
  • Experience planning adult learning opportunities informed by the Professional Learning Standards
  • Experience integrating technology and digital tools into instruction for students and adult learners
  • Preferred experience with technical assistance to districts and charters
  • Preferred experience with coordination of teacher professional development programs

  • Knowledge and skills in best practices of professional development with adult learners
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge and skills in utilizing technology and digital tools to enhance work productivity, presentations, and professional development with adult learners
  • Performs responsibilities with minimal supervision
  • Capable of setting priorities and working in collaboration with others
  • Capable of setting priorities and working under pressure
  • Able to proactively problem-solve with professionalism
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with staff in a tactful, congenial and personal manner
  • Understands the Department's organizational aims and objectives
  • Exercises discretion and confidentiality


Salary will be computed in accordance with the education, experience, and training of the individual selected and in accordance with salary schedules for employees of the Department of Education. Direct deposit of payroll checks is a condition of state employment, and employees are paid on a lag pay schedule with the first payment made after approximately one month of employment.


A criminal background check is required. The successful candidate must demonstrate during the interview process an understanding of diversity, educational equity and multicultural education. This job description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. The selected candidate should expect to perform any other related activities needed to deliver the position's key duties and responsibilities and follow any other instructions as defined by his/her supervisor.

The Delaware Department of Education is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, age or Vietnam Era veteran's status in employment or its programs and activities. Inquiries should be directed to the Department's Human Resource Office, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware, 19901, Telephone No. (302) 735-4030.

A person may not be employed by a public school employer in any position requiring licensure and certification if the person does not meet licensure and certification requirements established under Chapter 12 of [Title 14 of the Delaware Code]..., except pursuant to a license extension and/or emergency certificate issued pursuant to Chapter 12. See 14 Del. C.§ 1313.

Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all new employees hired after December 31, 1995

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