Reading Teacher

Location
Schenectady, NY, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 08, 2019
Ref
SCEN0145646-0000
About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

Reading Teacher Role

This position reports to the building principal in a midsize urban school district located in the Capital Region of Upstate New York. The Reading Teacher will play a critical role in developing and providing specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of all students. The Reading Teacher will facilitate quality academic and enrichment activities for students in need of targeted comprehensive supports. The Reading Teacher will use the five pillars of reading to improve student literacy skills. This position requires a high degree of creativity, positivity and ability to respond to the needs of diverse learners.
  • Reading Teacher Expectations
  • Knowledge of Data-Driven Instruction (formative, databases, progress monitoring);
  • Knowledge of CCLS;
  • Knowledge of collaboration, co-teaching, flexibility, advocacy, providing PD, trouble-shooting;
  • Knowledge of goal setting (SMART), grouping strategies, timelines;
  • Knowledge of strengths based model of instruction;
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching;
  • Knowledge of the next logical step (teaching points) to accelerate learning;
  • Knowledge of running records, writing assessments, phonic assessments
  • Understanding of co-teaching methods;
  • Ability to interpret/analyze assessments - strengths and needs, action plan/instruction plan (balanced approach - fluency reads, book introductions, strategic instruction, word work, vocabulary instruction, comprehension strategies, writing about reading, talking/conversations);
  • Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained for all students;
  • Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques;
  • Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning;
  • Creates a positive learning experience with emphasis in individualized instruction using appropriate sources.

Reading Teacher Key Qualities
  • Reflective practitioner;
  • Use culturally responsive materials to engage student interest;
  • Applies the critical thinking skills needed to adapt instructional practices to support student growth;
  • Builds positive and collaborative working relationships with colleagues;
  • Practices patience with all students, families and colleagues;
  • Always seeking new ways to teach students the way they learn.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelors or Masters Degree. Current New York State teaching license in required content area.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District's recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.