Reading & Instruction Coach/Specialist

JCFS Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Jun 07, 2019
Job Type

The Reading Specialist will play an instrumental role in improving student reading skills by insuring proper strategies and student supports are in place in the learning environment. Working collaboratively with classroom educators, this role will develop full understanding of student needs and strengths, create and implement intervention strategies and reading curricula, and oversee common progress monitoring assessments.  As the school literacy leader, the Reading Specialist is responsible for comprehensive and individualized literacy programming across the school through coaching, supporting, and guiding teachers in best practices for literacy instruction.


Teacher / Classroom Supports

  • Establish positive learning expectations and standards for all students by helping teachers in planning, delivering, and assessing lessons that align to common core standards and follow grade level pacing guides
  • Participate in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices and resources and model appropriate reading strategies to assist teachers in the implementation of effective literacy programs and practices.
  • Generate, organize, analyze and interpret various forms of student and instructional data in order to identify areas of strength and areas of need in student instruction and overall school curriculum and practices.
  • Assist teachers in analyzing and understanding student performance data to develop and plan next instructional steps and IEP goals related to reading.
  • Attend related professional learning opportunities for professional educator development to inform and enhance school and teacher practices.
  • Organize and facilitate routine, large and small group, professional development for school educators on topics related to school’s instructional assessment practices, current and new curriculum, and educational resources.
  • Create and develop detailed reports and other necessary communications related to school / student progress and practices to school administration and staff, parents / guardians, districts, marketing, and continuous quality and improvement personnel.
  • Attend routine daily and weekly staff meetings
  • Utilize multiple forms of technology (i.e., Chromebooks, tablets) and digital resources for purposeful integration of technology into academic planning, learning, and student progress reporting. 

Student Supports

  • Plan differentiated instruction to support both relative strengths and weaknesses and engage all students in learning.
  • Develop and provide individualized, small group and differentiated instruction utilizing evidence-based reading strategies and adapted curriculum to support student growth in fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Evaluate students’ progress on a regular basis using school wide assessment tool while maintaining current and accurate records of individual student achievements and areas that require growth.
  • Perform other duties instrumental to supporting student achievement and improving classroom Reading instruction.


  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff and other school stakeholders.
  • Has shown ability to establish and maintain effective, positive relationships with students, colleagues, parents/ guardians, and other school stakeholders.
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills to provide clear guidance, instructions, or information to school staff and leadership and other invested stakeholders.
  • Ability to perform duties with awareness of all governing bodies’ requirements and school policies.
  • Skilled multi-tasker and excellent time manager.
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced environment effectively to achieve multiple goals and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Able to work independently and in small and large teams.
  • Independently able to exercise sound professional judgment and establish / maintain professional boundaries.
  • Strength in remaining calm and flexible in high-stress situations while maintaining an understanding and supportive demeanor.
  • Self-directed with strong organizational and problem-solving skills. 


  • Three or more years of successful teaching experience including experience working with diverse, special education population
  • Professional Educator License
  • Reading Specialist endorsement
  • Previous experience with academic leadership, mentoring, coaching
  • Experience with FastBridge assessment system or similar assessment tool
  • Fluent with multiple forms of technology (i.e., Chromebooks, tablets) and digital resources for purposeful integration of technology into academic planning, learning, and student progress reporting. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite
  • Able to successfully complete the physical and testing requirements Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training (Agency provided).


JCFS offers an array of benefits including Medical, Dental, Vision, Wellness, Paid sick and vacation time, Agency holidays, Pension, 403(b), Flexible Spending Plans, and Life Insurance.

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Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS) is committed to serving the needs of the diverse Chicago metropolitan area.  Accredited by COA, Charter member of CWLA, Licensed by DCFS

JCFS is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. JCFS provides a reasonable accommodation to those who need assistance in completing this application

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