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Teacher, Reading Specialist 2019-2020

at J.O. Combs Unified School District

Posted: 3/27/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 3638
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

This position is for the 2019-2020 school year.

Position Goal:

The job of Reading Specialist is to improve students’ success in reading by implementing district approved curriculum; document teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes; Provide leadership on the school site in improving student literacy and tiered reading intervention; Provide a safe and positive learning environment; and Provide feedback to students, parents, and administration regarding student progress, expectations and goals.



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, skill, and/or ability required to be successful in a K-6 elementary school. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Arizona Teaching Certificate
  • Masters Degree in Reading or equivalent or Reading Endorsement required
  • Successful classroom teaching experience (5 years recommended)
  • Wilson/Fundations Training Preferred or willing to commit to training
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Arizona State ELA Standards
  • Knowledge of current research and best practices in the field of reading
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze  data to evaluate and make instructional decisions for  student learning and growth
  • Ability to consult with classroom teachers and model District programs/interventions as needed with an emphasis in literacy and knowledge of evidence-based literacy interventions
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in written form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others.
  • Ability to conduct campus in-services for teachers/parents

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following

    1. Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity, interest, and abilities of students.
    2. Monitors student progress for the purpose of providing student feedback on a regular basis to students, teachers, and parents, and determining interventions for those students who are diagnosed as “at risk” readers.
    3. Develops lesson plans and instructional materials and provides individualized small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.  Guides planning on the part of paraprofessionals.
    4. Able to infuse technology into curriculum, instruction, and learning
    5. Attends IEP, Section 504, or other related meetings necessary for student assessment and/or compliance with federal and/or state law and consults with teachers in establishing reading goals.
    6. Participates and facilitates MTSS meetings when students are referred for reading assistance.
    7. Coordinates the DIBELS Benchmark Team and administration of DIBELS by scheduling benchmark testing and administration of DIBELS with all students in grades K-3 for benchmark testing 3 times a year.
    8. Schedules and supports teachers with DIBELS Progress monitoring, facilitating and training staff to enter  the data for Tier II and Tier III students to be used in all MTSS meetings
    9. Provides site based Professional Development for staff at the direction of site administrators.
    10. Attends district required reading and assessment trainings/meetings.
    11. Assists administrators and teachers at the assigned school in the implementation of a comprehensive literacy program with a focus on differentiation
    12. Physical Demands

      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

      Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

      Work Environment

      The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

      Salary Schedule:    Certificated Initial Placement Salary Placement (Grant Funded)

      Benefits:                Per District Policy

      Evaluation:            Annual

      Contract:               198 Days                                                     

      FLSA Status:          Exempt

      Reports to:            Principal                                                      

      Hours:                   Full-Time 8 Hours per Day  

      The J.O. Combs Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator at 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 or (480) 987-5300. 

      El Distrito Escolar Unificado de J.O. Combs no discrimina basada por la raza, el color, el origen nacional, el sexo, la discapacidad o la edad de una persona en sus programas o actividades y proporciona igual acceso a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos juveniles designados. Las consultas pueden dirigirse al coordinador del Título IX o al coordinador del Título II de la Sección 504 / ADA en 301 E. Combs Rd., San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 o (480) 987-5300.       

    Primary Location: Harmon Elementary

    Shift Type: Full-Time

    Job Contact Information

    Applications will be accepted beginning
    Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:00 AM
    (Pacific Standard Time)

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