Under the direction of the Director of Middle School, the Literacy Specialist will provide support and guidance on literacy curriculum, instruction, assessment, and intervention for all students. The Literacy Specialist will provide professional development related to reading and writing instruction, reading intervention, reading across the content areas and English Language Development for English Learners. The Language and Literacy Specialist must take a hands-on approach to improving instruction and effectiveness by working at the (classroom and school levels to directly support instruction, intervention, and English Language Development. This will include analyzing students’ Lexile levels, modeling lessons in classrooms, helping teachers plan instruction, creating school-wide policies and procedures, and facilitating and lead professional development. Duties include:
Support the development of high-quality/effective literacy instruction in ELA, History/SS, Science and the Technical Subjects, including observing and coaching teachers to improve instructional planning, teaching practice, and the use of data, assessment, and instructional technology
Develop resources on key literacy practices including reading of diverse, engaging texts, extensive discussion, engagement in the writing process, rigorous and authentic learning experiences, and creating content in a digital environment
Support school-based implementation of effective literacy instruction grounded in a balanced approach including explicit skills instruction with abundant authentic, literature-based reading and writing opportunities
Design and facilitate professional learning for teachers and administrators
Research, evaluate, and prepare recommendations on instructional materials, effective pedagogy, technology use, and other relevant guidance
Maintain familiarity with current educational issues
Perform related duties as required to support the priorities of Sophia Academy
Commitment to gender specific, feminist empowerment model for girls and women
3-5 years elementary and/or middle school teaching experience
Bachelors degree in a relevant field of study, Master’s degree in English, Education, Reading, or related field preferred. ELL certification preferred.
Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with BIPOC and low-income students
Unwavering belief that all students can learn and achieve success in school
Expertise in literacy/reading and writing across the curriculum; dual language learning and/or working with English learners; supporting the literacy learning of diverse learners; literacy assessment, designing multi-tiered systems of support, and identifying effective intervention programs.
Demonstrated success in working with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations; familiarity with strategies for supporting English learners, diverse learners, and students at a wide range of reading and writing levels
Ability to define problems, analyze data, and develop action plans as part of a continuous improvement cycle. Experience with Renaissance STAR or similar testing programs.
Skilled in designing and leading adult professional learning experiences
Able to interact with stakeholders at all levels (including all staff, parents, students, and community members) in a respectful manner and provide excellent customer service
Able to work collaboratively in a team environment
Results-focused, responsive, self-directed, and collaborative
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and drive multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of a team
Takes initiative to identify challenges and recommend solutions; identifies, documents, and shares best practices
Excellent communications skills, written and oral
Creative and flexible in their approaches
Strong organizational skills
Enthusiasm for working in a close-knit, student-centered school environment; ability to interactpositively and patiently with students
Initiative, warmth, enthusiasm, optimism, and energy
Proficiency or fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume and references to Maura Farrell, Head of School, email@example.com
Sophia Academy is the only independent middle school in Rhode Island that provides a gender specific, holistic middle school education focusing on the intellectual and emotional growth of girls in grades 5-8 who are from low-income families. Founder Sr. Mary Reilly’s vision remains Sophia’s goal: to provide a rigorous, relevant, empowering education, preparing our students to be successful in high school and beyond, helping them to move out of poverty and to lead lives as confident, compassionate women. One hundred percent of Sophia graduates complete high school and most continue on to postsecondary education. The school is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and is nonsectarian.
Sophia’s social justice ethos has attracted the attention of such inspiring women as #MeToo cofounder Tarana Burke and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafsai, and its dedicated and talented faculty are recognized nationally and state-wide for their excellence. Aligned with our Guiding Principles, the curriculum provides a forum to explore the values on which the school was founded, upholding Sophia’s commitment to social justice and equality and its appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences.