Literacy Specialist JD
POSITION: Literacy Specialist
REPORTS TO: Director of Academics
POSITION TYPE: 11-month
Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 89% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-three (83%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? YES Prep has 21 campuses serving K-12, 19 campuses of those campuses serving 6th-12th graders, like Monique Bowie. The remaining 2 are YES Prep's newest elementary campuses starting in the 20-21 school year, and we will continue adding 2 elementary campuses per year until 2024. This allows us to serve even more families and provide access to a college preparatory mindset from a child's first schooling experience.
Houston is the 4th largest city and our increasing population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep's waitlist. YES Prep's student enrollment is estimated to grow from 14,500+ students currently, to 23,000 by the 2024 - 2025 school year.
This challenge is magnified when we are serving the communities who are most impacted by the national pandemic of COVID-19. Regardless of the method of learning-virtual, in-person, or a hybrid model-we will "Keep YES Prep Learning," so that our students maximize their potential and educational experience, maintaining college readiness for all students as the bar. At the end of the day, we will work relentlessly to shape our path forward and use current challenges to become a stronger organization.
YES Prep needs a dynamic Literacy Specialist, with a diverse set of experiences to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.
To put it simply, you will play an integral role ensuring that English Language Learners (ELL), non-fluent, and dyslexic students are receiving appropriate accommodations in all classrooms.?
When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:
Setting clear expectations and standards for excellent literacy instruction in all content areas, along with the Principal and/or Director of Academics;
Ensuring that students receive outstanding instruction in reading intervention classes by observing and coaching a cohort of reading intervention teachers;
Ensuring that English Language Learners (ELLs), non-fluent, and dyslexic students are receiving appropriate accommodations in all classrooms by observing and coaching content teachers and collaborating with instructional leadership;
Tracking progress monitoring of reading intervention teachers and grades of ELLs and dyslexic students and use this data to drive coaching;
Working with district Instructional Coaches to provide targeted support to first- and second-year teachers;
Working with Home Office leadership on system-wide instructional initiatives;
Directing campus' ELL and dyslexia programs to ensure the academic success of these students and maintain compliance with state and federal law;
Coordinating and directing testing for special populations, including MAP and R-CBM benchmarks, Language Assessment System (LAS) and TELPAS, and dyslexia screenings throughout the year;
Overseeing the ELL compliance work completed by a campus clerk, registrar, or office coordinator;
Ensuring that ELL and dyslexic students receive all appropriate accommodations on high-stakes testing, including STAAR and Common Assessments, and assist in applying for accommodations for dyslexic students taking College Board exams;
Providing one-on-one or small group literacy instruction to dyslexic students needing Level-2 services (this service is in addition to a regularly scheduled reading intervention class);
Providing one-on-one or small group interventions in spoken English (beginning ELLs), writing or handwriting, or additional time in intervention;
Assisting in the planning and delivery of professional learning opportunities to campus teachers and staff during beginning of year, as well as selecting professional development days throughout the school year;
Providing leadership in identifying and acquiring appropriate teaching materials, textbooks, and equipment;
Teaching a recommended number of two periods of reading intervention per day or serve as a Dean of Instruction for a recommended number of four Reading Intervention teachers;
Additional duties as assigned.
We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:
THE MUST HAVES
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
Master's Degree in Dyslexia, Education, Reading, Special Education, or a related field
A Valid Texas Teaching Certificate, with ESL certification
3 years of teaching experience in the classroom
Belief in and commitment to the mission and core value of YES Prep Public Schools
Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback
Ability to maintain emotional control under stress
Ability to work urgently in a fast-paced and results-oriented environment
Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once
Demonstrated ability to work on a team
A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
THE NICE TO HAVES
Compensation-This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
Health and Supplemental Insurance- A $10 monthly medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Disability, Life, etc. Employees must work 20+ hours a week to be eligible for a full spectrum of benefits, and 10 hours a week minimum for medical benefits.
Retirement Plans- Participation in Teacher Retirement System of Texas and a 457 Retirement Plan.
Paid Time Off- 12 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar for all regularly scheduled employees working 20+ hours a week.
Paid Leave Programming- In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers paid leave, paid out at 100%, based on eligibility and tenure.
Professional Development- YES Prep values longevity and performance over time. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.
Award Winning Culture-The strong cultures of our campuses and Home Office are just one of many reasons we were named Houston's Best Place to work in 2018 and 2019. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well.
WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY
YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-five percent (95%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.
YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.
THE NEXT STEPS
If this sounds like your just right job, apply today!
If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent team to be connected to a recruiter by filling out this form.
Type : INTERNAL & EXTERNAL
Location : NORTHWEST CAMPUS
Job Family : CAMPUS LEADERSHIP
Posting Start : 07/23/2021
Posting End : 12/31/9999
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