Job Description

Job Description

Position: Education Specialist (Literacy)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA



Education Specialists are responsible for delivering professional development and technical assistance to schools that have contracted with our client, for school improvement and Change of Practice. This position requires deep knowledge and extensive experience with standards-based school reform and the ability to deliver high quality job embedded professional development and site-based technical support to school personnel using innovative technology resources. The desired applicants must have five or more years of highly-successful teaching experience in a K-12 school setting and preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience in effective coaching and training to teachers and teacher leaders.
Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to:
1. Plan for and deliver comprehensive job-embedded professional development and technical support for schools implementing our client’s literacy products: 

  • Facilitation of the Planning Meeting with school and district leadership that establishes our client’s partnership with the school and initiates the process of implementation
  • Facilitation of face-to-face professional development for school leadership, faculty, and support staff, including:
    • Implementation of the Workshop Model of Instruction for reading, writing, and mathematics teaching and learning
    • Implementation of selected foundation units in writing, genre studies in reading, and on-grade level mathematics
    • Principal and Leadership Team training in observing and analyzing the routines, rituals, and classroom practices of Reader's, Writer's, and Mathematics Workshop
    • Strategies for aligning classroom instruction to the State Standards and the Common Core State Standards , College and Career Readiness Competencies and/or the Standards for Math Practices in Mathematics
    • The development of artifacts in the standards-based classroom such as standards-based bulletin boards, anchor charts, reader's and writer's notebooks, and the 25 Book Campaign.
    • Specific, research-based strategies for teaching second language learners and students with disabilities
    • Strategies for developing students' academic language and college and career readiness competencies
  • Facilitation of onsite strategic planning and review meetings with the Principal and administrative team
  • Facilitation of professional development for the Leadership Team and faculty on the development of a data-driven culture within the school
  • Facilitation of Guided Practice Focus Walks to develop Leadership Team capacity to monitor program implementation
  • Facilitation of Leadership Team Meetings about implementation, and co-facilitation of such meetings with the Principal, to discuss implementation and resolve problems.
  • Facilitation of Progress Monitoring meetings to determine the progress the school is making in implementing implementation
  • Provision of technical support for the effective operation of teacher workgroups
  • Provision of instructional support, including modeling, coaching, and co-planning
  • Utilize Cycle of Feedback effectively to articulate and identify change of practice in teaching, learning, curriculum and leadership
  • Collaboration with other Education Specialists in the delivery of technical support
  • Maintenance of comprehensive documentation and reports of technical support on OneView

2. Maintain current knowledge of:

  • Client’s products and Change of Practice methodologies
  • Presentation technology, including the use of a laptop computer, tablet, and personal communication devices to develop and present effective professional development / instructional technology
  • Strategies to interpret and utilize student achievement data to drive instructional improvement, including the use of formative assessment and the analysis of state test results
  • The CCSS consortia and examinations, the upcoming PARCC / SBAC Examinations, and other related standards and assessments
  • Developments in standards-aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment in English language arts and/or mathematics
  • Educational Research (Instruction, leadership, differentiated instruction for exceptional learners, etc)

3. Support implementation of selected solutions, as needed, including:

  • Classroom coaching
  • Facilitation of training to support implementation
  • Provision of onsite technical support
  • Regular and ongoing communication with school and district leaders

4. Support product development, as required, including

  • Development and field testing of materials and products that support the training and implementation of Consulting Services programs and materials
  • Development of training notebooks, manuals or curriculum documents as needed to support program implementation
  • Provision of feedback to Lines of Business on the effectiveness of programs and training materials

5. Support Consulting Services business development by:

  • Assisting in the recruitment of new Consulting Services schools
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of Consulting Services offerings
  • Presenting Consulting Services programs to large and small audiences

Qualifications include:

  • Master's Degree or higher
  • Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher of Literacy/English language arts and/or Math and at least five years of successful experience as a K-12 professional
  • Strong collaboration and teambuilding skills
  • Knowledge of standards-based reform, curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Ability to plan strategically with and coach school leaders
  • Ability to coach classroom teachers
  • Ability to provide instructional support relating to effective teaching strategies for teachers across content areas
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of and the ability to function with various school and district organizational structures
  • Excellent ability to present content to large and small groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Skills in use of technology (how to spell out?)

Desirable knowledge, skills, and experience include:

  • Scaffolding instruction for English language learners
  • Scaffolding instruction for students with disabilities
  • Content areas in addition to English and/or Math, especially at the secondary level
  • Coaching experience in School Improvement and School Turn-Around
  • Programs and services to support student engagement
  • Strategies for the effective classroom use of instructional technology
  • Programs and services to support community outreach


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