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Distinguished Literacy Educator

Distinguished Educator for K-3 Literacy Pilot

Announcement of Maine Department of Education Opportunity

The Maine Department of Education is seeking the services of two Distinguished Educators with strong background, knowledge and skills in research-based early literacy (K-3) instruction and assessment practices who also have experience providing professional development and job coaching for K-3 teachers.

These positions will assist in development and provision of onsite professional learning opportunities and direct coaching support to K-3 educators in schools participating in the Maine Department of Education’s K-3 literacy pilot, MoMEntum. Additionally, the positions will provide technical assistance support to school leadership teams during the pilot implementation. The positions will be supervised by the Maine Department of Education’s Literacy Specialist.

Appointment as a Distinguished Educator for the K-3 Literacy Pilot will be for the period between November 2016-August 2018. The assignment will be arranged through a contract with the educator’s school department or in a manner as appropriate to a candidate’s circumstances. Statewide travel is required.

A Master’s degree, preferably in literacy, and at least five years of professional experience as a teacher, literacy specialist and/or literacy coach is required. The candidate should also be able to document expertise in early literacy (K-3) instruction and assessment practices, ability to design and deliver professional development to elementary educators, including in-classroom coaching. Knowledge about data-informed decision making is essential and experience with technology integration at the K-3 span is strongly preferred.

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, a resume and the names and contact information for three references to Lee Anne Larsen, Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 no later than October 21, 2016. Questions may be directed to leeann.larsen@maine.gov.

Typical duties of this positions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provision of on-site coaching support for K-3 teachers in MoMEntum pilot schools to:
    • Develop knowledge of early literacy framework, instruction and assessment components related to the framework, and technology integration strategies.
    • Build relationships with K-3 educators in MoMEntum pilot schools using strategies such as needs assessments, classroom observations, etc.
    • Establish schedules for regular coaching sessions with all K-3 educators in assigned MoMEntum pilot schools.
    • Provide regular coaching sessions with all K-3 educators in assigned MoMEntum pilot schools that include pre-conferences, coaching sessions and post-conferences.
    • Maintain a record of coaching sessions.
  • Collaboration with the Maine DOE literacy specialists to develop and deliver professional development related to early literacy framework components for MoMEntum pilot, including literacy instruction, literacy assessment and technology integration practices.
  • Coordination of MoMEntum pilot assessment administration in assigned pilot schools.
  • Regular provision of technical assistance support to MoMEntum pilot school leadership team.
  • Regular coordination with Maine DOE literacy specialists to review and assess pilot implementation components.

Knowledge and abilities essential to the positions include:

  • Knowledge of current research related to literacy development, instruction and assessment practices for early childhood (PK-5).
  • Knowledge of educator coaching practices and adult learning theory.
  • Knowledge of state standards for literacy learning, the process of developing and implementing these standards and the associated state and local assessment systems.
  • Knowledge of proficiency-based/standards-based educational systems.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging state and federal legislation, rules, and regulations, particularly those impacting literacy education efforts.
  • Knowledge of exemplary curriculum, learner-centered instruction, and assessment practices, particularly those related to literacy.
  • Knowledge of literacy learning for diverse learners, including students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged learners, and English learners.
  • Knowledge of literacy learning principles and concepts, the impact of literacy in all content areas, current literacy issues, and literacy improvement strategies.
  • Ability to coach K-3 teachers in literacy instruction and assessment practices as well as technology integration.
  • Ability to apply and facilitate group dynamics.
  • Ability to use interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and to work collaboratively within and across teams.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through written and oral modes.
  • Ability to problem-solve and manage use of time efficiently and effectively by prioritizing deadlines and proactively planning ahead to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to multi-task frequently.

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