Jul 11, 2024

Reading Specialist

  • Rocketship Public Schools
  • Washington, DC, USA
Full-time Education

Job Description

At Rocketship Public Schools, we believe in the infinite possibility of human potential. We believe that every student deserves the right to dream, to discover, and to develop their unique potential and it is our responsibility and our privilege to unleash the potential inside every Rocketeer we serve. Our non-profit network of public elementary charter schools propels student achievement, develops exceptional educators, and partners with parents who enable high-quality public schools to thrive in their community. We are a collective of parents, teachers, leaders, and students working together to transform the future for underserved communities across our country. At Rocketship Public Schools, we are unleashing potential.

The Reading Specialist works extensively with small groups of Rocketeers to help them improve targeted reading skills. Students who are identified for work with the Reading Specialist will be those who are in the bottom percentile of students according to the beginning of year diagnostics. Conduct six-eight week intervention cycles with targeted students by analyzing academic performance, designing instructional action plans, and monitoring progress. The Reading Specialist collaborates with the classroom teachers to design methods of learning that are most appropriate for each Rocketeer.

This role will report to the school leader responsible for Intervention and MTSS.

Essential Functions
    • Instruct small groups of students in researched-based reading intervention programming
    • Implement detailed, data-driven lessons and activities aligned with grade-level academic standards, as well as effectively and appropriately integrate technology into lessons.
    • Teach/Co-Teach Humanities classes as necessary
    • Serve as a member of the school's MTSS team and regularly review student data with teachers and leaders to provide recommendations for student movement.
    • Analyze student data to design instructional action plans
    • Monitor progress of instruction action plans with assessments, daily instructional notes, and weekly summary reports
    • Implement various assessments which measure student progress toward academic standards, and utilize assessment data to track student performance and mastery.
    • Engage in cycles of data-driven instruction to inform planning and personalize instruction to student needs.
    • Collaborate with the MTSS team, special education staff, and grade-level teams to design or adapt meaningfully differentiated lessons.

Student and Parent Partnership
    • Partner with all students and families through frequent communication, building trusting relationships and embracing the knowledge parents have as their child's first teacher.
    • Build authentic relationships with families beginning with home visits that form the foundation for frequent ongoing communications to support student success.
    • Engage with families on academic goals and transparently share student progress so that both parents and teachers own each child's successes and challenges.
    • Other duties as assigned

Rocketship Professional Culture
    • Commit to doing and being their best, and to grow their skills as professionals and as individuals
    • Attend all professional development meetings and opportunities that may exceed the regular school day hours of 7:30a-4:30p
    • Urgently and courageously takes actions in the best interest of students, even if they are new or unfamiliar
    • Meet all professional obligations and proactively communicate when changes come up
    • Exhibit a high level of honest and humble self-reflection owning good and bad outcomes
    • Effectively respond to and implement constructive feedback
    • Communicate effectively with colleagues and contribute to positive staff cultureCollaborate with all staff members to ensure that all students have consistent and well-coordinated support

Required Qualifications
    • Master's degree in Education or similar field required.
    • Six or more years of experience in literacy instruction (preferably in an urban setting).
    • Demonstrated ability to work with students and families from diverse backgrounds.
    • Possess a history of delivering effective, research-based math or ELA instruction to students in an urban school setting, both virtually and in person.

$68,000 - $88,000 a year

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 position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally climb ladders. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health and wellness benefits, 403b retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and generous paid time off.

Rocketship Public Schools provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Rocketship Public Schools complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Rocketship Public Schools expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Rocketship Public Schools' employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated. Click here for our Sexual Harassment Policy. For questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact Human Resources.

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