Description: Willow Oak Montessori is a collaborative community of professionals passionate about engaging every child in an inspirational and equitable individualized learning journey. The Literacy Specialist is an integral member of the Diverse Learning Community team and partners with classroom teachers and DLC specialists to monitor the academic growth of students in reading foundations. The Literacy Specialist brings a solid understanding of research-based interventions to support students at risk of learning disabilities and demonstrates the ability to communicate this knowledge to classroom teachers in a collaborative manner. The Literacy Specialist also engages and inspires students who are learning to read by tailoring strategies, activities, and materials to the individual learning styles, interests and needs of each student. The Literacy Specialist exhibits a positive, optimistic attitude; treats all students in a fair and equitable manner; and communicates effectively with parents, colleagues and the community. They embrace diversity, create a learning environment that fosters respectful interactions with peers and adults from all cultures and belief systems, and prepares students to become independent and responsible global citizens.
Contract Type: Full time
Contract Term: 10 months
Position Reports To: AHOS/Diverse Learning Community Coordinator
● Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
● Has or is eligible to hold a valid NC teaching license
● Has an understanding of and appreciation for the Montessori philosophy
● Valid Montessori certificate from a MACTE-accredited training program
● 3-5 years of experience teaching reading
● Experience working with children with learning disabilities
● Applicants who have experienced oppression, discrimination, or other adversity in their lives who are willing to bring insights from those experiences to our team
● Understands and communicates best practices in research-based reading interventions for students at risk of learning disabilities.
● Design and implement individual and small group literacy instruction for students identified at risk based on universal screening measures, teacher observation and data, and district/state assessment results.
● Provides direct and targeted intervention to students identified with reading and writing difficulties
● Monitors the rate of individual growth of students receiving supplemental support over time and keeps detailed records of student assessment data used to inform instruction
● Participates regularly in DLC problem-solving meetings to plan and collaborate with classroom teachers regarding the needs of individual students and to align supplemental reading support with Montessori core curriculum
● Provides on-going feedback to the parents of students receiving intervention ● Attends PLC and faculty meetings as requested and performs other tasks/responsibilities that may be assigned by the Head of School.
● Establish effective working relationships with all students and their families, paying particular attention to the barriers that students and families from traditionally disempowered populations face in fully participating in our community.
● Maintain regular communication with parents through email, phone calls, and written progress notes at least 3x per year.
● Respond to communications from parents within 24 business hours.
● Participate in the planning and delivery of parent education events as requested by the Head of School.
● Collaborate with colleagues to mentor and support one another to improve teacher effectiveness and equitable student outcomes.
● Maintain a professional attitude toward students, parents, faculty, and the community at all times. ● Strive to be a desirable example for students in attitude, action, speech, and dress. ● Maintain confidentiality regarding all children, families, faculty, and the school as stated in the Willow Oak Montessori Confidentiality Agreement.
● Comply with all policies and procedures included in the Personnel Handbook, Student Handbook, and any other policies and procedures that may be adopted by the Willow Oak Montessori Charter School Board of Directors.
● Abide by the American Montessori Society Code of Ethics and the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators.
● Engage in a continuing education program of study and a coaching model of self-reflective practice.
About Willow Oak Montessori Charter School
Our 17-acre, wooded campus in central North Carolina houses a K-8 Public Charter school and a private Children's House. Our Charter school opened in 2013 and we moved to our new permanent campus in 2020.