- Newark, NJ
The Reading Coordinator at People’s Prep works consistently and creatively so that all People’s Prep students meet or exceed their reading goals. They are responsible for integrating effective literacy practices across all content areas and grades. Additionally, they will support teachers and parents in their pursuit to enhance reading mastery for all students. The Reading Coordinator is responsible for assessing every student’s reading level and routinely updating students’ reading records. This position supports the work that is done in the classroom by using prescribed reading interventions. As with all members of the Wolfpack, the Reading Coordinator serves as a role model for all People’s Prep students by bringing to life our core values.
Qualifications and Certifications
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Urban school-based work experience preferred.
- Experience running libraries or reading programs/interventions preferred.
- Firm commitment to and belief in People’s Prep’s mission.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in communicating with diverse audiences.
- Openness to feedback and willingness to take personal responsibility.
- Comfort with ambiguity.
- Assess, with a high level of accuracy, each People’s Prep student for her reading level, which will correlate to a Fountas and Pinnell level.
- Collaborate with school leaders and the English Department to track students’ literacy growth using monthly progress monitoring and fall, winter, and spring benchmark testing.
- Create, track, and revise student reading growth goals.
- Create clear incentives, rewards, and celebrations that highlight students’ efforts, consistency, growth, and excellence.
- Utilize prescribed reading interventions in tutoring sessions with students at risk of reading failure.
- Keep students, teachers, and families updated on students’ literacy progress.
- Run the school library, which includes re-organizing the library according to the Lexile reading system (and/or Fountas and Pinnell). Maintain accurate library records.
- Organize school library events that promote literacy as a key component of a PPCS student’s education.
- Organize a Summer Reading Program that involves new and returning students and their families.
- Accept and incorporate constructive feedback for the overall success of the school library and the reading assessments.
- Work collaboratively and participate actively in faculty meetings and in professional learning teams.
- Continue to develop professionally to ensure all students become great readers.
- Teach and enforce school-wide, clearly defined systems, structures, and rules (including before and after school and during transition times).
- Perform other tasks as may be assigned by school leaders.
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