Part-Time Literacy Coach (2017-2018 School Year)
Are you an elementary educator that believes all students deserve a great foundation in literacy regardless of their socio-economic background? Do you have experience implementing balanced literacy best practices in K-3 classrooms? Are you committed to sharing knowledge and collaborating with fellow teachers?
Are you looking for a part-time opportunity where you can remain in the field of education but have the freedom to support other passions and responsibilities?
Yes! Then join Children’s Literacy Initiative’s team of Literacy Coaches in Elizabeth, NJ!
CLI’s Literacy Coaches are Independent Contractors that provide professional development to early elementary (k-3) teachers in all aspects of balanced literacy.
Through content-focused coaching, Literacy Coaches provide teachers with individualized and situation-specific assistance focused on literacy content, pedagogy, and student learning. They pre-conference with teachers to discuss literacy goals, lesson plan and implementation, and core issues in effective lesson design. They also work with the teacher to decide on the level of support (modeling, co-teaching, observing) needed from the Literacy Coach in the lesson. After the lesson, the teacher and Literacy Coach reflect on student learning by analyzing student work, considering the effectiveness of the lesson, and planning for the goals of future lessons.
Each CLI Literacy Coach must be a certified teacher with at least 5 years’ experience in a K-3 classroom, hold an education Master’s degree and be able to pass all required clearances and background checks.
Other desired qualities:
Experienced yet Open: Literacy Coaches are experts in early literacy instruction and have the teaching/implementation experience necessary to recognize and model instructional effectiveness. Yet, they are lifelong learners- open to new ideas and practices presented by CLI and the teachers/administrators we support.
Collaborative: Literacy Coaches work with teachers to take a solution-based approach to literacy instruction roadblocks, focusing teachers on past successes and how to expand on them. Literacy Coaches show perseverance when faced with challenges and inspire the teachers and students to do the same.
Committed: Literacy Coaches are mission-driven, self-starters that show initiative and are able to schedule and complete contacted coaching hours and provide literacy leadership in the schools they support.
What are some of the best parts about being a CLI Literacy Coach?
CLI is a mission driven organization that is committed to embracing the diverse array of individuals who comprise our team. We draw inspiration for innovation from the children we serve and from educators, administrators, and the work-at-large. Founded over 26 years ago, CLI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides educators with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction for prekindergarten through third grade. CLI’s work has been validated by prestigious organizations and has garnered national attention.
CLI’s proven theory of action shows that when teachers receive the right combination and intensity of training and coaching, they can become exemplary instructors who make an impact in helping children achieve. Our workshops and institutes build teachers’ understanding of literacy and the art and science of teaching children how to read and write. By focusing on professional skills that improve over time and are not lost when administrations, buildings, or curricula change, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.