Reports to: Mrs. Erin Harper, Head of Lower School
FLSA Status: Exempt
PDS Status: Faculty, 10-months, part-time, 60% of time (approx. 24 hours per week), Non-benefited
Employment Opportunity: Founded in 1970, Providence Day School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational college preparatory school serving approximately 1,650 students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. Committed to academic excellence, global diversity and character development, PDS seeks to inspire in its students a passion for learning, a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to personal integrity. Cited for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, the College Board Advanced Placement Program and the National Council of Teachers of English, PDS provides a challenging and diverse college preparatory curriculum.
PD is recognized as one of The Charlotte Observer’s “Top Workplaces 2023”, as well as “Top Workplaces 2022”,“Top Workplaces 2019 and 2018”. This award is particularly special because the results are based solely on confidential responses from our employees. Additionally, PD is recognized as one of greater Charlotte’s 2018 and 2019 Healthiest Employers by the Charlotte Business Journal. This award demonstrates the school’s commitment to promoting the health and wellness of our employees and the importance of appropriate work-life harmony.
The Providence Day School community welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs who share a commitment to respect one another and accept differences. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a policy of nondiscrimination in the treatment of employees or applicants for employment without consideration of race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, gender or gender identity.
Providence Day School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of ABC (A Better Chance), and holds memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Educational Records Bureau, National and Southern Associations for College Admission Counseling, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the College Board.
This position is a part-time, 60% (approx. 24 hours per week) teaching position beginning in September, 2023.
The Lower School Reading Specialist will provide instruction with the following responsibilities:
Establish goals for identified students and create and monitor action plans for progress.
Work with identified students to close their learning gaps in literacy.
Utilize the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) to identify students that would benefit from the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Program.
Assess identified students using the CTOPP (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing) and other reading assessments. Write reports of results and recommendations and share findings with teachers and parents.
Coordinate and partner with classroom teachers to schedule and instruct identified students using the reading intervention program.
Maintain required data on individual student progress.
Disseminate data to the Student Services Team, teachers, and parents, during report card periods.
Compile a year-end report on student progress to share with the Head of Lower School, the Lower School Learning Specialist, and the Assistant Head of School Academic Affairs.
Attend professional development to increase knowledge of pedagogy and content, especially in the area of literacy and the science of reading.
Integrate Orton-Gillingham methods into the reading support intervention curriculum.
Collaborate with the Assistant Head of Lower School for Curriculum and Instruction to ensure the reading curriculum aligns with current best practices.
Train faculty and facilitate the implementation of Fountas and Pinnell curriculum.
Partner with the Developmental Learning Facilitators to service individual student’s phonics and reading needs.
Serve as a resource for classroom teachers.
Qualifications:B.A. or B.S. in Elementary Education, or Gifted and Talented Instruction, or Special Education is required. Additionally, Orton-Gillingham Certification is required for this position. A Masters Degree with a reading background, or specialized training in Fountas and Pinnell is preferred. Ideal candidates will demonstrate cultural competency and have knowledge of culturally responsive approaches to education.
Salary and Benefits: Providence Day School is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through a compensation plan that compares favorably with those of other independent schools both locally and nationwide. Individual salary levels are competitive and are determined by educational background and experience.
Application Process: Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, current resume, college transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a list of references with telephone numbers. Materials should be sent to the provided email address.
This position is open until filled. Providence Day School is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).