Job Title: Reading Recovery Teacher Leader
Location: Teacher Administrative Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St., Omaha, NE 68131
Reports To: Coordinator of Early Literacy
Work Schedule/FLSA Status: As per the negotiated agreement for the 2020-21 school year/Exempt
Salary Schedule: As outlined in applicable negotiated agreement
Position Purpose: The Reading Recovery Teacher Leader is responsible for working in collaboration with the Coordinator of Early Literacy and Curriculum and Instruction Support to maintain a quality Reading Recovery program that meets the standards and guidelines set by the Reading Recovery Council of North America. This position reports to the Coordinator of Early Literacy.
Essential Performance Responsibilities:
- Planning and facilitating on-going district professional development classes and sessions for Reading Recovery teachers.
- Working individually with four Reading Recovery students each day.
- Teaching the graduate-level in-training class for new Reading Recovery teachers.
- Planning and conducting demonstration lessons as well as coaching and planning sessions with teachers.
- Facilitating professional development in the summer and after regular teacher contract hours, if needed.
- Overseeing the collection of Reading Recovery data as required by the Reading Recovery Council of North America, monitoring the progress of students in the Reading Recovery program, analyzing and reporting data in the annual Reading Recovery Site Report, and sharing this data with district stakeholders.
- Managing and maintaining the digital resources for the Reading Recovery program.
- Participating in the Reading Recovery network, professional reading and other professional learning opportunities to continue his/her own professional growth in order to remain on the leading edge of literacy research and best practices for instruction.
- Attending training at an accredited Reading Recovery university training center. Tuition/travel expenses for training will be included.
- Attending ongoing yearly training, expenses included.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Applicants must hold a Masters Degree from an accredited college or university.
- A valid Nebraska Teaching Certificate or the ability to obtain one.
- A minimum of five years of successful teacher experience at the primary level K-3, and/or in the teaching of reading.
- Selected candidate will be required to sign commitment letter and apply to the Teacher Leader in the Reading Recovery Program. If candidate does not remain in the position or complete the program as described they will be required to reimburse the district the cost of the training program
- Evidence of leadership ability.
- Professional verification of successful classroom teacher performance.
- A demonstrated philosophy that all students can and will learn.
- A willingness and demonstrated abilities conducive to a continuous quest for quality education.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best instructional practices.
- Applicants must have the ability to collaborate and work with a team, communicate with multiple groups and relate well to teachers.
- Exhibits skills pertinent to foster positive relationships and the ability to work effectively with students, staff, parents, and the community.
- Evidence of the willingness and the ability to comply with the standards for ethical and professional performance established by the State Board of Education.
Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Central Office Administrators as designated by the Superintendent.
Equipment: This position may require the ability to use assistive technology in addition to basic office equipment such as computers, copiers, scanners, and fax machine. Must always comply with OPS’s guidelines for equipment use.
Travel: Limited travel may be required.
Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards:
- Must be able to respond rapidly in emergency situations.
- Must have organization, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- Work in school building environments.
- Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors.
- Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks.
- Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy.
- Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues.
- Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service.
Employee Punctuality and Appearance:
- In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave.
- Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor or building administrator.
- All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of Omaha Public Schools and is appropriate for their position.
Terms of Employment:
This position is treated as a full-time exempt certified position. The terms of your employment will be governed by applicable state laws regulating employment or teaching in a Nebraska public school and Board of Education policies, as those laws and policies may change from time to time, and the Teacher Contract. If your position is represented by a collective bargaining representative, then your employment will also be governed by a negotiated agreement between OPS and collective bargaining representative.
Terms of employment are contingent upon:
- Verification of a valid Nebraska Teaching License or other required license.
- A background check which demonstrates background is acceptable for the position sought and working with or around students.
- Verification of U.S. Citizenship or legal authorization to work in the United States.
- Successful completion of a tuberculosis skin test (if required by federal law for your position).
- Execution and delivery to OPS of a Teacher Contract presented by OPS.
Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status in its programs, activities, employment, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131. (531-299-0307)
The Omaha Public School District is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 531-299-0240.