About Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington

Great Oaks Charter School – Wilmington (GO-WIL) opened in downtown Wilmington in the fall of 2015. In the school year 20-21, we will serve 450 students in grades 6-11. GO-WIL will serve students in grades 6th -12th by adding on one-grade level each year until we reach full enrollment. Our students arrive, on average, behind grade level. Many live in poverty. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree. Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college. 

We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, support staff, and tutors. The school’s mission is to prepare our students for college and career success through several key elements: 

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
  • More time on task – Longer school days than traditional schools. Weekend sessions and summer school for students who need additional support.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework. Advanced Placement and real college courses for all juniors and seniors.
  • Individualized Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations, who are supported by a cadre of tutors. 

Position Summary

The Reading Specialist will work extensively with students and teachers to helps students improve specific reading skills. The Reading Specialist will address the specific needs of a child when regular classroom instruction is not enough and will work with the teacher to design methods of learning that are most appropriate for each child.

JOB GOAL:

  • To help students develop proficient reading skills that will contribute to their academic growth.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Planning

  • Plan and prepare a variety of learning activities considering individual student’s culture, learning styles, special needs, and socio---economic background
  • Develop or select instructional activities which foster active involvement in the learning process
  • Identify, select, and modify instructional materials to meet the needs of students with varying backgrounds, learning styles and special needs.
  • Assist Principals in assessing changing curricular needs and plans for improvement.

Administrative/Management

  • Maintain a positive, organized, and safe learning environment
  • Use time effectively • Manage materials, use technology and other equipment effectively
  • Use effective student behavior management techniques
  • Establish and maintain effective and efficient record keeping procedures, including but not limited to, required individual student plans and reports
  • Compile data to evaluate reading programs and identify appropriate strategies
  • Stay current regarding latest trends in the area of reading instruction
  • Coach teachers in current techniques to prevent and remediate reading problems
  • Model effective teaching strategies and techniques
  • Conduct staff development activities to help teachers improve student reading skills

Assessment/Evaluation

  • Develop and use a variety of assessments to assist the continuous development of students
  • Use data to analyze and identify reading problems
  • Use a variety of data to diagnose, plan instruction, and evaluate results
  • Compile pre-program, mid-program and post program data for evaluation
  • Assist teachers in selecting, administering, and evaluating results of screening, diagnostic, and progress assessments.
  • Establish appropriate testing environment and test security.
  • Communicate, in understandable terms, individual student progress to the student, parents, and professional colleagues who need access to the information.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of instructional units and teaching strategies

Intervention/Direct Services

  • Ensure that student growth and achievement are continuously improving
  • Establish and maintain a positive collaborative relationship with the students’ families to increase student achievement.
  • Teach remedial reading and provide instruction as needed to promote student achievement
  • Work with and support the classroom teachers in providing a balanced reading program
  • Assist in implementing and monitoring of the language arts curriculum
  • Assist with the selection of appropriate reading resources to meet identified student needs
  • Consult frequently with classroom teachers on matters relating to reading instruction
  • Work with the classroom teacher to monitor student progress
  • Assist teachers in the provision of appropriate intensive intervention instruction for struggling students, including those who are limited English proficient.
  • Apply principles of learning and effective teaching in instructional delivery
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies appropriate for teaching students from diverse backgrounds with different learning styles and special needs
  • Use appropriate material, technology, and other resources to help meet learning needs of all students
  • Provide appropriate instructional modification for students with special needs, including exceptional education students and students who have limited English proficiency
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject matter
  • Communicate high learning expectations for all students
  • Design interventions and write lesson plans detailing methods and materials
  • Promote an interest in reading

OTHER

Perform other responsibilities as may, from time to time, be assigned by the supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree with relevant designation from an accredited educational institution
  • Valid Delaware teacher certification in appropriate area
  • Reading certification required
  • Minimum of five (5) years successful teaching experience
  • A demonstrated knowledge and practice of language arts or reading
  • Satisfactory criminal background check and drug screening

Compensation

Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.

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