K-12 Reading Specialist

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Our team provides educational solutions for students of all ages through individual assessment, personally tailored learning programs, and one-on-one instruction. We form supportive relationships and communicate–not just with the student but also with all the people in the community involved in their educational development. Our fundamental belief at Freudigman & Billings is that students learn best in the context of these relationships. We are committed to helping students with learning differences better understand how they learn and how they can take ownership of that learning.

We are seeking certified reading specialists to work with elementary, middle, and high school students who are struggling with reading - both decoding and comprehension - and the resultant academic challenges that weak reading can create. Our reading specialist will see students with a wide variety of language-based diagnoses, such as Dyslexia; Specific Learning Disorders in Basic Reading Skill, Reading Fluency, and Reading Comprehension; and ADHD. Reading specialists provide customized as well as evidence-based remediative services through which students acquire the skill sets, self-knowledge, and resiliency they need to become better readers.

Reading specialists must be able to work with children and adolescents alike and have experience with a range of K-12 students. Preference will be given to individuals who have obtained (or are pursuing) a certification in reading and a masters degree in special education. Training in various reading programs and approaches is required. Flexible part-time hours (5-10 hrs) after school and on the weekends. Please send an educational history including a short bio with your inquiry.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interpret educational evaluations and design interventions for students to determine and meet their educational goals both inside and outside of the classroom

  • Attend client-specific case review meetings in order to generate and execute specific plans for each student

  • Cultivate a trusting, honest, and respectful environment that promotes educational and emotional success

  • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure coordinated service provision

  • Assist the Director with the development of reading curriculum and other special projects

  • Maintain confidentiality and security of client information

  • Report to the Director of Educational Therapy

 

Requirements

  • Charisma and confidence

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Attention to detail, strong observation skills and precise reporting abilities

  • Ability to adapt and identify teachable moments

  • High emotional intelligence and empathy

  • Self-motivated and driven to help students succeed

  • Aptitude for building relationships with students and colleagues

  • Ability to thrive and be decisive in a fast-paced environment

  • Engagement with youth culture in order to connect with students as a mentor and not just an educator

 

Education/Certifications

  • Orton-Gillingham training in phonics (or similar methodology)

  • Lindamood Bell training in reading comprehension

  • Education degree a plus, masters not required, state credentialing not required

  • Preference given to those enrolled in or have a Master’s degree in Special Education, Literacy or Remedial Reading, or a certificate in Educational Therapy

 

Schedule

  • 5 to 10 hours per week paid by the hour

  • After school, evenings, and weekends for the duration of a school year

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be able to work at our center in Westport, CT

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