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Literacy Specialist in Houston, TX at BakerRipley

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-time Regular
  • Location:
    Houston, TX
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description

BakerRipley provides an integrated holistic education system for families and their children ages six months through eighth grade. The Choices in Education division oversees the early childhood education programs and the BakerRipley Schools, including three community-based elementary schools, one middle school, and a “New Neighbor” school for refugee children – all of which reside within our community centers. Our holistic approach to educating the entire family allows us to create a stronger and more positive impact in the community.  Both children and their parents gain access to education and broader community resources to prepare them for a successful degree and/or career.


Under the direction of the Instructional Leadership Team, the responsibilities of this position fall into three categories: campus literacy leader, literacy family engagement lead, and culture lead. As a literacy leader, the position is responsible for implementing a comprehensive literacy program at the assigned school through coaching, supporting, and guiding teachers in best practices for literacy. As the family engagement lead, the literacy specialist is responsible for working with the campus to design and execute literacy opportunities for students and their families. As culture lead, the literacy specialist will create fun and engaging ways to build investment around reading and achieving student, campus, and district literacy goals.


Literacy Leader

  • (At least 50% of the literacy specialist’s time shall be devoted to this category)
  • Collaborate with and coach teachers on the use of assessment data to plan instruction; analyze school literacy data and plan for future literacy need
  • Participate in collaborative instructional planning
  • Conduct classroom visitations and provide feedback to teachers and administrators on the school’s literacy program
  • Remain grounded in content standards and objectives
  • Support campus with literacy intervention – creating a plan and supporting with accountability
  • Pull small groups of students for additional intervention and support
  • Work alongside the Instructional Leadership Team to plan and facilitate training for teachers and continuous staff development that supports school literacy initiatives
  • Model and coach instructional methods in a variety of settings (whole group and small group_ and provide follow-up support


Family Engagement Lead

  • (At least 25% of literacy specialist’s time shall be devoted to this category)
  • Plan and deliver parent workshops and informational sessions involving English Language Arts
  • Support teachers in preparing for literacy component of parent conferences
  • Work with campus staff to create parent volunteer system for literacy support (reading buddies, leading station activity, etc.)


Culture Lead

  • (At least 25% of literacy specialist’s time shall be devoted to this category)
  • Build investment around reading goals and Million Minutes Campaign
  • Celebrate student growth and progress
  • Create incentive and celebration systems around literacy
  • Work with campus staff and BakerRipley Agency to recruit volunteers/partners for Reading Buddies and other literacy partnership opportunities
  • Support teachers with creating plans for sharing student progress and celebrating

Job Requirements


Must possess a Bachelor’s degree and be eligible for a Texas Teaching License


Three (3) years of successful classroom teaching experience in which the teaching of reading was a primary responsibility, required


Proficient in MS Office Products


  • Knowledge of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and effective instructional practices
  • Knowledge of the needs of students requiring remedial reading instruction
  • Thorough understanding of the teaching and learning process
  • Ability to provide instruction that reflects multiple perspectives and multicultural education
  • Ability to infuse technology into curriculum
  • Ability to guide and train teachers in effective techniques and strategies
  • Ability to work effectively with administrators, colleagues, school based staff, students, parents, and community
  • Ability to use diagnostic data to tailor instruction to meet the needs of the student(s) excellent organizational, communication, and human relations skills