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Lower School Literacy Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 5.3.18
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Atlantic
  • Role
    • Literary Specialist
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Washington, DC



An award-winning EL Education School in Washington, DC

Lower School Literacy Specialist

Capital City is looking for a dedicated & talented Lower School Literacy Specialist that can
provide expert attention to the needs of students in the area of literacy. This work is done
through coaching teachers around best practices in literacy instruction and targeted small
group instruction with students. The Literacy Specialist supports teachers in the
implementation of effective literacy instruction through consult, modeling of best practice
instruction, support with data collection and analysis and professional development. The
Literacy Specialist works closely with the Instructional Coach and Principal to identify student
needs and develop plans for support. The Literacy Specialist reports to the Principal.

This is a 10-month position, which is exempt and therefore not eligible for overtime pay under
the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The many and varied responsibilities of the Literacy Specialist include:

• Provide leadership role in the area of literacy instruction for the school and school
• Provide literacy/reading intervention and instruction to individual and small groups of
students in grades K-4 using Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI) and other interventions.
• Train other staff, as needed, in implementing Leveled Literacy Intervention or other
intervention instruction. This includes implementation of lessons as well as data
collection, tracking and use in planning next steps for students.
• Guide and assist staff with the collection, analysis and utilization of student literacy data
for placement in intervention programs and progress monitoring.
• Support teachers in assessing the strengths and needs of students within literacy, and
use the results to plan and implement an effective literacy program for their students.
• Assist in coordinating a school-wide literacy program that meets the needs of all
students in collaboration with the building Principal, Early Childhood Director,
Instructional Coach and teaching staff.
• Serve as a resource for teachers by demonstrating and suggesting strategies, ideas or
materials that can enhance instruction and support students who are at risk of not
meeting academic standards.
• Provide and facilitate professional development workshops, model strategies or
techniques and teach demonstration or collaborative lessons in the classroom to
support teachers in meeting the needs of struggling readers.
• Participate in Child Study Team meetings for students in need of literacy interventions.
• Participate in Academic and Inclusion Consult meetings when literacy instruction or
literacy data analysis is being discussed.
• Coordinate and communicate regularly with the Administrative Team on the literacy
program activities and student progress.
• Alongside the Instructional Coach, provide training and guidance to new staff members
on literacy instruction and assessment best practices.
• Alongside the Principal and Instructional Coach, select and requisition instructional
materials and book collections that align with the school’s literacy program.
• Maintain an in-depth knowledge of best practice, common core aligned literacy
• Confer with the Principal and Instructional Coach about the needs of the literacy
• Recommend and support at-home strategies for families to support literacy growth.
• Perform other duties as needed and assigned by the Principal.

At least two of the following are required: Bachelor's degree in education or field of
instruction, 2+ years of full-time teaching experience in ELA/Humanities/Literacy, standard
teaching certification. Candidates should be extremely knowledgeable about teaching literacy
and should be evident through previous experience. Candidates should also have: a
commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse population, experience working in urban
environments, strong knowledge of pedagogy and experience teaching a balanced literacy
approach, proven ability to work as a member of a team, strong leadership capabilities, and a
commitment to their own learning.

Compensation and Benefits: Capital City offers a competitive salary commensurate with
experience and a comprehensive benefits package

To Apply: Email your resume and letter of interest to Please include
the position title “Lower School Literacy Specialist” in the subject line of your email. Visit our
website at for additional information about our organization.

About Our School: Capital City was founded in 2000 and now serves 983 students in grades
PK-12. In 2012, the entire school relocated to a newly renovated single campus in Ward 4.
Capital City has been a model for school reform in the District. The school implements the EL
Education model ( Through this model teachers craft expeditions that
incorporate projects, research, fieldwork, and service to support students in meeting rigorous
standards. Capital City’s program also emphasizes a strong social curriculum, a commitment to
diversity, a strong inclusion model and the integration of arts into the curriculum.

Capital City is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any
other protected status. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the
individual's qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.