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Middle School Reading Specialist

  • Date Posted
    • 4.4.18
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Atlantic
  • Role
    • Teacher
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Washington, DC



An award-winning EL Education School in Washington, DC

Middle School Reading Specialist

Capital City Middle School is looking for a dedicated & talented Reading Specialist with interest
and expertise in literacy practices and interventions. The Reading Specialist provides expert
attention to the needs of students in the area of reading through targeted small group reading
instruction. The Reading Intervention Specialist also supports teachers in the implementation of
effective balanced literacy instruction through consultation, modeling of best practice
instruction, support with data collection, analysis and professional development.

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 Reading Specialist include:

• Provide reading intervention and instruction to individual and small groups of students
in grades 5-8 using Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI) and other aligned reading
interventions and assessments (ex: DRA, Reading Plus)
• Train other staff, as needed, in implementing Leveled Literacy and other literacy
Interventions. This includes implementation of lessons as well as data collection,
tracking and use in planning next steps for students.
• Provide leadership role in the area of literacy instruction for the school and school
• 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 reading strengths and needs of students, and use the
results to plan and implement an effective reading 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, Instructional Coach and teaching
• 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 and
techniques and teach demonstration or collaborative lessons in the classroom to
support teachers in meeting the needs of readers. 

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 reading
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.

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to with “Middle School
Reading Specialist” in the subject line. For additional information, please visit our website

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.