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Instructional Specialist (Literacy Instructor)

 

Literacy/ABE Classroom Intern (Fall 2018)

 

English Language Learner/ELL Classroom Intern (Fall 2018)


Instructional Specialist (Literacy Instructor)

Job Summary

At Indy Reads, our vision is to make Central Indiana 100% literate. With 1 in 5 Hoosiers reading at or below a sixth-grade ability, our mission to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana is needed now more than ever!We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative social learning model, instructors are supported by a team of volunteer tutors in each dynamic classroom setting offered at partner locations throughout the Indianapolis area.

The Indy Reads program is an opportunity for each student to access comprehensive literacy education from an instructor-led and volunteer tutor-driven team. Using the Indy Reads curriculum, the Instructor will create individualized lesson plans that meet the unique needs of our students. The Instructor will also oversee student progress and lead and develop a team of volunteer tutors who will act as instructional aides. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult literacy students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, language, and critical thinking skills across the disciplines by developing the underlying processes needed to develop these skills. Student progress will be measured using the TABE.

Location: Various

Reports To: Instructional Team Lead

Classification: Part-Time position

Responsibilities and Duties

Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:

  • Establishing a rapport with students
  • Promoting student self-efficacy and growth mindset
  • Evaluating and responding to individual student needs
  • Observing confidentiality of students and program information
  • Individualization

Lead students in a multi-level classroom (pre-primer to sixth grade):

  • Analyze and select diverse texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources that link to multiple ability levels and multicultural perspectives, and connect to students’ backgrounds, interests, and proficiency levels, for a class of up to 20 students
  • Design in-depth instruction to improve students’ abilities to read and understand varied text, and to spur student interest in more complex reading materials.
  • Coordinate tutors to maximize differentiation: Work with, support, and assist volunteer tutors in providing engaging 1-1 and small-group sessions.
  • Retain students by ensuring instructional content is relevant to individual specific adult students’ lives and goals.

Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction

  • Write individualized lesson plans (ILPs).
  • Develop reading and writing instruction that is responsive to the diverse needs, interests and goals of our students, including ability levels.
  • Scaffold instruction to support student needs, such as: gradually increasing the amount of writing instruction students receive (e.g., resume, cover letter, research essay).

Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches supported by research for the following areas:

  • Comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, motivation, vocabulary, integrated writing, phonological processing development, etc.
    Administer appropriate assessments to identify, monitor progress, and measure effectiveness of intervention practices and students’ responses to instruction
    Communicate assessment results and effective strategies to staff in digital platforms

Other Duties

  • Plan collaboratively with Instructional Team Lead and other literacy instructors to implement high-leverage reading strategies.
  • Professional Development workshops will be held quarterly.
  • Meet consistently with Instructional Team Lead and fellow literacy team instructors to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with professional literature, including the latest research on promising practices for adult literacy.
  • Uses existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
  • Performs other work as required.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required. Educator license or degree preferred.
  • Minimum two years classroom instruction experience.
  • Experience working with students with learning differences and/or working with adults.
  • Training in the Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Barton or Wilson methods strongly preferred.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use his/her hands to feel objects, tools or controls.The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

Job Type: Part-time
Education: Bachelor’s (Preferred)

To Apply

Send your résumé and cover letter to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Programs, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


Literacy/Adult Basic Education (ABE) Intern

Implement research-validated techniques for teaching reading that go to the root of literacy challenges. You will learn how to work with students with reading-related diagnoses, such as dyslexia, as well as students with no cognitive or physical impairment but who struggle to read the words off the page. All Indy Reads’ literacy students read below a sixth grade level, and our program is designed to help them reach their reading, writing, life, and career goals with an immersive, structured classroom setting. Interns will work in one or more of our instructor-led, tutor-supported Community Classrooms in the Indianapolis area. Our instruction is student-centered with goal-oriented outcomes. Tutors will work with just one or two students at a time, implementing highly individualized lesson plans that target the specific needs of the student(s). Community Classes are a two-hour, twice a week commitment for 19 weeks (one semester) and require a minimum of six hours of initial training prior to placement.

What you gain:

  1. Ongoing training and mentoring in the form of weekly professional development workshops, which may include additional training in the curriculum, guest speakers, etc.
  2. Training in research-validated techniques for developing the underlying processes and static imagery needed to remediate reading issues.
  3. Continuous on-the-job training that allows you to hone your new skills.
  4. Leadership responsibilities in the classroom.
  5. Skills and tools you will have for life that you can use in your professional career. These tools, which include techniques to develop the underlying sensory-cognitive processes needed for reading, spelling and comprehension, are rarely taught in college and graduate programs.  Teachers often pay hundreds of dollars for this training, and you’ll have access to it for FREE!
  6. A letter of reference and certificate of completion after successfully completing the minimum requirements for the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Complete the Indy Reads ELL or Literacy training.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement the foundational steps of the Indy Reads curriculum during training.  (Note: You will learn additional techniques on the job and will receive ongoing mentoring to improve your knowledge on implementing the steps).
  • A desire and willingness to learn and to take direction from the trainer and classroom instructor. Students with an interest in Special Education, Elementary Education, ELL or Linguistics strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Patience, compassion and empathy.  Our students need and deserve this.
  • Flexibility:  We have an managed enrollment policy and regularly make changes to deliver better services to our students.  Interns need to be able to adapt to a somewhat fluid environment.
  • Clear speech, proper pronunciation and good grammar.  Strong oral and written communication skills also required.
  • Resourcefulness and creative on-the-spot problem solving.
  • Punctual and committed to teaching 6 hours per week for at least one semester.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Program, at jmalins@indyreads.org.


English Language Learner (ELL) Intern

Learn research-validated techniques for teaching reading and best practices to use in the ELL classroom by tutoring in our instructor-led, tutor-supported Community Classrooms in the Indianapolis area. Students of all levels and backgrounds are welcome in our classrooms, providing a rich experience for both volunteer tutors and students. Our instruction is student-centered instruction with goal-oriented outcomes. Tutors will work with an average of two to five students in small groups that arranged according to their literacy skill level. Community Classes meet for three hours, twice each week, for 19 weeks (one semester) and require a minimum of 3 hours of training prior to placement.

 

What you gain:

  1. Ongoing training and mentoring in the form of weekly professional development workshops, which may include additional training in the curriculum, guest speakers, etc.
  2. Training in research-validated techniques for developing the underlying processes and static imagery needed to remediate reading issues.
  3. Continuous on-the-job training that allows you to hone your new skills.
  4. Leadership responsibilities in the classroom.
  5. Skills and tools you will have for life that you can use in your professional career. These tools, which include techniques to develop the underlying sensory-cognitive processes needed for reading, spelling and comprehension, are rarely taught in college and graduate programs.  Teachers often pay hundreds of dollars for this training, and you’ll have access to it for FREE!
  6. A letter of reference and certificate of completion after successfully completing the minimum requirements for the internship.

 

Qualifications:

  • Complete the Indy Reads ELL or Literacy training.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement the foundational steps of the Indy Reads curriculum during training.  (Note: You will learn additional techniques on the job and will receive ongoing mentoring to improve your knowledge on implementing the steps).
  • A desire and willingness to learn and to take direction from the trainer and classroom instructor. Students with an interest in Special Education, Elementary Education, ELL or Linguistics strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Patience, compassion and empathy.  Our students need and deserve this.
  • Flexibility:  We have an managed enrollment policy and regularly make changes to deliver better services to our students.  Interns need to be able to adapt to a somewhat fluid environment.
  • Clear speech, proper pronunciation and good grammar.  Strong oral and written communication skills also required.
  • Resourcefulness and creative on-the-spot problem solving.
  • Punctual and committed to teaching 6 hours per week for at least one semester.

 

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Jennifer Malins, Vice President of Program, at jmalins@indyreads.org.