Reading Specialist (K-5) - Posted to create candidate pool
Baltimore, MD 
Posted 29 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description

CLASS TITLE: Reading Specialist

REPORTS TO: Principal

DEFINITION: Provides instructional leadership in the implementation of a comprehensive literacy program and supplemental and intervention reading instruction to students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Guides, plans, directs, and models research-based instruction across the district curriculum and content areas.
  • Works with the school's instructional team to identify curricular needs in reading.
  • Facilitates and supports ongoing data team meetings to analyze progress monitoring and benchmark data and make recommendations for student instruction and interventions.
  • Works collaboratively with administration to develop, implement and coordinate a comprehensive intervention program.
  • Serves as a resource for administrators, classroom teachers, paraeducators, parents, and students to improve literacy.
  • Disseminates information and materials on current research related to educational trends to the faculty and community.
  • Assists literacy team members in providing professional development on a comprehensive literacy program to administrators, mentors, and teachers by creating and presenting workshops for faculty meetings, grade level meetings, and work sessions with teachers.
  • Provides assistance, as requested, by participating in parent conferences, answering parent concerns, and recommending enrichment activities to parents and teachers.
  • Maintains a professional knowledge of successful reading research-based practices. Remains active in education associations related to reading/language arts to include participation in conferences, workshops, reading specialist meetings and other staff development opportunities.
  • Analyzes assessment data to identify students' strengths and needs.
  • Designs and/or recommends appropriate tiered interventions for students.
  • Provides research-based supplemental and intervention reading instruction/programs to students who are experiencing difficulty with reading.
  • Plans and collaborates with classroom teachers, special area teachers, and grade level teams to align instruction for students and assist teachers in implementing best practices.
  • Models and demonstrates lessons with classroom teachers to improve students' academic performance.
  • Assists teachers and administrators in adapting reading/language arts curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Coordinates and administers reading assessments used to monitor student progress and identify individual student needs.
  • Administers individual diagnostic assessments using district assessments to determine the strengths and needs of students.Prepares a written report for student's cumulative records as needed.
  • Shares assessment information with classroom teachers, parents, and specialized personnel such as psychologists, special educators, guidance counselors or speech language pathologists in order to provide an effective academic program for students.
  • Analyzes data and assists teachers in analyzing data from reading assessments (e.g., screening, progress monitoring, diagnostic, outcomes) to identify strategies and make recommendations to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Provides professional development in the administration of assessments.


Education, Training and Experience:
Master's degree or equivalent in graduate credit in reading and related areas plus three years of recent satisfactory teaching experience.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of, or eligibility for, a Maryland Standard Professional certificate with a Reading Specialist endorsement required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the principles and practices of pedagogy. Knowledge of current research-based instructional practices in reading/language arts. Knowledge of and skill in reading assessment and diagnostic-prescriptive teaching in reading.
Knowledge of and skill in the use of database, internet, spreadsheet, word processing, and related applications.
Strong human relations skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Strong organization and communication skills.
Ability to appropriately maintain confidential information.

The work of this class is generally performed in a school environment. Work may require the ability to move around the school and classroom.

Requires attendance at after-school and evening meetings and events.


Eligible for membership in the Maryland State Retirement System

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
  • Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with the Baltimore County Public Schools, and a separate completedapplication must be submitted for each position and location in which you are interested.
  • Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors.. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etcwill not be accepted.
  • Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
  • Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.

Before you can be considered for employment, youMUSThave the following items attached to your application:
  • A copy of your TEACHER CERTIFICATION. (if applicable)
  • A copy of your TRANSCRIPTS.
  • A copy of your PRAXIS or other state test scores.
  • A copy of your MARYLAND IN-SERVICE COURSE SLIPS.(if applicable)

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $ 100.00. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
  • Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
  • If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
  • Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
  • All newly hired personnel must attend a Benefitssession.
  • Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9600 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 118, Baltimore, Maryland 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information
Wendy Gigler
Elementary Staffing Team
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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