(Grades 1-6)
School Year:  2021-2022


Job Opportunity:                Reading Specialist/Teacher ( Elementary)

Department:                       Academic

Reports to:                          Principal

Location:                             Washington, DC

Application Deadline:          Open until filled

Salary: $65- 95K





About Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.

Position Summary:

Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS is seeking an experienced Elementary Reading Specialist /Teacher to support our 1-6 grade  classrooms for the 2021-2022  school year.  Under the general supervision of the Principal and teaming with our other specialists , s/he will work and co-plan with the Lower and Upper Elementary Guides/Teachers  to support and improve student literacy growth outcomes, writing progress and achievement. Our teachers possess deep academic content knowledge, hold high expectations for all students, create an inclusive learning environment, and have strong communication/interpersonal skills.The reading specialist will create and implement strategies and develop instructional plans to support (under-performing to advanced readers/writers) students who need reading, writing and/or other literacy-specific academic supports or enhancement  in grades 1- 6.The reading specialist will work with students to improve specific reading skills, includin, spelling , phonemic awareness, sentence construction and cohesion, reasoning and background knowledge,  vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. The reading specialist will provide leadership, coordination, collaboration, and innovation in reading instruction. All  teachers will be expected to contribute to a vibrant professional learning community, to reflect on and improve their own practice and to mentor, train, and develop resident teachers. The reading specialist  position is a full-time, salaried, 10-month position, with an expectation for in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

Essential Functions & Accountabilities:

Create and implement a reading program plan that will support the delivery and continuous monitoring of effective high impact literacy instruction throughout the school. The school is particularly interested in continuing the implementing the Readers and Writers Workshop principles and instructional practices in our Montessori elementary classrooms.
Provide direct reading intervention and instruction for students who are below grade level benchmarks
Support literacy group models within classrooms and  literacy assessments and ongoing data analysis
Help teachers interpret literacy assessment data of students
Assist administrators , specialists and Montessori teachers in designing appropriate intervention programs for students at risk of reading loss.
In collaboration with classroom teachers and administration, use assessment data to identify students who are not making adequate progress and are in need of intervention and subsequent progress monitoring.
Provide reading instruction and intervention for children who are identified for additional support and services, and conducts progress monitoring for  individual or small groups of students.
Support and co-plan with  teachers in selection and use of appropriate programs, materials, and technology for reading instruction. Serves as a resource for classroom teachers in terms of administering assessment, selecting reading materials, and planning instruction.
Attend and participate in regularly scheduled meetings throughout the school year for literacy/ language arts teachers from across the district. Assess students’ understanding every day to inform instructional decisions.
Team with other reading specialists to ensure  students read and write in all content areas in meaningful ways, on a regular basis. Integrate and connect language, instructional strategies, classroom routines, structures, and academic expectations to our essential principles of problem solving, independence, creativity, collaboration, and self-determination.
Coordinate and support literacy (reading and writing) in the classrooms by working with teachers to informally and formally ‘check for understanding ‘ both in an individual classroom  or school wide.
Familiarity  and experience with reading  interventions, which target specific reading skills certain students need more practice Analyze, interpret , and regularly report out classroom and literacy (i.e., reading and writing) school level data results
Provide analysis of student literacy outcomes to teachers and coach them on understanding and  and implementing  data driven instructional solutions/strategies
Provide professional development training/workshop appropriate for teachers ,  classrooms assistants and other specialists  in literacy development
Participate in meeting(s) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information as required for the Principal, other administrators and/or  external agencies
Other duties as assigned by the Principal and Head of School
Required Competencies & Qualifications:

Maintain confidentiality
A passion for growing independent, confident and intellectually curious children
Ability to provide services to all children and families with respect and dignity
Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a multicultural  staff and student body and ,academically diverse l community of learners.
Ability to provide coaching  and support  to peers  that will enhance their educational practice
Positive interpersonal skills and energy
Excellent written and communication skills
Deep belief in the Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School m;ission and vision
A sense of humor and a love of children
Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required from a accredited college or university required
Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in English, Elementary Education, reading, literacy  and/or curriculum development and instruction preferred
Elementary  teaching license and/or certification or eligibility for certification preferred
Experience in delivering  in-service and or professional development training and/or workshops in the teaching of reading and Readers & Writer’s Workshop.
Experience with the Common Core Standards for ELA, the Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum, Lexia, and reading intervention programs and methodologies including the Wilson Reading System, LLI, Orton-Gillingham, etc. strongly preferred
Minimum of 3 years of teaching experience (five years preferred)
Extensive knowledge of best practices in classroom management and instructional strategies with emphasis in literacy
Proficiency in analyzing student achievement data and using it to inform instructional choices
Efficiency in meeting deadlines
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Drive strongly  and Google Meet and Zoom learning and video conferencing  platform(s)
Experience using technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration.
Ability to teach a wide range of student skill, ability, and developmental levels.
Unyielding commitment to continuous learning and development.

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with prior experience and education. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.


Shining Stars Montessori Academy  PCS offers the following benefits to all full-time employees.

Medical, Dental and Vision insurance premiums subsidized by employer
401k Retirement Plan with employer match
Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts
Life and Disability Insurance
Paid sick and personal time off
How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume, in one document, to teamstars@shiningstarspc.org and include the position title (e.g., Elementary Reading Specialist Teacher)  in the subject line.
Go to the Careers page at the school’s website at http://www.shiningstarspcs.org to complete the employment application.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

About Shining Stars Montessori Academy

Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School’s mission is to offer a quality Montessori education infused with culturally inclusive principles to guide children to develop to their fullest potential.