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Job Description Summary: “Reading Specialist Teacher” is a full-time or part-time role for a highly motivated, mission-minded, certified educator. Cookson Hills Christian School operates year round with a balanced school calendar and is a vital part of the overall ministry of Cookson Hills. All Cookson Hills teachers work together as a team whose goal is to educate students academically, spiritually, and socially in a trauma-informed environment. The ideal candidate will work alongside houseparents, social workers, and other team members to ensure Cookson Hills is providing the holistic opportunity each student needs for a well-rounded future.
Minimum Qualifications: The qualifications listed below are required in order for an applicant to be considered for the role of Reading Specialist.
Education and /or Experience:Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, or related content area, from a four-year college or university; along with ACSI teacher certification, or must have the ability to obtain ACSI certification within 1 year of employment.
Faith Beliefs: Demonstrate Christian faith and practice, agreeing with and abiding by the Cookson Hills Statement of Faith and Lifestyle Agreement provided on the employment application.
Computer Skills:Knowledge of, or ability and willingness to learn, internet software, specifically the Google Apps suite including Docs, Sheets, and Calendar, etc. Ability to utilize email as a reliable form of communication. Eager to learn and utilize new technology to enhance student learning, including, but not limited to, Smartboards, GradeLink software, computer labs, etc.
Work Environment: The work environment is representative of what a teacher typically encounters while performing the essential functions of this job; i.e. classroom environment, and various locations for meeting and interacting with houseparents and children (school settings, outdoor settings, etc.).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and other duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Student Evaluation: The reading specialist teacher will observe and evaluate each 1st-8th grade student’s reading abilities on a tri-annual basis (beginning of school year, middle of school year, and end of school year). S/He will administer a reading assessment, synthesize the results, and determine reading intervention needs for each student in the 1st-8th grade. S/He will provide feedback to the Director of Educational Services, teachers, and parents after each round of assessments. S/He will track student progress year over year, keeping detailed and organized data records.
Classroom Teaching: The reading specialist teacher will plan, prepare, and deliver instructional activities in a one-on-one or small group setting that facilitate active learning experiences and help students improve their reading comprehension and skills. The reading specialist will work with the Director of Educational Services to create individual learning plans for students with an identified reading improvement need. The reading specialist classroom will consist of students ranging from 1st-8th grade.
Professional Teamwork: The reading specialist teacher will work closely with the elementary and middle school teachers. S/He will clearly communicate reading intervention student schedules, strategies for improvement, and provide support to the regular classroom teachers.
Classroom Management: The reading specialist teacher will manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures aligned with school and ministry policy. S/He will maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary procedures of the school.
Student Support: The reading specialist will develop individual lesson plans and communicate clear learning objectives for each student. S/He will provide student support, monitor progress, counsel students with academic problems, and provide student encouragement.
Academic Excellence: The reading specialist teacher will participate in professional development, serve on school committees as needed, and support team members.
Year-Round Availability: To create our trauma-informed environment and to support the overall ministry of Cookson Hills, all Cookson Hills school staff work on a 12-month basis. Each school year begins in July, and consists of six, 6-week terms, separated by 2-week student breaks. The 2-week breaks allow time for teachers to tutor students individually, plan and prepare for the next term, or utilize paid vacation time. Each school year is separated by a 5-week summer break, during which teachers supervise summer recreational student activities, prepare for the next school year, or may utilize paid vacation time.
Competencies: These competencies, characteristics and aptitudes are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.
Adaptability: Demonstrates flexibility in the work environment; Manages competing demands and has tolerance for stress; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Attendance/Punctuality: Is consistently at work and on time; Meets and honors commitments, uses time efficiently.
Dependability: Self-motivated and completes tasks on time or notifies others with an alternate plan.
Ethics: Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and high standards; Upholds organizational values.
Initiative: Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
Interpersonal Skills: Connects with others using empathy and active listening rather than judgement; Manages conflict and de-escalates crisis moments; Uses a team-oriented approach to problem-solving; Regulates own emotions well; Maintains confidentiality; Growth-minded and teachable; Looks for strengths in others and uses frequent positive speech; Ability to be fair, discerning, and honest in all relationships.
Language Skills: Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to write clearly, concisely and informatively; Ability to effectively and age-appropriately present information in one-on-one and small group situations.
Organizational Skills: Ability to organize and plan in a timely manner, with high attention to detail.
Organizational Support: Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values.
Physical Demands: Has high energy levels and will be regularly required to use body; Regularly required to walk, talk, hear, lift and/or move up to 15 pounds; Utilizes vision capabilities for computer usage and paperwork.
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
Professionalism: Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Reasoning Ability:Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out responsibilities; Ability to assess issues, apply critical thinking skills, and provide rational solutions to problems.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
Benefits of Reading Specialist Teacher Employment: In addition to rewarding service and fulfilling ministry opportunities, Cookson Hills provides employees with a competitive compensation package. Employee benefits are based on full or part-time employment status. The Reading Specialist role would need to be combined with another part-time employment role in order to receive the full benefit package.
Cash Compensation: Salary paid on a monthly basis.
*Optional for Elementary Teacher Role* On-Campus Housing/Utilities: Employees contribute toward the cost of housing/utilities at a fraction of the value of the benefit. Details provided in compensation offer overview.
Paid Sick Leave: Awarded upon 6-month anniversary of hire date, and each 1-year anniversary thereafter, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Paid Personal Time Off: Awarded upon 6-month anniversary of hire date, and each 1-year anniversary thereafter, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Paid Holidays: Teachers are paid for 10 holidays throughout the calendar year, as described in employee policy manual.
Health, Dental, Vision Insurance: Employees contribute to the monthly premiums for this coverage.
Retirement Savings Incentive: Available upon 1-year anniversary of hire date, at a rate described in employee policy manual.
Private Christian School Tuition: 100% tuition scholarship provided for staff children in K-12th grades.
Since 1957, Cookson Hills has provided home, school, and therapy for kids who are at-risk. We are a children’s home in Northeast Oklahoma, serving kids ages 5-17 who want to write a better story for their lives and have experienced challenges with family life, homelessness, poor peer relationships, abuse, or neglect. Compelled by the love of Christ, our team works together to fulfill our vision – to raise up healthy individuals who are empowered to positively impact future generations.
It’s not fool-proof. It’s difficult. And, it’s worth it.