Academic Support Coordinator for 2014-2015

Gary, IN - Gary Lighthouse PA

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Job Description

Gary Lighthouse Primary is now accepting applications for an Academic Support Coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Lighthouse Academy (LHA) specialists are more than instructional staff members and program coordinators. They help transform children’s lives by creating opportunities for a brighter future. We are seeking specialists who will make the commitment to work with determination, integrity and purpose, embodying these essential qualities:

  • Past experiences and actions reflect a commitment to the LHA mission, vision, core values
  • A passion and ability to build and sustain the LHA K-12 model in a high need, urban environment
  • Work in schools that demonstrates a sense of urgency and the relentless pursuit of high academic student achievement
  • Reflective, self-aware and adaptable to communication and work styles of others
  • Critical thinker and problem solver who takes initiative
  • Belief in the power of collaboration and works to build a collaborative culture with LHA network, community, staff, families and students  

Essential FUNCTIONS

A Lighthouse Academy specialist works to create and enhance a culture of achievement and respect where high expectations and results are the norm.  All specialists are responsible for program coordination and the implementation of interventions that results in measurable student academic and gains each year.  All specialists’ actions must always be aligned with our mission, vision, core values and education program.   The essential functions for our academic intervention specialist are as follows:

RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION MANAGEMENT

  • Oversee the Response To Intervention (RTI) process and intervention services including screening, instructional interventions and progress monitoring as set forth by Director of Student Services.
  • Work with classroom teachers and other instructional staff members to understand and implement RTI
  • Manage and organize standardized and benchmark assessment data for data analysis
  • Analyze standardized and benchmark assessment data to make informed decisions about student progress and program implementation
  • Collaborate with Director of Student Services, Director of Teacher Leaders, Teachers, and Interventionists to effectively implement RTI across the school

INTERVENTION INSTRUCTION

I.  ORGANIZING for INSTRUCTION

  • Use student achievement data to plan for differentiated instruction for small groups and individuals based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged.
  • Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles, and the need for physical movement.

II.  DELIVERY of INSTRUCTION

  • Present academic content through a variety of instructional strategies to reach all learners.
  • Provide many and varied opportunities for students to achieve mastery while working to promote achievement by all students without exception.

ASSESSMENT

  • Measure student achievement of, and progress toward, the learning objectives and big goals with formative and summative assessment tools.
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and listening.
  • Use data to reflect on effectiveness of lessons and student achievement progress in order to improve instruction and personal practice.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  • Create a focused environment of fairness and respect that encourages students to take risks and strive to reach goals.
  • Communicate and enforce high expectations and standards for behavior and academic performance, aligned with the LHA School Culture Guide and Responsive Classroom, to create a strong culture of achievement and respect.
  • Establish, model, practice, and reinforce age-appropriate rules and logical consequences; create and consistently use individual behavioral management plans, as needed.
  • Implement classroom procedures, systems, and routines that provide structure for students and maximize instructional time.

FAMILY and COMMUNITY RELATIONS

  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parent/guardians remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures, values and needs.
  • Work collaboratively with parents/guardians, families, and other members of the community to involve them in academic activities and to support the success of a diverse student population and to bring in volunteers and additional resources.

PROFESSIONALISM

  • Collaborate with colleagues to continuously improve personal practice, classroom instruction, assessment, and student achievement, as well as the overall goals and mission of the school and the network.
  • Access meaningful learning experiences and exercises judgment in accepting findings as valid for application in classroom practice and teacher improvement.
  • Reflect critically upon teaching experience; identify areas for further professional development as part of a professional development plan that is linked to grade level, school, and network goals; access meaningful learning experiences; and listen thoughtfully to other viewpoints and respond constructively to suggestions and criticisms.
  • Use feedback to update Individual Professional Development Plan.
  • Fulfill all outlined and related functions professionally, timely and thoroughly.

Skills & Requirements

Education:  Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Elementary Education

 

Experience, KNOWLEDGE & Skills:         

  • Three (3) to five (5) years prior teaching experience preferred
  • Must have current teacher certification and Highly Qualified designation under No Child Left Behind
  • Knowledge of State standards
  • Experience with Response To Intervention
  • Knowledge of current instructional practices, Title I regulations and school policies
  • Knowledge of High Ability Instruction
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Data managements tools, organizational tools, computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook)