Reading Specialist (full-time OR part-time)
November 7, 2023
Milestones Day School has provided state-of-the-art, evidence-based, comprehensive, educational and therapeutic programming for students with autism and mental health challenges for the past 29 years. Just bring your enthusiasm and join our multidisciplinary team. We are seeking an experienced Reading Specialist to join our team working with students age 7-22 to help improve the quality of their lives by teaching skill development.
The ideal candidate for this role will have strong team-building and organizational skills. Our dedicated Team of 90+ staff serves students who have dual diagnoses many with high functioning autism/mental health challenges and dyslexia and/or other language-based learning disabilities. We are expanding our Reading Team and have an opening for a full or part-time Reading Specialist to increase literacy skills for individual students with various reading disabilities.
The Reading Specialists carries a caseload of approximately 10 students providing individual or small group instruction (1-2 students) using Wilson or Orton-Gillingham methodologies. Milestones also employs other methods as well (such as Linda Mood Bell). The Reading Specialists may also consult to classrooms to assist their students with literacy in class. Reading Specialists receive multiple prep blocks per week.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
•Providing a positive and healthy environment in which students can therapeutically feel safe to take risks and grow
•Administer standardized assessments and write evaluation reports.
•Documentation of student progress by using both formal and informal testing measures such as the QRI, GORT, TOWL, GSRT, and DRA.
•Create a learning plan for each student on your caseload. This includes writing IEP goals, benchmarks, and reporting on them quarterly.
•Individual and/or small group (2 students) instruction. Evaluating and taking data on how the lesson went and making any necessary modifications.
•Consultation to the classrooms to assist students with learning-related needs.
•Observing students on your caseload to determine if they are generalizing acquired skills.
•Creating lesson plans using either OG or Wilson methodologies.
•Helping to contribute to the yearly book fair.
•Guiding students to pick appropriate literary books for their level of instruction.
•Annual attendance at IEP meetings for your students.
•Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred
•Certification in either Wilson or Orton-Gillingham
•ESL/TESOL a plus
•2+ years working directly with students
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills
•Strong organizational skills & experience with being a team player
•Strong empathy and understanding of both students who have disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities
MILESTONES PROVIDES EXCELLENT BENEFITS, INCLUDING:
•Health, dental, and vision Insurance
•Approximately 7 weeks vacation (approximately 6 weeks when school is not in session and 5 days of your choice)
•Other time off (10 holidays, 8 days of sick time, 2 days of personal time, birthday holiday bonus!)
•Long term disability and life insurance
•401k with discretionary company match
•1 week of paid leave for bonding & 3 weeks of paid leave for recovering from childbirth
•20% off on campus tuition and 10% off online tuition at Regis College, discount at Cambridge College
•Paid professional development
•Various discounts at local retailers and various entertainment venues that Milestones partners with
•Half days on Fridays in the summer
•Supportive and collaborative co-workers
Equal Opportunity Employer
Milestones Day School (Special Ed. School) is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.
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