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Literacy Coach

Hindman Settlement School
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An Elementary Literacy Coach is placed at a partner elementary school to provide reading intervention and supplemental support through tutoring for children with dyslexia and its characteristics in Kindergarten through the upper elementary grades. The Elementary Literacy Coach will use scripted and evidence-based literacy interventions as guided by his or her coach and ReadingCorps Program Staff and will conduct diagnostic screenings and progress assessments to ensure the student is on track to read at grade level.

Service Activities

Literacy Instruction and Assessment
-Conduct one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions with students using curriculum and intervention resources provided by ReadingCorps.
-Assist children to improve their reading skills and abilities to reach grade level expectations.
-Provide opportunities for family literacy involvement for ReadingCorps students, including implementing semi-annual community family literacy events at workshops at assigned service site.
-Develop and maintain a weekly tutoring schedule for students to allow for approximately 21-25 children to receive daily 30-minute reading tutoring sessions.
-Identify students who qualify for tutoring services with direction from site supervisor and ReadingCorps program staff based on ReadingCorps-adopted assessment and screening practices.
-Act on feedback and coaching from site supervisor and ReadingCorps program staff.
-Assess, with a high level of accuracy, students’ continual progress through progress monitoring and benchmarking.
-Document students’ attendance, progress, scores, and interventions using an online database system.
-Regularly review student data with site supervisor and program staff to gauge the effectiveness of the literacy intervention being used and determine if a change in strategy is necessary.

-Communicate with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.
-Professionally communicate with colleagues, program staff, and school staff regarding student schedules, ReadingCorps interventions and student progress.
-Act on constructive feedback provided by site supervisor and program staff.
-Build professional relationships with school staff to maintain good communication and ensure the integrity of the program.
-Fulfill program requirements and daily read and respond to email communications from Serve Kentucky, program staff, and school personnel.
-Ensure confidentiality of all student records and test scores.
-Submit required reports and student impact reports in the America Learns system during the program year.

-Conform to regular, timely attendance requirements at the assigned service site during school hours, Monday through Friday.
-Attend before and after school activities, as possible at the service site and/or district. Such attendance is strongly encouraged.
-Serve for a full year, August through July.
-Attend all required Serve Kentucky and ReadingCorps-sponsored training sessions, meetings, and coaching sessions. Some regional and overnight travel may be required.

Secondary Functions
-Perform assignments and/or duties as assigned by program staff which may include attending school-sponsored trainings, meetings or other activities (i.e. family night, book fairs, etc.). Members may not perform assignments or activities which would displace school staff according to 45 CFR § 2540.100 (such as lunch or bus duty) or other activities prohibited by the Corporation for National and Community Service in 45 CFR § 2520.65.
-Participate in school or district after school programming with a priority on tutoring.
-Participate in mid-year and end-of-year member evaluations with site supervisor and/or program director.
-Participate in civic engagement activities and community service projects.
-Participate in ReadingCorps outreach activits.
-Create and implement an individual professional development plan that includes goal setting.

Community Need Addressed

Structured literacy intervention promotion for students with dyslexia not currently reading on grade-level within the Knott, Perry, and Floyd County school districts in an effort to ensure future academic success and workforce readiness

Position Outcomes

Increased academic performance and literacy levels among enrolled students in the structured literacy and intervention program
Increased knowledge among parents and caregivers on literacy promotion within the household to support student success


Childcare assistance if eligible, College Credit, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Student loan forbearance, Training

Members can opt to live rent-free in program-provided housing on our historic campus.

Education Benefits

College Degree, Credential or Certification

Orton-Gillingham Tutoring

Skills you will gain

timekeeping, networking, event planning, coalition building, tutoring, record keeping

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Turn taking, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Office Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Elementary School, Middle School, Private School, School-based Nonprofit
  • Weekly Training Hours 4

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