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Position Title
Reading Teacher - All Grade Levels
Required Application Type
Teacher / Admin
Salary/Pay Scale
Per SFT Contract
Job Description

 Reading Teacher Role

This position reports to the building principal. The Reading Teacher will play a critical role in developing and providing specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of all students. The Reading Teacher will facilitate quality academic and enrichment activities for students in need of targeted comprehensive supports. The Reading Teacher will use the five pillars of reading to improve student literacy skills. This position requires a high degree of creativity, positivity and ability to respond to the needs of diverse learners.  The Reading Teacher will work to eliminate educational opportunity gaps for our historically marginalized students.

 Reading Teacher Expectations

  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, reflect, and respond to instructional practice with an anti-racist focus;
  • Extensive knowledge of oral language and literacy development, literacy assessments and literacy instruction;
  • Knowledge of Data-Driven Instruction (formative, databases, progress monitoring);
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Learning Standards;
  • Knowledge of collaboration, co-teaching, flexibility, advocacy, providing PD, trouble-shooting;
  • Knowledge of goal setting (SMART), grouping strategies, timelines;
  • Knowledge of strengths based model of instruction;
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate teaching;
  • Knowledge of the next logical step (teaching points) to accelerate learning;
  • Knowledge of running records, writing assessments, phonemic awareness and phonics assessments;
  • Understanding of co-teaching methods;
  • Ability to interpret/analyze assessments – strengths and needs, action plan/instruction plan (balanced approach – fluency reads, book introductions, strategic instruction, word work, vocabulary instruction, comprehension strategies, writing about reading, talking/conversations) incorporating student interest and culture;
  • Knowledge of how to teach phonics instruction in an explicit and systematic manner;
  • Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained for all students;
  • Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques;
  • Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning;
  • Creates a positive learning experience that embraces student culture with emphasis in individualized instruction using appropriate sources.

Reading Teacher Key Qualities

  • Demonstrated ability to close the educational opportunity gap for historically marginalized students including Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, Black, and Hispanic/Latinx and Students of Color;
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of systemic barriers and is able to work with all stakeholders to eliminate barriers and ensure student success;  
  • Reflective practitioner;
  • Use culturally responsive materials and teaching practices to engage student interest;
  • Applies the critical thinking skills needed to adapt instructional practices to support student growth;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and created strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including teachers, paras, social workers, principals, coordinators, coaches and community members for student success;
  • Has a proven record of student advocacy; 
  • Seeks opportunities to grow and improve and share learning with others.


Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelors or Masters Degree.
  • Current New York State teaching license in required content area - Reading or Literacy 7-12 or K-12.
Application Procedure

About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement.  Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District’s recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133. The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender.  This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.

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