As part of the LEARNS Act, Arkansas is expanding its cadre of literacy coaches to ensure teachers receive the training and support they need to ensure all students become skilled readers by the end of 3rd grade. Literacy coaches will provide targeted, intentional, and high-quality coaching to teachers in schools that have earned a letter designation of “D” or “F” across the state. This position will be the primary support for literacy for a region-specific assigned area, consisting of 1-3 schools. Literacy coaches will provide direct coaching, observation, information about student progress, and feedback to teachers in K-3 classrooms aligned to the Science of Reading and high-quality instructional materials. They will help teachers understand digestible data about student progress and the student experience and support teachers to adjust classroom instruction and support student growth. Literacy coaches will support school leaders around leading the implementation of the Science of Reading and the overall literacy strategy school wide. Literacy coaches will be required to effectively identify the needs of assigned schools in order to prioritize, schedule, organize, and provide technical assistance so that students in assigned schools achieve grade level reading by the end of 3rd grade. Literacy coaches support the Department of Education’s efforts to increase literacy outcomes for students.
The Office of Learning Services is seeking literacy coaches
that will support teachers and promote evidence-based literacy instruction
aligned to the Science of Reading in K-3 classrooms in public schools that have
earned the letter designation of “D or F” across the state of
Arkansas. The right candidate will have a sense of urgency for improving
literacy achievement, a desire to use data to support student growth, and a
passion for tailored professional learning and coaching to improve
In order to complete your application, please adhere to the
following guidelines, as incomplete applications will not be considered. To
apply for this position, please fill out this form https://forms.office.com/r/0zE1j5Fpp4, submit a resume, letter of interest, proof of
active teacher licensure, and three professional references addressed to Amy
Counts, Director of Curriculum Projects, at the following email address: Amy.Counts@ade.arkansas.gov
knowledge of evidence-based instruction and practices aligned to the
Science of Reading to support teachers in implementing high-quality
instructional materials in grades K-3.
instructional coaching cycles with teachers, including conducting
observations, providing feedback on teachers’ evidence-based instruction
and practices, and identifying next steps to improve instruction in the
core literacy block. The coaching cycle requires instructional coaches to:
observe and diagnose, set goals, practice/model for teachers, and actively
and facilitates professional learning opportunities for K-3 teachers,
including modeling lessons and leading or co-leading professional learning
communities to strengthen the implementation of evidence-based
instructional practices aligned to the Science of Reading.
teachers with support on interpreting data from literacy screeners and
high-quality instructional materials-embedded assessments to inform whole
class and individual instructional decisions to support student growth in
with public school principals or designated leaders to connect schoolwide
literacy goals with evidence-based instructional practices aligned to the
Science of Reading.
the statewide literacy coach initiative, including duties assigned by the
in professional learning experiences to deepen their own knowledge and
skills for coaching.
about ways to support teachers through data-sharing and data-backed
other duties as assigned.
Weekly in-state travel is required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Expertise in both knowledge and pedagogy of the Science of
Reading, including reading processes and instruction. Knowledge and an
understanding of learning disabilities in reading. Knowledge of the Child Find
mandate of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Ability to analyze
and apply data to improving literacy instruction and interventions.
- A minimum of 3 years of experience teaching literacy.
- Trained in the Science of Reading, as aligned to
Arkansas’s Right to Read Act.
- Ability to travel on a weekly basis.
- A Master’s Degree in education.
- A minimum of 5 years of experience teaching
- Successful experience facilitating adult learning and
delivering professional learning specific to literacy instruction (e.g.,
literacy training, PLCs).
- Experience working with grade K-3 classrooms and K-3
- Experience mentoring, coaching, and providing
feedback on instruction to classroom teachers.
- Experience with high-quality instructional materials
implementation and usage in the classroom.
- Experience analyzing and using student achievement
data for instructional purposes.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for
recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Human Resources.
OTHER JOB-RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR
EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS,
EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE
QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Active teacher licensure in Arkansas or active licensure in
another state with eligible reciprocity.
Anticipated Starting Salary: $70,000 - $74,000
Posting End Date: May 31, 2023