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[2022-2023] Reading Intervention SpecialistSeptember 20, 2022
New York, NY
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
This position will serve as a school resource for staff and parents with regards to special education services and regulations. The Intervention Specialist will work closely with the Student Support Team (SST) to assist in observing, documenting, and referring students with suspected special education impairments. The candidate should be able to monitor students; continuous progress through data collection and observation and provide information/support and training to teachers and parents around their child's needs. The Intervention Specialist should have a good understanding of state and federal regulations and local policies regarding children with special needs. The Intervention Specialist should be flexible, self-motivated, and a team player.
Like all DREAM employees, the Intervention Specialist should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility. Candidates must also value DREAM's comprehensive approach to education and desire to make a lasting impact in underserved communities as part of a growing organization.
Provide a variety of researched based reading intervention strategies to promote student reading growth such as Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention, Wilson Reading, Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory education approach, etc;
Teach and progress monitor a caseload of about 25-35 students to determine strengths and needs, analyze data, provide and plan interventions with fidelity;
Maintain continued communication with content area teachers and ensure knowledge of grade-level standards and concepts through weekly participation in grade team meetings;
Model responses and provide visual anchors/agendas/materials and lead students through guided and independent practice and regularly check for understanding;
Serve as a resource for families, teachers, and staff to ensure the understanding of the individuals needs and diagnosis;
Demonstrate understanding within the field of Special Education by integrating a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) into the designated reading intervention program by planning and monitoring student IEP reading goals, sharing student data both verbally and in writing during IEP meetings;
Create positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment with high joy factor so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence;
Be an active member of the School Support team, Response-to-Intervention team and assist in developing strategies to service students in need;
Set and reinforce clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the schools overall vision;
Engage parents and families in their children's academic success through regular communication of success and challenges; communicate regularly with parents about student progress and IEPs.
3 years of teaching experience in a special education setting with a record of high student achievement;
Masters Degree in Special Education from a competitive college or university;
Appropriate New York State certification in Special Education;
Wilson Reading System Level 1 Certification as well as experience with Read 180, Just Words, and System 44 (preferred);
A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families and community;
A commitment to working with diverse populations of families and students, including those at risk of educational failure;
Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
DREAM's VACCINATION POLICY
DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
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All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
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Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.