POSITION: Dyslexia Specialist
REPORTS TO: Special Education Director
EMPLOYEE STATUS: Exempt
HOURS: 7:15 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Friday (Some weekends and evenings will be required)
- Identify dyslexic students by administering and interpreting diagnostic tests.
- Provide therapy to identified dyslexic students.
- Apply knowledge of federal, state, and district “Procedures Concerning Dyslexia” for general and special education.
- Instruct and evaluate students with dyslexia in any phase of the program.
- Provide leadership to teachers in English/Language Arts and Reading instruction as well as RTI at all TIERED levels.
- Assist teachers in utilizing effective reading practices within the classroom setting.
- Assist in the coordination of Section 504 referral process and instruction of students with dyslexia.
- Provide instructional support and/or direct instruction, as mandated by Texas law, for students with dyslexia.
- Provide 504 and special education students with learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth.
- Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to student ability levels.
- Work in itinerant capacity as assigned.
- Education/Certification Bachelor’s Degree required
- Minimum of 3 years teaching experience in English/Language Arts or Reading
- Texas Teacher certification
- Completion of Dyslexia certification/testing program
- Extensive knowledge and experience working with students who have reading difficulties
- Leadership ability and experience in providing staff development in the areas of reading and dyslexia to classroom teachers
- Thorough understanding of reading research and strategies
- Reading by Design training in teaching dyslexic students preferred
- Specific training in teaching dyslexic students, administering and interpreting diagnostic tests
- Understand and able to explain Section 504 law/procedures, test results, and information to parents and teachers is necessary
- Ability to share expertise with peers
- Strong oral and written communication skills
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Work collaboratively with staff to deliver exemplary reading instruction to dyslexia students.
- Coordinate with other involved school personnel in planning and providing reading instruction for students.
- Provide staff development and coaching to campus personnel on reading issues.
- Provide instructional services to those students who have been identified for dyslexia services.
- Keep accurate and complete records including Course Accommodation Plans, Student Monitoring forms, and Status Reports for identified students as required.
- Act as the liaison to building personnel in interpreting educational policies, procedures, and guidelines concerning dyslexic students.
- Assist in evaluating students who have been referred to the dyslexia program for testing and provide periodic evaluation and exit consideration from the dyslexia program.
- Participate with teachers, parent(s), campus administrators, and district coordinator in determining qualification for 504 dyslexia services.
- Assume responsibility for instructional materials and equipment inventoried to the dyslexia teacher and the assigned school.
- Attend district and campus meetings involving reading programs and programs for dyslexic students.
- Attend training in methods and strategies that improve general reading and dyslexia instruction.
- Assist in documenting student progress and monitoring students in the dyslexia program.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Establish and maintain open lines of communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
- Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
- Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.
- Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
- Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for 504 and special education teachers.
- Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents as required.
- Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on committees as required.
Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors
- Maintain emotional control under stress.
- Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.
- Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom or adaptive equipment.
- May be required to lift and position students with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint, and assist non-ambulatory students.
- Exposure to biological hazards.
The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required
Aristoi Classical Academy is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or ability. This job description summary does not imply that these are the only duties to be performed. This job description is subject to change in response to funding variables, emerging technologies, improved operating procedures, productivity factors, and unforeseen events.