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Early Elementary Guide and Reading Specialist

Company: Alpha
Location: Brownsville
Posted on: June 22, 2022

Job Description:

Alpha, a K-12 school founded in the heart of Austin, TX, is seeking a part-time Early Elementary Guide with a reading focus, to join its growing team and help fulfill its mission to build better schools. This is an onsite position at our new campus in Brownsville, TX.Alpha is redefining the way kids go to school. We make three promises to parents and kids:

  • Students love school.
  • Students learn two times faster than in a traditional school.
  • Students learn life skills (like public speaking, goal setting, leadership, grit, entrepreneurship, and purpose) that are necessary to be successful.An Early Elementary Guide (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade) at Alpha is not your typical reading instructor in a run-of-the-mill school, using a top-down approach to transfer information to students. Instead, Alpha provides students with the opportunity to learn in an alternative setting using cutting-edge technology and focusing on love of school. In addition to building reading and comprehension using adaptive learning apps, students participate in focused reading groups to hone their foundational reading skills. This is where Alpha's Early Elementary Guides come in. If you enjoy creating engaging environments where students are excited about learning phonics and reading skills, this role is for you.You will have three primary responsibilities as an Alpha Early Elementary Guide:
  • Motivate students to work hard. Students do their core academic work on adaptive software. It is your job to motivate students to practice phonics and reading skills with you every day and put in the work to accomplish their reading goals.
  • Provide engaging phonics practice for kids. Traditional phonics instruction lacks excitement and is often boring for students. At Alpha, love of school is at the center of everything we do. You will design engaging reading practice for kids, creating a setting they look forward to coming to each day. You will prepare and execute learning activities, taking into consideration students' learning styles and needs across each group.
  • Monitor student progress and adapt accordingly. You are the expert on students' progression through reading levels, as well as their phonics and writing growth. You will assess readiness to advance through the reading levels, as well as monitor and provide support to aid each student's individualized progress.Must-haves:
    • A passion for and experience working with kids. Kids love you and you know and love them.
    • Experience and training in primary (K-2) phonics and reading instruction.
    • Knowledge of how to guide student reading growth and develop foundational reading skills using phonics.
    • Experience administering and analyzing running records to assess students' reading levels.
    • Demonstrated leadership, motivation and organizational skills.
    • Formal training or professional development in reading programs such as Wilson Language, Lucy Calkins, Fountas and Pinnell or Orton Gillingham.
    • An eagerness to receive constructive feedback and act on it.
    • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively with kids and parents.
    • Bachelor's degree in elementary education or a Bachelor's degree and teaching experience.You can learn more about the school by visiting alpha.school.

Keywords: Alpha, Brownsville , Early Elementary Guide and Reading Specialist, Other , Brownsville, Texas

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