Education Specialist (Reading Academy)...

Reports To: Associate Director
Department: Instructional Services
FLSA Status: Exempt
Months: 12 
Pay Grade: Contingent Upon ESC Region 15 Salary Schedule

Mission: Education Service Center Region 15 is dedicated to excellence in education through leadership, partnership, and service.

Position Purpose:   As a service organization, Education Service Center Region 15’s primary commitment is to provide superior support to every Local Education Agency (LEA) stakeholder served.  Our people are our greatest asset.  All staff in the Teaching and Learning program area believe it is imperative that all students have the same opportunity to learn no matter where they live or what school they attend.  Therefore, the Teaching and Learning program area is committed to assisting our LEAs in the task of ensuring a proficient teacher is in every classroom throughout Region 15.  As a member of the Teaching and Learning program area, you will assist in helping us achieve our vision of a proficient teacher in every classroom by providing our LEAs with high-quality support and resources.

This position reports to the Associate Director and is responsible for leading and guiding the LEAs of Region 15 in research-based best practices relative to the English Language Arts and Reading content area; while supporting a high performance culture that emphasizes excellence, quality, productivity, and standards.

Essential Functions:
  • Content Knowledge and Understanding: Exhibit deep content knowledge in English Language Arts and Reading to provide continuity, coherence and effectiveness in the development of the teaching/learning process. Stay current and up-to-date on the most effective practices, skills and strategies that enhance knowledge and transfer of learning.
  • Partnership, Support and Coaching: Design, deliver and facilitate content-specific, as well as, systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/district-wide) job-embedded professional development, including: 1. Whole-group trainings that build a shared understanding of skills,  practices, or systems and include opportunities for practice. 2. Support for participants implementing a new skill, practice, or system within their context, including co-planning, observation, and real-time feedback. 3. One-on-one coaching sessions that identify participant successes and develop their capacity to improve high-leverage areas of growth.
  • Culture & Growth: Contribute to maintaining and improving the culture of the ESC through customer service, respect for confidentiality, displaying self-initiative, and modeling a growth mindset through self-reflection and feedback reception.
Major Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Provide instructional coaching and professional development in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of activities that address the unique needs of the Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in the area of Texas Education Agency Reading Academies.
  • Utilize content and pedagogical expertise to design and execute professional development aligned with the state standards and related content.
  • Provide support to administrators and educators through classroom observation, modeling, coaching, and feedback to ensure comprehension and effective implementation of initiatives.
  • Communicate clearly and accurately to support persistence, deeper learning, and sustainability when assisting school personnel.
  • Lead colleagues collaboratively in and beyond the ESC to identify professional development needs through detailed data analysis and self-reflection.
  • Plan, establish priorities and implement activities for maximum effectiveness.
  • Utilize technology tools to enhance delivery of services.
  • Participate in ESC meetings, coordination of services, and long-range planning.
  • Attend local, regional, and statewide professional development, meetings, and/or webinars that will result in better services to LEAs and charter schools.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning and/or the Executive Director.
Special Knowledge/Skills:
  • In-Depth knowledge of instructional practices that lead to improved teaching and learning, including data-driven practices, observation and feedback coaching, student culture routines, designing and delivering professional development and change management
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and classroom development
  • Demonstrate educational and assistive technology skills
  • Possess the ability to deal effectively with parents, students, and school personnel
  • Exhibit the ability to be a team member and is service-oriented
  • Exhibit the ability to set goals and creatively problem solve
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to team/organizational goals
  • Proven ability to deliver content-specific professional development as well as systemic best practice (e.g., campus-wide/district-wide) professional development.
For Additional Information:
David Bedford, Associate Director