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Literacy Specialist (Grades 3-5) - Lower Division NYC

New York, New York, United States
Lower Division (NYC)

Position: Literacy Specialist, Grades 3-5, Lower Division

Location: New York, NY


A top-tier school in New York City, offering a trulyglobal education, that will expand to the world’s leading cities in the next decades. Teaching and learning through dual language immersion and challenging interdisciplinary projects. A culture of creativity, entrepreneurship and deep collaboration. State-of-the-art technology throughout. Brilliant colleagues, with widely diverse experience, creating a unique educational experience together. Unparalleled possibilities for professional learning and development prospects around the globe. There is no place quite like Avenues.


Collaboration here isn't a buzzword: it's woven into everything we do given that our students in grades N-5 alternate their days between their English and Target Language classrooms.

  • Teacher teams composed of English and Spanish teachers or English and Chinese teachers share two classes of students
  • Teacher teams share responsibility for teaching curriculum that promotes their students’ social, emotional and academic growth in both languages.
  • Given this structure teacher teams communicate daily to plan lessons and discuss student progress
  • Additionally teachers collaborate with fellow grade-level and language colleagues during weekly meetings.


Avenues is seeking a Literacy Specialist to join the team of inspiring educators in the Lower Division, grades 1-5. This Literacy Specialist will work primarily in grades 3-5 to ensure that students have the skills and support they need to be successful in the immersion program. 


The Literacy Specialist’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Student Support
    • Support, supplement and extend classroom literacy instruction to small groups of students 
    • Push in facilitation as needed for reading, writing and word study
  • Collaboration
    • Work in partnership with other Literacy Specialists, members of Student Success Team, classroom teachers and Associate Division Heads to ensure that each student is progressing in his/her literacy skills
  • Reading and Writing Specialist
    • Administer, score and analyze running records,
    • Support students writing development using a workshop model
    • Use Orton Gillingham, Reading Recovery, TC and Fountas and Pinnell systems as needed
    • Provide input on reading and writing curriculum in grades 3-5
    • Plan and lead English literacy meetings for teaching teams in grades 3-5
    • Support teachers in planning and implementation of English literacy curriculum
    • Support professional development and literacy coaching for teachers in grades 3-5


  • At least 5 years of teaching experience in grades 1-5, with a proven track record of student learning
  • Strong understanding of, and instructional skills teaching through a balanced literacy approach in the reading and writing workshop model
  • Highly effective collaborator, eager to listen deeply, contribute to a team and achieve goals together
  • Ability to problem solve and self-initate projects as needed 
  • Deep dedication to learning and growing as an educator
  • Eager to embrace change and consider new perspectives
  • Graduate degree in education, teaching, or a related field 
  • Literacy or special education degree or relevant training and experience working with children that have language based learning challenges preferred
  • Strong desire to problem solve 

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Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package. Avenues is committed to diversity among our staff, and applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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