Job Description

Placement Range: $50,535.00 to $69,962.00.00 for full SY

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The P-3 Literacy Coach is responsible for assisting teachers in the implementation and effective delivery of scientifically based reading instruction. They provide ongoing professional development, coaching support, and appropriate services to schools for a cohesive, sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused approach that is rigorous, engaging, and relevant for students. They will provide a non-threatening, open, professional, and collaborative work relationship with district-level school personnel, school-based reading interventionists, principals, and teachers. They will be required to use data to effectively identify the needs of assigned schools to prioritize, schedule, organize, and provide technical assistance that builds educator capacity to provide effective literacy instruction so that students meet age and grade level literacy expectations by the end of 3rd grade and beyond.

The Arizona Department of Education supports the hiring of P-3 Literacy Coaches for the purpose of facilitating and assisting P-3 teachers to increase the performance of their student’s early literacy skills, measured on the state-aligned reading assessment. The coaches will facilitate learning aligned to the science of reading research to teachers that will improve the implementation of aligned practices into daily literacy instruction and intervention. This work includes the integration of Arizona's English Language Arts (ELA) Standards and Arizona’s Early Learning Language and Literacy Standards, locally determined P-3 curricula, and intervention programs, and the use of data collected from the administration of formal and informal assessment tools.

Responsibilities of the P-3 literacy coach include supporting P-3 classroom teachers, ESS teachers, and K-3 Reading Interventionists in reflective practice focused on improving reading instruction/student achievement in the following ways:
* Design and conduct professional learning opportunities related to core and intervention programs to meet the varied needs of reading interventionists and teachers
* Provide information in a variety of settings (e.g., whole group staff development, grade level/dept meetings, one-on-one)
* Model and co-teach instructional strategies and techniques
* Support teachers in the implementation of new skills through instructional or facilitative coaching
* Observe new and experienced teachers in the classroom during the reading instructional tiers to provide specific one-on-one feedback regarding best practices to individual teachers during the coaching conferencing process.
* Assist in planning and implementation of a 120-minute literacy block (90-minute core with a 30-minute intervention period) with an emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, in addition to oral and written language
* Provide resources, tools, and research for enhancing instructional practices
* Support teachers to deepen their understanding of content knowledge, evidence-based reading strategies, and how to use a variety of assessments to monitor student achievement
* Meet regularly with principals, reading interventionists, and teachers to review data and make recommendations for adjustments in instructional practices
* Meeting with the school administration and leadership team on a regular basis to examine school data and assist in school-wide planning (including professional development.)
* Maintain an organized system for documenting coaching services
* Provide opportunities for teachers to work collaboratively to plan reading lessons and interventions
* Consider and align efforts to the school’s mission, vision, and literacy plan as they coincide with current reading research.
* Participate in professional development sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education, district, and outside consultants
* Stay informed of the latest reading research
* Maintain confidentiality to build trustful and respectful relationships
* Maintain a high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality
* Recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of all teachers
* Networking with other literacy coaches.

* Master’s Degree in Education or related field with 3 years documented successful experience teaching reading -OR Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field with 5 years documented successful experience teaching reading with a minimum of 3 years of literacy experience at the State, District/Charter, or School Level
* Valid Arizona Teaching Certificate and Reading Endorsement required.

* Successful experience facilitating adult learning and delivering professional development specific to literacy instruction (e.g., professional development feedback/surveys, letters from participants, etc.)
* Experience mentoring, coaching, and providing feedback about instruction to classroom teachers
* Experience leading others in a collaborative process
* Experience analyzing and using student achievement data for instructional purposes
* Ability to travel daily


* Knowledge of evidence-based research in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and language
* Knowledge of the essential components of reading instruction
* Knowledge of the science of reading and structured literacy
* Knowledge of the Move On When Reading legislation
* Knowledge of Arizona's English Language Arts (ELA) Standards and Language and Literacy (ECE) Standards
* Knowledge of literacy assessment systems, and practices
* Knowledge of effective strategies in working with adult learners
* Knowledge of evidence-based practices in literacy
* Knowledge and experience in literacy instruction, literacy intervention, and development of and/or implementation of instructional literacy resources
* Knowledge of systematic, explicit instructional process
* Knowledge of instructional coaching approaches and strategies for teaching adult learners
* Knowledge of scientific reading research and its application to effective classroom instruction, structure, and practices, as well as intervention
* Knowledge of multi-tiered system of supports model, and data analysis and application

* Systematic, explicit, instructional delivery
* Experience providing professional development and technical assistance directly to school and district/charter staff
* Ability to effectively prioritize, schedule, manage and organize multiple daily tasks to achieve goals
* Ability to administer and interpret reading assessments and use data to determine professional development needs, and recommend changes to improve school-wide and/or classroom instructional practices
* Ability to rapidly acquire and apply new skills and information
* Ability to provide effective instructional feedback
* Ability to identify problems and develop appropriate solutions
* Use effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to engage in difficult and candid conversations with a variety of stakeholders.
* Demonstrated leadership/managerial skills
* Demonstrated team-building skills
* Demonstrated collaboration and facilitation skills
* Proficient in MS Word, MS Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other tools

* Motivating others to achieve
* High degree of professionalism to ensure and protect the confidentiality of educators and students
* Strong work ethic, self-directed and reliable, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively
* High-quality interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to and interact with adults exhibiting a range of abilities and dispositions
* Persistent despite obstacles
* Ability to orchestrate change
* Valuing lifelong learning
* Belief that a coach can make a difference, despite the nature of the challenges
* Desire to grow professionally

Core Competencies:
- Cultural Engagement

- Developing Others

- Initiative and Persistence

- Serving Others

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and talk or hear and sometimes walk and sit. The employee must use hands, arms and fingers to input data, handle, feel or reach; employee may occasionally push or lift up to 50 lbs. such as boxes, supplies, etc. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read handwritten or typed material, and the ability to adjust focus, close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate to loud and can vary in temperature. The nature of this position is fast-paced and may occasionally be thought of as stressful. Through interaction with the public and other district employees, the employee may encounter different scents.


At Phoenix Elementary School District #1, we are Inspiring Every Child to Achieve, educating the future leaders of Phoenix! We’re looking for passionate people who want to shape the future to join in our mission of offering all students an excellent and equitable education. The education of our children is a shared responsibility among our community, and we encourage you to apply for the opportunity to be part of that.

Every member of our Phoenix #1 family-from our top leadership team to our bus drivers, our nutrition team to our nurses, and our teachers to our technology gurus is shaping the lives of our students every day. We also drive forward the goals of ensuring equity and excellence for all students. It’s not just our work; it is our passion!

We are a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th-grade school district in Phoenix, Arizona, established in 1871 as the first free public school district in Arizona. The district boundaries cover an area from 16th Street to 23rd Avenue, and Buckeye Road to Thomas Road.

* Our 15 schools are in the heart of hip Phoenix.
* We are educating the future leaders of Phoenix.
* We have a district-wide Equity Commitment, Statement, and Plan.
* We are accessible by Phoenix Light Rail.
* We want you to relax and refuel with healthy vacation time.
* We have University partners that offer discounted tuition.

The statements in this job description describe the essential function and requirements as assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required. Job descriptions are subject to change. Employees must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and extensive fingerprint and background check. Discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability or any individual by reason of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity gender expression, age, or national origin is prohibited. Efforts will be made in recruitment and employment to ensure equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons.PESD1 is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Lauren Pagnotta, HR Coordinator, at (602) 257-6072 at least 3 days in advance.

** Each Literacy Coach will be assigned several different schools to work with and will be traveling between sites. **

Primary Location: DISTRICT WIDE

Shift Type: Full-Time

Job Contact Information
Phone 602-257-3755

Applications will be accepted beginning
Monday, January 8, 2024 12:00 AM
(Mountain Standard Time)

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