Spring 2008

Narragansett School System

Reading Specialist Specifications


The reading specialist will be directly under the supervision of the principal and assistant principal and in consultation with the assistant superintendent.  He/she will assist the administration in the development and implementation of literacy programs in the school.  He/she will implement the policies of the Narragansett School System.


Reading Specialist Minimum Qualifications


  • Certified reading specialist/consultant teacher;
  • Knowledgeable and current in state initiatives relating to literacy;
  • Willingness to support a vision for teacher training and support for literacy instruction;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Demonstrated organizational skills;
  • Experience in or willingness to be trained in coaching skills and in literacy program coordination; and
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff and school and central administration.




  • Provide direct instruction to students;
  • Work in classrooms with both teachers and students;
  • Provide teachers with professional development, in-class consultation, assistance, feedback, and modeling through a structured and well-scheduled program;
  • Administer and analyze results of assessments;
  • Identify students for supplemental instruction;
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to develop personal literacy plans for students;
  • Work with teachers to use assessments, student work, and other data to analyze current practice and identify areas for improving and alignment curriculum and instruction across and within grade levels;
  • Participate in the Response to Intervention (RTI) process.
  • Demonstrate evidence of their own continuing professional development;
  • Participate in specified coach training in order to disseminate research-based best practices;
  • Work with administrators to implement change over time and work as part an integral part of a school wide initiative to promote change and alignment of reading instruction across grade levels;
  • Maintain accurate records and prepare student reports that can be collected for state reporting purposes and for program monitoring and evaluation; and
  • Work as part of a team with the administrators and with other reading specialists to schedule reading instruction and coaching for the school.