Serving students from low-income families in Asheville, NC, on the campus of Carolina Day School

Reading Specialist

The Reading Specialist will work with students in all classes, during class and pull-out time. The Reading Specialist will have at least one volunteer to help him/her implement individualized reading plans. We look for experienced, professional individuals with the ability to implement strategies to engage students in active learning through non-traditional methods in our six-week summer enrichment program. Each staff member must work as a team player to help fulfill the Horizons mission. It is our hope that Horizons staff members will return to the program for multiple summers as we continue to support our students and build community within the program. This position is full time during the six weeks of the program and includes Saturday events throughout the following school year.

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The Reading Specialist’s areas of direct responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and oversee pre- and post-program assessment of students using mClass DIBELS, STAR Reading and STAR Math.
  • Identify, via pre-program assessment, readers who need additional support in order to stay on track.
  • When necessary, prepare reports on individual students to be shared with the public school staff.
  • Assist with staff training, by sharing test data that would be helpful to staff members, individually, and/or during staff meetings, or during professional planning days.
  • Emphasize the importance of good oral language models for all students and daily practice in developing higher levels of oral language for all classrooms, including art, music, and other sciences.
  • Follow-up regularly with staff to interpret the data as curriculum is designed for students.
  • Offer guidance to faculty to help develop or strengthen reading instruction curriculum and differentiated student skill groups for small group instruction.
  • Train volunteers and interns as needed to work with students as reading tutors.
  • Provide tutoring as needed to help students develop language and reading skills.
  • Meet with Executive Director as needed to accomplish goals and/or solve problems as issues occur.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  • 5 or more years working as a Reading Specialist or elementary school teacher.
  • Experience administering reading skills assessments and interventions.
  • A strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of students from low-income families.


Dates: June 17-July 26, 2019 (OFF July 4 and 5)

Pay: $4000

Hours: 8AM-3:45PM daily with lunch break and planning time included in the day.

Required training: 5/1 from 4-7PM and 5/4 from 12:30-3:30 at Carolina Day School

Required pre-summer meeting: Sunday, June 16, 2019, time TBD

In addition to the summer program, you will be asked to attend at least 3 of 4 quarterly Saturday activities during the school year. Occasional school year responsibilities may grow as the program expands.