Teacher Consult to Education Specialist - Early Literacy

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Hillsdale County ISD
Position Details: 


The primary purpose of this position is to assist HCISD and its Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with professional development, training, and integrated implementation support for literacy assessment, curriculum, and instructional practices within a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS). This position will focus on serving the pre-school and elementary school levels.


In the course of achieving these outcomes, the person in this position will work as part of the HCISD Early Literacy Implementation Team under the supervision of the HCISD Education Specialist/Special Education Supervisor and in close collaboration with the local districts, MDE Consultants and with a variety of organizations and individuals such as the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Behavior Literacy Integrated Support Initiative (MiBLSi), other intermediate school districts and consortia, superintendents, administrators, teachers, board of education members and the community.



{An asterisk (*) denotes duties or responsibilities judged to be “essential functions” in terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA}


Committee and Task Force Participation

  • Serve on various internal and external committees, as required, to promote and facilitate effective attitudes and initiatives relevant to early literacy and literacy achievement.
  • Serve as a core staff member on the HCISD District Early Literacy Implementation Team.


LEA and Community Relations

  • Appear before community/educational groups to explain the importance and processes of improving student skills in reading and writing, to support constituent districts in reaching literacy goals, and to celebrate improved literacy as appropriate.
  • Supervise and evaluate early literacy programs and staff for locals and HCISD as needed and/or requested



Development of Policies, Programs and Services

  • Participate in planning and development of programs and services related to meeting the needs of our Hillsdale County ISD constituent districts.
  • Develop pre-school and elementary literacy initiatives supported by HCISD.


Early Literacy Support Activities and Creating a Culture of High Expectation

  • Serve as a resource to constituent districts by providing assistance with planning, evaluation, and implementation of literacy curriculum and instruction based on student assessment data.
  • Work with constituent districts to make decisions aligned with the School Improvement Framework and MTSS especially as they pertain to pre-school and elementary literacy.
  • Use data to demonstrate the need for and results in student achievement; to help district leadership to use data to inform literacy instruction.
  • Interface with and cooperatively assist other HCISD departments with literacy issues.
  • Work cooperatively with constituent districts and administration to facilitate school improvement processes relevant to student achievement and state and federal requirements.
  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with other HCISD departments and constituent districts.
  • Provide regular feedback to LEA leadership re: Common Core State Standards (CCSS), instructional programs, performance data, and professional development.


Professional Development

  • Plan, organize and provide district and school-level professional development in early literacy within a MTSS system for constituent districts driven by student data.
  • Plan, organize and provide district and school-level professional development in early literacy to include core instruction, strategic and intensive research-based interventions.
  • Plan, organize and provide district and school-level professional development in early literacy to include universal screening, progress monitoring, diagnostic, outcome assessments, and tiers of intervention.
  • Work with appropriate HCISD departments to design training aligned with school improvement goals in an MTSS framework for Hillsdale County LEA personnel.
  • Provide training to LEA personnel on how to access literacy data when submitting state and federal reports.
  • Assess own professional development needs, determine appropriate educational and training resources, and participate in activities required to stay abreast of current educational reforms.


External Contacts and Relationships

  • Maintain positive networks and relationships with the Michigan Department of Education, MiBLSi, other intermediate school districts, and local education agencies necessary to develop and facilitate local, county and state programs.


Maintenance and Processing of Records, Documents and Database Decision Making

  • Research, organize, assemble and maintain a variety of publications and materials used to orient, educate or train organizations and individuals in implementing research-based practices/programs.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties that may be performed by such a person.







  • Special Education Certification (May obtain after hire).
  • Master’s Degree with coursework in  English  Language  Arts,  Curriculum, Instruction, Differentiation and/or Assessment or a closely related field required.
  • Additional Post-secondary course work in Educational Leadership, School Improvement or academic content area.
  • 3 years’ experience working with special education students.
  • Valid State of Michigan Teaching Certification required must be Highly Qualified in K-5 English Language Arts or have a BT or BR endorsement.
  • Demonstrated work history using all dimensions of English Language Arts from Pre-K to Grade 3.






  • Demonstrated work history with English Language Arts, education networks, teams, professional learning communities, and MTSS.
  • Previous successful experiences in training, presenting information to groups and facilitating improvement progress.
  • Problem-solving skills relative to change and pursuit of excellence.
  • Able to work independently to accomplish work goals and objectives.
  • Effective interpersonal, problem-solving and boundary skills with the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing on a one-to-one basis and with groups in situations which have limited impact on the ISD as a whole.
  •  Able to communicate effectively with staff at all levels in an organization.
  • Successful classroom teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated work history using literacy tools, models and activities.
  • Experience in planning staff development, public speaking,  and the creation of training materials.



Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Skills relatedto gathering,  managing, analyzing and using data to make instructional decisions.
  • Knowledge of pre-K and elementary instruction, curriculum development, differentiation (and service to advanced and accelerated learners) and assessment.
  • Knowledge of literacy assessments and a variety of reporting procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of research and evidence-based practices in early literacy instructions and familiarity with Positive Behavior Intervention Support within a MTSS framework.
  • Knowledge of current state and federal educational regulations (including the Michigan Curriculum Framework, Grade Level Content Expectations, High School Course Expectations, Common Core Curriculum, No Child Left Behind and Education YES)
  • Skills in training and public speaking.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team.



Physical Effort and Working Conditions

Physical demands of the job are as follows:

  • Sitting – long periods of time
  • Standing – some
  • Walking – some
  • Bending – some
  • Stooping – some
  • Lifting – involves moving/lifting of supplies


Special Considerations

  • This position requires that the employee provide his/her own transportation for job-related travel.
  • This is a 185-day position and may require summer days, evenings and weekends availability based on program needs.
  • The employee must exercise discretion and confidentiality in dealing with staff, students and operations.


Salary Information

Salary will be determined upon hire and based upon experience

Employment Date and Work Year

Anticipated start date will be as soon as a suitable candidate is found.  This is a position working 185 days per year (pro-rated based on start date)

Visit www.hillsdale-isd.org employment opportunities to apply online

All application materials must be received in order to be considered for employment


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