Average Salary: Full-Time: $75,000;Part Time: $40,000
About Children’s Literacy Initiative: Founded in Philadelphia in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a national 501c3 working to advance equity in public education in the U.S. by ensuring Black and Latinx children achieve reading success by the end of third grade. CLI accomplishes this through job-embedded coaching and professional development, seminars, and workshops, and providing the books and materials teachers and children need along their early literacy journeys.
Learning to read has significance beyond building skills – it is an act of liberation. By helping educators learn and apply high-impact, culturally sustaining instructional strategies and nurturing dynamic professional learning communities, CLI is building lasting capacity in teachers and principals to advance equity in education.
Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is recruiting Literacy Coaches. We are seeking abolitionist culturally sustaining teacher coaches who see the genius in Black and Latinx children, the abundant capability in educators, and liberatory power of literacy to propel children into fulfilling lives and to dismantle White supremacy, and advance equity for all.
The CLI Literacy Coach:
Serves as an academic leader who drives an instructional vision that aligns early literacy instruction and practice with culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy, identity affirmation and antiracist literacy instruction
Demonstrates a strong understanding of Systemic Oppression as a concept, its various forms, how it persists throughout society, and how to identify and work to mitigate and/or dismantle it in the school, workplace, and community
Strives to ensure that Black and Latinx children experience the anti-racist early literacy instruction, support, and advocacy needed to create equity in education.
Enables and models a constructive culture of feedback including both strengths and areas of growth
Demonstrates a deep commitment to anti-racism in their work and beyond and, an unwavering desire to continually grow their own skills, and a passion for teaching & learning.??
Thinks critically to make well-informed and timely decisions to achieve the best possible impact and outcomes
Demonstrates a keen sense of self and knowledge of other’s identities and can use this information strategically to inform decisions, grow and make change in the school, workplace and community
Literacy Coach Responsibilities??
Drive an instructional vision focused on foundational and comprehensive literacy skills development
Serve as a resource and partner with school leaders to align vision, priorities, and action for child-centered literacy instruction to aide in ongoing impact monitoring
Support partnership managers and regional managers on school learning walks using the ACTT and ECCE Framework to observe and score instruction, provide trends to system leaders, school leaders and teachers
Organize, prioritize, and track deliverables and outcomes of the service delivery plan
Develop content such as model lessons, coaching/training sessions, materials, and PowerPoint presentations to support educator and/or instructional leader growth and development
Facilitate collaborative professional learning & development opportunities for educators and instructional leaders specific to best practices in anti-racist early literacy instruction (i.e., team meetings, small group, and large group trainings (in-person and virtually)
Provide coaching through varied modalities individualized to educators’ and/or leader need
Develop and execute coaching plans in partnership w/ educators and/or leaders
Leverage organizational resources, technology, and data management systems with proficiency to enable impact
Use educator and child performance data to improve educator practice and outcomes for children
Routinely analyze the quality of instruction aligned to CLI's vision of the student's literacy experience to create an impactful learning experience for teachers to build their capacity
Build positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as Project Partners, School Leaders and school community members
Manage a caseload of 25-40 educators
The successful candidate is motivated by CLI’s mission.??This role offers the opportunity to have a profound and lasting impact on the literacy and experience of the Black and Latinx children we work alongside.
3+ years as a PK-5 language arts teacher in classroom(s) with predominantly Black and Latinx children
2+ years as an instructional coach
Demonstrated track record of success in child outcomes and educator practice results
Deep early literacy content & comprehensive knowledge of pedagogy that affirms and sustains Black and Latinx children
Deep understanding of approaches to transformational coaching, adult learning and development that emphasizes equitable and identity-affirming outcomes for educators and leaders
Comfort using web-based systems to track project deliverables and timelines
Exceptional organizational skills and ability to track progress, understand gaps, execute tasks, etc. with acute attention to detail
Exceptional written and oral communication
Active Certificate in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education or Reading strongly preferred
“What it’s?like to work at CLI?!”:
We believe you should know that CLI aims to be an employer of choice! We know that our employees are our most valuable resource. So, in addition to providing great benefits, we are intentional to ensure we sustain a great culture! ?
Here’s a look at what makes CLI a great place to work:
DEIB – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging??
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging is more than an initiative at CLI. In fact, DEIB is what drives every decision we make. We provide all our employees (4) comprehensive DEI trainings every year and race and equity are a part of every conversation!??
We have established BIPOC Affinity Groups & White Ally Affinity Groups?
We encourage a culture of feedback to ensure we are meeting the needs of our people
Collaboration is critical!?
We have an awesome collaborative approach toward our work. You would be aligning yourself with an organization that?understands?the power of collaboration and the Power of 3 (taking care of ourselves, each other, and our physical spaces). Our work at CLI is collective work. We are in this together!??
Benefits – Competitive compensation??
CLI offers competitive compensation and benefits! We believe in providing?robust?benefits such as generous PTO, Full Medical, Dental, Vision & Prescription coverage,?and?full?access to mental health resources?via?Teladoc?and subscription to Care.com., as well as, competitive?and equitable?salaries?that commensurate with?experience.
Leadership – Professional Development – It’s what we do!??
CLI believes that to ensure we deliver high impact?coaching to school communities??we serve,?we?must continuously improve our approach?to align with the most recent effective teaching practices! You will receive ongoing training & development.??
About Children’s Literacy Initiative:
Children’s Literacy Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working with pre-k through 5th grade teachers to improve early literacy instruction so that children become powerful readers, writers, and thinkers.
Our goal is to close the literacy achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their more affluent peers. CLI’s proven theory of action shows that when teachers receive the right combination and intensity of training and coaching, they can become exemplary instructors who make an impact in helping children achieve. Our workshops and institutes build teachers’ understanding of literacy as well as the art and science of teaching children how to read and write. By focusing on professional skills that improve over time and are not lost when administrations, buildings, or curricula change, CLI helps create a sustainable, district-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.