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Elementary Counselor and Reading Teacher (50/50 Position)

Scappoose School District

Scappoose School District seeks a caring and experienced counselor and Title I reading teacher for the 2022-2023 school year to provide high quality instruction for our students, staff, and schools in a 50/50 role in one of our smaller elementary schools. We value teachers who can build positive relationships with students, staff, and families and also serve as effective members of our professional learning community. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Portland, Scappoose School District is a place where you can get to know everyone personally and make a difference in the life of each student.

Position requirements:

The Counselor will provide guidance to students in the development and implementation of appropriate educational plans. Assist students in dealing with special problems and needs, as well as the development of personal/social behaviors. This person will also provide students with skills to formulate tentative career goals.

The Title I teacher promotes and develops successful reading instruction for students and performs related duties in accordance with District policies and terms of the Licensed Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Title I teacher is responsible for group and individual instruction of reading for students who meet state and federal guidelines. The Title I teacher supervises and develops lessons for paraprofessionals and measures student progress.

Counselor position responsibilities include:

- Provide counseling services: Conduct timely individual counseling sessions as requested by students, staff or parents; Make referrals to external agencies or district social worker; Support teachers with social-emotional learning knowledge and materials; Provide group counseling options for designated students; Facilitate communication between student, parent and staff; clarify goals and move toward appropriate solutions; Monitor and evaluate to assure agreements are met; Provide immediate counseling for students in crisis.
- Provide special services: Provide counseling services for students with disabilities; Communicate with school and community resources as an advocate for students with special needs; Refer students/parents with special needs to appropriate agencies; Inform special need students of alternative sources of education and services; Design and participate in orientation activities, especially at the transition levels and for students transferring into the District.
- Perform other related duties as assigned by the principal and/or superintendent: Perform duties in accordance with District policy and terms set forth in the negotiated agreement; Assist in the enforcement of school and District rules and policies; Assume a share of the responsibility for non-classroom student activities within the assigned work day.
- Maintain an ongoing personal program of professional growth and development: Identify and request to attend professional workshop activities intended to increase the teacher's effectiveness; Participate in District sponsored in service offering appropriate to assignment.
- Serve as 504 coordinator, developing and maintaing 504 plans in collaboration with parents, staff, nurses, etc.
- Attend district and elementary counselor meetings

Title I Reading Teacher responsibilities include:

- Implement a variety of assessment instruments three times per year to determine eligibility and instructional needs of students in reading
- Provide a variety of situationally appropriate instructional techniques and methods to promote high levels of achievement in relation to individual abilities
- Train educational assistants in curriculum and methods of assessment
- Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use research-based principles of effective instruction Organize instruction using learning objectives with clearly defined student outcomes
- Employ teaching strategies congruent with planned student outcomes
- Select teaching strategies emphasizing student involvement
- Monitor student learning and pace instruction accordingly
- Develop and maintain a classroom environment conducive to effective student learning
- Communicate goals and academic expectations to students
- Provide for the health and safety of students in all instructional settings
- Prepare effectively for class with daily lesson plans for self and educational assistants
- Provide instruction based on District reading standards
- Develop and communicate appropriate progress grading standards to students, teachers, and families
- Develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships
- Model personal behaviors of honesty, fairness, courtesy, and consideration
- Maintain a cooperative relationship with administration, staff, students, and parents
- Communicate with students, parents, and classified, certified and administrative staff
- Instruct and direct assigned educational assistants to maximize delivery of instructional services
- Provide timely and accurate feedback/documentation to students and parents of student progress
- Maintain appropriate records of student performance
- Keep parents and teachers informed through written and oral communication
- Build motivation and interest in learning
- Exhibit personal interest and encourage student interest in the subject area
- Maintain a current awareness of literature/activities in reading
- Maintain an ongoing personal program of professional growth and development
- Develop and implement annually an approved plan for professional growth and development
- Identify and request to attend professional workshop activities intended to increase the teacher’s instructional effectiveness
- Participate in District sponsored inservice offerings appropriate to assignment
- Act as an instructional leader in the area of reading
-Coordinate and develop the Title I program in the school based on guidelines established by the District and state and federal governments. Keep track of any interventions for special education referrals.
- Collaborate and meet with district RTI team. Run RTI Tier meetings 3 times per year. Lead "Kid Chat" meetings every 6 weeks.
- Provide information to teachers about best practices in the area of reading
- Assist classroom teachers in the location and preparation of reading materials
- Help develop inservices and learning opportunities for teachers and educational assistants
- Plan activities for Title I parents’ involvement in the school
- Cultivate and model a respectful working and learning environment
- Provide model lessons on intervention strategies.

The qualified candidate will possess valid licenses from TSPC in Oregon as a school counselor and as a reading specialist or be willing to enroll in a program to become qualified within three years of hire. A master's degree and prior experience is preferred.

Scappoose School District believes that every individual makes a significant contribution to our success. That contribution should not be limited to assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to define primary duties, qualification and job scope but should not limit the incumbent nor the organization to the work identified. It is our expectation that every employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of the District’s goals.

Scappoose School District is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Veterans must submit DD Form 214 or 215 to establish veterans’ preference eligibility. See policy GBA-AR for details.

Note: As of October 18, 2021, all school employees must provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19. See for details.

Please call 971-200-8000 or e-mail if you have any questions or need assistance.

Final salary to be determined based on outcome of contract negotiations. Salary listed is for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apply on TalentEd: Include a resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation (including one from your current or most recent supervisor), unofficial transcripts (official will be required, if hired), and license verification.

** This position is open until filled. Posting start date: March 10, 2022. Priority is given to internal applicants for the first 5 days of posting. **