The job of Reading Support Specialist is done for the purpose of working with individual and/or small groups of students under the direction of a certificated teacher to provide reading intervention.
Position: Paraprofessional – Reading Support Specialist Salary Range: 114
Department/Site: Various FLSA: Non-exempt
Reports to/Evaluated by: Director of Curriculum and
The job of Reading Support Specialist is done for the purpose of working with individual
and/or small groups of students under the direction of a certificated teacher to provide
Distinguishing Career Features
The Reading Support Specialist provides instructional reading assistance to general
education classrooms. This position is an advancement from Instructional Assistant and
possible advancement potential exists with further education.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Assists students, individually or in small groups, with lesson assignments and reading
intervention program participation for the purpose of presenting and/or reinforcing
learning concepts, enabling students to reach their academic goals and potential.
Implements instructional reading programs, assessments, and lesson plans for the
purpose of assisting the teachers in improving student academic success through a
defined course of study.
Uses identified needs to guide the learning process toward student achievement of
district’s reading/language arts content standards. Assists in setting and implementing
clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects using formal and informal assessment
data obtained from students.
Promotes good reading habits for the purpose of improving the quality of student
outcomes and encouraging student development.
As it relates to the reading intervention program: maintains classroom equipment, work
areas, student files/records (e.g. daily tracking of students’ progress, technology
equipment, program materials and supplies) for the purpose of ensuring availability of
items and/or providing reliable information.
Monitors individual and/or groups of students when a teacher is not present.
Accompanies students going from one location to another. Observes, monitors, and
controls behavior of students within approved procedures.
As it relates to the reading intervention program: prepares, administers, corrects and
records tests, papers, essays and assignments. Prepares reading packets as assigned.
Calls students and parents to follow up on absences as assigned.
Assures the health and safety of students by following health and safety practices and
procedures; provides immediate basic first aid and comfort to students as needed.
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Monitors student reading progress and reviews with intervention coordinator to inform
intervention. Communicates student reading progress with intervention coordinator,
classroom teacher, and site principal.
As it relates to the reading intervention program: sets up and arranges supplies and
equipment in the classroom as directed.
Performs clerical duties such as, but not limited to, preparation of correspondence,
teaching aids, labels, charts, bulletin boards, and displays.
Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
Knowledge and Skills
The position requires skills to perform multiple, non-technical tasks with a potential need
to upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skills required to
satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: operating standard office and
instructional equipment including using pertinent software applications; preparing and
maintaining accurate records. Must have the knowledge required to read a variety of
instructions; write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to
others; understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions. Specific knowledge
required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: concepts and usage of
grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, phonics and reading strategies; stages of child
development and learning styles; and age appropriate activities.
Requires the ability to schedule activities, collate data; and use basic, job-related
equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a variety of circumstances; work
with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using
standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a variety of data; and utilize
specific, job-related equipment. In working with others, problem solving is required to
identify issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data requires independent
interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited. Specific
abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: communicating
with diverse groups; maintaining confidentiality; setting priorities; working as part of a
team; accurate pronunciation of sounds in the English language; administering basic
reading/language assessments; traveling to different school locations; and working with
The position incumbent must be able to function indoors in an office environment
engaged in work of primarily a sedentary nature. Requires ambulatory ability to sit, often
for long periods of time. Requires the near visual acuity to read printed materials and
computer screens. Requires auditory ability to carry on conversations in person and over
the phone. Requires the ability to retrieve work materials. Requires manual and finger
dexterity to write, to keyboard at an acceptable rate and operate a computer, and other
office equipment, almost constantly requiring repetitive motions.
Education and Experience
High School diploma or equivalent. Associate’s Degree with some relevant coursework,
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and one year of experience working with students in a classroom or similar environment.
Licenses and Certificates
May require possession of a valid Class C Driver’s License and qualification for
automobile insurance coverage. Requires Fingerprint/criminal justice clearance,
Tuberculosis clearance, and written and oral examination.
Work is performed indoors and outdoors with some, yet infrequent exposure to health and
About Del Norte Unified School District
The Del Norte Unified School District and County Office of Education is a combined District and COE. Our mission: In Del Norte Unified School District, the youth in our schools will be life-long learners who can creatively and effectively communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in a global society.