Are you passionate about ensuring that educators are prepared to utilize instructional approaches and routines that are grounded in current scientific research to meet the literacy needs of students, including those with dyslexia and other reading disabilities? Do you have experience teaching reading or content literacy to K-12 students using methods that reflect the principles and practices of Structured Literacy? Do you have experience working collaboratively with Educator Preparation Program faculty from the fields of elementary education, special education, or remedial reading/remedial language arts to design literacy coursework that reflects the principles and practices of Structured Literacy? Do you have experience preparing national Educator Preparation Program accreditation applications? If so, come make an impact by serving your State. Read below and apply today!
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is now accepting applications for the exciting position of Associate Education Consultant with the newly established Office of Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities (ODRD). The ODRD ensures that current scientific reading research, including the principles and practices of Structured Literacy, informs the preparation of all educators so they can effectively identify and meet the individualized literacy needs of K-12 students with reading disabilities, including dyslexia, as outlined in Public Act 21-168.
Associate Education Consultant Benefit Offerings:
- Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage
- Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
- Paid time off - including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
- Professional growth and professional development opportunities
- A healthy work-life balance to all employees
This Associate Education Consultant will Liaise with staff from multiple offices, including certification, educator preparation program approval, special education, and academics as well as with external stakeholders. S/he will play a key role in shaping the preparation of Connecticut’s educators and will assist the ODRD in developing:
- A set of structured literacy and dyslexia competency targets to be met by certification applicants based on certification type and level, with primary contributions to standards associated with oral language foundations, morphology, and semantics.
- An Educator Preparation Program (EPP) accreditation and audit model to verify that adopted structured literacy and dyslexia competency targets are being adequately addressed by EPPs.
- A list of sample course assignments and evaluations aligned with the adopted structured literacy and dyslexia competency targets for consideration by EPPs.
- Model structured literacy and dyslexia in-service training programs for use by local and regional boards of a verification protocol to assist the Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification with verifying that applicants for a certification have met specific clock hour, content, and practicum experiences aligned with the adopted structured literacy/dyslexia competency targets and existing legislation.
In addition, this Associate Education Consultant will serve as the lead for:
- Administering the EPP audit process.
- Providing guidance and support to EPPs engaging in curriculum and program revision efforts undertaken to ensure that their candidates are prepared to meet adopted structured literacy and dyslexia competency targets.
The ideal candidate will have experience with EPP program and/or curriculum development that includes the science of reading and experience advancing the literacy achievement of English Learners. S/he will also be passionate about applying data and analytics to better understand and respond to seemingly intractable challenges.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
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Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- The immediate vacancies are listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics
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Due to the large volume of applications received, the State of Connecticut is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Hayley Newhouse at Hayley.Newhouse@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Aging and Disability Services, Education, and the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System assists in planning and executing programs of extensive difficulty and scope for the improvement of education in the State.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Assists a Bureau Chief or Education Consultant in supervising various educational programs and services offered by the State; assists in the development and administration of certain programs of major importance or may develop and administer other programs within the framework of bureau policy; provides professional leadership and guidance to school authorities, professional organizations, students and various community groups and individuals; may assist in directing the routine functioning of the bureau; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of the philosophy and methods of education with particular reference to the field concerned; teaching skill; ability to prepare reports; ability to deal effectively with others.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
An earned advanced degree and five (5) years of professional experience OR in lieu thereof an equivalent combination of experience and training approved by the Board of Education.
- Master’s degree or higher in Curriculum and Instruction
- Experience teaching adult learners about Structured Literacy or Reading Disabilities
- Experience with Educator Preparation Program accreditation report preparation
- Experience working with internal and external stakeholders in the field of education
- Experience with strategic planning to implement education reform initiatives
Incumbents in this class in certain positions may be required to possess an appropriate certificate issued by State Board of Education.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.