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Part-Time Ticket to Read (ABE) Instructor

Posted: 07/08/2019

Posted 07/08/19 
Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct service, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is "literacy for all." Literacy KC offers adults and their families a welcoming community to develop and enhance literacy skills and quality of life.
We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative social learning model, lead instructors are supported by a team of tutors in each dynamic classroom setting offered in partner locations throughout the metro area. We are looking for a part-time teacher available to teach morning, afternoon or evening classes and with a flexible schedule that will accommodate occasional evening and weekend meetings.
The Ticket to Read program is an opportunity for each student to access comprehensive literacy education from an instructor-led and volunteer tutor-driven team. The Ticket to Read Instructor will provide basic, relevant literacy instruction through use of software, classroom, and individualized learning. The instructor will oversee both student progress, as well as a team of volunteer tutors who will act as teacher’s aids in providing a well-rounded literacy curriculum. The instructor will help develop, implement, and evaluate research-driven literacy strategies. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult literacy students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, language, speaking, and thinking skills across the disciplines. Progress will be measured in multiple assessments, including diagnostic reading assessments.
Essential Instructional Functions:

  • Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:
    • Establishing a rapport with students
    • Promoting student self-efficacy and growth mindset
    • Evaluating and responding to individual student needs
    • Observing confidentiality of students and program information
  • Individualization:
    • Instruct students using a variety of effective teaching techniques, including individual and group instruction.
    • Provide for individual differences by screening for learning differences and learning styles and utilizing appropriate accommodations.
    • Assess students on a regular basis to determine progress towards objectives and goals to verify learning.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of subject matter.
    • Use a variety of teaching materials and strategies, including technology.
    • Use instructional time effectively.
    • Make regular contact with each student during class.
    • Demonstrate ability to motivate students and help them reach their goals.
    • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and positively with students.
    • Listen and actively respond to learners’ needs and goals.
    • Work positively and non-judgmentally with students of all cultures and social backgrounds.
    • Provide students with specific evaluative feedback.
    • Set high expectations for all students.
    • Conduct a well-organized classroom that is conducive to learning.
    • Demonstrate effective classroom control and manage student behavior in a positive and constructive manner.
    • Demonstrate positive interpersonal relations with both students and staff.
  • Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction: 
    • Teach and/or tutor ALL aspects of literacy classes.
    • Utilize learner-centered pedagogy to engage and motivate adult learners, addressing diverse learning modalities, abilities, needs & interests through differentiated instruction.
    • Use digital reading programs to provide course/supplemental materials and communicate with students using course announcements, discussion boards and/or collaborate sessions.
    • Develop and submit contextualized lesson plans for all classes, each quarter, to include the standards and objectives to be mastered.
    • Perform effectively in the learning environment by being prepared, maintaining discipline, and engaging students in the learning process.
    • Take daily attendance and submit attendance weekly for all classes.
    • Communicate with absent students via phone or email, record communication on shared contact log and submit weekly with attendance.
    • Advise with students during enrollment week and at a minimum every three weeks after that regarding test scores, goals, roadblocks, study resources, academic progress and other topics specific to individual students' progress.
    • Prepare students to meet both individual and program goals.
    • Support and guide, along with the Transition Instructor, students to enter post-secondary education, technical training or the workforce.
    • Evaluate and monitor all students' progress using a variety of formative assessment tools (such as classroom observations, lesson closure discussion, portfolios, quizzes, and student error logs) and adjust instruction as necessary.
  • Other Duties:
    • Training and Meetings: Plan collaboratively with other literacy instructors to implement high leverage reading strategies.
    • Meet consistently with Instructional Team leader and fellow Literacy Team Instructors to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with professional literature, and the latest research on promising practices for adult literacy.
    • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may transport books and materials. 
    • Uses existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
    • Performs other work as required. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, educator license or degree preferred
  • Minimum two years classroom literacy instruction experience
  • Experience working with students of cultural, ethnic and lifestyle differences preferred
  • Experience working with students of varied learning and skill sets preferred
Application Submission Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Karen Coccioli, with "TTR Instructor" as the subject line: 

Job Type: Part Time