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Lead Preschool Vocabulary Specialist

Lead Preschool Vocabulary Specialist

Job ID 
Location Name 
Maxfield Elementary School (PreK)
US-MN-St. Paul
Lead Preschool Vocabulary Specialist
Bi-Weekly Living Allowance 
Yearly Education Award 
Reading Corps
Site District 
St. Paul Public Schools
Start Date 
Expected End Date 

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The Lead Preschool Vocabulary Specialist is embedded into classrooms of children ages 3-5 within designated preschool agencies to provide specific, targeted coaching and mentoring to other Reading Corps Preschool Literacy Tutors (tutors) serving within the agency. The Preschool Lead Vocabulary Specialist is trained in research-based early literacy strategies and collaborates with the Internal Coach and classroom teaching staff to ensure coaching, daily literacy opportunities, and literacy assessments are performed at a high level of integrity. This approach further ensures children are on target with early reading predictors. This position is an AmeriCorps service member position with the AmeriCorps program, Minnesota Reading Corps.



Early Literacy Instruction and Assessment

● Provide intentional, meaningful and fun literacy instruction during all parts of the day to improve the early literacy skills of children ages 3 – 5, specifically focusing on early literacy skills that give children the opportunity to talk, read, write, and play every day.

● Enhance the classroom literacy environment, as described in the Early Literacy and Language Classroom Observation (ELLCO), to support the classroom in achieving a “Basic” or better score on the ELLCO by spring.

● Implement elements of the Literacy and Math Rich Schedule, including greeting children at arrival, helping children write their name at sign-in, having “Strive for 5” mealtime conversations, writing a daily message, conducting a Repeated Read Aloud, journaling, enhancing literacy during choice time, leading one-on-one and/or small group targeted interventions daily for at-risk children, and leading literacy-rich transitions.
● Provide targeted early literacy support to a minimum of 5-7 children daily in a one-on-one and/or small group setting using scripted early literacy interventions; achieve a high degree of fidelity to the scripted interventions.

● Assess, with high level of accuracy, child outcomes and progress using tri-annual benchmark assessments and ongoing progress monitoring assessments.

● Identify students who qualify for targeted one-on-one and/or small group Reading Corps tutoring services based on assessment data with direction from the Internal Coach and Master Coach.

● Record student and program data completely and accurately in an online database on a weekly basis; maintain confidentiality of all student data.

● Participate in on-site coaching sessions (includes observation of tutor) two times per month to review student progress, plan, problem-solve, and set goals; act on constructive feedback from coaching sessions.

● Provide opportunities for family literacy involvement for Reading Corps children, including implementing the Reading Corps family literacy intervention - Talk, Read and Write with Me!

Peer Leadership

● Provide ongoing modeling and mentoring to other tutor(s) in regards to literacy intervention and assessment delivery to ensure fidelity to the Reading Corps model at the direction of the Master Coach and Program Manager.

● Support Master Coach and Program Manager in delivering peer-to-peer content at Member Meet Up and Professional Learning Group content.

● Mentor tutor(s) in implementing the family literacy intervention –Talk, Read, Write with Me!

● Mentor tutor(s) in accurately reporting and evaluating student data within the Reading Corps Data Management System, including demographic, progress monitoring, and benchmarking scores. Support the collection of benchmarking data at other Reading Corps sites.

● Participate in monthly Lead Vocabulary Specialist meetings.

● Support the Master Coach and Research and Development Team in implementing program pilots and evaluations. Provide regular feedback on pilot materials and participate in additional training as required.


● Communicate and interact with students in an age and developmentally appropriate way.

● Act on constructive feedback provided by Internal and Master Coach and Program Staff.

● Build professional relationships and communicate regularly with classroom teachers, Internal Coach, Community Corps Coach (as applicable) and the Master Coach regarding schedules, literacy strategies, student progress, etc.

● Communicate effectively with Reading Corps staff and site personnel.


● Regular, timely attendance during school hours Monday-Friday, along with before/after school hours as scheduled.

● Commitment to the entire term(s) of service, including making regular and adequate progress toward the minimum total service hours required by the Member Service Agreement.

● Attend all required Reading Corps sponsored training sessions, meetings, and coaching sessions, including Professional Learning Groups (PLGs) and Member Meet Ups (when applicable); travel as necessary.


● Support the preschool classroom as assigned by Internal Coach, Master Coach, or Program Manager, excluding activities that would displace a staff member.

● Represent Reading Corps at site-sponsored activities, meetings, and other activities (e.g., family night) and provide education about the Reading Corps and general literacy awareness.

● Actively participate in service projects and commemorating days such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (as applicable). These may include evening and/or weekend hours.

● Be an ambassador of our program by submitting Great Stories and participating in outreach activities.



● Must have reliable transportation.

● Must be 18 years of age or older by your start date.

● Must have a college degree or advanced training in education, or relevant experience in education, child development, or youth work.

● Must be either a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States.

● Must pass mandatory pre-service background check.

● Speak, read, and write English fluently.

● Interest in education, specifically helping young children develop early language and literacy skills.

● Dedication to community service.

● Intermediate-level computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems, basic data management, and email.

● Energetic, results-oriented, student-focused style.

● Strong planning and time-management skills.

● Strong capacity to be flexible and adaptable to varied circumstances, paired with a conscientious commitment to adhere to the Reading Corps tutoring model with fidelity.

● Consistent follow-through.

● Ability to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from coaches and program staff.

● Excellent time management and decision-making skills.

● Ability to work with diverse personalities.

● Ability to adapt to a sometimes challenging, high-pressure environment.

● Strong personal standards of excellence, ethics, and integrity.

Preferred: Working knowledge of the Preschool Reading Corps model from experience as a member, coach, or educator in a Reading Corps classroom or program.

Reading Corps will not discriminate for or against any AmeriCorps service member or applicant based on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, age, or any other category protected by law.
Reasonable accommodations provided upon request. This document is available in alternative formats.

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