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Old 01-27-2018, 02:50 PM
 
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I am a recent grad looking for a position. I graduated with the reading teacher endorsement for PK-12. I've seen a lot of postings for title 1 reading teachers. Is this the same as a reading interventionist, only in a title 1 school? Is it just a difference in title based on school eligibility? If not, what is the difference? This may seem basic, but I don't know. Thanks in advance for the help!


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In my district, reading teachers job titles are "reading teacher" or "reading interventionist". Usually the posting will indicate if the position is funded through title, if the school is title wide, or it won't mention title at all if the building doesn't receive funding. Our contract language states that reading teachers must have a reading endorsement, while interventionists do not, they can be certified gen ed teachers. I would assume that a Title 1 reading teacher is a reading interventionist but will have the required documentation and paperwork that comes with Title 1 funding.

Reading specialists (in my district) are reading teachers but are also delegated some administrative type responsibilities. For example, I am a reading specialist and I am responsible for building wide reading data, meeting with data teams, mentoring new teachers and helping them learn our reading curriculum and building literacy expectations, and basically coordinating our school's literacy program. The reading specialist positions are difficult to get and often reading teachers with seniority move into those positions, but also must have a reading endorsement. Most also have advanced degrees, extensive PD to support district goals, experience leading PD in the building/district, and National Board certification in literacy. I previously worked in a district where all reading teachers had the job title "reading specialist" but it really was a straight reading teacher job - the title was parallel to music specialist, technology specialist, etc.
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This is a tricky one because I'm sure it's different everywhere. In my area I would assume that they're the same job with the only difference being the title 1 status of the school, but I see the pp has said they are different positions in her area.

Up until this year, the position has been called "title 1 teacher" in my district. At the end of last year, they suddenly decided that was politically incorrect and we are now calling them "interventionists." The position has never required a specific endorsement, although some of them do have a reading endorsement. Others are just elementary certified.

They run small group reading interventions. We've always heard math will be added "soon" and it never is. One year, admin tried to add some coaching into their position and the title teachers didn't really like that- that wasn't the job they signed up for. We now have a separate instructional coach that only does that and doesn't see students at all.

Speaking as someone who has a non-classroom position (I'm a resource teacher) any time you interview for any kind of non-classroom job you need to ask specific questions about what the responsibilities are in the interview. When we interview for my team people often ask, "What does a typical day look like?"
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