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Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Elementary Literacy, PK - 5

  • Certificated

Salary range: To be determined in consultation with supervisor (summer work required in late July/early August)

Reports to: Chief Academic Officer PK-5 and Director of Professional Development

  • Valid California teaching credential
  • Minimum of 5 years experience as an elementary classroom teacher actively involved in the teaching of literacy, preferably in both primary and intermediate grades
  • Advanced training and expertise in literacy best practices, including readers and writers workshop and EL instruction
  • Knowledge of and willingness to keep up-to-date with current research and new professional resources
  • Familiarity with the California Common Core ELA Standards
  • Experience/willingness to co-plan, co-teach and coach classroom teachers in grades PK-5
  • Experience designing and leading workshops, presentations, study groups, and committees
  • Strong organizational and communication skills desirable, ability to work on a team with a variety of learning styles
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of the needs of EL learners and effective instructional practices that support the development of English and literacy skills
  • Ability to use technology as a tool to support student learning
  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a Clear and valid California Teaching Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
  • Possession of an English Learner Authorization (CLAD or BCLAD), as per by Board policy, may be required
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Collaborate with K-5 teachers at assigned sites to provide coaching support for the teachers, with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap and differentiating instruction to meet the needs of a range of learners
  • Assist in supporting Strategic Plan goals and implementing District CCSS initiatives
  • Identify materials/resources to support effective instruction in all areas of literacy, including literacy in the content areas
  • Demonstrate effective ways to integrate technology into lessons that support student learning in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Design and support site-based and District professional learning opportunities
  • Provide coaching, co-teaching and collaboration opportunities for teachers to develop their skills and expertise in implementing Lucy Calkin's Units of Study in Opinion, Informational and Narrative Writing and Reading Units of Study.
  • Design and present professional learning modules designed to support the specific needs of teachers new to PAUSD
  • Remain current with research and new materials supporting effective literacy instructional practices
  • Collaborate with the Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Education and Director of Research and Assessment on protocols for collection of literacy data
  • Collaborate with the TOSA team to ensure that teachers receive high quality, strategic professional learning through workshops, coaching, and collaboration
  • Collaborate with the TOSA overseeing elementary summer school to ensure a rigorous and appropriate instructional program is offered to meet the needs of attending students
  • Perform other duties as assigned (may include evening hours for presentations)
  • Hours 8:00 AM -4:00 PM with one hour break to include lunch, morning break and afternoon break.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals

Work Year: 200 days (requires a flexible calendar)

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/17/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.