Literacy-Based Promotion Act
Passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Literacy-Based Promotion Act places an emphasis on grade-level reading skills for students, particularly as they progress through grades K-3. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, a student scoring at the lowest achievement level in reading on the established state assessment for 3rd grade will not be promoted to 4th grade unless the student meets the good cause exemptions for promotion.
Recruitment of Literacy Coaches
As a part of the implementation of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, the MDE is recruiting retired educators to serve as literacy coaches. PERS retirees will be considered for part-time contractual work in accordance with the rules and regulations as determined by PERS. Out-of-state retirees may be considered for full-time, contractual employment. This position may entail extensive in-state travel. Some overnight travel may also be required. Travel costs (mileage, lodging, etc.) will be reimbursed in accordance with MDE travel policy (See FAQs). Currently, funding has only been approved for the 2013-2014 school year.
MDE plans to conduct a 3rd round of recruitment later in November to consider applicants who will start in August 2014.
Eligibility: See the job description for minimum criteria for literacy coach positions. See also the portfolio application checklist for components required for consideration.
Application process and timeline: Portfolio applications will be accepted until September 27, 2013. Interested applicants are required to complete the portfolio application checklist and submit all required documents via one (1) PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assignment dates: Selected candidates will start in November or January subject to contract approval. Assignment may be renewed annually, contingent upon legislative appropriation and satisfactory job performance.
Salary and benefits: PERS retiree applicants will be paid as half-time (105 days annually), contractual employees at a rate of $32.73 per hour. Contractual employees receive no benefits.
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