Master Literacy Coach (Pre-K) – The Literacy Lab – Kansas City, MO


Pre-K Master Coaches are early childhood experts who will be trained in the Reading Corps model and are responsible for ensuring that the program is implemented with fidelity to maximize student growth in reading. Master Coaches provide direct coaching and support to a team of school-based Internal Coaches and full-time Missouri Reading Corps tutors at 3-4 high-need Kansas City area early childhood programs. This support takes the form of real-time coaching and modeling, delivering trainings, providing regular observation of interventions, reviewing and analyzing student data, and problem solving around program implementation challenges. The Pre-K Master Coach for the Missouri Reading Corps will work a flexible schedule of approximately 10 hours per week.


    A. Training

Participate in a 3-day tutor Summer Training Institute
Participate in and help plan appropriate follow-up trainings during the school year
Be trained in the Reading Corps model with the goal of becoming a trainer beginning in the 2016-17 school year

    B. Fidelity to Reading Corps Implementation

Benchmark preparations: Communicate with Internal Coaches and Reading Corps tutors about preparations for fall, winter, and spring benchmarking.
Assessment fidelity checks: Perform assessment fidelity checks with Internal Coaches as the Reading Corps tutors administer benchmark assessments to ensure reliability and to verify that data is being recorded completely and entered in a timely manner for each student.
Literacy-rich environment: Support Internal Coaches in completing the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) in the fall and spring; support Internal Coaches in implementing the Literacy Rich Daily Schedule to provide a literacy-rich classroom experience for all students.
Assessment data: Support Internal Coaches in supervising and monitoring the collection of benchmark data in the fall, winter and spring as well as monthly progress monitoring assessment data.
RtI Data Decision-Making Team: Participate in Response to Intervention (RtI) data decision-making team at school sites to review data and plan for interventions to best meet the literacy needs of individual children and groups of children in the classroom; provide support regarding the identification and prioritization of students to receive targeted supplemental Reading Corps interventions.
Intervention fidelity checks: Support Internal Coaches in performing intervention fidelity checks as Reading Corps tutors conduct interventions to ensure reliability.

    C. School and Program Support

Clarification of program model: Meet with the administration and/or lead teachers at school sites to ensure that school teams understand and support the Reading Corps program model.
General literacy support: Support Internal Coaches in providing direction to tutors and teaching teams regarding literacy-related issues or questions (i.e. intervention implementation, student engagement, assessment, data entry, etc.)
Updates: Provide program updates to Internal Coaches and participate in regular meetings with the Program Manager.


Minimum of 3-5 years experience in Early Childhood Education, Early Literacy and Reading Development, or Response to Intervention/Data-Driven Decision Making
Positive personality with a flexible, can-do attitude and the skills to be an effective ambassador for the Missouri Reading Corps
Ability to work well and problem solve independently
Knowledge and experience working within a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework
Experience consulting with teachers about early literacy instruction, interventions, and assessment
Experience as a trainer
Excellent interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills with individuals, teams, and administrators
Preferred degree: Early Childhood Education, Reading/Literacy, Educational Psychology, Special Education

This is a contracted position with The Literacy Lab, the non-profit organization that operates the Missouri Reading Corps. School locations will be in Kansas City, MO. The hourly rate is $60 per hour. The position will require approximately 10 hours per week from August 2015 to June 2016.

Please submit your resume to (ATTN: Missouri Reading Corps Pre-K Master Coach)