From HS to El. Reading Specialist

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  1. Moogeeg

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    Hello, all!

    I am a high school FCS (what used to be referred to as "home ec") teacher and will be potentially starting a Master's in K-12 Reading and Literacy that would lead to a reading specialist endorsement. There are reading specialists in middle and high schools, of course, but I am wondering if it will be possible to move to the elementary level if the opportunity ever arises.

    Based on what you have seen in your school, would there even be a shot in the dark of a high school teacher landing an elementary reading specialist position? Mind you, I would be moving within the same district if this happened. I do not have my heart set on elementary specifically or anything, but I would like to get an idea of what my options might be.

    Thank you in advance!
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    I think most principals would be leery of hiring an elementary reading specialist with no elementary experience. At least in my area, it's expected that reading specialists be people that have worked in the classroom before.
     
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    With the right pitch, I think that you could definitely sell it. If I were interviewing for this type of position, I might approach it from the perspective of a teacher who is knowledgeable about what skills students need to be successful at the secondary level using that knowledge to design practical, skill-based instruction for students with the goal of increasing pass rates and graduation rates in the future. I would point out that the ultimate goal of every teacher at every school, regardless of grade level or content area, is to help students graduate or move on to the next level. As a secondary teacher, you are a lot closer to that goal than elementary teachers and can use that experience to your advantage.

    I recently switched into a specialist position myself. Like yours, my endorsement is K-12. Although my experience was only at the secondary level, I was theoretically qualified for any K-12 position in my new content area. I put applications out there and received interview requests from a number of elementary schools, even though my resume clearly indicated that my experience was with secondary only. When I was interviewing for the job I have now (secondary), the principal asked me if I would consider taking the open elementary position in the same area. I said that I would consider it but my preference was secondary--that's what he offered me the next day. Based on the fact that I was offered the job I have now (and beat out a lot of other people, all of whom had actual experience in this area), I think that I must have done a pretty decent job hyping up the skills I do have, minimizing my lack of experience in this particular content area and spinning it towards the experience that I do have. It worked for me.
     
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  5. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Caesar gave really good advice. @Moogeeg
     
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  6. Moogeeg

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    This is what I feel I might find in a lot of places. Thank you!
    Thanks for the excellent advice. You phrased this very clearly and I think you did a great job of selling yourself. I am glad that you landed the new position! I hope it is treating you well.
    I would have to agree:)
     
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