Language & Literacy Consultant - K-12, RPDC

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July 15, 2021


This 12-month, full-time, professional position will provide educators with support to assist districts in the development and implementation of effective instructional methods, assessments, and/or activities related to improving academic performance, as well as collaborate with other initiatives and interagency work of the RPDCs and DESE to provide support to identified districts and schools. This position will be required to travel in-state and possibly out-of-state.


  1. Assist in development of training/coaching materials and organize/conduct high-quality assistance regarding best practice for effective literacy acquisition, instruction and intervention in support of 
    1. the science of reading,
    2. the five components of literacy instruction (phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension),
    3. the practice of disciplinary literacy instruction, and
    4. research-based instruction and assessment practices.
  2. Support the use of the Missouri Learning Standards and priority standards in instruction and development of resources.
  3. Provide support and professional development regarding classroom, local and statewide assessments.
  4. Provide direct coaching and professional development on specific topics/content and as specified by DESE Office of College and Career Readiness (OCCR) technical contact and DESE OCCR Curriculum Director(s).

Including but not limited to –

  • Administer/Conduct ongoing training for a cohort and/or groups of educators meeting periodically on the five components of literacy instruction (phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension);
  • Support Missouri Learning Standards implementation and assessment;
  • Make available high-quality instructional materials on multi-disciplinary literacy and comprehensive literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening, digital).
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of relevant high-quality instructional materials and DESE resources (e.g., Reading Rockets, DESE ELD and ELA webpages, CLSD, Early Learning, etc.).
  1. Participate in collaborative planning meetings within RPDC and with other regional literacy consultants and DESE staff as requested.
  2. Report data and consultant activities each month using a DESE-provided system.
  3. Engage in activities to stay informed on current research related to best practice literacy acquisition, implementation, intervention, and assessment.
  4. Attend regional, state, and national conferences as requested by DESE; disseminate information to educators in assigned regions. 


  1. Bachelors’ degree in education or closely related field with concentration, specialization, and/or emphasis in the appropriate content area
  2. Experience with science of reading and associated instructional, intervention, and assessment practices
  3. Three years of classroom experience and elementary or secondary content-specific teaching certificate
  4. Understanding of significant research in the field of reading and the ability to apply the findings to the improvement of instruction
  5. Growth mindset, interest in finding supports to motivate greater learning for students and teachers; enjoy learning
  6. Ability to express complex ideas to a variety of audiences clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
  7. Ability to manage diverse activities and meet established deadlines
  8. Ability to establish and maintain rapport and effective working relationships with department staff and local school district personnel
  9. Ability to analyze complex educational problems and develop feasible solutions
  10. Ability to lift 25 pounds


Master’s Degree in Education or related field

Knowledge of Missouri Learning Standards, especially ELA Standards

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, academic transcripts and contact information for three professional references online at or by mail to:

Truman State University
Human Resources MC 101
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO 63501

Questions may be directed to Human Resources at 660-785-4031 or  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Review of applications will begin August 2, 2021, and continue until position is filled.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and

Truman State University is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or

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