A literacy coordinator is an educator with knowledge of reading instruction and second language acquisition. Literacy coordinators may work in elementary, middle, or high schools, or adult basic education programs. Though responsibilities vary depending on the setting, literacy coordinators often find themselves involved in the following activities.
Assess Literacy Skills
Literacy coordinators oversee initial student assessment for program placement as well as periodic progress evaluations.
Literacy coordinators make big-picture curriculum decisions and work to ensure continuity of reading instruction for students as they move through the levels in a program. They select or oversee selection of textbooks, software, and resources.
A literacy coordinator may observe lessons and give teachers feedback. They may provide workshops or make teachers aware of professional growth opportunities.
Recruit and Manage Volunteers
A literacy coordinator often recruits, trains, and manages volunteer tutors who work one-on-one or with small groups of students. Coordinators provide ongoing support to tutors so they too can refine their skills.
Support Early Literacy Development
If the program is for young children, literacy coordinators may provide parents with information and resources to help their children begin developing pre-reading skills such as concepts of print and phonological awareness. If the program is for adults, literacy coordinators can encourage students who have young children or grandchildren to apply their learning to help these children develop literacy skills from the earliest ages.