Due to COVID-19 precautions, in-person portion of the study will not happen until Fall 2021.
The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently seeking an energetic and motivated Research Scientist to serve as Implementation Director for the Targeted Reading Intervention (www.targetedreadingintervention.org). The TRI is a professional development program designed to help early elementary classroom teachers increase their reading instruction skills to help struggling readers in their classrooms. The portion of the study utilizing in-person instruction will not take place until Fall of 2021. The TRI uses webcam technology whereby TRI literacy coaches meet with classroom teachers weekly via webcam as the teacher works one-on-one with a struggling reader in 15-minute sessions. Teachers work individually with struggling readers for 6-8 weeks. The TRI is one of few programs in the country confirmed as effective by What Works Clearinghouse. The TRI has conducted a series of randomized controlled trials, demonstrating great effectiveness in helping struggling readers rapidly increase their early reading skills in both decoding and reading comprehension. The TRI has current funding to test the efficacy of the intervention through grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.
In this position, the Research Scientist will have the opportunity to learn and become certified on the TRI, be involved in coaching classroom teachers through webcam technology, and help supervise 3 or 4 other coaches. He/she would develop and oversee TRI professional development training and help coaches work effectively with teachers. A successful candidate would be able to communicate well with project staff, teachers, and principals. In addition, the Research Scientist would be involved in capturing fidelity of the intervention and enhancing the instructional methods used by teachers.
The Research Scientist in this position will be able to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative data and write first-authored articles. He/she will have the opportunity to become an author on numerous journal articles coming from the project. Presentations at national conferences would be expected. Importantly, the Research Scientist will be involved in grant writing, which might extend the period of their employment.
Education and Experience:
Teaching experience with young children and early literacy instruction knowledge required. Literacy coaching experience preferred.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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