A reading specialist can assume multiple roles in schools, depending on the needs of the student population and teachers in the district. The primary responsiblities of the reading specialist are to coordinate the assessment data, the school's reading program and help find ways to help all students achieve and become active readers.Instruction: The reading specialist may work with the administrations and teachers, individually and collectively, to improve and maintain reading instruction. To reach this end the reading specialist may
*Provide instruction to students in or out of the classroom
*Team with the classroom teacher to instruct students
*Assist the teacher in grouping students and pacing instruction
*Introduce or model techniques and strategies*Model lessons that will help students read in the content areas
Assessment: The reading specialist can assess the reading strengths and needs of students and provide that information to classroom teachers, parents and specialized personnel. The specialist collaborates with the classroom teacher to use assessment results to plan and implement an appropriate reading program for the child. Reading specialists also may have an important role in coordination efforts relate to state and district standards.Leadership: Reading specialists need to be resource to other educators, parents and the community. They also aid by suggesting ideas, strategies, or materials that can enhance instruction. They can plan enrichment activities and reading incentives. They lead professional development workshops, model strategies or techniques for teachers and conduct demonstrations or collaborative lessons. They have an important role in building good home-school connections and in providing instructional guidance to aides, volunteer tutors or paraprofessionals.