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LEAD FACILITATOR: Improving Literacy Education In Schools

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Shira is a lead facilitator for The Hill, a nonprofit organization that works with schools to help develop better systems for teaching reading. She spends her typical day meeting with leaders in different districts, instructing teachers in the classroom and modeling best instruction, and managing her current projects. She began her career teaching elementary school, but found that she didn't know how to teach her students key skills to learn how to read, which inspired her on her current career path.

Degree: Education - English Language and Literature - Language and Literacy
Job Title: Lead Facilitator
Employer: HILL

Job Summary: Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors

Job Description

Adult literacy and General Education Development (GED) teachers instruct adults and youths who are out of school in basic skills, such as reading, writing, and speaking English. They also help students earn their GED or high school diploma.

On-the-Job Training

Internship/residency

Certification Requirement
Many states require adult literacy and GED teachers to have a teaching certificate to work in government-run programs.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$30,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Seasonal
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Military, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='13840'>teaching</span> <span m='14255'>reading</span> <span m='14915'>that</span> <span m='15300'>are</span> <span m='15520'>aligned</span> <span m='15740'>with</span> <span m='16230'>what</span> <span m='16400'>research</span> <span m='17210'>tells</span> <span m='17460'>us.</span> </p><p><span m='18040'>So</span> <span m='18635'>the</span> <span m='18980'>idea</span> <span m='19070'>is</span> <span m='19500'>that</span> <span m='19770'>if</span> <span m='19990'>a</span> <span m='20140'>school</span> <span m='20510'>is</span> <span m='21580'>not</span> <span m='22245'>being</span> <span m='22520'>effective</span> <span m='23770'>in</span> <span m='24050'>teaching</span> <span m='24240'>students</span> <span m='24650'>how</span> <span m='25150'>to</span> <span m='25300'>read,</span> <span m='25460'>how</span> <span m='25770'>to</span> <span m='26080'>comprehend</span> <span m='26350'>text,</span> <span m='26620'>how</span> <span m='27060'>to</span> <span m='27210'>understand</span> <span m='27775'>and</span> <span m='28510'>think</span> <span m='28820'>about</span> <span m='29030'>the</span> <span m='29330'>ideas</span> <span m='29420'>in</span> <span m='29740'>the</span> <span m='29870'>text,</span> <span m='31436'>then</span> <span m='31890'>they</span> <span m='32030'>know</span> <span m='32119'>that</span> <span m='32380'>and</span> <span m='32729'>they</span> <span m='32890'>typically</span> <span m='33020'>contract</span> <span m='33795'>with</span> <span m='34100'>us</span> <span m='34200'>to</span> <span m='34390'>help</span> <span m='34480'>them</span> <span m='34800'>to</span> <span m='35120'>make</span> <span m='35380'>changes</span> <span m='35650'>in</span> <span m='36100'>their</span> <span m='36190'>curriculum</span> <span m='36750'>and</span> <span m='37110'>their</span> <span m='37260'>assessment</span> <span m='37450'>system</span> <span m='37816'>and</span> <span m='38550'>the</span> <span m='38870'>way</span> <span m='38880'>that</span> <span m='39020'>they</span> <span m='39190'>teach</span> <span m='39290'>their</span> <span m='39620'>teachers</span> <span m='40270'>how</span> <span m='40550'>to do</span> <span m='40830'>what</span> <span m='40940'>they</span> <span m='41080'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='41570'>So</span> <span m='41970'>my</span> <span m='42200'>role</span> <span m='42360'>in</span> <span m='42640'>the</span> <span m='42740'>organization</span> <span m='43220'>is--</span> <span m='43640'>my</span> <span m='44040'>title</span> <span m='44170'>is</span> <span m='44540'>lead</span> <span m='44720'>facilitator,</span> <span m='45680'>which</span> <span m='46040'>means</span> <span m='46795'>that</span> <span m='47775'>I</span> <span m='48475'>do</span> <span m='48750'>a</span> <span m='48900'>lot</span> <span m='48990'>of</span> <span m='51110'>conversation</span> <span m='52310'>with</span> <span m='53230'>the</span> <span m='53290'>superintendents,</span> <span m='54210'>assistant</span> <span m='54690'>superintendents,</span> <span m='55470'>principals,</span> <span m='55870'>as</span> <span m='56270'>well</span> <span m='56570'>as</span> <span m='56800'>teachers</span> <span m='57570'>to</span> <span m='57850'>help</span> <span m='57930'>them</span> <span m='58210'>develop</span> <span m='58640'>a</span> <span m='59070'>team</span> <span m='59150'>approach</span> <span m='59770'>towards</span> <span m='60060'>improving</span> <span m='60915'>literacy.</span> </p><p><span m='63445'>So</span> <span m='63790'>a</span> <span m='63970'>typical</span> <span m='64030'>day</span> <span m='64519'>looks</span> <span m='64750'>different</span> <span m='65019'>every</span> <span m='65480'>single</span> <span m='65720'>day.</span> <span m='66110'>We</span> <span m='66510'>have</span> <span m='66720'>different</span> <span m='67520'>contracts</span> <span m='68325'>with</span> <span m='68770'>different</span> <span m='69400'>types</span> <span m='69730'>of</span> <span m='70010'>schools</span> <span m='70170'>in</span> <span m='70605'>different</span> <span m='71040'>districts.</span> <span m='71530'>On</span> <span m='71900'>some</span> <span m='72060'>days</span> <span m='72520'>I'll</span> <span m='72810'>have</span> <span m='73120'>leadership</span> <span m='73580'>team</span> <span m='73790'>meetings</span> <span m='74210'>where I meet</span> <span m='74550'>with</span> <span m='74890'>the</span> <span m='75230'>leaders</span> <span m='75500'>in</span> <span m='75820'>the</span> <span m='75890'>district</span> <span m='75970'>to</span> <span m='76390'>help</span> <span m='76440'>them</span> <span m='76670'>make</span> <span m='77205'>really</span> <span m='77580'>good</span> <span m='77820'>dynamic</span> <span m='77890'>decisions</span> <span m='78340'>about</span> <span m='78750'>literacy</span> <span m='79050'>instruction,</span> <span m='79795'>some</span> <span m='80170'>days</span> <span m='80590'>I'll</span> <span m='80870'>be</span> <span m='80930'>in</span> <span m='81360'>classroom</span> <span m='81660'>modeling</span> <span m='82750'>best</span> <span m='83030'>instruction</span> <span m='85400'>for</span> <span m='85820'>teachers,</span> <span m='86930'>and</span> <span m='88012'>some</span> <span m='88370'>days I</span> <span m='88840'>will</span> <span m='89100'>be</span> <span m='89240'>doing</span> <span m='89530'>planning</span> <span m='89800'>and</span> <span m='90070'>paperwork</span> <span m='90544'>and</span> <span m='91018'>management</span> <span m='91966'>for</span> <span m='93388'>the projects</span> <span m='93862'>that we</span> <span m='94336'>have.</span> </p><p><span m='95290'>I</span> <span m='95390'>studied</span> <span m='95660'>English</span> <span m='96280'>and</span> <span m='96630'>education</span> <span m='96890'>as</span> <span m='97150'>an</span> <span m='97628'>undergrad</span> <span m='98106'>and</span> <span m='98584'>I</span> <span m='99062'>was</span> <span m='100895'>I</span> <span m='101290'>was</span> <span m='101360'>trained</span> <span m='101885'>to</span> <span m='102150'>become</span> <span m='102590'>a</span> <span m='102890'>high</span> <span m='102910'>school</span> <span m='103090'>English</span> <span m='103370'>teacher.</span> <span m='104142'>And</span> <span m='104530'>what</span> <span m='104920'>I</span> <span m='105060'>found</span> <span m='105465'>was</span> <span m='105720'>that</span> <span m='106400'>graduating</span> <span m='107100'>from</span> <span m='107765'>college</span> <span m='108335'>at</span> <span m='108590'>22,</span> <span m='109140'>I</span> <span m='109550'>was</span> <span m='109700'>not</span> <span m='109890'>really</span> <span m='110120'>ready</span> <span m='110480'>to</span> <span m='110830'>teach</span> <span m='112080'>18-year-olds</span> <span m='113456'>in</span> <span m='113850'>the</span> <span m='113930'>classroom.</span> </p><p><span m='114750'>What</span> <span m='115060'>I</span> <span m='115140'>did</span> <span m='115450'>from</span> <span m='115730'>there</span> <span m='116010'>was</span> <span m='116320'>I</span> <span m='116460'>went</span> <span m='116930'>to</span> <span m='117350'>actually</span> <span m='117700'>teach</span> <span m='118320'>elementary</span> <span m='119042'>school.</span> <span m='119946'>Because</span> <span m='120398'>in</span> <span m='121302'>the</span> <span m='122650'>New</span> <span m='122850'>York</span> <span m='122990'>City,</span> <span m='123260'>which</span> <span m='123640'>is</span> <span m='123880'>where</span> <span m='124010'>I</span> <span m='124725'>took</span> <span m='124980'>this</span> <span m='125220'>job,</span> <span m='125460'>there</span> <span m='125960'>was</span> <span m='126110'>this</span> <span m='126910'>idea</span> <span m='127445'>that</span> <span m='127730'>you</span> <span m='128030'>could</span> <span m='128759'>always</span> <span m='128930'>teach</span> <span m='130360'>down</span> <span m='130660'>grade</span> <span m='130919'>levels</span> <span m='131150'>from</span> <span m='131540'>where</span> <span m='131690'>you</span> <span m='131850'>were</span> <span m='131990'>trained.</span> <span m='133085'>So</span> <span m='133480'>I</span> <span m='133740'>was</span> <span m='133870'>trained</span> <span m='134060'>to</span> <span m='134250'>teach</span> <span m='134600'>high</span> <span m='134750'>school</span> <span m='135110'>so</span> <span m='135310'>they</span> <span m='135630'>sort</span> <span m='135820'>of</span> <span m='135910'>thought</span> <span m='136250'>oh well,</span> <span m='136460'>you</span> <span m='136620'>will</span> <span m='136740'>be</span> <span m='136870'>fine</span> <span m='137030'>teaching</span> <span m='137590'>fourth</span> <span m='137850'>grade.</span> <span m='138800'>And</span> <span m='139120'>that's</span> <span m='139250'>what</span> <span m='139460'>I</span> <span m='139560'>went</span> <span m='139620'>on</span> <span m='139960'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='140090'>I</span> <span m='140330'>taught</span> <span m='140420'>for</span> <span m='140730'>a</span> <span m='140910'>few</span> <span m='140940'>years</span> <span m='141170'>in</span> <span m='141490'>the</span> <span m='141650'>New York</span> <span m='141890'>City</span> <span m='142120'>Public</span> <span m='142615'>Schools</span> <span m='143110'>and</span> <span m='143370'>found</span> <span m='143580'>that</span> <span m='143920'>the</span> <span m='144380'>students</span> <span m='144460'>that</span> <span m='144810'>I</span> <span m='144930'>was</span> <span m='145000'>teaching,</span> <span m='145920'>I</span> <span m='146130'>didn't</span> <span m='146230'>exactly</span> <span m='146500'>know</span> <span m='146990'>how</span> <span m='147480'>to</span> <span m='147660'>teach</span> <span m='147790'>them</span> <span m='148110'>the</span> <span m='148320'>key</span> <span m='148420'>skills</span> <span m='148610'>that</span> <span m='149070'>they</span> <span m='149200'>would</span> <span m='149370'>need</span> <span m='149750'>to</span> <span m='149990'>learn</span> <span m='150420'>how</span> <span m='150700'>to</span> <span m='150760'>read.</span> <span m='152215'>Also</span> <span m='152600'>I worked</span> <span m='152740'>with a</span> <span m='153090'>lot</span> <span m='153440'>of</span> <span m='153520'>English-language</span> <span m='154230'>learners</span> <span m='155080'>who</span> <span m='155350'>needed</span> <span m='156015'>a</span> <span m='156440'>lot</span> <span m='156490'>of</span> <span m='156670'>assistance</span> <span m='157015'>in</span> <span m='157290'>thinking</span> <span m='157420'>about</span> <span m='157720'>academic</span> <span m='158225'>language</span> <span m='160384'>in</span> <span m='160856'>their</span> <span m='161330'>reading</span> <span m='161600'>and</span> <span m='161680'>learning.</span> </p><p><span m='161990'>So I</span> <span m='162220'>decided</span> <span m='162370'>from</span> <span m='162810'>there</span> <span m='162960'>to</span> <span m='163140'>go</span> <span m='163500'>on and</span> <span m='163550'>get</span> <span m='163700'>a</span> <span m='163740'>masters</span> <span m='164240'>in</span> <span m='164310'>language</span> <span m='164650'>and</span> <span m='164990'>literacy.</span> <span m='165575'>Brought</span> <span m='165860'>me</span> <span m='166110'>to</span> <span m='166495'>Harvard</span> <span m='167935'>where</span> <span m='168200'>I</span> <span m='168430'>got</span> <span m='168460'>my</span> <span m='168730'>masters</span> <span m='169510'>and</span> <span m='169770'>did</span> <span m='169900'>a</span> <span m='169960'>lot</span> <span m='170210'>of</span> <span m='170330'>work</span> <span m='170590'>around</span> <span m='170950'>how</span> <span m='171330'>the</span> <span m='171450'>process</span> <span m='171950'>of teaching</span> <span m='172326'>became.</span> </p><p><span m='173080'>Then</span> <span m='173580'>from</span> <span m='173750'>there</span> <span m='173920'>I</span> <span m='174170'>was</span> <span m='174200'>hired</span> <span m='174660'>by the</span> <span m='174880'>State of</span> <span m='175190'>Massachusetts</span> <span m='176050'>to</span> <span m='176842'>be</span> <span m='177240'>what was</span> <span m='177510'>called</span> <span m='177630'>a</span> <span m='177870'>reading</span> <span m='178190'>first</span> <span m='178440'>implementation</span> <span m='179180'>facilitator.</span> <span m='180210'>It</span> <span m='180460'>was</span> <span m='181130'>funded</span> <span m='181520'>by a</span> <span m='181970'>grant</span> <span m='182210'>under</span> <span m='182600'>No</span> <span m='182800'>Child</span> <span m='182920'>Left</span> <span m='183210'>Behind</span> <span m='183790'>to</span> <span m='184180'>help</span> <span m='184290'>improve</span> <span m='185025'>underperforming</span> <span m='185735'>schools</span> <span m='186070'>at</span> <span m='186380'>the</span> <span m='186690'>school</span> <span m='187050'>districts.</span> <span m='189240'>And</span> <span m='189555'>from</span> <span m='189870'>there,</span> <span m='190415'>I</span> <span m='191155'>took</span> <span m='191520'>a</span> <span m='191770'>job</span> <span m='191840'>with</span> <span m='192230'>one</span> <span m='192360'>of the</span> <span m='192540'>districts</span> <span m='192620'>I had</span> <span m='193000'>been</span> <span m='193370'>working</span> <span m='193750'>in</span> <span m='194300'>to</span> <span m='194810'>become</span> <span m='195220'>a</span> <span m='195360'>literacy</span> <span m='196070'>coach</span> <span m='196450'>and</span> <span m='196620'>specialist</span> <span m='197280'>because</span> <span m='197530'>I</span> <span m='197600'>felt</span> <span m='197890'>that</span> <span m='198150'>I</span> <span m='198640'>hadn't had</span> <span m='198860'>enough</span> <span m='199150'>experience</span> <span m='199450'>working</span> <span m='199750'>in</span> <span m='200110'>schools.</span> </p><p><span m='201640'>So</span> <span m='201840'>I</span> <span m='201940'>did</span> <span m='202130'>that</span> <span m='202380'>for a</span> <span m='202500'>few</span> <span m='202540'>years</span> <span m='203040'>and</span> <span m='203350'>then</span> <span m='203830'>from</span> <span m='204110'>there,</span> <span m='204395'>I</span> <span m='204680'>was</span> <span m='204770'>a</span> <span m='204980'>little</span> <span m='205170'>bit</span> <span m='205370'>burnt</span> <span m='205680'>out</span> <span m='206030'>from</span> <span m='206220'>working</span> <span m='206660'>in</span> <span m='207510'>a</span> <span m='207630'>very</span> <span m='207940'>high-need</span> <span m='208655'>urban</span> <span m='208980'>school</span> <span m='209310'>district,</span> <span m='209540'>which</span> <span m='210020'>is</span> <span m='210230'>where</span> <span m='210520'>I</span> <span m='210780'>was,</span> <span m='211720'>and</span> <span m='212445'>I</span> <span m='212720'>went</span> <span m='213100'>on</span> <span m='213400'>to</span> <span m='213560'>work</span> <span m='213930'>for</span> <span m='214350'>this</span> <span m='214700'>organization</span> <span m='215460'>which</span> <span m='215710'>focuses</span> <span m='216260'>on</span> <span m='217180'>systems</span> <span m='217610'>change</span> <span m='218060'>and</span> <span m='218500'>literacy</span> <span m='219010'>instruction.</span> </p><p><span m='220450'>What</span> <span m='220860'>I</span> <span m='221010'>wish</span> <span m='221050'>I</span> <span m='221300'>knew</span> <span m='221370'>when</span> <span m='221590'>I</span> <span m='221730'>started</span> <span m='222170'>my</span> <span m='222280'>career</span> <span m='223180'>is</span> <span m='223590'>that</span> <span m='224290'>it's</span> <span m='226410'>possible</span> <span m='226860'>that</span> <span m='226990'>you</span> <span m='227100'>will</span> <span m='227220'>not be</span> <span m='227510'>in</span> <span m='227770'>the</span> <span m='227840'>same</span> <span m='228160'>career</span> <span m='229270'>or</span> <span m='229530'>on</span> <span m='229690'>the</span> <span m='229760'>same</span> <span m='230000'>path</span> <span m='230260'>for</span> <span m='230780'>30</span> <span m='231040'>years,</span> <span m='231755'>40</span> <span m='232210'>years,</span> <span m='232350'>50</span> <span m='232580'>years,</span> <span m='232830'>your</span> <span m='233050'>entire</span> <span m='233190'>lifetime.</span> <span m='233800'>It's</span> <span m='234100'>really</span> <span m='234280'>possible</span> <span m='234580'>that</span> <span m='234845'>you</span> <span m='235110'>will</span> <span m='235300'>learn as</span> <span m='235680'>you go,</span> <span m='236700'>that</span> <span m='236970'>it's</span> <span m='237225'>okay</span> <span m='237770'>to</span> <span m='238060'>make</span> <span m='238260'>changes,</span> <span m='238490'>it's</span> <span m='238780'>okay</span> <span m='239070'>to</span> <span m='239460'>make</span> <span m='239520'>adjustments.</span> </p><p><span m='240650'>And</span> <span m='240910'>then</span> <span m='241050'>the</span> <span m='241170'>other</span> <span m='241290'>part</span> <span m='241500'>that</span> <span m='241760'>I</span> <span m='241870'>would</span> <span m='241930'>say</span> <span m='242140'>is</span> <span m='242330'>that</span> <span m='242540'>once</span> <span m='242640'>you</span> <span m='242840'>get</span> <span m='242930'>into</span> <span m='243080'>the</span> <span m='243290'>working</span> <span m='243380'>world,</span> <span m='243740'>it's</span> <span m='244160'>very,</span> <span m='244400'>very</span> <span m='244900'>difficult</span> <span m='245515'>to</span> <span m='245980'>do</span> <span m='246525'>the</span> <span m='246950'>hardcore</span> <span m='247890'>thinking</span> <span m='248695'>that you</span> <span m='249100'>have the</span> <span m='249557'>opportunity</span> <span m='250014'>to do</span> <span m='250471'>at</span> <span m='250930'>a</span> <span m='250980'>university.</span> <span m='251340'>So</span> <span m='251700'>really</span> <span m='252100'>take</span> <span m='252360'>advantage</span> <span m='252970'>of</span> <span m='253330'>all</span> <span m='253730'>the</span> <span m='254000'>thinking</span> <span m='254270'>opportunities</span> <span m='255050'>you</span> <span m='255440'>have</span> <span m='255530'>before</span> <span m='255830'>you</span> <span m='256190'>have</span> <span m='256260'>to</span> <span m='256440'>get</span> <span m='256540'>out</span> <span m='256700'>in</span> <span m='256940'>the</span> <span m='257029'>work</span> <span m='257320'>world</span> <span m='257649'>and</span> <span m='257760'>start</span> <span m='258044'>making</span> <span m='258329'>money</span> <span m='258660'>and</span> <span m='258970'>supporting</span> <span m='259390'>your</span> <span m='260040'>family</span> <span m='260350'>and</span> <span m='260820'>your</span> <span m='260910'>life.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265651,"video_id":"2700704860001","name":"71171106","duration":262442,"thumbnail_url":null}});