The key roles of the Reading Specialist at Symonds School include leadership, instruction, assessment, and motivation. In addition to providing direct instruction to students, the Reading Specialist serves as a resource to the principal, classroom teachers, and other support staff, providing guidance for our literacy programs. The Reading Specialist assists in the selection of instructional materials and facilitates training in the implementation and maintenance of the reading, writing, and spelling programs found at Symonds. She administers a variety of assessments and assists teachers in interpreting assessment data. The Reading Specialist promotes literacy development at all levels introducing students to a variety of reading incentive programs throughout the year. She encourages students and staff to participate in positive and productive literacy activities.