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The Specific Learning Disability Support Project is a federally funded grant project through the Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with Eastern Illinois University and Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education. The Specific Learning Disability Support Project aligns with IDEA’s purpose “…by supporting system improvement activities, coordinated research, personnel preparation, coordinated technical assistance, technology development and media services [to] ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities.” This project aims to reduce the achievement gap and offer training and resources to meet the educational needs of all students with specific learning disabilities. It also aims to increase reading and math skills and decrease achievement gaps by expanding upon the development of previous training materials to address “specially designed instruction” for students with specific learning disabilities, including, but not limited to, dyslexia.  

The primary work location for the Content Specialist position may be remote or at EIASE’s central office. This position will require travel throughout the state. The role of the SLDSP Content Specialist shall be to provide knowledge and expertise regarding instructional practices in early writing. The Content Specialist will work collaboratively with other project personnel to develop and provide professional development regarding best practices in special education relating to specific learning disabilities. Additionally, the SLDSP Content Specialist will work collaboratively with other project personnel for conference planning and providing direct support to school districts/joint agreements seeking technical assistance/coaching.  The SLDSP Content Specialist will support the Project Manager’s efforts to ensure that the program objectives are met. 


  1. Have a college or university degree in English/Language Arts/Writing or special education.

  2. Five or more years of experience teaching ELA/Writing in inclusive settings. 

  3. Two or more years of experience providing coaching in Writing. 

  4. Be an encourager: positive, affirmative, non judgmental, fully present in conversations, and respectful of others..  

  5. Be reliable, organized, and keen to provide scaffolding for others who are not highly organized, persistent, and ambitious to change. 

  6. Be able to use reasoning ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. This employee must be able to solve complex and ambiguous problems in both predictable and unpredictable situations and be able to interpret and apply a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

  7. Have a valid Illinois Driver’s License.

  8. Be emotionally, mentally and physically capable of performing the essential functions of the job.


This is a 12 month position. The salary range is $75,000 to $80,000 per year depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include board paid TRS, 20 vacation days per year, 13 sick days per year, & $750/mo. toward health insurance. 

Additional Notes

This position may work remotely from the candidate's home or from EIASE's central office located at 5837 Park Drive, Charleston. 

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