MIDDLE SCHOOL LEARNING SPECIALIST

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3078418
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : April 6, 2019
  • Starting Date: August 14, 2019

Job Description

Middle School Learning Specialist
Worcester Academy is looking for a dynamic Learning Specialist with a love for middle school students and experience with multicultural curriculum and pedagogy and a willingness to collaborate with others. Our Leaning Specialists are part of a team committed to moving our mission, core values, and academic vision forward. Please share your philosophy about supporting middle school students in a rigorous academic environment like Worcester Academy, and provide an example of how you incorporated diversity and inclusion in your last job.

Philosophy
Our vision includes a commitment to diversity in all its forms, innovative teaching and learning, urban leadership, and global engagement. We are all learners here, and as such, are comfortable wondering together what education might look like as we move forward in this age of unprecedented change, are committed to professional growth, engage in collaborative, reflective practice, and have a deep and abiding belief that all students can grow and succeed.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION
The Middle School Learning Specialist provides academic support to all students in the middle school by working with teachers, providing strategy-based instruction to students, and serving as a member of the Middle School Student Support Team.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES
? Student support:

o Be familiar with all students with psycho-educational testing and their learning profiles, both from observation in classes and discussions with teachers.
o Create learning profiles for middle school students with psycho-educational evaluations and review them with teachers at the beginning of the school year and repeat reviews as needed.
o Coordinate extended time and reduced distraction accommodations for in-class assessments.
o Serve as a member of the Student Support Team (includes Division Director, Dean of Students, Middle School Counselor, and Director of Equity and Inclusion) to determine appropriates routes of support for students struggling to make adequate academic gains.
o Facilitate Students of Concern Meetings and collaborate with all adults working with a struggling student to develop and implement a support plan.
o Observe students who are struggling and make recommendations for support.
o Develop and deliver Preparatory Academic Skills and Strategies (PASS) curriculum to grades 6, 7, and 8 as part of the Specials Rotation. In PASS, teach students strategies for executive functioning skills, writing, reading comprehension, test-taking, preparing for assessments, and note-taking.
o Provide small-group support for students requiring additional intervention in the after-school Homework Club.

? Teacher support:

o Collaborate with the Director of the Center for Learning, members of the middle school Student Support Team (SST), classroom teachers, and advisors to develop plans to implement recommendations identified in students’ neuropsychological evaluations.
o Support teachers by providing observational data and feedback on students of concern in the context of their classes. Report observations to the SST to inform plans for support.
o Recommend strategies for teachers to support all students struggling to make adequate academic gains.
o Provide professional development to help teachers understand learning issues and provide support to teachers with differentiating instruction for all learners.

? Center for Learning duties:

? Meet regularly with the Center for Learning director and staff to communicate about students and to work on goals as a team.
? Create and update collective CFL student notes folder maintaining a history of concerns and methods of support over students’ time at WA.
? Maintain a log in collective CFL folder for meetings with individual students (e.g., in Homework Club).
? Work with CFL team to develop and deliver professional development both within the Worcester Academy community and outside of the school.


? Middle School duties:

o Attend all Middle School faculty meetings and relevant parent meetings throughout the year.
o Be available for consultation with faculty, students, and parents outside regular class time and when appropriate, outside the regular academic day, including during parent conference days.
o Attend and participate in all Admissions Open House events as they pertain to the Middle School.
o CFL Faculty is required to advise or co-advise one qualifying student activity. At this time, the MS Learning Specialist fulfills this requirement by planning and supporting the after-school Homework Club.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Special Education > General Special Education
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Worcester Academy is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • QUALIFICATIONS
      Education

      ? Advanced degree in Learning Disabilities preferred
      ? Reading Specialist with credentials in programs such as Wilson and/or Orton Gillingham with an expertise in teaching Dyslexic students a plus
      ? Training/experience in educational technologies, including online tools such as Bookshare, Webspiration, etc.

      Experience
      ? Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests and the ability to understand and support a middle school curriculum in preparation for upper school
      ? Experience working individually with middle school students who have unique learning profiles within an academically rigorous environment
      ? Experience strategizing techniques in executive functioning skills, study skills, time management, and organization
      ? Strong skill set in interpreting educational assessments
      ? Ability to meet the needs of middle school students in all areas, including social and emotional as well as academic
      ? Experience teaching differentiation strategies to fellow faculty members

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

      ? Understanding of the unique cognitive, social and emotional qualities of the middle school student
      ? Must possess strong oral and written communication skills
      ? Experience working with educational technology
      ? Willingness to work within a flexible boarding school schedule including evenings
      ? Knowledge of best practices in multicultural curriculum and pedagogy
      ? Demonstrated skill in working with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
      ? an understanding of the value of working cooperatively and collaboratively with adults in a team-based setting and the ability to do so, including covering classes,
      ? ability to work independently.
      ? ability to communicate tactfully, thoughtfully, and in modes appropriate to the audience.
      ? flexibility.
      ? a commitment to one’s own learning and professional development

      SUPERVISION EXERCISED
      None

      SUPERVISION RECEIVED
      Faculty are supervised in curriculum and pedagogy through the partnership of the Department Chair and the Division Director

      ? Middle School Learning Specialist is supervised by and reports to the Director of the Center for Learning in all work relating to the support of students and faculty.

      ? Middle School Learning Specialist is supervised by and reports the Director of the Middle School in the execution of critical duties.

    • At least 4 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Contact Information

    • Adrienne Methot
    • 81 Providence Street
    • Worcester, Massachusetts 01604

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