The Director of Learning Support (Grades 7-12) is a full-time faculty position reporting to the Director of Teaching and Learning. In this new position, the Director of Learning Support will collaborate with the leadership in furthering the learning support framework for the school. The director is responsible for leading the learning support program in grades 7-12 and overseeing a team of two Learning Specialists. In addition to leading the program, the Director of Learning Support will manage an Upper School caseload of his/her own, ensuring students receive the tools and support necessary to succeed. An ideal candidate will be familiar with recent research and development in educating students with learning differences.
Believe deeply in the mission of the school and that all children can meet high academic expectations.
Provide leadership to, collaborate with, and act as a resource to the community, faculty, and administrative team on all matters pertaining to learning support in the Intermediate and Upper Schools.
Oversee and guide a process of systematic, intentional and developmentally appropriate learning support as students transition from the Intermediate to the Upper School.
Articulate and execute a process for managing students’ individual academic plans and ensuring that the school’s academic standards are upheld.
Coordinate school-wide professional development in the areas of learning differences and learning support for teachers and staff.
Provide leadership and supervision in the day to day operations of the learning support program.
Serve as a resource for families and facilitate conversations around the school’s learning support program, accommodations, and students’ individual academic plans.
Remain current in the research and act as a resource to faculty and administration in the areas of curriculum, assessment practices and instruction, including their implications for the school’s programs.
Demonstrate maturity, humility, professionalism, confidence, and a strong work ethic inside and outside the classroom.
Manage a caseload of Upper School students and provide direct student support through small group and/or one-on-one instruction.
Apply knowledge of learning disabilities and psychoeducational tests and assistive technology.
Review testing, create and update individual academic plans, and facilitate and assist in discussions related to learning differences.
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum.
Deliver content and instruction to students by building strong relationships.
Support teachers in differentiating plans for students based on their unique learning profiles so that all students are engaged and challenged and each student has the opportunity for success.
Collaborate with teachers to develop effective whole group practices, small group interventions, and individualized learning activities.
Assist teachers with determining the effectiveness of interventions and accommodations.
Advise teachers and Division Heads on accommodations processes for school-wide assessments.
Work with college counseling office to provide information needed for eligibility with standardized testing.
Be accountable for student’s mastery of academic standards and individual academic plan goals.
Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the school.
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in related field preferred.
At least 5 years prior experience in the field of learning support with a record of high achievement.
Familiarity with neuropsychoeducational testing, individual academic plan processes, and reporting.
Effective communication skills that promote positive relationships with students, families and colleagues.
Strong work ethic and high level of integrity.
Understanding of independent schools.
In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds. Qualified applicants should complete this short form and upload their cover letter and resume. For more information on The Potomac School, please visit our website at www.potomacschool.org.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.