The middle school learning specialist provides academic support to all students in the middle school by working with teachers, providing strategy-based instruction, and serving as a member of the Student Support Team
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES
Collaborate with the Director of the Center for Learning, members of the middle school Student Support Team, classroom teachers, and advisors to develop plans to implement recommendations identified in students’ neuropsychological evaluations.
Support teachers by providing observational data and feedback on classroom teaching, assessments, and analysis of all all student work.
Recommend strategies for teachers to support all students struggling to make adequate academic gains.
Provide professional development to help teachers understand learning issues and provide support to teachers with differentiating instruction for all learners.
Be familiar with all students with psycho-educational testing and their learning profiles, both from observation in classes and discussions with teachers.
Create learning profiles for middle school students with psycho-educational evaluations and make them accessible to teachers in a timely manner.
Coordinate extended time accommodation for in-class assessments.
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.
Facilitate Student Success Meetings and collaborate with all adults working with a struggling student to develop and implement a support plan.
Observe students who are struggling and make recommendations for support.
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.
Provide small-group support for students requiring additional intervention through an after-school Homework Club.
Center for Learning duties:
Meet regularly with Center for Learning director and staff to communicate about students and to work on goals as a team.
Work with CFL team to develop and deliver professional development both within the Worcester Academy community and outside of the school.
Middle school duties:
Attend all Middle School faculty meetings and parent meetings of students throughout the year.
Be available for consultation during parent conference days.
Carry out other duties as they pertain to the middle school faculty.
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.
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
Understand 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
Commitment to Diversity and Collegiality
Strong desire to work as part of a team
Willingness to collaborate with the faculty
Hear, see, and speak to effectively communicate in-person and by telephone with supervisors, staff, and external contacts
Occasional travel in a safe and expeditious manner to off-site locations
Work full-time and maintain regular and predictable attendance
Work occasional evenings and weekends
The ability to sit at a computer for long periods of time
The ability to travel around the campus as needed
About Worcester Academy
Worcester Academy exists to instill in its students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character.
Our Core Values
We are a community—curious, thoughtful, generous, and thriving in our diversity. We embrace each of our core values as essential to the mission of Worcester Academy and as testimony of our beliefs and commitments.