Bennett Day School is a progressive independent day school looking for passionate educators with innovative spirit and rich background in adolescent learning and school experience. We are a new type of independent school; unabashed believers in the values of progressive education, we put students at the center of the process of learning.
The primary responsibility of the Bennett Day School Learning Specialist is to support the academic and developmental needs of the Bennett Day School community. The Learning Specialist position is an academic-year position beginning in July of the 2018-2019 academic year. The Learning Specialist will work in close partnership with students, faculty, and families to provide support and direction connected to academic and developmental growth of students in grades preschool through Seventh Grade. This includes supporting established curriculum, project-based learning, and individual student growth, as it relates to current educational best practices, personalized learning and neuroscience research. The Learning Specialist is a resource for teachers and parents to consult on academic and developmental needs. Engaging parents through consultation about learning practices, as well as collaborating with teams of teachers about children, are critical elements of this position. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of children’s academic and developmental expectations at each grade and age level. Experience with case management, including student IEPs and 504 plans, in addition to management of related resources, personnel, and law is preferred.
Facilitate developmentally appropriate academic growth at each grade level through whole and small group instruction
Develop various proactive academic programs to support classroom instruction for individual student needs, which may include the creation and implementation of varied types of documentation and assessment
Collaborate with teachers to support classroom instruction, curriculum, and project based learning
To serve as first resource for teachers looking for additional suggestions, strategies and/or methods related to the academic and developmental needs of individual students, as well as groups of students
To assist in support of students and families transitioning to/from Bennett Day School
To keep the Principal and Director of Early Childhood Education fully informed on student issues and other relevant matters pertaining to student and school life
Provide training/teaching for students, teachers and parents for the school’s ongoing development of best practices, pedagogical approaches, and differentiated instruction
Build an In-depth knowledge of laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards as related to the unique needs of our student population, teaching faculty, and larger school community
To serve as the liaison and coordinate with teachers, administrators, and outside support systems (physicians, mental health professionals, hospitals, courts, child protective services, etc.) for the purpose of providing/receiving requested information, making recommendations, and supporting our students
Understanding of the tenets of progressive education
Passion for the mission and the vision of Bennett Day School
Experience in individual student case management
Working Knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Act, including Individual Education Plans, 504 plans, etc.
Strong knowledge of assistive technologies and learning resources
Strong professional network of learning specialists
Thoughtful judgment and effective interpersonal skills
Excellent skills in oral and written communications
Ability to effectively present information to all constituencies of the school
Flexibility in adapting to change that happens in an entrepreneurial minded school
Three years minimum of relevant experience
Master’s degree related to Special Education preferred
About Bennett Day School
Bennett Day School is a new PreK-12 independent school in the heart of Chicago. Currently operating grades PreK, JK, SK, and First, Bennett Day School is founded with progressive roots. A fundamental and driving force behind our Reggio Emilia-inspired program is the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering. We are committed to advancing creativity, leadership and a love of learning for students and teachers.