Student Support Department:
The learning specialist is a member of the Student Support Department, a cross-divisional department that includes other learning specialists, counselors, a school nurse, and athletic trainers. The mission of Student Support at Isidore Newman is to identify and reduce barriers to learning, within a framework that emphasizes personalization as a means of supporting students' working to their highest potential. The learning specialists at Newman focus on building intrinsic motivation for learning and the amelioration of learning difficulties. The ultimate goal is to empower all students at Newman to take charge of their own education. The learning specialist reports to the head of the Student Support Department and the division head.
The learning specialist is responsible for developing and supervising individual academic accommodation plans with emphasis on increasing a student's understanding of and advocacy for his or her learning challenges. Working closely with the faculty, administration, and other members of the Student Support Department, the learning specialist serves as an advocate and liaison for the students and their families, as well as outside clinicians. The learning specialist assists teachers in working with students with different learning needs and provides a student-centered environment in the Academic Resource Lab in support of Newman's rigorous academic program.
- Foster and maintain strong relationships and collaborative communication with students, parents, faculty, and administrators.
- Understand competing responsibilities to uphold confidentiality in relation to private materials and conversations while providing colleagues and families with the information they need to help the student.
- Review psycho-educational assessments and generate appropriate academic accommodation plans.
All students with documented learning disabilities both individually and in small groups in order for them to develop learning strategies for academic success
Faculty to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of ARL services
School counselors when students and families are dealing with mental health challenges or confirmed mental health diagnoses
The Chairperson of Student Support Department and learning specialists in other divisions to ensure the ARL program meets the needs of students with learning disabilities across grade levels
Faculty and administration to prepare students and families for transitions between divisions
Admissions committees to evaluate prospective students for good fit in Newman's academic environment.
Outside professionals regarding research and best practices in the education of students with diagnosed learning disabilities and differences in learning styles.
Documentation that meets College Board requirements and work with families to advocate for accommodations on standardized tests when appropriate.
A current referral list and provide referrals for diagnostic testing resources and community support services for families.
A current list of academic (subject matter) tutors, organizational/homework tutors, and other tutoring specialists and provide referrals when needed.
Out-of-classroom, extended-time accommodations for major assessments when necessary
Observation of students and consultation to faculty members when they express concern about potential student learning problems
Training for faculty and staff as necessary
Other division-specific ARL services to students, faculty, and parents as needed.
Qualified applicants will have expertise in the area of learning disabilities and knowledge of how to work with a wide range of different learners in grades 6-12. Demonstrated patience and perseverance in working with students, parents, faculty, and staff as well as a highly collaborative professional style are essential. Applicants should have proven record keeping skills; experience skillfully interpreting results of IQ, achievement, and diagnostic tests; knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal statutes and regulations; and current knowledge of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (version 5).
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