The Marin School, an independent college-preparatory high school in San Rafael, California, seeks an experienced candidate to work collaboratively in its Learning Center to to support a range of learners (Grades 9-12), particularly those with documented learning differences.
The Marin School currently serves 90 students in grades 9-12. We honor each student's unique learning style and act in accordance with an unshakable belief in the potential of each and every student. Our motto is "Small School. Big Impact." Class size at the school is small by design, typically 7-10 students, to allow teachers to fully understand their students and give teachers the ability to personalize their instruction with experiential learning, innovative lessons and non-traditional, yet effective, learning opportunities.
The Marin School faculty is made up of passionate, skilled, motivated, inspiring teachers who love what they do. We wholeheartedly believe in each student's unique potential and seek faculty members who are equipped with the experience, talent, tools, skill and enthusiasm to meet the needs of multiple learning styles.
The Marin School offers a new Program for Academic Success (PAS) program to students with mild to moderate learning differences. The program includes 8-10 students per grade level who are currently in 9th and 10th grade. PAS is for students who need additional support in one, or more, area of study to be successful in a college preparatory curriculum. The program will provide them with strategies for academic success including strengthening self-advocacy skills. Students in PAS receive a student success plan, a dedicated study hall with support from the Learning Center, specialized instruction in core academic classes, individual support before and after school from the Learning Center, and an extended orientation in the fall known as “Boot Camp”. The students in this program have exceptional strengths as well as challenges. They are extremely motivated, eager to learn and participate fully in our college-preparatory program.
Director of Learning Services
The Director of Learning Services will provide support for students with learning differences and will report to the Assistant Head of School. The Director will also work with both PAS and the wider TMS community, including students with learning differences who are not in PAS.
The duties of the Director of Learning Services include but are not limited to the following:
Program for Academic Success (PAS):
- Continue development of PAS, providing direct support to students in the program
- Provide academic support in one-on-one and small group settings
- Assist students in the development of strategies for studying, organization, time management, and critical reading and writing skills
- Recommend students for Learning Center support or for phasing out of Learning Center support when skills are independent
- Review student evaluations, summarizing and providing information to classroom teachers and administrators
- Collaborate with teachers on how to differentiate instruction for a variety of learning styles and make recommendations regarding classroom accommodations and interventions
- Manage cases of students with learning differences
- Communicate proactively and thoroughly with parents to respond to concerns and answer questions
- Review screenings and evaluations with parents, teachers, evaluators and Assistant Head of School to design a support plan
- Write student learning plans with measurable goals to revisit and revise
- Actively collaborate with families, teachers, advisors, and outside support for the benefit of the student
- Co-teach one semester of Freshman Seminar, with focus on study skills, organizational skills and strategies for success
- Coordinate accommodations for standardized testing
- Serve as active member of the Admissions Deliberation Committee
- Report to the Assistant Head of School on a weekly basis
- Participate in Student Support meetings and PAS meetings
- Recommend targeted professional development opportunities to the Assistant Head of School
- Work collaboratively with part-time instructors in the PAS
- Potentially teach one or more core classes of PAS
- Supervise and assist students in the Learning Center who need academic help
Create a Learning Center schedule, procedures, and resources for students in order to ensure student access and appropriate service
- Provide direction and guidance to assigned Instructional Assistants, if applicable
- Coordinate transition education plans for incoming students
- Oversee use of assistive technology
The position will begin on January 2, 2017 or shortly thereafter.
Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for four references.