The Palm Valley School is an exceptional learning community that educates, nurtures, and challenges each student to achieve excellence and contribute to our global society. Located in the heart of the beautiful Coachella Valley, the Palm Valley School has a 65 year history of academic excellence and service to local students and families. For more information, please see our website at www.pvs.org
The Palm Valley School is seeking a full-time Learning Specialist to join our Faculty for the 2017-2018 School year. The Learning Specialist will develop, implement, and oversee academic support plans for students who are identified and diagnosed with learning differences to include both the learning challenged and gifted prognosis. This position will work with students on an individual, small group, and classroom push-in capacity while also serving as a resource for Faculty and families in the identification of, implementation of accommodations for, and coordination of support for students. The Learning Specialist will work with Faculty, Parents, and Students directly; helping students understand themselves as learners and developing their academic skills, assisting Faculty and Parents to identify and seek diagnosis and support for their Students, and fostering Student growth to develop self-advocacy regarding their learning needs in a College Preparatory environment.
The Learning Specialist will:
Interpret the results of psycho-educational evaluations for teachers, parents, and students; help develop individualized learning plans for students based on findings.
Communicate and collaborate with parents, teachers, and outside professionals to implement appropriate supports and accommodations
Create systems for ensuring ongoing testing and updating of profiles for students who are identified as Gifted or Learning Challenged
Provide consultation, counsel, and push-in support to teachers as needed.
Provide/recommend appropriate remedial assistance for students individually or in small groups as needed
Maintain and communicate with Faculty and Division Heads, all student files for accommodations, enrichment, testing, profiles, etc. as needed
Maintain a current list of local educational services for testing and with the collaboration of the Division Heads, provide appropriate information, recommendations, and counsel to families needing this service
Teach up to two classes
Observe other classes to appraise student learning and progress, instructional effectiveness, and the appropriate implementation of Learning Plans for individual students
Assist classroom teachers in selecting, locating, and securing instructional materials and developing skills and techniques for diverse learning styles
Offer faculty workshops/professional development as needed for individualized student needs
Collaborate with Admission Office concerning prospective students
Oversee all standardized testing accommodations (preparation and implementation) for CTP IV, wRAP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and the College Board, etc.
The ideal candidate will have experience working as a learning specialist in a rigorous academic environment. Preference will be given to candidates with specialized training and direct instruction experience in literacy (reading and writing), math, and those with a history of providing effectives intervention and support services for students.
Successful candidates will:
Hold a Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in Education, Special Education, Psychology, or other related field
Have successful experience working as a Learning Specialist
Be fluent in the language and assessment tools used in educational-psych and gifted evaluations
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of learning challenges and gifted profiles as well as how to address them for optimal student achievement in a college preparatory environment
Have previous experience in handling accommodations with the College Board and standardized testing
Be a strong and accurate communicator in written and verbal formats
Have a working knowledge of current reading practices, intervention strategies, systematic reading curriculum, language based learning disabilities, direct math instruction, and differentiated instruction including giftedness
Have the ability to work effectively, professionally and enthusiastically with children, parents, and teachers
Be a contributing and collaborative member of a strong team on behalf of students
Additional Salary Information: Benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, retirement, and life insurance for employee, with a percentage of tuition remission, medical, dental, and vision provided for any dependents.