Catlin Gabel School seeks to employ the best qualified individuals from available applicants and to provide them with opportunity for advancement in a manner that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal equal employment opportunity laws or regulations. The school also believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success. That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities. Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified. It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.
Position Title: Middle School Learning Specialist
Department: Middle School
FTE: 1.0 (Exempt)
Reports to: Middle School Head
The Middle School Learning Specialist (MSLS) provides support in the development of differentiated curriculum, effective instructional methods, and individualized educational plans for middle school students in collaboration with teachers, students, parents, and outside support services. We seek applicants who are interested in a dynamic relationship with their colleagues. In addition to daily support of students and teachers, the MSLS is expected to participate in, and lead, activities that include but are not limited to extra-curricular, experiential, and community service learning across grade levels. All faculty participate in overnight retreats and trips with students throughout the year. As a progressive school, we expect all employees to embrace whole child education, inquiry-based practices, educating for democracy, and experiential learning pedagogies.
Catlin Gabel demands much from its teachers beyond their classroom responsibilities. Such demands include working with students and colleagues to enrich the school’s life outside the classroom. These demands highlight the fact that any teaching position at Catlin entails more than just working with students in a subject. Though this may be taxing at times, we feel it is both necessary and rewarding.
• Provide small group or one-on-one instruction to students who are experiencing challenges as requested by teachers, advisors, or parents
• Teach organizational and study skills class during Life Skills Program rotation
• Track and document student learning needs through Learning Center Notes, Student Notes, and other appropriate tools to help facilitate teacher understanding of student learning need
• Coordinate, track, and monitor student progress with tutors and in collaboration with the counselor as appropriate
• Collate and communicate essential information about students from year to year within the Middle School, in collaboration with the counselor and MS Head
• Work with teachers to determine outside referral needs, and make referrals and facilitate the process of outside evaluations for families
• Translate a variety of testing results and recommendations into easily understood terms and create strategies for students, teachers, advisors and parents to implement
• Schedule, attend and facilitate meetings between teachers and outside services as necessary
• Coach teachers in providing alternative methods of instruction and assessment for students
• Organize, ensure, and execute extended time testing for students in collaboration with teachers
• Consult with teachers periodically to follow up on students with learning needs to help ensure recommendations and accommodations are in place for students
• Help facilitate smooth transitions between divisions by sharing information about students
• Collaborate and meet regularly with Lower School and Upper School Learning Specialists to work on school-wide priorities, and to plan transition activities and meetings for students and parent between divisions
• Attend meetings or conferences with teachers and parents as requested
• Meet with parents and teachers to develop a plan for supporting students that may include specific teaching strategies, modifications, tutoring or referrals for further assessment
• Maintain a list of possible outside evaluators for assessments and screenings as well as a current list of providers for speech and occupational therapy
• Maintain a list of possible tutors for students (interview and provide tutors with information about the School, as well as emergency forms and background check forms that need to completed and returned to the Human Resources Office before working with students; work with tutors to brainstorm teaching techniques or approaches for working with students and provide insight into the classroom program)
• Coordinate tutoring services within the Middle School, when asked by a parent
• Provide parents, teachers, advisors, tutors and students with specific information about a student’s learning, academic performance, and most effective instructional techniques
• Serve as school liaison for educational consultants or psychologists working with families, in collaboration with counselor
• Write individual student narrative reports during reporting periods to keep families informed and abreast of their children's progress vis a vis their learning needs
• Serve on Middle School administrative team and attend regular meetings
• Serve on Middle School student support team and attend regular meetings
• Other duties as assigned by Middle School Head.
• Participate as a full-time faculty member (see full-time faculty member duties below)
Only applications submitted through the school’s employment website will be considered: https://catlin.tedk12.com/hire/Index.aspx