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The Academic Specialist serves as part of the Learning and Counseling Department and a member of the team that provides support services to children and teachers in all areas of achievement. Responsibilities include assessing students' academic progress; providing instruction individually and in small groups both in and out of the classroom; consulting with homeroom teachers and other members of the Learning and Counseling Department; meeting with parents; attending staffings; and writing progress reports.
Teachers are responsible for the supervision of students both in and out of the classroom; must work collaboratively with other teachers, interact with their own faculty, with colleagues outside their faculty, with other professionals, with staff and administrators, with students, and with parents; have responsibility to monitor the performance of their students, recognize problems, coordinate with administrators, other teachers and parents to correct identified problems; and maintain up-to-date teaching techniques and progress-monitoring to provide students with a quality educational experience.
All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work a 40-hour work week and the required 178 days or days as stipulated in that agreement.
The anticipated start date for this position is 9/1/2017.
Bachelor's or Master's degree in Learning Disabilities or Special Education or closely related field required.
Minimum three years of experience teaching students with learning disabilities in a school setting required.
Experience working with small groups of students within the regular classroom and in a resource-room setting preferred.
Experience working with classroom teachers on strategies for differentiating instruction preferred.
Experience in providing remediation and differentiated instruction in the academic areas of reading, written language, and mathematics preferred.