This faculty member will join a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the School’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts to athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources. These include the Center for Teaching, a professional development institute located on the Westminster campus.
In fulfilling our mission to “develop the whole person for college and for life,” Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators to offer a rich and engaging curriculum, preparing our students to be lifelong learners and citizens well equipped to address local and global challenges.
Westminster teachers are more than academic experts, serving as coaches, advisors, and inspirational mentors.
This is a position for a proactive, deeply engaged person who is eager to connect in a vibrant and dynamic community. We seek someone excited to bring neuroscience out of the laboratory and into the daily lives of highly motivated students and teachers to foster a culture of personal growth and self-efficacy. The nature of this work demands a presence in classrooms, empowering teachers with information about learning styles of students, partnering with them in the development of assessment techniques, and motivating them to remain creative and persistent in their efforts to offer the best instructional practices to all students. Connections with individual students will focus on fostering self-awareness, increasing self-advocacy, and developing personalized strategies to maximize learning. In addition to close partnership with teachers and students, the Learning Specialist works with Division Heads, grade level deans, Registrars, Directors of Studies, and school counselors as part of the school’s overall program of educating young people.
The anticipated start date for this position is August 1, 2017.
Reports to: The Director of Student Support
Relevant undergraduate degree, with masters in field strongly preferred
Demonstrated expertise in the cognitive and neuropsychological development of children ages 10 - 18.
Committed to remaining current with neuroscientific findings that impact the teaching and assessment of students Pre-First through Twelfth grade.
Expertise in interpreting and applying psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports
Excellence in motivating and encouraging teachers to adopt flexible, engaging, and effective classroom strategies for teaching and assessment.
Ability to administer, score, interpret and apply data from psychoeducational testing instruments including the CTOPP, GORT, Nelson Denny, VMI, achievement tests, and IQ tests.
Ability to speak confidently to groups
Duties & Responsibilities
The Learning Specialist will assist the school in the following areas:
Creation of proactive programming, both individual and group based, to ensure that students in grades 6-12 are empowered to understand and play a role in shaping their learning, retention and application of content.
Mentoring and training of teachers on current, scientifically validated ways to engage student learning, maximize retention of learned material, and facilitate creative and ongoing assessment.
Creation, implementation and oversight of protocols to identify, assess, and prescribe a plan of action for students with cognitive/ neuropsychological concerns.
Assessment, scoring and interpretation of psychoeducational measures as needed.
Empowering and supporting students through Individual and Small Group academic coaching sessions, meetings and workshops
Organizing consultations with parents, teachers and administrators
Communicating with administration and Director of Enrollment about students with academic concerns
Facilitating consultations with other school support personnel and/or mental health professionals to assess and refer students as needed
Collaborating with teachers, deans, principals, and grade chairs to identify and maximize success opportunities for at-risk students
Organization and application of electronic records, Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets, etc.
Candidates will be expected to offer academic coaching in individual or small group formatting before and after school day hours. The position runs August - May and follows school holidays, with testing and counseling work in late May and June as needed, including work with students in Summer School.
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to develop the whole person for college and for life through excellent education.
Westminster's founders envisioned a school community with its traditions and philosophy rooted in the Christian faith, and to this day, a Westminster education aspires to cultivate each student's distinctive God-given ...talents: to inform the mind, to develop the body, and to enlighten the spirit. Through a passionate, talented faculty, a rich and varied curriculum, and the blessing of excellent facilities, Westminster strives to help children in the journey toward maturity, marked by personal excellence, self-knowledge, responsible citizenship, and faith in God.
An excellent education engages the natural developmental stage of each child: the elementary student's joy of discovery, the junior high student's exuberant, dynamic growth, the high school student's emerging sense of purpose. Throughout their school experience, young people encounter opportunities to question, to reason, to express themselves, to discover and pursue a passion, to risk, and sometimes even to fail and to learn from that failure. Through a wide range of outstanding programs, Westminster students grow as healthy, balanced individuals and cultivate personal strengths as scholars, artists, athletes, leaders, and community servants. Through their classroom and extracurricular activities and a multitude of social interactions, they discover that knowledge about the world and their own character should be inseparable, and that knowing how to learn is as important as what one learns. A clear understanding of one's self contributes to responsible citizenship, whether that involves treating each other nicely on the playground, valuing the Honor Code, or respecting our mutual interdependence in a world of many races, creeds, and political views. Ultimately, this emphasis on character complements the students' spiritual maturation, as they learn that humble appreciation of God's bounty means respect for all creation. Westminster's commitment to the Christian faith is more formally advanced through biblical literacy in the curriculum and through an open and respectful inquiry about other faiths, as we intentionally and genuinely strive to model the love of Christ for all people.
Growing up into a whole, healthy, and accomplished young adult is a challenge and a joy, and the entire Westminster community seeks to support and celebrate students along their way. In the spirit of honoring Jesus Christ and his love for all children, we therefore offer this philosophy of education as a prayer: We pray that our students will prosper from and enjoy their journey, that they will mature into life-long learners and truth seekers, and that they will be good stewards, caring for and serving the world in accordance with Christ's example.