University Liggett School seeks an Upper School learning support specialist to support the academic and developmental growth of all students in grades 9-12 in a proactive and systematic style that honors the strengths and challenges of individual learners. An ideal candidate would have a solid foundation in math and science content and a capacity for academic coaching in all subject areas. As a member of the learning support team, this position has crossover with the Middle School learning support specialist, particularly in regard to 8th grade students making the transition to freshman year. This person’s multifaceted skills will enable him/her to confidently and successfully demonstrate leadership as s/he:
Collaborates with classroom teachers to scaffold student learning, tracks efficacy of student support plans, and uses data to guide intervention.
Cultivates understanding of student learning profiles to most effectively facilitate growth of academic habits, study strategies and self-advocacy skills.
Meets regularly with students, before, during, and after school, to supplement and extend instruction.
Attends the Middle School Learning Enrichment program two-four times weekly after school.
Meets regularly with study hall proctors and students in study hall to promote an environment conducive to efficient and effective use of time.
Helps promote an environment where seeking help is integrated into the students’ day.
Communicates effectively with students, parents, colleagues, and consultants to develop, implement, maintain, and share progress on individual support plans for students.
Visits classes to maintain awareness of content and thinking skills expected and practiced.
Promotes professional development of upper school faculty consistent with students’ learning needs.
Organizes and manages time effectively and efficiently.
Proctors nonstandard administration of college entrance tests (e.g., SAT, ACT) and course assessments for students with accommodations.
Actively oversees the Peer Tutoring program.
Maintains active professional development in areas related to teaching and learning.
If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume to Dr. Michele L. Ondersma, Student Support Services Department Chair at email@example.com
A Bachelor’s degree in education is required.
A Master’s degree or concentration in math or science is preferred.
Candidates with experience in academic, organizational, or related type of educational coaching and/or enrichment program development preferred.
A thriving independent school welcoming more than 600 students in grades PK through 12, Liggett is located in the idyllic small town of Grosse Pointe Woods, situated along the banks of scenic Lake St. Clair and 15 minutes from the dynamic city of Detroit. The school is in its 138th year, making it the oldest, coeducational independent school in Michigan. This long tradition of excellence lives a...longside substantial academic, athletic, and artistic successes in recent years as the school has shifted toward an innovative curricular and pedagogical approach under the Curriculum for Understanding. This progressive approach ably supports Liggett's mission to empower students to develop intellectual curiosity, leadership and confidence to contribute to a complex and changing world. We challenge students to excel and to achieve their highest potential. We create opportunities for discovery and achievement by developing a faculty who foster the strengths of each student. We teach and practice the values of respect and responsibility in an emotionally and physically safe environment.