As Punahou School enters into its 176th year, it recognizes the richness of its traditions, as well as its responsibility to deliver a relevant educational experience in a rapidly changing world. It remains anchored in the aim of developing the full potential of each student through a broad and vigorous program of studies and through rich experiences for exploration, growth and mastery. Working within a coherent curricular framework that promotes personalized, product-oriented, inquiry-based learning , we seek to cultivate curious, confident, and self-directed students. Our faculty attends to the social-emotional learning of our students via intentional opportunities to foster empathy, resilience, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. Our teachers are agile learners themselves, demonstrating a growth mindset and a commitment to their continual professional development. Incoming teachers will join a dedicated and inspiring faculty whose ongoing reflection and renewal is supported by a schoolwide culture of collaboration and innovation.
Recognizing and embracing the range of learning styles and dispositions of our student body, the K-5 Learning Support Specialist will work directly with students, teachers, counselors, and Supervisors to collaborate on the design and implementation of individualized learning strategies for identified students. To achieve this, the Learning Support Specialist will:
Facilitate an assessment process to identify and clarify individual student learning profiles.
Collaborate with instructional teams in the design of programs and strategies tailored to individual student needs.
Serve as a liaison to parents to increase understanding of student profiles and facilitate the implementation of support plans.
Provide ongoing progress monitoring and feedback to teaching teams, supervisors, and counselors to adjust and modify supports and strategies as needed.
Partner with the grade level Counselor and collaborate/consult with the Student Support team to develop comprehensive strategies and support plans for students’ psycho-emotional and learning needs.
Provide faculty coaching, modeling, and advice to ensure the learning needs of all students are being met through strategic curricular design.
This position is a regular, full time position for the 2017-2018 School Year.
Qualities and Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Education. Masters degree in Education preferred.
Three (3) years of classroom/instruction experience. Experience in Special Education preferred including working knowledge of current trends; neuroscience of learning; Mind, Brain and Education; UDL; assistive technology preferred.
Knowledge of, and experience in, the use and interpretation of various forms of student assessment.
Knowledge of child development with experience in learning and developmental differences.
Knowledge of current research on the neurology of learning.
Demonstrated background and/or interest in curriculum development with assistive technology integration.
Ability to model and support the use of effective and age-appropriate instructional and assessment strategies in the classroom.
Specialized knowledge and application of current educational and curricular approaches to learning differences and classroom instruction.
Strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse teams of teachers.
Inclination, ability, and desire to work closely with parents.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with teachers.The ability and willingness to learn enthusiastically as a member of a Professional Learning Community, and to connect with local, national, and global Professional Learning Network.
Models and implements a collaborative and consultative approach.
An ability to see "the system" and to navigate "the parts".
Punahou School nurtures the individuality of each child within a vibrant K – 12 school community that celebrates diversity, inspires excellence and connects students for life.
Located in Honolulu, Hawai`i, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K – 12 school on a single campus in the United States. Students at Punahou have unparalleled opportunities to cultivate their unique interest...s and talents under the guidance of attentive and caring teachers. Rigorous academics, robust programs in athletics and the arts, and an array of co-curricular opportunities offer an integrated, 21st-century education for the whole child.
Students exemplify the diversity and strength of Hawai`i and reflect the School’s commitment to providing robust, need-based financial aid. When students graduate from Punahou, they join a network of 30,000 alumni spanning the globe. Beyond excellent scholars, the School seeks to develop engaged global citizens who can strengthen their communities.