Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways, we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at www.cds-sf.org.
The K - 4th grade Learning Specialist reports to the Lower School Director and works closely with the Learning Support Team including: a Full-Time K-4 Director of Teaching and Learning, a Full-Time 5th-8th Grade Learning Specialist, Part-Time K-4 Counselor and Part-Time K-4 Literacy Specialist. In some occasional cases, the K - 4 Learning Specialist will also consult with the Early Childhood Program Director about children in the preschool and transitional kindergarten programs.
Our Learning Specialists become involved with our students and families when an additional point of view or expertise seems necessary to help students fulfill their highest academic and social/emotional potential. Services provided by the CDS Learning Specialists include:
- Teaming with teachers, administrators, parents and students to develop, implement and monitor effective educational plans that meet individual students’ needs.
- Facilitating Learning Support Team “Triannual Meetings” with each classroom teaching team.
- Helping teachers design and implement strategies and accommodations to support individual students’ learning styles.
- Academically screening struggling students to determine skill development and to help create support plans.
- Working directly with struggling students one-on-one, in small groups or classroom push-in as prioritized in collaboration with the Learning Support Team.
- Referring families to outside resources for remediation and in-depth testing and maintaining up to date allied professional services banks.
- Interpreting and analyzing academic, neuropsychological, occupational therapy and speech and language assessments and relating this information simply and efficiently with stakeholders.
- Leading professional development for faculty that supports and enriches teachers’ understanding of different learning styles.
- Working with the K-4 admission team to assess and give feedback about student applicants throughout the spring. Assessments are both group format and individual 1-on-1 evaluations and include at least two Saturday assessment days.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
- Certification in educational therapy or the equivalent in a related field, with emphasis in specific instruction or curriculum development relevant to the field of learning disabilities.
- Minimum of three years supervised teaching experience and two years of direct work in the field.
- Proven ability to support students with learning, (and sometimes behavior) challenges in an academic setting
- Strong working knowledge of evidence based practices for writing instruction.
- Proven case management, organizational, and time management skills
- Good working knowledge of current principles, practices, techniques and objectives of instructional methods, including differentiated instruction; multisensory evidence-based instruction (i.e., Orton-Gillingham, Making Math Real, etc.); current neuro-based instruction (i.e., structuring information for optimal processing and retrieval); understanding and application of assessment and educational planning successful for students with mild to moderate disabilities.
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental and vision insurance and a retirement plan.
CDS is a racially and ethnically diverse community and we seek the same in our faculty and staff.