Evergreen Country Day School (www.evergreencountryday.org) is a learning community characterized by curiosity and kindness. The campus is located in scenic Evergreen, Colorado, only 25 miles west of downtown Denver, with 225 students, toddler eighth grade. The mission of the school is to inspire and equip students to THRIVE and to create a better world, underscored by the school's supporting pillars of academics, character, community, safety, and individuality. Small class sizes allow for teachers to challenge students while providing individualized instruction within our THRIVE educational philosophy.
REPORTS TO: Head of School
WORK HOURS AND EXPECTATIONS: Exempt administrative position; involves working outside of school hours as needed.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE:
Degree in Special Education, Literacy or related field; graduate degree preferred
Experience and/or certification in gifted education preferred
3+ years of teaching experience
Knowledge of learning disabilities, psycho-educational evaluations, reports, and associated technology
Knowledge of administering and interpreting assessments and test results, academic achievement, and diagnostic testing
Proven success as a leader in program development
Successful experience offering literacy instruction; mathematics support experience preferred
Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum
Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Strong networking skills to ensure access to learning support resources in the broader community
Detail-oriented and resourceful
Tactful and discreet
High-energy and enthusiastic about working in a school community and with students with mild to moderate learning differences
Working closely with faculty, families, and school leadership, the Director of Learning Support is responsible for coordinating and providing support for students with mild to moderate learning differences in grades K-8. The Director of Learning Support is expected to:
Promote enhanced instruction and student learning by coaching and working with teachers to develop more effective teaching practices and by sharing information that addresses the way in which students learn best.
Work with and support teachers in developing and implementing curriculum, differentiated instruction techniques, teaching strategies, assessments, and materials selection to help support students in their progress.
Provide teachers with supplementary materials to support students’ ability and readiness within units of learning
Support the professional growth of teachers by strengthening classroom teachers’ understanding of differentiation content and pedagogy from a balanced and evidence-based perspective.
Support teachers’ instructional practice utilizing strategies such as demonstration teaching/modeled lessons, co-teaching, classroom observation, and debriefing.
Collaborate with grade-level teachers to review and further develop curricula, pacing guides, and instructional plans to enhance the success of all students.
Collaborate with Head of Elementary and Elementary Team Leaders to support high quality literacy and math instruction and curriculum development.
Work with the Elementary and Middle School Heads to identify professional development opportunities for teachers.
Assist with the planning and delivery of parent and community workshops and informational sessions about Summit Learning
Develop and implement ongoing professional development for the faculty in areas such as assessment, diverse learning styles, and differentiated instruction, as well as parent education.
Support faculty by providing observational data about students’ experience and performance in classes.
Oversee K-3 learning support including instructional approach and methods, curriculum, progress monitoring & materials and logistics.
Work with teachers to identify students who need learning support and work through the stages of the referral process.
Make referrals for diagnostic evaluations.
Assist parents and faculty in interpreting evaluation results.
Develop, implement and review behavioral plans for designated students.
Manage student roster and data for students being served by Summit Learning.
Work in collaboration with gifted and talented specialist serving ACE students and oversee program implementation.
Design and implement specialized and targeted instructionin collaboration with classroom teachers in the areas of reading, writing and math for identified groups and individual students.
Provide remediation in small groups to elementary students performing below grade level expectations who are identified through data, meetings with teachers and/or formal evaluation.
Support student success in all academic areas as well as organizational skills and social/emotional needs.
Work collaboratively to plan and modify curriculum with faculty and communicate and accommodate the abilities and needs of students with mild to moderate learning differences.
Make referrals for specialized services, and monitor students’ involvement with trained instructors who are contracted to provide specialized services to students during the school day and on campus.
Coordinate tutor and student schedules for one-on-one tutoring during the school day.
Collaborate with tutors to align tutoring materials and content with Evergreen Country Day curriculum and expectations and with students' remediation needs.
Maintain confidential student records.
Review psycho-educational evaluations; translate results into recommendations for teachers by creating Student Action Plans which include testing summaries, accommodations, and modifications.
Participate in data interpretation sessions analyzing student data and collaborating with teachers to develop plans and designs for appropriate instruction based on those interpretations.
Communicate student progress to teachers and parents.
Initiate and schedule family conferences as needed.
Keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
Secure standardized testing accommodations for qualifying students.
Work with Director of Admissions to review incoming students’ files and advise in selecting mission-appropriate candidates.
Network with learning specialists at other independent schools.
Pursue professional development opportunities to aid in continual growth and to remain current with industry trends.
Participate in school meetings as well as school-sponsored events.
Be actively involved in the school community at large.
Serve on school’s leadership team along with other division heads.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.