Thaden School, a new independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, invites applications for a Learning Specialist. Under the direction of the Middle and Upper School Directors, the Learning Specialist is responsible for supporting the academic and socio-emotional needs of students. We seek candidates who demonstrate skill, sensitivity, and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of our students and families, who can communicate effectively with faculty, administrators, and the school community at large. The Learning Specialist will take an active role in determining whether a student needs additional academic support, including educational testing and/or school accommodations, and will take on other roles or responsibilities based upon interest, experience, and need.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms: a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’s indexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden website for detailed information regarding its mission, leadership and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Work with students individually and in small groups to build academic skills including but not limited to time management, reading comprehension strategies, and quantitative and analytical thinking
Support faculty to understand student learning profiles and to differentiate classroom instruction for students with varied learning styles or specific learning challenges
Participate in grade level meetings and faculty conversations around student support as appropriate
Collaborate with Division Heads and teachers on the development of school-based accommodation plans for students
Collaborate with the Director of Campus Life to refer students for further evaluation from outside providers
Assist in communicating accommodations and specific needs of students with parents, teachers, and administration
Provide testing supervision and testing accommodations
Establish continuity of experience for students progressing from Middle to Upper School
Review and assist students, teachers, parents, and administration in the understanding and implementation of psycho-educational assessment reports
Attend and facilitate meetings related to individual support
Coordinate requests for evaluation, transference of ISP/IEP, review of accommodations, and consultation of meetings, as necessary
Manage the application process for requesting accommodations through the College Board and ACT
Experience and Qualifications
Experience teaching and supporting students with learning differences
Ability to interpret, summarize, and apply psychoeducational testing
Strong understanding of and commitment to promoting growth mindset
Understanding of current research and research-based practices
Ability to protect and handle student records and other highly confidential information
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities
Ability to connect with a variety of people and constituencies within and outside of the school community
Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills, including exceptional writing and speaking skills
Ability to develop and maintain a strong professional network with outside experts
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Special Education or closely related field preferred
Criminal background check and clearance required
Applications should include a resume and cover letter that addresses salary requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 16, 2018 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable but must be no later than July 1, 2018.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.
About Thaden School
Opening in the fall of 2017, Thaden will launch with grades 7 and 9 and grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. Our campus will be located in downtown Bentonville’s Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources, and we will offer small classes where students can discover joy in learning and cultivate their potential under the guidance of inspiring, masterful educators.
Our mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.