Part-Time English Reading Specialist (Lower School)
French American School of Puget Sound
March 2, 2018
Mercer Island, Washington
Part Time - Faculty
Position Title: Part-Time English Reading Specialist (Lower School)
Reports to: LOWER SCHOOL HEAD
This individual assesses students with challenges related to reading (including phonemic awareness and decoding difficulties, comprehension strategies etc.) and provides support where needed.
Background in diagnostic testing, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and study skills. Ability to provide support and development of differentiated curriculum, effective instructional methods and individualized educational plans for children attending a dual language program in Grades K - 5. The position requires diplomatic consultation and collaboration with teachers, the French Learning Specialist, Division Heads and parents while dealing with highly confidential and sensitive information. The English Reading Specialist is resourceful and has a strong knowledge of learning differences and experiences that encompasses the range from learning disabilities to intellectual giftedness. Ability to coach and support teachers in the effective instruction of small groups of students in reading, writing and math. The English Reading Specialist is familiar with Slingerland, Orton-Gillingham based or Sensory Structured Language Institutional methods, Wired for Reading, DRA2 and DIBELS.
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS
Provide small group or one-on-one instruction to students to support differentiation in reading, writing or math.
Work within classrooms to provide group instruction, individual support or to observe children at the teacher’s request
Teach organizational and study skills as requested by the classroom teacher
Ability to build confidence and positive attitudes of students towards their learning
Ability to empower students to understand their learning needs and to self-advocate
Provide assessments and screenings for learning difficulties/disabilities
Provide parents and teachers with specific information about a student’s learning, academic performance and most effective instructional techniques
Provide both initial and ongoing evaluation to assess growth and to answer the changing questions that arise as a child moves through the grades
Provide interpretation of outside evaluations and support development of appropriate interventions
Meet with parents and teachers to develop a plan for supporting the student that may include specific teaching strategies, modifications, tutoring or referrals for further assessment
Provide resources to parents and teachers as requested
Coach teachers in providing and implementing alternative methods of differentiated instruction for students needing extra support or extensions in learning
Work with the Lower School Head to track and document student learning needs through SSP (Student Success Plan)
Consult with teachers periodically to follow up on students with learning needs to help ensure recommendations and accommodations are effective, and continue to adjust as needed.
Attend meetings or conferences with parents and teachers to provide support. Such meetings might include parent/teacher conferences, feedback sessions from a public school or private evaluation team or a student’s tutor or therapist.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Endorsement or Master’s in Education/Special Education or related area from an accredited college or university. Graduate degree preferred. Understanding of learning and development in bilingual children ages 4 through pre-adolescence. Experience assessing and teaching children with learning difficulties. Minimum five years of experience in teaching elementary age students with learning difficulties using a range of approaches.
To apply please send a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position, a resume, and three professional references to Benjamin Orillon, Lower School Head at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications that do not include these requested items may not be considered for the position. No phone calls please.