Kindergarten-2nd Grade Learning Specialist - 72% position (27 hours weekly)
Prospect Sierra School
March 2, 2018
El Cerrito, California
Part Time - Faculty
Overview of School
Prospect Sierra School, a prominent East Bay independent school, is seeking a 72% kindergarten-2nd grade learning specialist at the Elementary School campus for the 2018-19 school year.
Prospect Sierra is an independent, co-ed K–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California. Our mission “inspires students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers.” The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) featured Prospect Sierra as a Model School of the Future, among only seven schools worldwide, in its publication A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future. Please visit our website, www.prospectsierra.org, for more information about the school.
Overview of Position
This position is for a kindergarten-2nd grade learning specialist. This teacher will report to the Elementary Division Head. The learning specialist works closely with kindergarten, first, and second grade classroom teachers to ensure adequate academic and social progress within our lower elementary program. As the lower elementary learning specialist, the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:
Work 1-2 times per week in both kindergarten classrooms to help teachers differentiate instruction, provide academic support, and get to know all students.
Run weekly remedial reading groups 2-3 times per week in both first grade classes, in collaboration with classroom teachers.
Push-in to reading, writing, math or humanities classes in first and second grade classes on an as-needed basis in order to ensure needed accommodations are in place and provide additional one-on-one support for students.
When necessary, provide direct support in reading, writing, or math in second grade.
When necessary, organize spelling or handwriting small group pull-out to provide additional instruction for those identified as needing more support in these areas.
Write mid and end of year reports for all students instructed that semester in any small group pull-out work.
Interpret, advise, and assist faculty and parents with implementing recommendations for accommodations for students with identified learning differences.
Act as a liaison between faculty and outside professionals to support students with learning differences who receive outside support.
Participate in Information Sharing Meetings (ISMs) in order to collect data about how individual students are doing across the program and disseminate notes from ISMs to those teachers who teach the student.
Participate in student team meetings which include teachers, parents, and outside professionals.
Update digital LS hubs with current information on students’ learning needs to ensure important history and current information is communicated to teachers at each grade level.
Meet and communicate with parents for consultation and discussion of individual student’s learning needs on an as needed basis.
Curricular Support & Team Collaboration
Join team meetings when necessary in order to support teachers with needed accommodations and to support differentiated curriculum needs.
When needed, provide support in designing and implementing sensory diet plans and/or accommodations to the learning environment in order to address sensory needs of individual students.
In kindergarten, team with the classroom teachers to identify needed phonics, phonemic awareness, handwriting/fine motor, or numeracy activities to push-in and teach to all kindergarteners or select students weekly.
Collaborate weekly as a member of the learning support team, made up of all learning specialists, the Elementary Head, and the Elementary psychologist/counselor.
Implement in-house screenings (language, processing skills, memory, etc..) when needed, and follow up with parents and teachers.
Recommend outside evaluation and services to students/families as needed, and keep referral lists up to date.
Faculty and Community Education/Resources
Design and execute faculty education opportunities on topics of learning diversity and differentiation in a variety of formats, several times per year.
Evaluate kindergarten applicants during kindergarten admissions visit days.
Join the Head and Division Head at K-2nd grade parent coffees.
Work in collaboration with Learning Specialist team to create communication to current and prospective families around learning differences, support, and resources on the school website.
Duties school-wide include:
Participation in Learning Specialist weekly meetings.
Participation in Elementary campus weekly faculty meetings.
Ancillary duties include responsibilities that are part of elementary school life, e.g., attendance at school functions, occasional full faculty professional development trainings, and recess duties weekly.
The candidate must have:
Master’s and/or Graduate Certification as a Learning Specialist, Resource, or Educational Therapist preferred
Three or more years’ experience in a school setting preferably at the elementary school level
Specific training in or expertise in providing interventions for students with learning differences, attentional challenges, executive functioning weaknesses, sensory integration needs, and/or fine/gross motor challenges
Familiarity with assessment and screening tools for early elementary aged students in the areas of reading, phonics, writing, math, and fine/gross motor development
Ability and willingness to work collaboratively
Ability to effectively communicate with parents
Strong organizational and record keeping skills
Desire to work within a classroom setting
Willingness to have a flexible schedule in order to accommodate meetings with parents, shifting times to work individually or in small groups with students, and to meet with teachers
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
Sense of humor
Confidence in managing digital databases and using technology
Prospect Sierra School’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our hiring process; people of color and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The salary is competitive.
How to Apply
Send a résumé (including written recommendations and/or contact information for three references) and one-page cover letter to:
Abby Guinn, Elementary School Head
Additional Salary Information: Competitive
About Prospect Sierra School
Prospect Sierra is an independent, co-ed K–8 school located on two campuses in El Cerrito, California. Our mission “inspires students to seek deep, meaningful understanding; to develop strong academic skills; and to become creative and independent thinkers.” The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recently featured Prospect Sierra as a Model School of the Future, among only seven schools worldwide, in its publication A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future. Please visit our website, www.prospectsierra.org, for more information about the school.