Student Support Specialist - Lower School and ECE - 2018-2019
International School of Denver
March 8, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
Other, School Counseling, Special Needs
International School of Denver (ISD) is an independent school that teaches the curricula of and fulfills the highest educational standards of the United States, China, France and Spain by offering early immersion bilingual international education, accredited by participating governments, in order to prepare its students to thrive in a diverse and competitive global society. The middle school is accredited as a prestigious International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Staff and Faculty members are the cornerstone of our school. In addition to driving the school’s operations, they must also be living examples of the school’s values.
The Student Support Specialist reports to the Head of Student Support Services and is a member of the Student Support Team collaborating with other student support specialists and the school counselor.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure that students with learning and language differences are identified effectively through appropriate diagnostic and formative assessment and observation procedures and are referred for support according to the ISD System of Referral
Plan and follow appropriate programs of intervention for individuals and groups of students as determined by their learning needs and differences
Establish coherent partnerships with target language, English, subject teachers and specialists, acting in an advisory capacity or co-teaching as appropriate so that they feel supported when implementing the program of support
Co-ordinate and develop Individual Learning Plans for students in conjunction with class/subject teachers and parents and students as appropriate
Support and guide any 1:1 assistants for learning support working within the school in conjunction with the appropriate class and subject teachers
Initiate and participate in Student Support Team meetings to discuss individual students and their needs
Assess and report upon student progress according to ISD agreements
Facilitate and promote positive relations between home and school
Liaise closely with other members of Student Support Services – Learning Support teachers, English as an Additional Language teachers Target Language Support teachers, Gifted and Talented/ Enrichment staff and Social and Emotional support staff.
Liaise regularly with the Division Directors and school counselor to ensure sharing of relevant information and work collaboratively as necessary in direct intervention with students.
Liaise with Program Heads as appropriate
Liaise with outside agencies as necessary
Share in the overall responsibility for the academic progress, personal development, health and safety, discipline and well-being of all students
Any other reasonable duties, as directed by the school administration.
Qualifications/experience in Learning Support/Special Needs
Experience in developing and maintaining student behavior plans
Well versed in best practices and methodologies for assisting students with learning and language differences.
Knowledgeable regarding best practices and knowledgeable regarding the developmental needs of Kindergarten and Elementary School students.
Knowledgeable regarding the developmental needs of students with learning and language differences.
Working knowledge of language immersion programming.
Willingness to learn specifics about the national curriculum systems and pedagogical approaches of the French, Spanish and Mandarin programs and how this may impact students with learning differences.
Willing to work as part of a team.
Self-directed, student-centered educator.
Cross-cultural exposure and understanding.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds
Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee may occasionally be required to bend, stoop or kneel.
This is a full-time, benefited position. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include but are not limited to; health and dental insurance, STD/LTD, tuition remission, paid time off. Only applicants to be invited for an interview will be contacted. ISD is an EEO employer and follows all applicable employment laws.
Notes: 1. Job descriptions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.
2. All employees are required to undergo a Colorado Department of Human Services required background check prior to employment.