LOWER SCHOOL LEARNING STRATEGIST/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
The Westminster Schools
March 8, 2018
Full Time - Faculty
Westminster is an inclusive, Christian independent day school for boys and girls where bright, motivated, curious students who are nurtured by challenge become leaders of conscience. The School was founded in 1951 and guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,860 students in grades pre-first through twelfth and 280 faculty, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth--academic, physical, and spiritual.
Job Title: LOWER SCHOOL LEARNING STRATEGIST/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
Reports to: Head of Lower School
This faculty member will join a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the School’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, from academics to the arts to athletics, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources. These include the Center for Teaching, a professional development institute located on the Westminster campus.
In fulfilling our mission to “develop the whole person for college and for life,” Westminster hires and retains passionate, talented, diverse educators to offer a rich and engaging curriculum, preparing our students to be lifelong learners and citizens well equipped to address local and global challenges.
Westminster teachers are more than academic experts, serving as coaches, advisors, and inspirational mentors.
This is a position for a proactive, deeply engaged person who is eager to connect in a vibrant and dynamic community. We seek someone excited to bring neuroscience and findings from psychoeducational reports into the daily lives of highly motivated students and teachers to foster a culture of personal growth and self-efficacy. The nature of this work demands a presence in classrooms, empowering teachers with information about learning styles of students, partnering with them in the development of assessment techniques, and motivating them to remain creative and persistent in their efforts to offer the best instructional practices to all students. Connections with individual students will focus on fostering self-awareness, increasing self-advocacy, and developing personalized strategies to maximize learning.
The Learning Strategist will be supported and guided by the Director of Student Support as part of a larger team of Learning Strategists and Counselors across three divisions. In addition to close partnership with teachers and students, the Learning Strategist works with Lower School Administration, Admissions, and school counselors as part of the school’s overall program of educating young people.
Relevant undergraduate degree, with masters in field strongly preferred
Expertise in interpreting psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports
Expertise in generating concrete action steps and learning strategies for individual students based on findings from psychoeducational reports
Capacity to translate clinical/ psychoeducational reports into classroom strategies
Ability to administer, score, interpret and apply data from psychoeducational testing instruments including the CTOPP, GORT, Nelson Denny, VMI, achievement tests, and IQ tests
Demonstrated expertise in the cognitive and neuropsychological development of children ages 4 - 12.
Committed to remaining current with neuroscientific findings that impact the teaching and assessment of students Pre-First through Twelfth grade
Excellence in motivating and encouraging teachers to adopt flexible, engaging, and effective classroom strategies for teaching and assessment.
Ability to speak confidently to groups and work well with teams
Duties & Responsibilities
The Learning Strategist will assist the school in the following areas:
Mentoring and training of teachers on current, scientifically validated ways to engage student learning, maximize retention of learned material, and facilitate creative and ongoing assessment
Creation, implementation and oversight of protocols to identify, assess, and prescribe a plan of action for students with cognitive/ neuropsychological concerns
Assessment, scoring and interpretation of psychoeducational measures
Empowering and supporting students through individual and small group academic coaching sessions, meetings and workshops
Organizing consultations with parents, teachers and administrators
Partnering with Admissions committee for applicant review
Communicating with administration and Director of Enrollment about students with academic concerns
Facilitating consultations with other school support personnel and/or mental health professionals to assess and refer students as needed
Collaborating with teachers, Division Heads and Administration to identify and maximize success opportunities for at-risk students
Organization and application of electronic records, Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets, etc.
Candidates will be expected to offer academic coaching in individual or small group formats before and after school day hours. The position runs August - May and follows school holidays, with testing and counseling work in late May and June as needed, including work with students in Summer School.
Ability to engage in moderately strenuous physical activity both indoors and out; sitting and standing for long periods of time; ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified.
Equal employment opportunity statement
Westminster is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in employment. It is Westminster’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities and administer terms and conditions of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.
About The Westminster Schools
Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls, which seeks to serve students who are bright, motivated, curious, and nurtured by challenge in an environment that develops leaders of conscience who will be a positive force in the world. The School was founded in 1951 guided by a mission to prepare students for college and for life. With a current enrollment of approximately 1,860 students in grades Pre-First through Twelfth, Westminster fulfills its mission through a dynamic curriculum that engages children across the key dimensions of their growth – academic, physical, and spiritual.
Westminster is a growth-oriented, collaborative learning community committed to the school’s mission and vision, including core values of inclusivity and service. Westminster excels regionally and nationally in every area of school life, achieving excellence through a wide range of programming supported by a wealth of resources.
Interested Candidates can click here to apply online.