Director of Studies/Curriculum, Other, Special Needs
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.
The Coordinator of Learning Support for the high school will coordinate the efforts to provide a supportive learning environment empowering all students to achieve their intellectual potential. In an all-girls school, a girl-centric academic experience is all about working with each girl to find her academic strengths, confidently articulate her goals and develop the intellectual passions that could define her intellectual journey. Forest Ridge knows that many girls benefit from supplemental academic coaching and individualized accommodations, particularly as they enter a rigorous high school program. The Coordinator of Learning Support will be the champion of these efforts in the high school division at Forest Ridge, working with girls, parents and faculty to address learning needs and provide professional development for teachers who are eager to partner effectively with students. Forest Ridge is committed to an approach to learning support that promotes a growth mindset attitude toward learning with the ultimate goal that each young woman at Forest Ridge becomes an advocate for her own education.
The successful candidate will have experience collaborating with others to provide healthy learning environments and have expert knowledge of the full range of learning differences. This growth-minded, energetic professional will assume the role of leading a learning center in the high school that specializes in girls’ learning, assisting individual students in crafting and implementing academic development plans. In this role, s/he will proactively partner with faculty as they learn ways of adapting to the learning styles of students in their classrooms, oversee the delivery of learning accommodations as required, and partner with parents in the process of empowering girls to be confident advocates of their learning needs. The professional enjoying this role will commit to remaining current on the research about girls and their intellectual development as s/he assists the administration and faculty with implementing a school wide vision for Personalized Learning.
The ability to make this work both engaging and interesting for girls is non-negotiable; the desire to break new ground in this arena would be a plus. A sense of humor is required. A professional educator looking for a collaborative environment to do exciting, important work with girls will find this opportunity refreshing and stimulating.
Lead the Learning Center in the high school;
Oversight, creation and management of Learning Plans;
Proactive professional development of faculty and administrators;
Proactive and responsive communication with parents, students and faculty to ensure healthy outcomes;
Accommodation coordination for the PSAT/SAT and ACT;
Active engagement with girls in a wide array of educational settings;
Commitment to staying current in best practices in differentiated learning, especially under the umbrella of an all-girls environment;
Engagement with parents on educational initiatives;
Serves on Committees as required/desired.
Required Education & Experience:
The successful candidate has at least 3 years of relevant experience in an educational setting. A Master’s Degree in a related area is preferred. Experience teaching adolescent girls would be ideal.
Suggested Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Current knowledge of best practices in this arena
An understanding of girls’ education
Knowledge about trends in brain and education research, especially when it comes to girls and learning
Direct experience or training in models of differentiated instruction and project-based learning
Knowledge of learning differences, assessment and remediation for those who have learning challenges
Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the students
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to work collaboratively in team situations
Ability to work efficiently in a Microsoft Windows environment
Willingness to work some evenings and weekends as determined by the school schedule
Additional Salary Information: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through competitive compensation.
About Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Founded in 1907, Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, all-girls, independent, college-preparatory school serving students grades 5 through 12. As a member of the worldwide Network of Sacred Heart Schools, we educate each student to the following goals: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
Forest Ridge provides a challenging academic environment that embraces students of diverse cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. We develop confident young women who are responsible, creative and compassionate. Our community strives to bring hope and justice to the world.