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.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have deep understanding of learning differences and successful experience in working with middle-school students. The learning specialist will be well-versed in the impact of learning differences and/or organizational challenges on the academic success of middle-school students. The learning specialist will possess the ability to motivate, inspire and encourage learners with an emphasis on student growth and responsibility. In addition, the candidate will be passionate about middle-level education, have proven success at working with adolescents and place a high value on a collaborative, supportive and enriching environment for both students and adults. All applicants to Forest Ridge should have a strong commitment to the school’s Catholic, Sacred Heart, single-gender identity.
Responsibilities: The learning specialist coordinates the instructional support program, which provides academic and organizational support for students in grades 5 through 8. Students are referred for support by teachers or parents. Depending on their level of need, students may work individually or in a small group with the learning specialist or with a teacher on the instructional support team. The learning specialist provides direct instruction when necessary and assists students in gaining the skills and strategies that will increase their success. In addition, the learning specialist provides guidance to other teachers on the instructional support team and coordinates the prioritizing and scheduling of instructional support.
Additional responsibilities include:
Communicate with parents and teachers regarding student progress
Track learning evaluations for current students and communicate key information, including accommodations, to teachers
Coordinate accommodations for standardized testing
Assist in student transition from 8th to 9th grade by communicating with high school personnel regarding learning needs
Provide professional development for teachers to assist them in effectively supporting students with learning differences in their classrooms
Serve as a resource for parents who seek to understand learning differences
Maintain a referral list and working relationships with allied professionals (e.g. psychologists, occupational therapists, tutors, ADHD coaches)
As a member of the middle school faculty, the learning specialist attends faculty meetings, serves on committees and assists with duties in the same manner as a classroom teacher in support of the full middle-school community. The learning specialist also works with the Coordinator of Learning Support in the high school, in order to ensure appropriate support across grades 5-12.
Suggested Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Current knowledge of best practices in this arena
Knowledge about trends in brain and education research, especially when it comes to girls and learning
Knowledge of learning differences, assessment, differentiation 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
Salary/Benefits: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through competitive compensation.
Application Process: Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and completed application form (click here to download or see the employment section on our website at www.forestridge.org) to Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Attn: Kathi Hand, Director of Middle School at email@example.com. This position is open until filled.
Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, creed, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by local law.
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.