The Greenwich Country Day School seeks a Developmental Learning Specialist, Grades K-5 to start August 2018. The Learning Specialist will work as a member of our Student Support Team to support the academic and social-emotional needs of Lower and Middle School students. This position will collaborate with faculty members and administrators across the two divisions and with Student Support Team colleagues to effectively coordinate and provide services, as indicated.
Provide one-to-one and small group academic support services to students across two divisions
Provide instruction to students in Reading, Language Arts and Math using both pull-out and push in small group models
Provide resources for teachers to help accommodate student needs in the classroom
Provide reports of student progress at grade level faculty meetings
Identify areas of student need and communicate to appropriate Division Head
In partnership with classroom teacher, inform parents of support plan, student progress, and follow up steps
Assist Student Support Team with standardized assessments and Admissions screenings
Participate in Student Support Team monthly meetings, schoolwide presentations and learning endeavors; including research in area of best practices of learning, reading instruction and writing instruction
Master’s Degree and/or certification in a specialty area of reading or other area that supports the job description
Knowledge of methodologies, programs and resources that support diverse learning needs
Understanding of student learning styles and differences
Deep understanding of child developmental stages
Ability to develop trusting, supportive relationships with students in this age group
Ability to communicate effectively with students, parents and colleagues to express ideas and identify goals
Ability to partner with parents with regard to student support plan of action
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of the Student Support Team and school faculty
Knowledge of developmental expectations of our Lower School and Middle School population
Knowledge of Executive Function Skills
Prior experience teaching in a classroom with a similar age group preferred
Proficiency with classroom technology including Google Docs, SMARTBoard, and iPads and with internet resources for the teaching of Lower and Middle School students
Familiarity with Orton Gillingham, Wilson, Fundations, and TC Readers and Writers Workshop preferred
Commitment to being part of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
Cultural competency skills to successfully collaborate across difference
Willingness to take on multiple roles within the school
Personal traits appropriate for nurturing the growth of children - must be energetic, creative, flexible, patient, and have an inexhaustible sense of humor.
About The Greenwich Country Day School
The Greenwich Country Day School is an independent, co-educational day school with current enrollment of 900 students in grades N-9 and a faculty and staff of over 200. As of September 2019, GCDS will expand to include a high school program (GCDHS) for grades 9-12, resulting in a projected overall school enrollment of up to 1200. The new high school will be housed on a separate campus, less than two miles from our existing property.
Founded in 1926, The Greenwich Country Day School is a traditional family school where creative teaching is encouraged and used to foster a love of learning and motivate children toward academic excellence. The school’s emphasis on developing the whole child results in attention to the development of character, values, creativity, and sportsmanship along with strong academic skills.
GCDS is fortunate to have built a large endowment, which helps to fund competitive salaries and benefits for faculty, including reimbursement for graduate school tuition. The school provides housing for over 70% of the academic faculty and offers a robust professional development program. GCDS offers a substantial need-based financial aid program to support students from... a range of socio-economic backgrounds. Diversity is a core value at GCDS and we seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion.