Director of Instructional Support and Differentiation
Boulder Country Day School
April 10, 2018
Full Time - Administration
Reports to: Head of the Elementary School
For nearly 30 years Boulder Country Day School has been at the forefront of education in the Boulder Valley. The hallmarks of our school - Community, Character, Academic Excellence, and Small Class Sizes - are the keys to our success and allow us to create an educational experience where children innovate, create, grow and thrive. We believe our children are our future, and, to that end, we offer a broad-based liberal arts education that focuses on developing lifelong learners and responsible global citizens. The Boulder Country Day challenge, Discover Your Excellence, recognizes that excellence is teachable, personal, and can be achieved in a variety of different disciplines - academic, athletic, community service, leadership, and more. We seek to provide just the right amount of nurture, structure, and latitude to live up to this challenge.
The Director of Instructional Support and Differentiation supervises the Learning Specialists that constitute our “Instructional Support and Differentiation Team”. The director works to communicate and collaborate with division heads, staff, and students to coordinate resources to support the diverse needs of a variety of learners across divisions. The Director partners closely with the teachers, Learning Specialists and parents to clarify whether a child might need remediation or enrichment any academic area. The Director (and staff) also conducts admission assessments for incoming students in K-5th grades.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
In consultation with Division Heads, creates and implements a protocol for determining students who will need the instructional support and/or differentiation.
Works with teachers to develop instructional support and differentiated learning strategies
Assessment of individual students to identify any potential learning needs, determine effective educational interventions, and make referrals for further assessment when appropriate.
Facilitation of bimonthly “Students Support Team” meetings in Middle School, weekly grade level meeting in Elementary School, and as needed in Preschool.
Clear, consistent communication with the appropriate teachers, Learning Specialists, parents and/ or any other parties (tutors, psych-educational evaluators, and any other service providers) to evaluate students’ learning needs and progress, and to make data-based recommendations for further academic and/or social-emotional support.
Maintain a comprehensive system for documenting and reporting students’ needs and progress.
Develop benchmark performance standards for evaluating members of the Team and its overall effectiveness
Evaluate and assess individual performance of Team members using benchmark performance standards.
Communicate performance reviews using benchmark performance standards to individual Team members and determine areas of strength, challenge, and opportunities for growth. Document performance reviews in writing.
Remain current with appropriate instructional theory, practice and research, including professional development to advance the role of the Learning Center.
Possess a working knowledge of BCD’s curriculum (Preschool, Elementary, Middle)
Represent BCD in the wider Boulder community by making contacts and reaching out to Boulder’s gifted and special needs communities.
Gather and maintain formal documentation for students who have professional recommendations for accommodations on ERBs (or other forms of standardized testing); collaborates with the Technology Director and classroom teachers to facilitate these accommodations for students.
Performs other tasks as deemed necessary and appropriate by Division Directors and the Head of School.
Graduate degree preferred in special education or a related field
Five or more years of experience as a learning specialist
Experience supervising staff preferred
Diagnostic training in reading, math and/or learning differences
Ability to work with faculty in planning specific learning strategies based on learning needs
A deep understanding of varied intervention strategies based in Response to Intervention (RTI) goals
Effective communication skills
Ability to manage and oversee a team of dedicated learning specialists
Excellent organizational skills
About Boulder Country Day School
Boulder Country Day School is located on 5 acres in Boulder, Colorado. We serve 340 students 3 years old through 8th grade. The Midddle School is an approved International Baccalaureate MIddle Years Programme.