About the American School of Guatemala/Colegio Americano de Guatemala (CAG)
The American School of Guatemala was founded in 1945 and is an independent, nonprofit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution that offers a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States of America. We are founded on the principles of a co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) program and are fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools and recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as a Laboratory School. With enrollment of approximately 1,600 students, we focus on continuity in a P-12 one school model, committed to student-centered learning and community connectedness.
About the Learning Support Specialist Position
In its effort to be a leader in regional independent education, CAG works to promote a robust educational experience through the articulation and implementation of standards across content areas and grade levels. CAG begins with early childhood and lays the foundation for a meaningful life and educational experience that extends throughout a child’s life. All CAG ES teachers are responsible for establishing our students’ first formal experiences with schooling through positive interactions, enriching and constructive learning experiences, and a foundation in creativity, problem solving, and inquiry skills. Learning Support Specialist (LSS) teachers co-teach and co-plan with general education teachers in all core subject areas to provide support, remediation, and enrichment where needed within the established curriculum and according to student needs. LSS Teachers support teachers to differentiate instruction and implement accommodations within the general education classroom.
The ES LSS staff should have qualifications and experience working with elementary aged children, their families and teachers, an understanding of students with specialized needs, and the skills to support students and teachers. The successful candidate will:
• Possess a special education endorsement and have experience teaching in early childhood and/or elementary environments.
• Demonstrate proficiency in leading and researching promising and/or best practices in elementary levels, including differentiation and integrated approaches to learning.
• Support the classroom teachers in differentiating plans, implementation and assessment for every student
• Carry out, guide, and model developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and interventions
• Help classroom teachers and/or counselor/psychologist develop, share and support the implementation of behavior and classroom management strategies
• Maintain documentation of progress, interventions, and/or any individual specialized learning plan in conjunction with the classroom teacher/advisor and use data to inform support student achievement.
• Work daily within/out of classrooms in small groups and/or observing students, assessing and developing individual plans, as needed
• Work with students in small groups or individually, and/or supporting social skill development during recess activities
• Work collaboratively with the educational team, which might include: the teacher, counselor/psychologist, specialist, administrators, parents, incorporating recommendations from external professionals
• Coach teachers in planning, problem solving and activities with students
• Support the classroom teacher, counselor/psychologist, and administration in working with families
• Have an understanding about teaching and learning, language, literacy, writing, and math, as well as social and executive functioning skills
• Positively and collaboratively contribute to Elementary Child Study Team meetings • Make recommendations for external tutoring, assessment and/or other intervention, in conjunction with the educational team
• Hold meetings with teachers and parents on an as-needed basis, and attend parent conferences to provide support as indicated
• Help students develop coping mechanisms, strategies and responsibility for their learning in order for them to perform up to expectations.
• Follow procedures to “track” student progress as outlined by the section
• Support and participate in the Elementary Admissions process • Collaborate with the section team, taking part in planning and PD opportunities
• Collaborate with and participate in school wide LSS efforts and PD opportunities
• Develop professional goals within the CAG Faculty Reflection and Growth Framework.
For additional information about the school and the position, visit the following sections of the school´s website:
• Master’s degree preferred and/or related degree in Education and appropriate coursework in content area to be taught OR a degree in Special Education, as an Intervention Specialist, or Dual Language Acquisition
• Experience teaching at the elementary level
• At least three years of teaching experience in learning support or special education and/or at the elementary level.
• Master’s degree or higher in Special Education, Psychology, and/or English Acquisition
• Experience working in a school environment with English Language Learners • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Relocation Allowance for air travel to and from Guatemala, excess baggage, settling-in items for housing: up to $3,000 (after purchase of flights) paid during the first full month upon arrival and $2,000 paid by last month of completion of agreement; 100% FICA paid by the school; extension bonus of $4,000 at beginning of years 3, 4 and 5; semi-furnished housing; medical and disability insurance with international coverage; courtesy visa for teacher/counselor and dependents who meet eligibility; option transportation to and from school on school bus; basic pre-paid cellular telephone; i-Pad for use during assignment at CAG; tuition for 1 child; partial subsidy for on-site Spanish language classes offered on campus after school hours
About American School of Guatemala
The American School of Guatemala is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution that offers a rigorous academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies of the United States of America. ASG is founded on the principles of a co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) program. It serves the Guatemalan community and other families who value a holistic approach to education. Respect for religious, political, social, and cultural diversity is a fundamental part of the school’s identity.
ASG is fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as a Laboratory School. As a member of the Del Valle Grupo Educativo, ASG is actively committed to the development of education in Guatemala.