The Learning Specialists at Washington International School, in liaison with members of the WIS community, provide academic support for students with diverse learning needs in order to help them become independent, responsible, contributing, and successful learners.
The Learning Specialist supports students with diverse learning needs and guides teachers in the implementation of appropriate methodologies.
Provide direct support to students with diverse needs (as identified by the SST)
Analyze student assessment data and monitor progress for those students performing below grade level and/or who are identified by the SST as needing academic support (levels 1, 2 and 3)
Review and make recommendations regarding learner support, both within and outside SST meetings
Act as resource to guide all teachers (classroom teachers, specialists, and support teachers) in supporting students with diverse needs
Evaluate effectiveness of interventions; focus on students who have been identified by SST
Coordinate in-house assessments to determine learning needs
Use data to determine effectiveness of interventions to inform future interventions and support
Conduct classroom observations to develop classroom-based strategies to support students with diverse needs
Monitor tutoring approval and review process
Oversee records of students serviced by the SST
The Learning Specialist communicates with students, parents, and colleagues in a clear, effective and timely manner.
Develop positive relationships with all members of the WIS community and communicate in a collegial, collaborative, and professional manner
Collaborate and meet with support teachers to refine protocols and procedures for allocation of support resources throughout the school
Maintain an extensive referral list of testers and tutors and serve as an on-going liaison between the school and external professionals and services
Provide resources to parents regarding student support for learning differences
Summarize outside testing reports, accommodations and intervention strategies
Coordinate, implement and oversee application of accommodations for standardized testing, including ERBs
Coordinate with Middle and Upper School Learning Specialists to improve and align school-wide student support structures and practices
The Learning Specialist engages in timely and appropriate professional development.
Provide quality professional development related to inclusive practices for students with unique learning needs, via classroom modeling, collaborative planning, professional articles or books, grade level or faculty meetings, or other means
Remain current on best practices by participating in ongoing professional development
Inform faculty of current information and materials which pertain to learning differences
Master’s degree in Special Needs Education
At least 2 to 4 years of experience as a learning specialist, working with students in from Preschool through grade 5.
Experience in an international school preferred
Must be proficient in all types of technology, including Google Docs, onCampus/Core, video blogs and more.
Fluency in French or Spanish is a plus
Additional Salary Information: We offer generous benefits, including, 75% subsidy for health and dental insurance, 7% company match for retirement with immediate vesting, robust professional development and much more.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the wor...ldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.