Alverno’s Mission: To empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.
Alverno Heights Academy seeks an experienced part-time Student Learning Support Specialist to begin in August, 2018. Alverno embraces inclusion as an essential part of its mission, and the Student Learning Support Specialist will partner with the leadership team, faculty and staff and families to design and implement strategies and plans to meet the needs of students with a variety of learning styles and needs. Responsibilities will include: working with students and parents, supporting teachers in terms of implementing the necessary strategies and managing individualized academic plans. This is a part-time, non-exempt position. The Student Learning Support Specialist will report to the head of school and work collaboratively with the entire leadership team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with teachers, administration, parents, staff and external professionals regarding assessing and identifying students in need, subsequent referrals, observations, drafting/expanding upon student plans • Collaborating with classroom teachers to identify and help implement effective strategies within the classroom to support all students • Checking in regularly with teachers to monitor how effectively accommodations/minor adjustments are being implemented and to provide new strategies • Supporting the execution of accommodations/minor adjustments, including on standardized tests (College Board, ACT, etc.). • Scheduling meetings with all incoming families who have documented learning needs on file, as well as annual meetings with faculty to assist in transitioning students from one year to the next
• Collaborate with the director of the accelerated program designed for gifted and twice exceptional students • Serve as the point person for faculty in working with students who have identified learning needs • On a regular and ongoing basis, coach teachers in using differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners, and in the implementation of accommodations/minor adjustments for students with documented needs • Assist classroom teachers in selecting, locating, and securing instructional materials and tools that support the needs of individual students • Assist in develop professional learning opportunities for teachers to learn more about designing instruction to meet the needs of all learners • Maintain a list of outside support specialists including tutors, educational therapists, psychologists/psychiatrists, and provide information to families as needed • Coordinate the use of external tutors, learning specialists, educational therapists, and other resources
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: • A true inclusion approach including knowledge of learning differences (knowledge of twice exceptionality and gifted a plus). • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the needs of the children and program • Ability to maintain confidential information • Commitment to staying current with research on best practice
Education and/or Experience: • Experience in a secondary educational setting preferred • Strong educational background (master’s degree preferred) • Experience in or familiarity with independent schools or Catholic schools preferred • Deep knowledge of the developmental needs of secondary school female students?
About Alverno Heights Academy
To empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.