Part-time Reading Specialist for Children with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: The Wardlaw Sch
Atlanta Speech School
May 17, 2018
Part Time - Faculty
The Atlanta Speech School
Part-time Reading Specialist for Children with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: The Wardlaw School
Start Date: August 2018
The Atlanta Speech School is currently seeking an exceptional individual for the position of Reading Specialist for the Wardlaw School.
The Atlanta Speech School has evolved over its 78 years into the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy – earning a rising national reputation as the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital. Through four distinct academic programs, the School provides on campus an unmatched educational experience for more than 400 students each year. Another 1,000 individuals of all ages are served through our five clinical programs. Our Rollins Center for Language & Literacy provides professional development for early childhood and early elementary teachers across Georgia and beyond, now impacting more than 10,000 children annually and rapidly extending its reach. All of the Speech School’s efforts are interrelated and intentional, creating a circle of impact that is continually refined and strengthened across all programs. Please visit our website for further information: www.atlantaspeechschool.org and be sure to watch our three-minute Promise video www.2020promise.org.
The Wardlaw School for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities is currently seeking an outstanding professional to serve as a reading specialist in our multi-disciplinary, collaborative educational environment. www.atlantaspeechschool.org.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Wardlaw School is dedicated to serving children with average to very superior intelligence and mild to moderate language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia (reading disability). Children accepted into the Wardlaw School may exhibit underlying auditory and/or language processing problems that make it difficult for them to learn in their present educational setting. Our students are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and are in kindergarten through 6th grade. Wardlaw School students typically have a diagnosis of dyslexia or “red flags” for dyslexia. They may also have difficulty understanding and/or using spoken language, expressing themselves through written language, or experience mathematical difficulties.
The Wardlaw School employs passionate professionals who strive to be leaders in their field and who are committed to excellence in the education of all children. Knowledge and understanding of research-based practices in the areas of language development, reading and math are the cornerstone for all that we do. We seek to hire innovators and thinkers who choose to work in an environment where they can truly make a difference in the life of a child. The Wardlaw School encourages all of its students, educators, specialists and clinicians to be engaged, perpetual learners.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION: A Master’s degree in learning disabilities, reading or special education is required. In addition, all candidates should possess or be eligible for a current Georgia teaching certificate, eligibility for Georgia certification and/or certification from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association as appropriate. An understanding of the interaction between language and learning is expected and training in at least one multi-sensory reading method is required. Experience is preferred. The Wardlaw School is dedicated to ongoing staff development and provides opportunities for individuals to add to their repertoire of skills and methodology. We are looking for professionals who seek to be the best in their field and who enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment. Opportunities are available to present locally and nationally.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE POSITION:
Plan and implement a remedial program of reading instruction for three groups of students enrolled in our full time program. Children in our program have a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or related language-based learning disabilities. Children are grouped by age, reading level and approach. Group size ranges from two to six. Our staff is trained in a variety of reading approaches and instructional decisions are made based upon a child’s learning profile and diagnostic teaching.
Provide individual remediation to students identified as needing an increased level of instructional intensity and frequency.
Administer standardized and informal tests to monitor progress
Complete the reading section of two written reports per school year and participate in parent-teacher conferences as appropriate.
Work within a collaborative framework maintaining communication with team members including your students’ lead classroom teachers, parents, director, speech-language pathologist.
The position is part time.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This part-time school position. Benefits include complimentary meals during work hours and accrued sick leave.
Please submit all of the following documents by May 30, 2018 to ensure that your information is considered: cover letter, resume, copies of certificates and/or license, college transcript, and written submission describing how your particular skills, talents, and/or expertise would be beneficial to the Wardlaw School (please limit to 500 words).