The Well School, an independent day school for Preschool through 8th grade in Peterborough, NH, is seeking an Academic Support Teacher for 5th through 8th grade students. This individual will work with students both inside and outside of the classroom setting to allow them to achieve academic success and become independent learners. This position is for second semester and would begin January 2, 2019. This is a 20 hour per week position.
The Well School population includes a small number of students in grades 5 through 8 who would benefit from more focused support on their specific academic challenges. The guiding principles for this position are as follows:
Goal: Provide specific academic support(s) to students within the structure and pedagogy of the classroom environment. At times, a small group setting and/or short-term individual session might be needed to teach or reinforce a particular concept.
The role of Academic Support Teacher (AST) is designed to focus on providing specific academic and organizational supports (Executive Functioning) for students with significant learning challenges. There are two general types of academic supports that are relative to the role of the Academic Support Teacher:
Short-term is defined as a support needed to help a child master a skill, generally a support that needs to be in place for no longer than a year.
Long-term is when a multiyear plan is required to support a child with a specific academic challenge that will need to be tracked through the child’s progression through the school’s program.
The overall goal in these supports is to allow the student to achieve academic success as he or she becomes an independent learner.
Guidelines and Boundaries of the Position:
Identify the students who would benefit from this program, especially students who require a long-term plan to enable their academic progress. These are best identified as those students who are not meeting established learning goals even with Primary Teacher accommodations in place. For these students, the AST will take the long term view of the child’s development, specifically:
Research and develop strategies to support the child’s learning.
Define success milestones for the child.
Recommend to the primary teacher how the strategies could be implemented in the classroom.
In many cases, the AST will work in a co-teaching position to deliver specific support in the classroom.
Requirement: Certification or Equivalent in Education
About The Well School
The Well School is an independent day school for Preschool through 8th grade in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The school's mission is "to inspire confidence, passion, and a love of learning in every child." Our philosophy emphasizes a solid academic and experiential foundation, small class sizes, and the importance of the arts, the outdoors, and physical activity. The Well School is a place of excellence in teaching and learning, as well as a supportive environment in which every student can grow and discover his or her whole self.