Job description: Instructors who are Learning Specialists are full-time faculty members working primarily with students in grades 9 and 10 receiving academic support through the Forman School’s Cognition & Learning Department. In classes of one to four students, the instructor will explicitly teach relevant skills and strategies geared to the particular needs of each group, with the end instructional goal of improving students’ ability to access the school’s college-preparatory curriculum. In addition, the instructor will have additional responsibilities within the school community based on her/his qualifications and the needs of a traditional college-preparatory boarding school.
Brief summary of major responsibilities:
Meet regularly with each class; document student attendance and topics covered in each session; provide instruction in specific academic skills and strategies designed to address each student’s learning challenges; work in a deliberate fashion towards independent skill use
Review learning profiles for each student including information contained in psychoeducational evaluations, prior grade reports, teacher evaluations and parent interviews; provide additions/suggestions to the Director of Cognition & Learning Department for distribution, and serve as resource for faculty and advisors
Communicate with advisors, teachers, and other school personnel regarding each assigned student as necessary; be willing to brainstorm strategies for success with others and serve as resource for each student’s teachers
Attend department meetings and other meetings as assigned; other duties as assigned
At least two years’ experience in a teaching, counseling, or tutoring environment
Specific training and/or experience working with learning disabilities, such as undergraduate or graduate coursework, past classroom teaching experience in an environment with a high population of diverse learners, prior experience as a learning specialist, or significant professional development in this area
Experience with reading and interpreting learning profiles, educational/psychological evaluations and IEPs
Experience with a wide range of learning disabilities, including ADHD, executive functioning disorders, language-based learning disabilities, visual processing disorder, and reading disabilities, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.
Creativity, flexibility, patience, perseverance, and a sense of humor
Excellent problem-solving abilities, collegiality, and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate well and effectively with colleagues, parents, and students alike
Master’s degree in special education, counseling, or related field preferred
Ability to assist students with math concepts through Geometry and Algebra II (preferred)
Familiarity with a variety of specific techniques and/or schools of thought regarding learning differences (e.g. Wilson, Orton Gillingham, Lindamood Bell, University of Kansas strategies, neurodevelopmental perspective on learning differences)
Prior experience with the demands of boarding schools
About The Forman School
Support all administrative functions for the Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement, who supervises advancement, alumni relations, and external outreach for the School. This is a 12-month position.