The US School Psychologist/Learning Specialist at the Washington International School reports to the US Principal and provides academic and social-emotional support for students with diverse learning needs to help them become independent, engaged, responsible, and successful learners. Considering the intersectionality of learning, emotional and social components of school, the learning specialist works directly with students, parents, teachers, advisors, the Student Support Team, and outside professionals to create the learning environment that leads to success in school.
Washington International School is an exemplary learning community for both teachers and students with students representing over 90 countries. The US Program culminates in the International Baccalaureate program that qualifies our students to study in universities in the US and overseas.
Major Functions and Responsibilities
The US School Psychologist/Learning Specialist will:
Collect and interpret student and classroom data to identify and support students with diverse learning needs. Collaborate with teachers and the SST to implement strategies to support these students
Maintain a list of educational testers and support families through the testing process from referral, interpretation of reports to writing of student accommodations/learning plans.
Share accommodations/learning plan with all stakeholders (students, parents and teachers) and train faculty in effective implementation of these accommodations.
Track and monitor effectiveness of interventions and accommodations and update learning plans annually or as needed.
Secure accommodations for Standardized testing for College Board, ACT and International Baccalaureate and exams at school.
Collaborate closely with the Student Support Team (SST) to provide academic and social-emotional supports to students as needed. The Learning Specialist and SST will also coordinate school-wide systems to support student health and learning.
Lead classroom instruction as needed on topics such as executive function, study skills and other learning strategies.
Interview tutors and maintain referrals that are approved by the school. Maintain a record of tutor hours working in the learning lab and provide monthly report to the Business office for payment.
Conduct professional development for faculty on factors that impact learning and strategies to help students succeed.
Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school and other involved professionals.
Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings and assessments.
Pursue professional development opportunities to remain current in the field.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the US Principal.
Requirements and Credentials:
Bachelor’s degree in related field. Masters in Special Education, School Psychology, or related field preferred.
Minimum of 2-4 years of relevant experience in an educational setting with responsibilities including administration and evaluation of learning assessments, development of academic support plans, teaching and/or program development.
Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum.
Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills. Comfortable working with a diverse and international student body.
Superior oral and written communication skills.
Experience in an independent or international school or setting preferred.
About Washington International School
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to be an exemplary learning community—enriched by differences, informed through inquiry, global in reach. 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 Preschool 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 worldwide pass rate, and WIS gra...duates 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.