Reports to: Director of the Fishburne Learning Center
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Updated: March 2019
Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 185 boys on a stunning 750-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.
Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.
The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.
Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work together.
The Fishburne Learning Center (FLC) serves the needs of approximately forty students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. The FLC designs individual programs for every student it serves. These programs include efforts to address particular learning challenges as well as support networks to help students succeed in mainstream Blue Ridge courses. The ultimate goal of the FLC is to help each student become a strong advocate for himself both at Blue Ridge and beyond.
Bachelors Degree from an accredited institution, area of study flexible
Ed. in Special Education, focus on high-incidence learning disabilities, preferred.
At least three years of experience working with adolescents with language-based learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
Demonstrated expertise in training students to use strategies for reading comprehension, written expression, and mathematical calculation/problem-solving.
A preferred background in or experience with Orton-Gillingham language training or similar, such as Wilson, Slingerland, etc. Experience with Reading Recovery programs also beneficial.
Experience with written expression programs for students with language-based learning disabilities preferred.
Experience teaching a content-area subject preferred.
Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education.
Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community.
Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers, and supervisors.
Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.
Effective time management skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
With FLC Director, review files for individual students and create educational plans and trimester goals.
Leads the process for identifying, monitoring, and remediating students who learn differently. This involves interfacing with faculty and parents on behalf of students who require specialized academic instruction.
Identify priority learning needs for individual students and discuss optimal strategies for maximizing each student’s growth.
Coordinate, track, and monitor student progress in collaboration with teachers as appropriate.
Help to educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences.
Advocate with faculty for necessary services for FLC students.
Instruct and monitor students in the use of individualized learning materials and resources.
Oversees completion of student assessments.
Use relevant technology to support instruction.
Manage student behavior in the classroom by consistently enforcing rules and procedures.
Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school.
Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement.
Participate in department meetings, school meetings, and parent meetings.
Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs.
Keep up to date with developments in subject areas, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities.
Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations.
Participate in weekend and weekday duty teams, as assigned.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 40% sitting, 20% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.