Requirements: Masters Degree in elementary education or special education; additional credential(s) in reading remediation or mild to moderate learning disabilities
Reports to: Lower School Division Head
Primary Responsibilities: Works with Lower School students who are experiencing academic difficulty and/or who have diagnosed learning differences. Identifies learning styles, analyzes and interprets testing data, provides screenings, reviews other pertinent information, and prescribes specific, appropriate, and practical learning strategies. Coordinates a team effort that includes teachers, other educational professionals, physicians, the student, and parents. Supports students in developing strategies in the areas of time management, organization, and study skills.
Hours/Classification: Full-time; Exempt
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s mission and Creed. Hamlin employees are caring, compassionate, collaborative, and dedicated to the education of girls. Hamlin girls are celebrated because of their curious minds, joyful work ethic, and tenacity in the classroom. At the same time, the school is convinced that ensuring academic growth is only one part of its work. Excellent schools must also pay close attention to ethical excellence and the innovations that impact teaching and learning; all employees are expected to support the school’s overarching strategic goals and commitment to academic and ethical excellence.
Advises students on effective learning strategies and helps them to demystify their learning profiles
Meets regularly with Lower School students who have learning differences in an effort to support classroom instructional goals and their self-confidence
Administers assessments to help screen for learning differences
Serves as the point person for outside providers and parents whose children require support beyond classroom instruction
Attends and participates in meetings with parents, Lower School division head, teachers, and outside student support such as tutors, learning specialists, doctors, etc.
Provides opportunities for parents to increase their knowledge about learning differences and accommodations
In partnership with the administration, supports and crafts the continuing education of Hamlin parents (i.e. meetings, the facilitation of parenting groups, recommendations of appropriate books, speakers, workshops).
Maintains a robust webpage on the Hamlin website that includes pertinent information and valuable resources for parental support
Interprets standardized test scores with parents for students with low or discrepant scores, or as requested by parents
Consults with teachers regarding students’ learning needs
Teaches and demonstrates learning strategies to teachers and advisors to enable them to support students’ academic growth and executive functioning
Offers professional development sessions to faculty during division meetings or in smaller groups
Works in partnership with the Lower School counselor, Mathematics Specialist (K-4), and Literacy Specialist (K-2) to build faculty capacity to understand and meet students’ needs
Coordinates with MS Learning Specialist to ensure successful transfer of student information between divisions
Serves as a member of the Student Support Services Team with the Lower School counselor, literacy specialist, and division head
Remains current on developments in the fields of special education, learning and the brain, classroom methodologies, and the unique challenges for girls in academic settings
Recommends, in close partnership with the Lower School division head, full neuropsychological testing when needed
Generates records of recommendation for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
Maintains and updates student learning profiles and official notes using School’s online student information system
Reads and distills neuropsychological reports and interprets results for school personnel
Manages the process for standardized testing accommodations and administration of such tests with Lower School division head.
About The Hamlin School
The Hamlin School seeks employees who will support and implement the school’s educational mission and live the ethical values expressed in the Hamlin Creed: compassion; courage; honesty; respect; and responsibility. Hamlin employees strive to be self-aware, caring, collaborative, flexible, committed to their professional growth, and dedicated to excellence in education for girls.