Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 80 faculty members.
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The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and beliefs and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities, and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self.
We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.
The Literacy Specialist is a member of the Language and Learning Team, which supports the work of the classroom teachers by helping students who experience difficulties in literacy and executive functioning skills.
The 1st/2nd grade Literacy specialist works with small groups of students who have been identified as having difficulties with decoding. They remediate skills in a small group setting. They function as a resource to classroom and specialist teachers by providing consultation about students, materials, and teaching strategies. They contribute to curriculum development and modifications with a focus on student supports. They also perform both formal and informal assessments in order to monitor student progress and inform individual educational goals.
The Literacy Specialist attends team, grade level, and administrative meetings to discuss student issues and progress. They participate in meetings with the parents of their students and facilitate coordination between the school, family and outside service providers.
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance in employment qualified people of color, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
Master’s degree in Reading, Special Education or related field preferred
A minimum of three years experience with reading instruction/remediation
Formal training in the Wilson Reading System and experience using it with students
Experience with learning differences and differentiated curriculum
Candidates should be well versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and comfortable working in collaborative environments with a faculty of varied experience levels. Candidates should also have a commitment to the ten tenets of our mission: progressive and multicultural education, academic excellence, ethical learning and diversity. A passion for working with lower school students, a creative and dynamic approach to curriculum development, exemplary ‘people skills’ and a sense of humor are essential
About Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK to 12 independent school serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs.
Committed to academic excellence, ethical learning, and progressive education, ECFS offers a rich and challenging curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students from PreK to 12 on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan.