The Calhoun School, a progressive independent school located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, is seeking a full-time Learning Specialist, Grades 3 - 5 to begin in August 2019.
Learning Specialists are responsible for assessing students, assisting teachers, providing resources and consultation to faculty and communicating with parents. It also requires working with individual and small groups of students on a regular basis.
Applicants should sincerely enjoy working with lower school students, grades 3 - 5. They should also be interested in joining an innovative community with a commitment to progressive values, and to being a member of an inclusive, diverse community.
The Learning Specialist will report to the Lower School Director - Elementary.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Assess and evaluate students who may require extra help and monitor their progress on an ongoing basis.
Work with teachers to develop individualized programs for students who require it.
Summarize psycho-educational evaluation reports for faculty use.
Provide teachers with resources for classroom use.
Work with students individually or in small groups at regularly scheduled times.
Provide parents with resources, referrals, and helpful strategies to use at home.
Be present at select parent/teacher conferences.
Be in regular contact with NYDOE service providers and private tutors working with Calhoun students.
Represent Calhoun in NYDOE student CSE meetings and provide necessary reports and data.
Lead faculty professional development in areas of teaching and learning.
Coordinate with outside psychologists and evaluators.
Be in regular contact with the Middle School Learning Coordinator regarding transitioning students.
Be in regular contact with the Lower School Director about student progress and parent meetings.
Be present for any need that may arise. It may require temporary coverage for a teacher, or being with a student having a hard day.
Be present for other duties like lunch or chaperoning field trips.
Review and edit the contents of the students’ report cards.
Assist with the admissions process in conjunction with the Lower School Leadership team and the Office of Admissions.
Work closely with the Lower School - Elementary Director on a wide range of Lower School matters.
Collaboration and Communication:
Collaborate with colleagues both intra- and cross-departmentally to share best practices and ensure student progress
Attend faculty meetings and conferences
Maintain consistent relationships with families, including phone calls, emails and conferences
Engage in the wider life of the School
Strong commitment to, belief in, and alignment with Calhoun’s mission and values
Strong affinity for, and commitment to, progressive, humanistic education
Interest in teaching and working with Lower School - Elementary students
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
Demonstration of enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with students, staff, administration, parents and the community.
Flexibility and ability to cope with change.
Master's Degree in a related field
Commitment to diversity, collegiality and school mission
Candidates will have a deep appreciation for student-centered, engaging and innovative teaching practices
Learning Specialist experience working in a progressive environment
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY WORK
Calhoun is committed to addressing issues of social justice, diversity, equity, and anti-bias education in our curriculum and in our community. Employees must be willing learners and participants in supporting this work.
Calhoun is committed to recruiting, hiring and supporting a diverse staff and welcomes applicants of all gender, sexuality, religious, ethnic, racial and cultural identities. Calhoun does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of one’s actual or perceived race; color; religion; sex/gender (including gender identity); creed; sexual orientation; marital status; pregnancy; ethnicity; national origin; ancestry; age; disability.
About The Calhoun School
The Calhoun School is a leading progressive, independent, co-educational day school in Manhattan.