Reports to: Academic Resource Center (ARC) Director
Position Summary: The Lovett School, an independent K-12 day school in Atlanta, GA, seeks a Lower School Learning Specialist to begin in August 2019. The Lower School Learning Specialist collaborates and consults with faculty, administration, and ARC colleagues in supporting students with diagnosed learning differences. The LS Learning Specialist works with students individually and in small groups. Experience teaching students in grades K-5 will be preferred, as will experience successfully implementing a variety of learning strategies and skills. This is a 10-month faculty position.
Works one-on-one, in pairs, or in small groups with students who have diagnosed learning differences or other diagnoses that impact achievement
Addresses reading, math, and writing skills based on information from teachers/testing
Addresses learning strategies, study skills, developmental issues, executive function systems, social and emotional wellness, and other identified areas of need
Develops and/or implements specific curriculum, charts, forms, digital tools and games, or other aids to help assigned students learn classroom material in alternate forms
Collaborates with classroom teachers to determine appropriate support and offers periodic faculty professional development relative to serving students with learning differences
Communicates with parents to inform them of progress and/or challenges in the classroom and school more generally
Attends conferences with parents and/or teachers as requested
Interprets psycho-educational reports and conveys to teachers and parents pertinent educational recommendations made in the reports of individual students
Observes/monitors students who do not have psycho-educational reports in order to assess student needs
Visits classrooms to work with small groups for remediation or enrichment as necessary
Completes monthly comments, meeting established timelines; shares comments with parents, ARC Director, and teachers who choose to receive them
Participates as member of Student Support Team
Attends scheduled meetings: ARC, whole school, division, grade, etc.
Is involved in the life of the school outside of the classroom
Fulfills additional duties as assigned, including responsibilities that may occur on weekends and evenings (e.g. admission open house, observations, and interviews)
Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Special Education or similar field; a master's degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities or Reading/Literacy is preferred; a minimum of three years of experience as a Learning Specialist, preferably with students in grades K-5
The drive, organization, and flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment, contributing to the school community beyond the classroom
Excellent written and oral communication skills to facilitate effective communication with students, parents, colleagues, and supervisors
Employment of a variety of teaching and assessment techniques, including the meaningful use of digital tools, to engage students and further their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
A strong desire to work in a collaborative learning community, employing a growth mindset and participating in ongoing professional development during the school year and summer
Desire and ability to develop an atmosphere of trust and knowledge of students as individuals
Commitment to developing one’s own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence
Ethical behavior, professionalism, and regular and reliable attendance
The Lovett School Mission: The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.
The Lovett School Vision for Learning: Lovett offers experiences that inspire our students to love learning. We encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We provide the opportunities and resources that help our students develop independence and self-direction and extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom as they grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, morally, and spiritually.
The Lovett School Diversity Mission Statement: The Lovett School celebrates the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We recognize that our community is enhanced as we seek to appreciate and respect the differences among our students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. We are committed to supporting this environment through classroom instruction, professional development, and other curricular and co-curricular programming, and in accordance with our nondiscriminatory policy.
NOTE: The Lovett School employment process includes a post-offer drug (hair) test and background check. See the employment application for more information.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands from wrist to finger, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.