Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is seeking a certified learning specialist to teach in the school’s Learning Program for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Requirements include a master’s degree or post-graduate work in education with emphasis in varied exceptionalities or learning disabilities.
The Learning Program at Woodlands Academy serves young women who have a mild to moderate learning differences, strong academic skills, and the ability to succeed in a challenging college preparatory program. The learning specialist supports both students and classroom teachers.
Certification in special education and experience with independent schools preferred. This learning specialist will actively engage high school students in the learning process and nurture analytical thinking and a life-long love of learning. A demonstrated competency in multicultural education and educational technology is required as is a deep concern for educational access, diversity, and inclusion.
The ideal candidate has:
A clear commitment to the educational philosophy of the school as articulated in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools and professional behavior aligned with it. Link
Master’s degree or post-graduate work in education with emphasis in varied learning disabilities, and experience working with students with mild/moderate learning differences.
A minimum of two years teaching and/or administration experience in an independent environment.
Strong knowledge in one or more of the following: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Humanities.
Demonstrated ability to build rapport (while being kind, firm, structured, and positive) with students.
Genuine understanding or willingness to learn/understand the culture, community, and the demands students feel on a daily basis.
Willingness and ability to interact professionally, including excellent verbal/written skills and to collaborate with Student Support Team, parents, students, and faculty.
Strong organizational skills and ability to mentor and coach executive functioning skills.
A willingness to be an active, enthusiastic member of the WA community.
Students meet with Learning Program staff every other day, individually or in a small group setting. The learning specialist:
must be facile at teaching within the college prep curriculum and the content and skills the students must attain in order to be successful in their classes.
must collaborate will the school psychologist to interpret psycho-educational evaluations, writing Student Support Plans with appropriate goals, and conducting staffing meetings with faculty and parents.
develops strategies to best serve each student’s unique learning profile.
secures accommodations for standardized tests.
communicates regularly with faculty and parents.
provides case management of students’ records and data.
supports the development and implementation of a process for yearly meeting and check-in for learning program students and families.
possesses strong people skills in order to be empathetic to students’ and parents’ needs. Responsibilities also include, but are not limited to, supporting the professional development of faculty in differentiated instruction and curriculum designed for learning, and other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
Please complete the application materials listed on the Career Opportunities web page of the school’s website at woodlandsacademy.org. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, three written references, and a Faculty Job Application.
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is an all-girls, Catholic, college prep day and boarding school in Lake Forest, IL. Visit the school’s website at www.woodlandsacademy.org and the website of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools at www.sofie.org.
Woodlands Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Woodlands Academy does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, age, disability, status as a veteran or being a member of the Reserves of National Guard, or any other classification protected under state or federal law.