The Lower School Learning Specialist supports PreK through grade 5 classrooms with the focus being on Kindergarten through grade 2. The learning specialist co- teaches literacy, reading and writing skills and also works with children in small pull-in or push-out groups. This teacher provides specially designed instruction to assist students in the acquisition of skills and knowledge at Tier 1, 2 & 3 of Response to Intervention (RTI). S/he supports and consults with classroom teachers and the leadership team in support of students with learning disabilities. Participation is expected in various meetings (CSE Meetings, parent conferences, in-service training for teachers, etc.). The learning specialist utilizes researched based knowledge, such as the Wilson Program, when working with students. S/he will partner with the admissions’ team by testing all lower school applicants. We encourage this candidate to have an active professional development life to remain current and up-to-date with knowledge and best practices.
Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Coordinates and implements staff professional development on roles and responsibilities for special education and best practices in education, particularly the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Guided Reading
Analyzes and summarizes data from formal assessments administered both inside (by Learning Specialist) and outside of the school
Uses formal and informal assessments to diagnose and monitor student progress and achievement of instructional objectives
Attends Child Study Team Meetings 1- 2x per week
Supports teachers inImplementing best practices in education and in the creation of a more inclusive classroom while differentiating instruction
Use Smart board and Smart Table and integrates other forms of technology as well as a multisensory approach to instruction
Helps to develop faculty/parent workshops within the school
Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to email@example.com.
Friends Academy is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federally protected classification.
Qualifying candidates hold a bachelor’s degree in reading, psychology or special education. Masters degree is preferred.
About Friends Academy
Founded in 1876, Friends Academy is an independent Quaker college-preparatory private school located in Long Island, serving Early Childhood through 12th grade.