Ancona School seeks an education professional with a successful track record to provide support to classroom teachers and their students with diverse learning needs, particularly those experiencing challenges in reading, writing, and math, as well as in areas related to executive functioning.
The Learning Specialist will work closely with colleagues on the Student Support Team (SST) and Ancona faculty to assist students with learning differences that require differentiated instruction, classroom modifications. accommodations. and remedial instruction. The Learning Specialist will participate in established relevant student record keeping and the development of individualized learning plans (i.e., Student Support Plans).
This position is part-time, averaging 25 hours per week, for the 2019-2020 academic year, beginning in August 2019.
Essential Job Functions
support students with learning challenges in the areas of reading, writing, math, executive functioning, and self-advocacy, both in the classroom and in small pullout groups.
assist classroom teachers in differentiating instruction in a manner consistent with evidence-based educational practices, including modeling lessons and co-teaching.
work with multi-level teachers and auxiliary program staff to integrate knowledge and strategies across all aspects of a student’s school life.
support students in their use of assistive technology.
identify and utilize special materials and teaching strategies pertinent to individual student and staff needs.
assist in the implementation of behavior management plans.
provide appropriate activities and opportunities to enhance students’ understanding of their learning profiles and to develop self-advocacy skills.
meet regularly with classroom teachers and the Student Support Team to discuss students and their progress.
participate in multidisciplinary staffing that include parents, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, tutors, psychologists, etc.
meet with parents and teachers on a regular basis to discuss student progress and making needed adjustments to the Student Support Plan.
Experience working with children with learning difficulties in the areas of reading decoding, reading comprehension, math computation and reasoning, written expression skills, and organizational strategies.
Degree in special education, learning disabilities, and/or language-based learning disabilities.
CPR/First Aid certification (preferred)
Pass a background check
Have the physical capacity to work with children preschool through 8th grade
About The Ancona School
The Ancona School is a 21st century independent school for preschool through 8th grade students located in Chicago's historic Hyde Park-Kenwood community. Since its founding in 1962, Ancona has been a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. The school combines the best of Montessori and progressive educational traditions with innovative teaching and curriculum in open, multi-age classrooms. Ancona graduates go on to Chicago’s most selective public, independent and parochial high schools. Outstanding teachers, active parent involvement and a true concern for social justice distinguish our community of learners.