Middle School Learning Specialist and Instructional Coach
Under the auspices of the United Nations and guided by its ideals, The United Nations International School (UNIS) provides an inclusive and diverse learning environment in which rigorous international programs foster academic excellence, innovation, creativity and cross cultural communication to educate and inspire its students to become an active force in shaping a better world: peaceful, compassionate and sustainable.
UNIS fosters a collaborative culture where all members of the community work to collectively meet the mission and goals of the school. At the heart of the school’s mission and the driving force in its institutional and instructional decisions is the belief that all students are provided the opportunity to learn with the most inclusive learning experience with educational excellence and equity. Faculty and staff use a whole-child approach to ensure students’ social, emotional, and academic needs are met for student success.
The Middle School Learning Specialist and Instructional Coach is a teacher-leader who will be a member of the Student Success and Support Team (SSST), comprised of counselors and a school psychologist, and will work closely with the middle school curriculum coordinator and administration, and middle school faculty members to bring the ideals of inclusion, collaboration, equity, and academic excellence alive within the school. Additionally, he or she will be an educational resource to the all members of the middle school community: the students, faculty and staff, and parents. The overarching goal of the specialist & coach is to assist with providing students with experiences that optimize their learning, in all situations, and result in student success that exemplify: self-awareness of their learning profiles; efficacious and goal-directed behavior; perseverance and flexibility; and self-advocacy where seeking guidance is welcomed.
Possible teaching of full, general education class depending on specialty in either
English, Math, or specific discipline.
Strong knowledge of co-teaching/collaboration, assessment, and differentiation
practices and methods of their implementation in the general education classroom to
allow for greater innovation and creativity in the classroom, drive instruction that uses
data and utilized evidence based practices.
Willingness, interest in, and ability to roll out a coaching/co-teaching model within the
Develop a strong understanding of the UNIS curriculum and the underlying skill taught
to effectively collaborate with teachers.
Ability to create systems where student data is tracked and used to make appropriate
Facilitate lifelong learners amongst faculty and staff through a variety of ways
including, but not limited to: organization of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs);
implementation of action research; support of data collection and analysis; publishing
instructional approaches and their results; organizing, implementing, and running
embedded professional development at faculty meetings and during the school day.
Introduce and implement practices to cultivate more reflective practices to allow
teachers to meet student needs in the most inclusive setting.
Create and maintain appropriate records on coaching initiatives and responsibilities
provided to faculty members.
Learning Specialist Responsibilities
Strong knowledge of strength and solution based framework that focuses on:
collaboratively identifying the problem, highlighting student’s strengths, and developing
an intervention plan.
Teaching of students with learning differences. Teaching structure will be a
combination of co-taught, small group, in class or individualized.
Identifies those students who are in need of strategies, interventions, or challenge and
enrichment through observation, analysis of testing, and review of files.
Case managing students with learning differences which includes facilitating grade level, multi-disciplinary and parent team meetings; writing and implementing Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), and student advocacy.
Administering informal assessments and provide written summaries evaluating math,
literacy, and executive functioning skills of students of concern.
Manage the implementation of formal accommodations, modifications, and
accelerations/extensions and provide support to teachers who create appropriate,
differentiated learning experiences in the classroom.
Facilitates the administration, analyses, and instructional recommendations for faculty
of standardized tests (MAP assessments).
Facilitate grade level meetings around student success.
Facilitate data-driven instruction through a variety of approaches and professional
Strong knowledge of current Evidence Based Practices, strategy instruction and other
interventions in literacy/math/science/executive functioning.
Strong knowledge of and ability to implement the RTI framework (or a similar approach) in the middle school.
Specific Qualifications and Skills
The successful candidate should have or be able to demonstrate:
An advanced degree in special education preferably mathematics and a knowledge of a constructivist math curriculum, though reading/literacy and/or gifted and talented education is acceptable.
Possess at least three years teaching experience as a learning specialist;
Have a comprehensive understanding of cognitive development and neuropsychological testing
Expertise with interpreting data to drive instruction and communicating that information to classroom teachers.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to be flexible
An excellent relationship with colleagues and strong ability to work collaboratively and proactively with initiative and innovation
Excellent organizational and classroom management skills
Strong problem solver
A commitment to his or her own professional learning
About United Nations International School
United Nations International School is a K-12 co-educational, independent international school of 1,500 students with campuses in Manhattan and Queens, New York.