The Blake School is looking for a dedicated and engaged Middle School Learning Specialist to join our outstanding and increasingly diverse community for the 2020-21 school year.
A minimum of an undergraduate degree with a minor in special education is required; an advanced degree or work toward an advanced degree specializing in special education is preferred. Reporting to the Middle School Director and working in close collaboration with the Director of Learning Support Services, the successful candidate will be energized by working with middle school students, will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and will model and support the mission of the Blake School. The learning specialist will be responsible for supporting students and teachers through direct instruction, compensatory strategies and accommodations. Primary responsibilities include managing a caseload of sixth to eighth grade students, developing accommodation plans based on the interpretation of psycho-educational evaluations, communicating with parents and teachers student needs and progress, and collaborating with teachers, other support staff and administrators to ensure the success of each student. Other responsibilities include maintaining documentation, researching best practice and latest methods in special education – including implementation of assistive technology – and collaborating with lower and upper school constituencies to ensure the smooth transition of students within divisions. Blake is particularly interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of identity, lived experience and thinking that makes our community strong and empowers students to engage productively with those who are different from them. Blake offers highly competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as significant support for local and national professional development opportunities.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications December 1. Blake will typically cover the travel and lodging costs for finalist candidates visiting from out of town.
About The Blake School
The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12 independent school located on three campuses in the Minneapolis, Minnesota metropolitan area and is widely recognized as a national leader in independent, college preparatory education. Blake serves approximately 1,400 students in a non-sectarian, coeducational environment. The School is large enough to provide a significant breadth of academic, athletic, artistic, and social opportunities within three intimate school campuses, where every child is known by the adults with whom they work. Committed to attracting and retaining faculty and staff who believe in the importance of developing character in their students as well as challenging them academically, Blake provides a dynamic course of study that is thoughtfully designed. The School is resolute in its efforts to create a pluralistic community that welcomes and supports students and families from many backgrounds.