Location: Winnetka, Illinois
Type: Full Time
North Shore Country Day School, a progressive, academically rigorous, co-ed, JK-12 independent school in suburban Chicago, seeks candidates for an Upper School Learning Specialist for the 2023/24 Academic Year. North Shore is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.
-Masters Degree in Education
-Illinois Special Education license or LBS Certificate 9-12
-3+ years high school teaching experience with a special education population
-Knowledge of interpreting diagnostic testing evaluations
-Excellent written and oral communication skills
-Strong organizational, interpersonal, and leadership skills
Essential Responsibilities Include:
-Serve as case manager for students identified with learning needs grades 9-12
-Provide individual curricular support, as well as executive function skills development, to students with learning challenges due to learning disabilities, attention issues, social/emotional concerns, or weak organization and study skills
-Teach Study Strategies unit as part of Introduction to Upper School for 9th graders
-Develop formal school plans (Individual Achievement Plan) that detail a student’s learning profile, recommendations for strategies and support, and accommodations
-Interpret and translate diagnostic testing evaluations for use in creating Individual Achievement Plans to support student learning
-Partner with faculty to coordinate and implement recommendations and accommodations and to facilitate faculty’s understanding of students’ learning styles
-Support extended time proctoring needs for student assessments during the year and for final exams
-Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions and meetings
-Communicate with parents through writing individual student narratives that detail student progress, as well as email and phone calls
-Plan and coordinate staffings with parents and faculty to develop a support plan for students that includes strategies, recommendations, and accommodations
-Collaborate with Middle School learning specialist to share information and plan smooth transitions for students to Upper School
-Coordinate referrals with parents for evaluations through local public high school when appropriate
-Maintain a list of outside diagnosticians for referrals for diagnostic evaluations
-Coordinate and manage application process for standardized test accommodations for college entrance exams for both ACT and College Board
-Proctor school-based ACT/SAT assessments on designated testing weekends for students who meet qualifications (usually 6 times/year)
-Provide workshops for parents on the process for applying to ACT and College Board for accommodations
Ideal candidates will be believers and cultivators of the ‘growth mindset, collaborative and valued colleagues, and life-long learners who are committed to ongoing professional development. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion, have invested in growing their intercultural competencies, and whose teaching practice – inside and outside the classroom - reflect those competencies. We are fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body.
North Shore offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience. Additionally, North Shore provides an excellent employee benefits program, including health and retirement benefits. For more information about North Shore Country Day School and the opportunities available for members of our faculty, please go to https://www.nscds.org/about/employment.
North Shore Country Day School is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on qualifications and abilities. North Shore does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
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About North Shore Country Day School
We prepare students with a challenging education that requires them to think critically, communicate effectively and engage fully in their intellectual growth and personal development. In doing so, they become self-confident, ethical citizens of the world who embody our motto, "Live and Serve."
When we were founded in 1919, North Shore Country Day was the visionary answer to a fundamental question:
What matters most when educating a child? Continually refining our answer to that question and evolving our program propels us forward with purpose and passion.