Consult on learning, attention, organization skills issues with administration, counselor, teachers, and families
Provide one-on-one and small group support to students with learning needs (Instructional support should be in-person if students are on campus and virtual only when students are in distance learning). This includes running small reading groups and research-based intervention groups.
Coordinate and lead team meetings with parents and teachers (Head of LS and counselor when relevant) regarding individual student learning/attention/language needs for students Age 3 – Grade 5.
Meet on a scheduled basis with teachers to discuss student concerns, referrals and instructional strategies
Read and interpret neuropsychological and psycho-educational evaluations of Lower School students for parents and staff; meet together to discuss recommendations.
Write, monitor and update Accommodation Plans for Barrie students with identified Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD Age 2 – Grade 5
Evaluate results of standardized testing (DIBELS) and consult with teachers regarding student progress
Provide professional referrals (psychologists, therapists, tutors, etc.) to families
Maintain connections and communication with professionals in the area, in order to discuss Barrie students receiving outside services, as well as to identify additional referrals for parents
Serve as a member of the Student Support Services Team (SSST), meeting regularly with Counselor and MUS Learning Specialist
Consult on reading programs and reading instruction in Lower School
Compile and update list of Lower School students receiving special needs services
Liaison between outside tutors, occupational therapists, speech/language professionals and MCPS service providers who provide services to Barrie students on campus
Attend and advocate during Montgomery County Public Schools screening and IEP meetings held at home public schools, for Barrie students, at parents’ request
Meet with Barrie specialists throughout the year to discuss students with special needs
Serve on Admissions Committee for Lower School applicants
Consult with Admissions staff; talk to parents and attend Admissions meetings when requested
Meet with prospective students and families with special needs issues, as asked by Admissions
Observe students during admissions visits, as asked by Admissions
Attend professional development relevant to the role of learning specialists and convey information to staff
Share resources, articles and other information on learning/language and attention issues
Participate in the life of the school by attending community events
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s in Special Education preferred.
3-5 years of experience in an educational setting.
3-5 years working with students with a range of learning skills and needs.
Detail-oriented; positive attitude.
Appreciation for and experience working in a diverse educational environment.
About Barrie School
Barrie School is a progressive independent school, serving students from 12 months to Grade 12, that inspires excellence, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility through innovation in learning. Our intentional educational throughline—from Montessori (12 months to Grade 5) to Project-Based Learning (Grade 6 to Grade 12)—cultivates learning that lasts. Offering challenging educational experiences that unlock intrinsic motivation and innovation in both students and faculty. Our community fosters a deep sense of belonging and empowers and honors student voice and responsibility. Coming together in our truly diverse student body of engaged citizens, students are confident to be themselves, bringing diverse and inclusive worldviews.
Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, Barrie School provides an extraordinary learning environment integrating local, national and global educational opportunities. Our 45-acre campus is home to the world-renowned Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies— one of the largest school-based teacher training programs in the country— and Barrie Camp, a Washington, D.C. area tradition since the 1950s.