Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew seeks a Middle School Learning Specialist to work with 5th - 8th-grade students who are in need of academic support.
The Middle School Learning Specialist works under the direction of the Middle School Director and is a member of the Learning Services Team along with the Lower School Learning Specialist, School Counselor, and the two Division Directors. The Learning Services Team develops learning plans, implements assessments, and monitors and supports students’ progress. In addition, the Middle School Learning Specialist plays a lead role in each Student Support Team that is developed when a Middle School student is determined to need academic support.
The Middle School Learning Specialist works closely with Middle School teachers, Middle School parents, and tutors to ensure consistent communication about expectations and strategies for each student for whom they are providing support. This is an 80% position is eligible for 100% of the school’s benefit package.
Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge about common learning differences in middle school-aged children
Experience in providing both individual and group instruction
Background in developing executive function, metacognition, and self-advocacy skills
Experience with assisting teachers in assessments and progress monitoring of students with learning differences
Experience with performing formal and informal assessments
Experience in conducting classroom observations
Experience with interpreting evaluations and translating the results to parents
Experience with implementing accommodations and interventions
Experience with providing referrals to families to outside professionals when an evaluation is recommended
Experience with providing professional development for faculty with regard to differentiating instruction and supporting students with learning differences
Roles and Responsibilities:
Providing Individual and group support for students with learning differences
Acting as a liaison between the school and outside evaluators
Maintaining an up-to-date database of students who are receiving support
Participating in Student Support Team (SST) meetings
Collaborating with Learning Services Team (Lower School Learning Specialist, School Counselor, and Division Directors) to create and monitor student support plans
Offering assistance to Middle School students during WIN (What I Need) period
When directed to do so by the Middle School Director, assisting teachers in the classroom in order to provide support to students
When directed to do so by the Middle School Director, engaging in classroom observations
Providing guidance and direction in the determination of learning accommodations for individual students
Attending grade level and meetings as necessary
Providing regular communication to the parents of students receiving support
Attending all division and all school Faculty meetings
Providing both formal and informal assessments: write-ups, intervention plans, and progress monitoring
Certificate or license in Educational Therapy or Special Education preferred
Certificates in Orton Gillingham, Slingerland, or Wilson Foundations preferred
Experience working with 5th -8th students, parents, and teachers preferred
Excellent communication and organizational skills
The salary is dependent upon personal qualifications and experience.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
Work is in an active, fast-paced environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and various contacts.
Must be able to move safely and comfortably over a large campus regularly.
May stand for extended periods of time (up to 4 hours per day).
Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment and outside in weather ranging from cold and wet to hot (80+ degrees).
Ability to safely and occasionally lift up to 30 lbs. And regularly lift up to 10 lbs.
Regularly sit, talk, walk, hear and interact with students, parents, staff and visitors.
Regularly use close and distance vision.
Turn, bend, reach and occasionally use a step ladder.
Must comply with all state vaccination requirements, including, but not limited to COVID-19 or proof of eligibility for exemption.
Episcopal Day School Mission Statement
The School’s mission is to inspire, through an academically challenging course of study, the intellectual curiosity, confidence, moral courage, and character that prepare students to be leaders of positive change in the world.
Since 1953, Episcopal Day has educated students to begin with inquiry. Taught to question, our students learn through reason. This tenet of an Episcopal education prepares our students for education in and beyond all school walls.
This is an open community. One that finds a diversity of backgrounds and cultures a fitting way to enhance our children's lives, education, and experiences. Our dedication to Service Learning in our community allows our students to recognize the importance of responsibility that comes with leading. This gained perspective shows that respect and service to others are essential elements of the world that will ultimately be theirs.
PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE
While young children benefit from the mentoring of older students, the older children enjoy opportunities for leadership and responsibility. The connections that develop among students in a pre-kindergarten-to-eighth-grade environment build confidence and allow children to be themselves and take risks in a safe space.
THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY
We instill in students the social and emotional skills for effectiveness in school and in life. Our Responsive Classroom approach ensures consist...ency across grades and classrooms. School Families and cross-grade student buddies help build relationships across grade levels. These skills powerfully enhance learning.
A SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION
As an Episcopal school, we support the spiritual lives of children in an open and inclusive context. Students begin the day in a welcoming chapel service that builds community and teaches quiet reflection.
OUTREACH TO OTHERS
Through a robust Service Learning program, children experience the value of giving back. Our curriculum and service opportunities reinforce one another, leading to deeper reflection. Students engage in service to local, regional, and global communities, connecting them to a purpose larger than themselves.
LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE
The legacy of an Episcopal Day education is seen in our graduates: academic skills, self-knowledge, and enduring values – and the confidence to put them to use. We are living our mission every day.