The Nightingale-Bamford School seeks a part-time (.50 FTE) Lower School learning specialist, grades k-4 for the 2023-2024 school year. The Lower School learning specialist must have strong knowledge of neurodiverse learners and support services. They will work closely with the Lower School division head, the head of the Learning Resources department, Lower School learning specialist, Lower School counselor, classroom teachers, parents, and outside professionals. The learning specialist supports lower school students with reading, writing, and learning strategies; provides individual and group instruction as appropriate; and serves as a resource for faculty. The ideal candidate is a dedicated educator who provides individualized academic support to students. The learning specialist works closely with students, teachers, and parents to develop learning strategies tailored to each student's learning style, to support their academic progress. This individual should have an insightful understanding of effective teaching methods for different learning styles and aptitudes and will have excellent listening and observational skills, as well as an empathetic mindset.
Finally, the ideal candidate will bring a compassionate and holistic approach to collaborating with students, families, providers, and colleagues to develop the education of all types of learners.
This is a part-time, 10 month position beginning August 24, 2023. This position reports to the director of learning resources.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (but are not limited to):
Assisting teachers in addressing students’ varying learning needs and supporting their efforts to help these students see success
Reading psychoeducational evaluations and summarizing key findings for teacher use
Conducting reading assessments throughout the year
Developing and maintaining Individual learning profiles and support plans of students and ensuring that they are up to date and successfully implemented
Developing and maintaining communication and documentation protocols related to learning support
Playing an active role in grade team meetings
Coordinating out-of-school tutors and specialists when possible, and assisting students with learning strategies and study skills
Participating in associate, grade level, division, and school-wide meetings as needed
Getting involved in other responsibilities as assigned by division head
Undergraduate or graduate degree in special education
At least two years of experience working with elementary students with learning differences
Knowledge of PAF and TWR programs
Possess significant knowledge of learning differences and intervention strategies
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CHARACTERISTICS
A shared understanding of the mission of the School and a demonstrated commitment to the core principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated cultural competence and an ability to understand, appreciate, and work with constituents across varied backgrounds and cultures.
Excellent attention to detail, professional attitude, good judgment, a high level of integrity and a strong work ethic.
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ease in effectively prioritizing multiple competing tasks and demands.
Founded in 1920, Nightingale-Bamford is an independent school for girls, enrolling 679 students from Kindergarten through Class XII. The schoolhouse consistes of 97,000 square feet with a regulation-size gymnasium, auditorium with computerized sound and lighting systems, state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer rooms and library technology. The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.Full-time faculty members:92 Average tenure at Nightingale: 11 years