Learning Support Specialist
Job Title: Learning Support Specialist
Department: Upper School School
Reports to: Head of Upper School
Date: August, 2019
Job Summary: The Learning Support Specialist supports students with documented learning differences by providing intervention and remediation; supports teachers in their efforts to encourage success for students with varied learning needs within the classroom; works with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students.
Specific responsibilities include (but not limited to):
- Develops solid knowledge of the Curriculum Maps, Scope and Sequence and all other grade-level curriculum in each content area taught, including the essential information, concepts and skills so as to better support students and assist classroom teachers.
- Supports differentiated instruction as needed (in content, process, product, and environment).
- Reviews and interprets psychological and cognitive testing completed by private specialists.
- Develops strategies to meet the academic needs of identified students.
- In cooperation with classroom teacher(s), creates an individual accommodation plan for each student with a documented learning difference.
- Collaborates with teachers in classrooms to help enrich curricular approaches and improve pedagogy in order to better meet the needs of our students.
- Works in conjunction with the Division Head and the Academic Dean to recommend tutors, psychoeducational evaluators, etc.
- Communicates with outside specialists attending to students’ needs.
- Seeks out new and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications for implementation in our classroom.
- Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, best practice and the latest research.
- Establishes and maintains frequent communication with parents about their child’s academic progress and support needs.
- Attends meetings for all students receiving Learning Support.
- Attends and participates in weekly faculty meetings, committee meetings, school functions, and professional development activities during and after school hours as needed, appropriate and assigned.
- Adheres to strict student confidentiality.
- Participates in and/or chaperones some school activities, field trips, orientations, and experiential learning trips.
- Performs other tasks as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Division Head, the Academic Dean and/or the Head of School.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Special Education, Diagnostics, or a similar field; advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum 3-5 years experience in Special Education, Educational Diagnostics, Learning Support, Intervention or similar educational field in a school setting.