K-8 School Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA

ABOUT JCDS:
JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, is committed to serving families across a wide spectrum of belief and practice. The school has several hallmarks: Hebrew and English spoken throughout the day; Jewish and General studies integrated in many areas; a commitment to creative, academic excellence; and living a joyful Jewish life in a welcoming community. JCDS was founded in 1995 and serves students in grades K-8. We encourage everyone in our community to approach life with a growth mindset. We value our professional staff and invest in their ongoing development. Our professional community is rooted in collaboration, generosity of spirit, and a passion for our mission. JCDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

POSITION SUMMARY:
A JCDS Learning Specialist models the core values of a JCDS education: integrity, perseverance/resiliency, curiosity, multiple perspectives/empathy, problem solving, reflection and evidence, and creates a student-centered, rigorous, project-based learning environment for students.
A K-8 Learning Specialist supports students with executive functioning difficulties, a variety of learning disabilities, ADHD, and social emotional difficulties. Candidates for this position should demonstrate a passion for teaching children K-8 as well as a deep understanding of instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with learning differences and/or neurodiverse presentations. The candidate should possess excellent communication, organization and relationship skills and should demonstrate a desire to work collaboratively with grade level team colleagues to create a joyful learning community.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and progress monitor a roster of students with Learning Plan/RTI Plan
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with classroom teachers and all staff members
  • Teach Tier II and Tier III intervention inside and/or outside of the classroom
  • Provide direct in- class support to teachers
  • Provide direct and in-class support to students during small group lessons, whole class lessons , one on one lessons
  • Act as Liaison between parents/teachers/administrators
  • Maintain the school’s learning support plans and/or Response to Intervention plans including regularly updating student files with information on effective strategies, testing/assessments, evaluation reports, IEPs, 504 Accommodations, notes on meetings with parents, and classroom accommodationsSupport differentiation of curriculum in classrooms
  • Facilitate the distribution of information about students with all members of a student’s learning team (student, parent, advisor, teachers, outside professionals) as necessary to ensure learning team cohesion and support each student’s progress
  • Communicate regularly with parents about their child’s progress and invite their participation and questions
  • Attend Department and Grade Team Meetings
  • Attend student-parent-teacher/advisor conferences and team meetings as needed (conferences may be scheduled before-, during- and after-school as well as during the school day) and any other pertinent meetings
  • Attend school events (some after school hours) and faculty meetings and participate in assigned duties
  • Set professional development goals with the Director of Learning Services per recommendations resulting from observations to enhance professional growth
  • Teach executive functioning classes / study skills classes
  • Assist parents in understanding their child’s unique learning profile, participation in a learning support program, and how the program connects to classroom learning and content/curriculum mastery.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality concerning each student within and outside the school community.Skills:
  • Special Education credential required. Masters degree or equivalent training and experience in learning disabilities, educational therapy, special education, or related field
  • Experience as a school-based learning specialist
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience to provide individualized, multi-sensory approaches to remediation of language-based learning challenges such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Lindamood-Bell
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience to provide individualized approaches to math remediation (Illustrative Mathematics/Investigations Mathematics)
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience around underlying attention, memory, language, social skill, and executive functioning challenges and how they impact on learning and academic success
  • Knowledge and and appreciation of child development in young children and adolescents
  • Ability to establish effective and collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and parents
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • BENEFITS
  • Health, life, short and long-term disability insurance
  • Sick and personal time, family and medical leave
  • Employer matching retirement plans, FSA, dependent care
  • Time off for national and Jewish holidays, early release FridaysTO APPLY:
    Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@jcdsboston.org.

    JCDS is a pluralist co-educational Jewish day school serving students from families across a wide spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices. Visit our website at jcdsboston.org for more information.
    JCDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School

Watertown, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
Day
All Gender
Religiously-Affiliated