Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

Dedham Country Day School, Dedham, MA

Dedham Country Day School (DCD) seeks a well-qualified full-time Learning Specialist to join the robust faculty in our Pre-Kindergarten to grade 8 community for the 2024-25 school year. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate classroom reading instruction with lower school students (grades 4-5) and lead additional small group reading sessions with at-risk readers (grades 4-5)
  • Provide specialized small group lower school mathematics and support students with math learning
  • Accurately monitor students’ progress and growth, maintaining records of students’ performance and reading development; administer assessments as needed
  • Support students’ study skills, organization and writing skills in and outside of the classroom 
  • Communicate on a regular basis with families and compose formal individualized written reports on student progress at the conclusion of each term
  • Consult with faculty to develop and manage academic programming to support students with a variety of learning needs and make recommendations for possible interventions
  • Participate in parent/teacher conferences twice a year, team meetings for grades and divisions, regular faculty/staff meetings, and professional development opportunities
  • Take part in the school community as a contributing member, through committee work, school events, professional development opportunities, etc.
  • Provide coverage for weekly recess and lunch duties

Strong candidates will have:

  • Experience working with students with learning needs
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of and/or training in reading programs, such as Orton-Gillingham, RAVE-O, Wilson, etc. 
  • Knowledge of assessments, such as DIBELS, WRMT, DRA, etc.
  • Experience building an inclusive environment and an awareness of anti-bias teaching practices
  • A openness to integrate academic technology into the classroom experience
  • A willingness to be part of a collaborative team

School Mission and Philosophy:

DCD is proud to offer an educational experience that:

  • Provides to each child a unique educational balance of challenging academics, arts, and athletics;
  • Embraces an inclusive interdependent community of students, teachers, and parents that fosters trust and encourages children to take risks;
  • Creates independent, resilient, lifelong learners through engaging, developmentally based teaching designed to meet varied learning styles; and 
  • Inspires students to become caring, ethical members of the larger world by emphasizing thoughtful citizenship and respect for self and others.

Diversity Statement:

Dedham Country Day School fosters a sense of community in which children feel seen, cared for and valued. We strive to provide children with a multicultural and culturally responsive education that honors the diversity of our community and the larger world. At DCD, we believe diversity includes a broad and evolving list of traits, including age, ethnicity, culture, nationality, family configuration, gender identity, orientation, social and economic class, physical and learning differences, religion, as well as other characteristics that contribute to each individual’s full identity. Embracing our motto, Learning Is a Way of Life, DCD supports its community in understanding and appreciating multiple perspectives, identifying and rejecting stereotypes and prejudices, understanding systemic oppression in all forms, and working for equity and belonging at DCD and beyond.

Application Information: 

We strongly encourage applications from people of color or educators from communities that are historically underrepresented in independent schools and are committed to an inclusive school experience for all who work at DCD. Additionally, DCD places a high value on the professional growth of all faculty and staff and provides outstanding opportunities for individual professional development.

Dedham Country Day School provides a competitive salary and benefits plan. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Katie Ouellette, Special Assistant to the Head of School at kouellette@dcds.net.

Dedham Country Day School is an independent, coeducational Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 8 school located just west of Boston in Dedham MA. DCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. 

Dedham Country Day School

Dedham, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender