Learning Specialist Grades 6-8
Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA
Fayerweather seeks a full-time Learning Specialist to work with students in Grades 6-8 using a push-in model. In this model, the Learning Specialist primarily works closely with students in small groups within the classroom. Classroom teachers are working more collaboratively with the specialist on curriculum and instruction practices that serve all students. A bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree in Special Education or equivalent experience preferred.
The Learning Specialist role is an important position at Fayerweather Street School, as the role supports the learning of both students and teachers. The position will report directly, as well as partner with the Assistant Head of School to take responsibility in supporting student learning within the classroom. In addition, this position will be a member of the Educational Leadership Team which helps to review and oversee the school’s academic program.
The Learning Specialist work focuses on supporting and providing progress monitoring for students who are identified as needing learning support. The Learning Specialists will organize child study meetings and tiering for students within assigned grades bands, as well as assess students as needed.
The position responsibilities also include documenting students’ progress and needs, and overseeing parent communication and conferencing regarding students who are being supported in their learning (progress monitoring). The position will also support instruction and teaching by participating in grade-level teams’ planning and work.
Responsibilities, Skills and Qualifications:
Working at FSS
- be knowledgeable of the philosophy of progressive education
- demonstrate strong cultural awareness and responsiveness, as well as experience supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
Teaching at FSS
- have enthusiasm, flexibility, and a desire to collaborate with colleagues both in your grade level team and across disciplines
- exhibit excellent communication with parents to provide timely and appropriate feedback regarding student progress
- possess a growth mindset when it comes to engaging with relevant and mission-driven professional learning
- embrace feedback and constructive criticism in the spirit of continuous improvement
- possess strong attention to detail coupled with the ability to think strategically
- possess knowledge of the IEP process
- demonstrate understanding of 6-8 instruction and assessment strategies
- demonstrate knowledge of assistive technologies, curriculum design, and a working knowledge of assessments (Assessments used at FSS: Track My Progress, KTEA, TOWL, WRAT)
Responsibilities at FSS
- provide student support through small group instruction within and/or outside the classroom, with a focus on developing effective executive function competencies, study/academic habits, and subject-specific skills (i.e. math and reading strategies)
- collaborate with teachers (in team meetings and as needed) to develop effective whole group practices and small group interventions
- make recommendations for strategies and interventions to strengthen learning
- support teachers in differentiating plans for students based on their unique learning profiles so all students are adequately challenged and engaged
- oversee and/or administer appropriate assessments to determine the effectiveness of instruction
- collaborate with grade-level teams to assist and support effective curriculum and instructional planning
- participate in weekly Educational Leadership Team meetings
- oversee the child-study process for assigned grade levels
- collaborate in student tiering process with the school counselor
- create learning support plans for individual students based on neuropsychological evaluations and/or IEP recommendation
- provide progress monitoring and communication with parents
- performing various duties including recess coverage, lunch duty, and creating curricular displays
- attending weekly staff meetings
- participating in admissions programming as needed
- and other duties as assigned
Fayerweather Street School has a rich and progressive history of successfully educating students for over 50 years. Fayerweather Street School (FSS) is a co-educational independent day school enrolling approximately 200 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. Located in the Fresh Pond neighborhood in Cambridge, Fayerweather offers a progressive, hands-on experiential learning environment where the pace of childhood is respected, and where children develop a love of learning, know how they learn best, and have voice and agency in their school community. We help young people develop the knowledge, skills and awareness to flourish in a complex, diverse and increasingly interdependent world. We believe that truly knowing each child is the heart of a great education, and we are committed to building a diverse, welcoming and equitable community in which compassion, humor and respect are woven throughout the curriculum and spirit of the day.
Fayerweather Street School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
Fayerweather Street School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.To Apply: Please submit your cover letter and resume to Employment@Fayerweather.org. Please be prepared to provide at least three references, and at least two of your references must be, or have been, someone you directly reported to.