Learning Specialist, Literacy Focus 

Faculty / Full-Time

The Park School, Brookline, MA

About The Park School

The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park’s program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to their greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park’s faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical, and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.

Park’s Academic Support Department provides support to students with academic, organizational, and attentional challenges. These services are meant to address students’ specific learning needs and help them meet classroom goals. We are seeking a committed, enthusiastic, and experienced Learning Specialist with a focus on literacy to join our Academic Support team for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year, to begin in January 2022 and to end in June 2022. This position requires the ability to be scheduled 3 days per week during school hours.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Provide targeted one-to-one support for students in Grades K-8, with a focus on supporting literacy and executive function skills development for students with learning challenges, including students whose learning profiles include language-based learning disabilities.
  • The caseload will include 12-14 student sessions per week.
  • Work collaboratively with classroom teachers,  Academic Support Head, and other school educators to identify and address student needs.
  • Use a variety of assessment data to inform instruction, including that provided by neuropsychological reports.
  • Communicate effectively with parents about student needs and progress, enlisting families as partners in supporting student growth.
  • Write student progress reports 1-2x for the spring semester, as scheduled.
  • Attend one Academic Support Department meeting per week, parent conferences for spring term 2022, and team/child study meetings as appropriate for caseload.
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s strongly preferred.
  • Training in the Orton Gillingham method at the Associate level including completion of coursework and supervised practicum.
  • Minimum of three years successful experience teaching/tutoring students with language based learning difficulties, especially students in Grades 1-4.
  • Demonstrated understanding of specific learning challenges that can impact student’s acquisition of literacy skills, knowledge of how to address these challenges in order to support achievement, and ability to communicate these challenges and strategies to teachers and parents.
  • Training and experience in methods of teaching reading, writing, and organizational skills to students with attentional and executive function challenges.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teachers, families, and students to support learning.
  • Experience providing both “pull out” and “push in” support.
  • Experience with both in person and remote literacy instruction.
  • Current knowledge of technological supports for literacy learning.
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing support to students and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated interest in ongoing professional development and innovative practices that support student growth.
Application Information
  • Please visit Park’s career page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, leadership/philosophy statement, and the names of three to five references including two present or past supervisors.
  • The Park 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.
  • The Park 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

The Park School

Brookline, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
Day
All Gender