Lower School (Grades 3-5) Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA

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At Belmont Day School, we foster intellectual curiosity, honor differences,

and empower meaningful contribution with excellence, respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, and joy.

 

Lower School Learning Specialist (Grades 3-5) – One-year position

 

We are seeking a dynamic, skilled, and creative educator to implement an academic support program for students in grades three, four, and five. This learning specialist will provide intervention and remediation, support teachers in implementing necessary accommodations and differentiated instruction, and work with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support the needs of students. A qualified candidate will be energetic, optimistic, and experienced with a broad repertoire of teaching strategies to support students who may need accommodations in approach, materials, and/or assessment methods.

 

This role is a one-year position that will begin on August 26, 2024, and end on June 17, 2025. This is a full-time, exempt, and benefit-eligible position and reports to the lower school head. This position is not eligible for employer-sponsored relocation.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Create a curriculum for and teach small pull-out groups for academic support in all subject areas in “Skills and Strategies” classes
  • Create and share academic learning plans for students in grades three, four, and five who undergo neuropsychological evaluations
  • Assist and collaborate with classroom teachers to help adjust, modify, and enrich curricular approaches and improve instruction
  • Support students with varying learning styles and profiles through differentiation
  • Run a small reading group in third grade
  • Work in conjunction with the learning support team and lower school head to recommend tutors and educational evaluators to families
  • Work closely with the learning support team to design a cohesive learning support program for pre-kindergarten to eighth grade
  • Seek out new and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications to enhance student learning
  • Establish and maintain strong home-school partnerships with families to ensure students’ success
  • Participate in teacher-parent conferences and plan follow-up meetings and assessments
  • Keep careful anecdotal and assessment records and use them to contribute to the writing of accurate, comprehensive reports
  • Serve as a resource for families in the realm of learning support
  • Commit to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in and out of the classroom
  • Work with the admissions team to determine best-fit candidates for the school
  • Manage the ERB standardized testing program for grades four and five and MAP assessments for grades three through eight
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required.

 

Competencies:

  • Knowledge of language-based learning disabilities and how they affect learning
  • Evidence of expertise in compensatory learning strategies
  • Experience working in both pull-out and push-in models of academic support
  • Demonstrated skills in literacy and mathematics instruction
  • Knowledge of and ability to read and interpret test results and evaluations
  • Deep appreciation for and commitment to elementary students
  • Explicit strategies to meet the social and emotional needs of children
  • Possess cultural competence in working with diverse populations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop strong relationships
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Experience and interest in working with the latest technologies to support learning
  • Commitment to the BDS values of respect, honesty, responsibility, joy, caring, and excellence.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • At least 3-5 years experience working in a special education setting
  • Orton-Gillingham or Wilson training/certification
  • Experience teaching Singapore Math and Fundations preferred
  • Experience with strategies in differentiated instruction, executive functioning weaknesses, and multisensory programs, and the ability to successfully mentor teachers in these areas.

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to careers@belmontday.org with “LS Learning Specialist” in the subject line by Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

 

The school will always be maintained as a nonsectarian institution and is an equal opportunity employer. BDS complies with all legal requirements concerning admissions and access to programs, facilities, and employment practices regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, or disability.

Belmont Day School

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