Lower School Learning Specialist
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
Date Posted: November 2022
Start Date: February 2023 – May 2023
Department: Lower School
BB&N is seeking a full-time Lower School Learning Specialist from the end of February 2023 through May 2023. This position is part of the Lower School Support Services Department and includes collaborating with the Beginner, Kindergarten, and Grade 6 homeroom teachers to support students within those grades as well as collaborating with other grade-level reading and learning specialists. Responsibilities include working with teachers to support best practices to improve student learning, supporting student assessment, teaching individual or small groups when necessary, documenting student progress and needs, and conferencing with students regarding their reading, writing, and ELA skills.
In addition, the LS Learning Specialist’s responsibilities include:
- Supporting skills in and out of the classroom in study skills, organization, and as needed in other areas of the curriculum
- Consulting with teachers about supporting a developmental range of students in the classroom as well as making recommendations for possible interventions
- Writing Learning Profiles and support plans and communicating with the grade team
- Reporting student progress to parents and teachers
- Writing student progress reports
- Covering any other teaching duties aligned with the Learning Specialist position at the Lower School campus.
- Engaging in community and school-based engagement (such as faculty meetings, leading/co-leading Affinity Lunch, etc).
Skills & Competencies:
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two years of teaching experience. A Master’s degree in Special Education or a comparable field is preferred.
In addition, the candidate will demonstrate the following:
- Understanding of child development
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive practices and the impact they have on curriculum and the community
- Capacity to communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues
- Excellent writing skills
- Desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
- Understand and exhibit high standards of professional conduct
- Ability to support social-emotional learning goals
About Buckingham Browne & Nichols:
Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school that engages students in grades Pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop those strengths to the fullest. The curriculum is challenging, forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible, designed to help qualified students, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of talents and interests, reach new levels of accomplishment. Co-curricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and other areas add important dimensions to students’ learning. Students learn on three age and developmentally-appropriate campuses. At every grade, BB&N takes full advantage of the range of opportunities its locations afford.
BB&N is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. This commitment is integral to the mission and vision of the School. BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. At BB&N, we value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all. The different perspectives and experiences of our students define the fabric of our community and contribute to the growth of the individuals who call BB&N their alma mater and shape the classroom and extracurricular experiences. To have classmates and friends who are different from oneself, to come to truly know the background, experiences, and beliefs of a new friend is to learn more deeply about oneself and our world. There is no more important attribute in the preparation for global citizenship.
The vibrancy and vitality we feel in the classrooms, hallways, stages and playing fields of BB&N derive from the people who are here. At its root are the varied interests and experiences, the different backgrounds, cultures, religions, views, and perspectives that our students and faculty bring to their classes and families bring to myriad activities. Each of us adds to the richness of another’s experience. Working and playing together teaches us lifelong lessons about appreciating, knowing and understanding, and learning from each other.
Please upload your Cover Letter, Resume, and Reference List. Please include your connection to BB&N’s mission and values in your cover letter.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any non-job-related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity; we encourage candidates of color and all diverse candidates to apply.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols Schools takes the health and safety of its community members very seriously. Because we serve students, many of whom are not eligible for vaccination due to their age, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus with the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment. Documentation showing vaccination status will be required as part of the application process.