LS Language and Literacy Specialist
Milton Academy, Milton, MA
Lower School Language and Literacy Specialist
About our School:
Milton Academy is an independent college preparatory K–12 school, boarding and day in grades 9–12, located just outside of Boston.
Milton Academy cultivates in our students a passion for learning and a respect for others. Milton students grow by developing their own identities, learning from and listening to the lived experiences of others, and living and working among peers whose differences they accept with respect and care.
In our ongoing work to create an environment that confronts bias, injustice, and bigotry, we encourage each other to be open to learning, explore our histories and identities, and seek to understand the world around us with a critical lens. At Milton, we prepare students to partner with their future communities to create a more just world, and to have the courage to speak up and live by our motto, “Dare to be true.”
Summary of Position:
The Lower School language and literacy specialist will work with the Lower School Learning Resources Team. They will provide classroom support, including administering oral and written language assessments, providing supplemental instruction for unique student needs identified from assessment data collected, participating in standing meetings with teachers about student support, documenting and communicating interventions and progress with team members and caregivers, and planning instruction aligned with the literacy scope and sequence in grades K-5. The language and literacy specialist will also engage with students as a part of school life and will attend to all administrative responsibilities of the position.
This position will be 32 hours per week during the academic year and benefits eligible.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
- Administer and document screening assessments in fall, winter, and spring.
- Support students identified as having concerns with oral and written language, social communication, and literacy skills, by conducting evidence-based push-in and pull-out services.
- Use formal and informal assessment data to design individualized, targeted interventions.
- Regularly monitor and document student’s progress towards their goals. Using formal and informal measures, adjust interventions based on data and regularly communicate progress to team members and caregivers.
- Participate in standing grade level literacy meetings.
- Review evaluations by outside providers such as neuropsychological evaluations and occupational therapy reports.
- Support Lower School teachers in interpreting external evaluations and implementing strategies for students with varying learning profiles. Provide guidance, recommendations, and support for accommodations and interventions to promote effective learning.
- Write Individualized Learning Guides as needed based on review of student psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations.
- Serve on all assigned Lower School Child Study teams, which are monthly student support meetings with classroom teachers and learning resources team members.
- Communicate regularly with outside service providers (i.e. tutors, psychologists etc.) and liaise directly with families to maintain continuity of goals and complementary and integrated services.
Position Requirements: Qualified candidates will hold Speech-Language Pathologist Licensure. Reading Specialist License, Orton-Gillingham certification preferred. At least 3 years of experience as an elementary school speech-language pathologist, a deep understanding of the elementary curriculum guide, experience with administering and scoring diagnostic literacy assessments, knowledge of the fundamental skills required for fluent reading and experience with word study programs, such as Orton-Gillingham, Foundations, or Words Their Way; experience with the structured literacy approach.
Milton Academy is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or ancestry, age, veteran status, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are fundamental elements of Milton’s mission. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds.