Middle School Literacy Tutor


Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

About Shady Hill School:

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 530 students (PreK – Grade 8) and 90+ faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.

A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades 3-8 engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Gradeheads (lead teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in social studies/history and language arts, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. Additionally, gradeheads in Beginners through Grade 4 are responsible for implementing instruction in mathematics.

Shady Hill School is also a teacher training institution. Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings 6-8 apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

About the position:
Shady Hill School is looking for a Middle School Literacy Tutor. The Tutor will work with Middle School (Grades 5 – 8) students on reading comprehension strategies, writing, vocabulary and fluency. This is a part-time position with flexible hours, including traditional school hours and after school hours, depending on the needs and schedules of students. Tutoring sessions are paid at a contracted hourly rate. This position is not eligible for benefits. 

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Conduct one-on-one tutoring sessions with Middle School students (grades 5 – 8) to improve reading comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary, and/or language fluency
  • Conduct student academic assessments and review assessment data to define tutoring goals
  • Design/plan for tutoring sessions to meet identified learning objectives based on assessment results and discussions with the tutee’s classroom teachers and parents
  • Document tutoring session objectives, accomplishments and future goals
  • Collaborate with Learning Resources team and classroom teachers to identify, track, and remediate learning weaknesses
  • Provide updates on students’ progress and continued areas of focus with parents and teachers on a scheduled basis


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working with middle school students on reading comprehension strategies, writing, vocabulary and fluency
  • Training and experience implementing targeted reading and/or writing interventions with middle school students (ie. Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, Project Read, EmPOWER, Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing, etc.)
  • Knowledge of and experience with assessments and determining instructional goals based on assessment data
  • Experience working with a range of middle school grades and learning profiles, preferably in a school setting 
  • Experience working with students with language based learning disabilities and executive function challenges, preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with teachers and communicate effectively with parents about student needs and progress, under the guidance of the Directors of Learning Resources
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A demonstrated understanding of diversity and cultural competency through prior work with diverse populations

To apply: please send a cover letter and resume to apply@shs.org. Please be sure to include “Middle School Literacy Tutor” in the subject line of the email. 

COVID 19 Protocols: All Shady Hill employees are required to provide proof of vaccination and to observe campus COVID protocols. All health and safety protocols are subject to change based on state, local and CDC guidelines and at the discretion of the Health and Safety Team.

Shady Hill is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employees must be authorized to work in the United States. For more information on Shady Hill please visit us at www.shs.org

Shady Hill School

Cambridge, MA
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
All Gender