Villa Academy is seeking a Lower School Learning Support Specialist beginning in the 2017-18 academic year. Learning Support is a targeted program designed to assist students who experience difficulty with some aspect of learning, thus affecting their academic growth. This position reports to the Lower School Director and is a full-time faculty appointment.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Learning Support Specialist plays a vital role in teaching students of concern or with documented learning differences. He/she teaches strategies and specific skills to help students achieve academic success. Primary responsibilities of the Learning Support Specialist include:
Provide direct instruction of specific skills and learning strategies for first and second grade students in a small group setting;
Demonstrated experience with Slingerland, Wired for Reading and Orton Gillingham programs;
“Push in” third, fourth and fifth grade classrooms to support students of concern;
Communicate regularly with teachers and parents regarding student progress;
Write and regularly update learning support plans for students with identified learning needs;
Facilitate classroom accommodations for qualified students;
Oversee standardized testing accommodations for Lower School students;
Interpret cognitive and academic assessments for identified students, and then facilitate appropriate learning support;
Contribute to classroom progress reports/report cards of identified students;
Continually provide and seek out resources to assist students;
Oversee reading assessments three times yearly per the established Villa Lower School Reading Assessment Guidelines and then review the assessment data with Lower School Director and classroom teachers;
Participate in grade level and division meetings;
Meet regularly with Lower School Director and School Counselor;
Meet regularly with Middle School Learning Support Specialist;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
A degree in Special Education or related field with emphasis on teaching/learning; Master’s degree preferred
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion;
Experience working successfully with students experiencing a broad range of learning needs, including learning disabilities
Coursework and experience with strong background in interventions for learning disabilities;
Current Washington State teaching certificate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Commitment to the mission, vision and values of Villa Academy;
A commitment to cultural competence and an understanding of its important role in academic excellence and student preparation. Consistent with our unique history and ethos, Villa Academy is committed to building and fostering a richly diverse and inclusive school community;
Desire to be part of a faith community;
Experience working within an educational setting;
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
Able to use instructional technology effectively including interactive whiteboards, document cameras, Google docs, and teacher web pages;
Experience creating and sustaining effective parent partnerships;
Excellent communication skills for working with students, parents, teachers, and outside professionals;
Understanding of child development and learning styles issues;
Commitment to ongoing professional development;
Ability to perform the job responsibilities of this position.
Please provide, via email, the items listed below (preferably in one PDF document).
A cover letter
A current resume with relevant educational experience and three references
Villa Academy is a Catholic independent school serving children in Preschool through Grade 8, dedicated to excellence in the education of the whole child.
Guided by the Cabrinian tradition of educating hearts and minds, Villa Academy is a learning community that challenges the unique potential of each child and educates for a diverse society. The school seeks to develop within each student self esteem, an inquiring mind, a joy for learning, and a compassionate and ethical spirit