The Learning Specialist is responsible for supporting the needs of those students requiring supplemental academic instruction for mild to moderate learning needs. The Learning Specialist is the assigned case manager for those students who may have an IEP/Individualized Learning Plan or a 504 plan as a result of a student’s psycho-educational evaluation. The Learning Specialist is also responsible for developing learning plans for students who might need their learning extended through enrichment plans.
Additionally, s/he works closely with classroom teachers as a consultative expert to differentiate curriculum according to students' strengths and weaknesses.
Learning specialists provide both pull-out services and push-in support, and sometimes, when warranted, may teach a class focusing on a specific intervention for a group of students.
Learning Specialists serve as student advocates and are in regular contact with parents, support staff and teachers on a regular basis.
Working collaboratively with grade level teachers to provide coaching and support for differentiation in the classroom
Small group instruction to support literacy and math development during Learning Resource Center block as needed*
Provide student support for students requiring Tier 3 interventions during Learning Resource Center block as needed*
Communicating regularly with parents with regards to testing accommodations for both internal and external assessments
Inform parents’ of their roles with regards to paperwork and testing accommodations and liaise with counselors and external testing administrators when necessary
To provide continuity and progression within the grade-level content areas and to develop analytical skills necessary for academic success
To team teach with mainstream teachers when possible to do so
To ensure students are fully included in the mainstream when possible and have equal access to the curriculum*
Provide before-school and after-school support when needed
Attend Student Study Team Meetings
Attend Grade Team meetings to help articulate Tier 1 interventions with colleagues.
Attend collaborative planning meetings with subject area teachers when necessary
Communicate regularly with the DoE of NYC and complete all documentation required for students on assigned caseloads.
Applicants must have a Master's degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities, or a related field, and a minimum of three years of experience working in a classroom setting with children with needs. They should possess significant knowledge of learning disabilities, the ability to interpret results of IQ, achievement, and learning disability diagnostic tests as well as training in developing and implementing strategies that will allow different learning styles to achieve success. Applicants must know the Response to Intervention approach to services and must be willing to implement a program services delivery model based on inclusion.
For Lower School Specialists: Experience using Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Fundations or other multi-sensory approaches or other research-based programs to reading instruction is preferred.?
For Upper School: experience teaching the International Baccaulearate Diploma Programme is preferred.
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School is an international learning community committed to educating, empowering and inspiring students from early childhood through 12th Grade to be confident, independent critical thinkers.
We equip young minds with the knowledge and skills they need to evaluate, compare and make thoughtful choices so they can become informed and engaged citizens of the world.
L...éman Manhattan Prep is enriched by our vibrant downtown location and the proven academic resources afforded us as a member of the Meritas Family of Schools.
We believe in the value of:
Learning to think critically
Achieving academic excellence
Personalizing learning according to each student’s unique learning style, goals, interests and strengths
Developing a global perspective
Promoting healthy minds and bodies
Respecting one’s self and others
Serving the local and global community
World views from every classroom
Offering “world views from every classroom” is at the heart of our school’s mission. We want our students to be rooted in their community but we also feel that we have a responsibility to help our children see beyond the Manhattan harbor and engage in a conversation with others around the world. Therefore, we encourage young minds to see the world from fresh perspectives and to remember that a vantage point will change depending on where one is standing. And as the only preparatory school in Manhattan with established sister campuses in Europe, Asia, Latin America and throughout the United States the opportunities for international exchange are endless.