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Upper School Learning Specialist

Company: Bullis School
Location: Potomac
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Job Description:

Current job opportunities are posted here as they become available. Current job opportunities are posted here as they become available. Bullis School seeks an innovative, energetic, and dedicated candidate for the role of Upper School Learning Specialist. Bullis School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for students in grades K-12 located in Potomac, MD that provides a student-centered balanced experience in academics, the arts, athletics, and community service. Bullis uniquely prepares every student to become caring global citizens and creative, critical thinkers who will thrive in tomorrow's world. To learn more about Bullis School please click here . The Upper School Learning Specialist supports all students in the Upper School, with a focus on students with different learning needs/styles in the areas of reading, writing, and language intervention and remediation to ensure that each student may learn and flourish academically, socially, and emotionally in a nurturing and responsive environment. The Learning Specialist is responsible for creating individualized student action plans and works in partnership with subject area teachers to support and advance students with different learning needs within the classroom. The position also develops and maintains communication with parents on student's academic, social, and emotional achievements, progress, and needs and works with outside professionals to ensure each student's is reaching their full academic and personal potential and achievement.This is a 12-month position reporting to the Head of Upper School. The essential functions included the following, as well as other duties as necessary and assigned: Essential Functions

  • Manage a caseload of students with learning support needs in the Upper School
  • Create individualized students action plans that target specific learning and curricular needs
  • Create a welcoming, inclusive, legally sound and interactive process for families seeking accommodations for students
  • Use formative and summative practices to assess and analyze student strengths and needs; document student progress and achievement; design and implement appropriate instruction to facilitate learning and growth
  • Support classroom teachers in the implementation of personalized learning plans
  • Coordinate and make recommendations for additional support, such as tutors or psychoeducational evaluators, as needed and appropriate
  • Collaborate with Testing Coordinator to ensure standardized tests (SAT, ACT, AP) accommodations are approved
  • Conduct educational screening/assessment services and make referrals for outside evaluation, as needed and appropriate
  • Remain current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, practice and research, as well as emerging practices for cultivating neurodiversity, twice exceptionality, and assistive technology
  • Develop solid knowledge of the curriculum including the essential information, concepts and skills to better support students and assist classroom teachers.
  • Develop and maintain frequent communication with parents about student's academic, social, and emotional achievements, progress, and needs
  • Serve as an instructor for the Upper School Bullis Start Strong Program
  • Collaborate and coach teachers on best pedagogical practices, skillful classroom management (routines and procedures), and differentiation to ensure a safe, orderly, positive, enjoyable, and productive learning environment accessible to all students
  • Assist in preparing and implementing a strategic plan for on-going intervention and remediation program for grades 9-12, as needed
  • Attend weekly meetings with US administration and the student review committee about students receiving instructional support
  • High degree of discretion and confidentiality, as necessary and appropriate
  • Ability to regularly sit, stand for long periods Other Duties
    • Ability to lift of move boxes up to 25 lbs., with or without reasonable accommodation
    • Support Upper School student needs when learning support members are not available
    • Attend and participate in weekly faculty meetings, committee meetings, school functions, and professional development activities during and after school hours as needed, appropriate and assigned
    • Other duties as assigned by the Head of Upper School Qualified candidates should possess the following education & experience:
      • Master's or terminal degree in Education, Special Education, Education Administration, Psychology or related field, preferred--
      • 4+ years of prior teaching experience of students with diagnosed learning differences or experience as a learning specialist focused on students in grades 9-12
      • Must be able to exchange accurate information in a professional manner with parents, students, faculty, staff and other professionals, including excellent writing skills
      • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information
      • Ability to implement formal and informal assessment programs
      • Demonstrated skill in helping each student succeed academically and socially
      • Enthusiasm for, and experience in, working with a diverse community Bullis School is committed to staff diversity, equality, and continued professional growth. Bullis School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Bullis School complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Keywords: Bullis School, Potomac , Upper School Learning Specialist, Other , Potomac, Maryland

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