Start Date: Sep 01, 2017
The Bank Street School for Children is seeking an experienced, collaborative early childhood Learning Specialist who is an advocate for a progressive approach to teaching and learning, early intervention, and the importance of child development in curriculum development. Flexibility and a problem-solving stance are necessary to help navigate the school through an expansion and reconsideration of the learning specialist team structure.
Functions and Responsibilities
The learning specialist works collaboratively with teachers, coordinators, the school psychologist, the Dean, and the Associate Dean to support and evaluate the strengths and struggles of children ages 3-6.
The learning specialist supports classroom teachers in their knowledge and implementation of assessments to inform curriculum development, instruction, and differentiation.
The learning specialist collaborates with colleagues across divisions to identify and implement appropriate benchmark assessments aimed at equipping classroom teachers with knowledge about how each child learns and, as necessary, signaling the need for additional supports.
The learning specialist conducts observations and works in classrooms to consult with teachers about adapting curriculum to meet the learning needs and strengths of individual children and the whole group, including behavior management plans as needed.
The learning specialist meets with parents to increase their knowledge of their children and to help organize any interventions that are necessary.
The learning specialist supports children with learning differences through direct contact with children and meetings with parents and outside professionals and agencies (e.g. tutors, the Department of Education, outside evaluators).
An interest in professional growth is expected. The Learning Specialist meets with the following on a regular basis: school Psychologist, Lower School Coordinator, learning specialist team. The learning specialist schedules and participates in age group meetings, 5/6s math and literacy meetings, and staff meetings after school.