Santa Cruz, CA
FT/PT: 75%-100% FTE during the school year (depending upon candidate fit and program needs), beginning Fall 2017
Status: Exempt, At-Will
Reports To: Resource Support Coordinator
Gateway School, in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA, is a CAIS accredited, independent, K-8 day school of 240 students that serves children with the intellectual curiosity and self-motivation to thrive in an academically challenging environment. Our school is notable for its innovative instruction and programs, close student-teacher relationships, supportive parent community, and small classes. We seek, and strive to maintain, a culturally and ethnically diverse community, and are committed to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We value the skills, knowledge and experiences a diverse workforce brings to our school.
The mission for Gateway School’s Resource Program is to ensure that the learning needs of struggling students are recognized and met within the institution’s capabilities.
The position requires the learning specialist to:
- Work under the direction, guidance, and coaching/mentoring of the Resource Support Coordinator.
- Be trained (or be willing to be trained) in the California Reading and Literature Project’s (CRLP) instructional and assessment practices.
- Provide direct service and learning support to students, with a focus on early reading intervention in grades K-3.
- Participate in the STST (Student Teacher Support Team) and resource support program in grades K-3.
- Support the institutional conversation about child development.
Direct Service to Students
- Provide small-group and 1:1 direct learning service and intervention support to students in English Language Arts via push-in and pull-out approaches, as scheduled and directed by the RSC.
- Provide written progress reports to teachers and families.
- Maintain appropriate reports, records and files.
Participate in the STST/resource support program
- Attend STST meetings for relevant children as requested/directed by the RSC and/or Assistant Head of School.
- Conduct assessments, observations, and other diagnostic studies for students on current caseload as directed by the RSC.
- Support the review and updating of STST Action Plans.
Support the institutional conversation about child development.
- Administer admissions assessments to applicants as needed.
- Make recommendations about conditional contracts for new or returning students as needed.
- Support training for faculty on academic & behavioral intervention programs, as appropriate.
- Attend professional development conferences as needed.
- Provide support for student conflict resolution and faculty playground coverage as needed on occasion.
- Provide behavioral supervision as needed and as part of the overall functioning of the staff.
- Support institutional conversations about culturally competent and relevant instruction.
Other regular responsibilities
- Support the implementation of annual ERB testing.
- Participate in broader faculty conversations and committees.
- Time-limited classroom teaching assignments, as needed and appropriate.
Gateway School offers interested applicants:
- A constructivist/experiential learning environment;
- Students who are ready to learn and have a solid foundation;
- A learning environment that encourages instructional staff to excel at their craft;
- A school that values teaching the student how to be a learner, rather than a test-taker;
- A community of parents that highly values and supports our teachers;
- An administration that encourages creativity, innovation and professional development;
- A school community committed to creating a safe and inclusive space that explicitly promotes and addresses issues of social justice and equity.
- A faculty and staff that is collegial and focuses on the continued improvement of the school.
- 3-5 years prior instructional experience in a K-8 setting
- Teaching credential and/or degree in Education
- Experience in teaching targeted early literacy skills
- An understanding of the developmental milestones of early elementary-aged students
- Experience with small and large group management with grades K-5
- Excellent communication skills with the expectation to communicate with faculty and parents on a regular basis
- The willingness and ability to collaborate well with faculty including the RSC.
- A commitment to supporting students in their emerging literacy skills and helping them to foster a love of reading
- A commitment to contributing to a school and learning environment that values the social and emotional lives of students
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is dependent upon years of teaching experience, and other related credentials, background and training, and/or a combination of education and experience. Benefits package includes employee coverage for medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holiday time, sick time and 403(b) retirement savings plan.
To apply for this position, e-mail a resume with cover letter explaining: 1) why you are interested in this opportunity, 2) what makes you qualified, and 3) your salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application deadline: until filled or a sufficient number of qualified submissions have been received.
Gateway School is an equal opportunity employer and embraces and promotes a diverse work environment (W/M/D/V). Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other legally protected class.