St. Stephen's Episcopal School, a day and boarding school of 690 students (grades 6-12), is seeking an Upper School Learning Specialist for a full-time position beginning August 1, 2021.
The Upper School Learning Specialist assists students (9th- 12th grades) experiencing academic challenges by providing direct instructional support, close collaboration with teachers, administrators, students, families, and outside professionals to identify students’ academic strengths and needs, and promoting the development of self-advocacy skills and independence to enhance student learning.
Develop and teach differentiated curricula designed to reinforce student learning and explicit skill development across a variety of content areas.
Work with students to provide support in small or large groups, as well as individually.
Work collaboratively with the other Learning Specialists, counselors, nurses, and DEI team to create comprehensive systems of student support for grades 9-12.
Collaborate with Student Support personnel and Deans of Students to coordinate student wellness programs, study skills courses, including additional teaching duties as assigned.
Provide parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and/or outside parties with specific information about a student’s learning, academic performance, classroom instruction, and effective instructional techniques.
Participate meaningfully in student support meetings, division faculty meetings, and grade level meetings, and consult with teachers to follow up on identified students and how best to work with students and to brainstorm academic strategies.
Oversee standardized testing accommodations and coordinate with students, parents, and outside professionals to process standardized testing accommodation requests (College Board/ACT).
Work with outside therapists, medical doctors, educational therapists, and other treatment providers to provide emotional, social, and educational support to US students and their families as appropriate and needed.
Collaborate with Deans of Students, Counselors, and Head Advisors in Student of Concern meetings for students.
Make referrals and facilitate the process of outside evaluations as appropriate.
Engage substantively in the life of the school in and outside the classroom.
A Masters degree in Special Education, Education, Child Development, Psychology, or related field from an accredited college or university is required; a Doctorate/Graduate degree is preferred.
Active engagement to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
Expertise in psychological, educational, and physical health best practices (e.g., educational therapist, academic/executive functioning coach, behavioral analyst).
Expertise in evaluating psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports.
Experience writing individualized learning plans (IEPs, 504s, etc.). Understanding of learning and development in children and adolescence, including knowledge of educational support and interventions.
Experience assessing, teaching, or supporting high school students with learning difficulties, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental differences.
Experience implementing learning strategies with high school students using a range of approaches.
Experience in consulting/communicating with teachers, administrators, and parents.
Experience coordinating and managing standardized online accommodations management systems such as SSD-College Board and TAA-ACT.
Familiarity with school learning management systems such as PowerSchool, Google Classroom, and TeacherEase.
Equal access to employment, programs and services is available to all. With respect to its employment practices, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation or identity.
Qualified candidates should submit their resume and a letter of interest addressing their qualifications for this role.
About St. Stephen's Episcopal School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School is a coeducational, day, and boarding school for 690 students in Grades 6-12. It is located on 374 acres on the west side of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.