St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seeks a full-time, dynamic, knowledgeable and engaged learning support specialist serving fifth through eighth grade students beginning in August of 2021. Candidates should be knowledgeable about developmental delays, language learning delays, and neurodiversity in educational settings. Preferred candidates will be highly competent in coaching, advocating, and advising for best educational practices in Upper Elementary and Middle School classrooms. The ideal candidate will be experienced in data collection, reading and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, creating individualized educational plans, and advocating for student growth and development. Semifinalists will demonstrate competence and confidence with parent support and education paired with adroit skills in building partnerships for positive student outcomes. The selected finalist will be an adept collaborator with abilities to work between divisions, learning contexts, and teams.
Preferred Candidates will demonstrate the abilities to:
Maintain and adhere to expectations of student and parent confidentiality and the management of sensitive information.
Read and interpret neuropsychological or other diagnostic assessments, evaluations, or reports in order to develop learning plans for students with diagnosed learning differences in order to oversee the collaborative development and adoption of accommodations as needed and within the guidelines set forth by the school. Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school and other involved professionals, and maintain accurate notes relative to contact and services. This communication may include follow-up summary letters to families.
Develop solid knowledge of the Curriculum Maps, Scope and Sequence and all other grade-level curriculum in each content area taught, including the essential information, concepts and skills so as to better support students and assist classroom teachers in differentiating instructional practices.
Work in coordination with the Division Heads and Directors of Curriculum and Instruction to support the professional development of the Lower and Middle School faculty in the interest of differentiated instructional strategies and deeper understandings of learning differences.
Work closely with teachers through conference, observation, and consultation to identify students with potential learning challenges.
Coach students to employ strategies and support mechanisms for success in a broad range of academic environments.
Maintain productive relationships with parents and faculty to support students.
Coach teachers as needed in support of differentiated instruction for students with learning plans.
Engage in direct and courageous conversations with faculty, staff, and parents in the advocacy of positive learning experiences for students.
Support and maintain a collaborative culture centered on student engagement, challenge, academic progress and student development..
Seek out new and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications for implementation of student support strategies in classroom settings
Remain current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, practice and research, including engaging in regular and strategic professional development to advance the role of Learning Specialist.
Exhibit outstanding organization, communication, and time management skills for managing a large workload.
Possess the ability to make decisions based on data, observation, and research-informed practice.
Ideal candidates should have:
Relevant classroom and administrative experience with learning differences.
Advanced degree work and/or certification in support of learning differences, child development, and/or curriculum design and teaching.
An informed understanding of learning differences, and intervention strategies.
A strong understanding and inclination to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work as it pertains to learning differences, teaching practices, and parent engagement.
About St. Andrew's Episcopal School
St. Andrew’s is a co-educational Episcopal K-12 day school, enrolling a diverse student body of approximately 950 students on two campuses in Austin, Texas. The school strives to help young people from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to achieve their potential not only in intellectual understanding but also in aesthetic sensitivity, physical well-being, and moral decisiveness so that they may lead productive, responsible lives, not only for themselves but also for their community.
St. Andrew’s embraces the Episcopal identity of intentional pluralism as well as that of spiritual and religious growth integrated into the curriculum and life in the school community. Daily chapel is held in all grades. St. Andrew's employs individuals without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability as protected by federal, state, or local law.
St. Andrew's is committed to providing equal opportunity in all personnel actions and in the administration of all policies and programs. St. Andrew's keeps resumes on file for future openings. Please send resumes in PDF or Word format to our Director of Finance & Human Resourc...es, Michelle Roe, at HR@sasaustin.org If you have any questions, please call (512)299-9806. For more information about St. Andrew’s School in Austin, please access our web site: www.sasaustin.org