The Middle School (MS) Learning Specialist reports to the Head of Middle School and works closely with students, faculty, parents, and administrators to support the learning needs of students. They guide the divisional transition for students with learning differences from Lower School to Middle School (Grade 5 to Grade 6) and from Middle School to Upper School (Grade 8 – Grade 9). To that end, the MS Learning Specialist will liaise with the LS and US learning support teams. They are also an integral member of the MS Leadership Team, collaborating with the Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics, the MS Counselor, and the Head of Middle School.
In coordination with the Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics, the MS Learning Specialist reviews student assessment results and assists with interpreting and disseminating necessary information to classroom teachers. Likewise, they assist with monitoring students’ academic progress and parent communication. When it is determined that a student needs individual support, the MS Learning Specialist meets with the student, as needed.
In coordination with the Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics and the MS Counselor, the MS Learning Specialist provides executive functioning lessons, study skills instruction, and reading and writing support to all students as part of the Advisory Program.
Provide and monitor academic support for students in grades 6-8
Design learning support plans for students targeting their specific learning needs
Meet with families and oversee transition for students with learning differences from Lower School to Middle School (Grade 5 to Grade 6) and from Middle School to Upper School (Grade 8 – Grade 9)
Support and guide faculty by providing resources and training to accommodate students with learning differences
Provide classroom instruction for all students in areas of executive functioning, including time management, organization, study skills, metacognition, and test-taking strategies
Interpret evaluation results
Help students develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement
Support and educate parents about the student’s learning differences
Recommend support/services that may include diagnostic evaluations, tutors, therapists, and other referrals for outside professionals
Organize and oversee standardized testing within your division
Master’s degree in special education, diagnostic interpretations, educational therapy, or closely related field
Experience with interpreting and applying accommodations from the results of psycho-educational assessments
Highly knowledgeable in best practices of instruction, differentiation, and assessment
Experience facilitating a learning or academic support program
In-depth knowledge about learning differences, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD
Highly knowledgeable of child development with an expertise in needs unique to middle school-age students; experience with students in grades 5 – 9, preferred
School Type: Independent, college preparatory, non-sectarian, non-profit, co-educational day school for grades PK through 12Founded: 1988; first graduating class – 1994; alumni - 1,479Location: The Woodlands, TX, a planned community 40 miles north of HoustonAccreditation: Accredited by The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS); member of The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).