La Jolla Country Day School is currently seeking a passionate, collaborative, experienced, credentialed educator to serve as Learning Resource Center Learning Specialist for the 2019-20 school year.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a community that supports and bridges learning for our students in lower, middle, and upper school. Our mission is to ensure that all La Jolla Country Day School students graduate as independent, self-reliant, and resourceful learners who can manage their own paths. These attributes are acquired by the student in large part due to the success and commitment of the LRC educators and our faculty; they serve as teachers, mentors, and coaches to our students.
The learning specialist reports to the Director of the Learning Resource Center and serves as a member of the LRC. The learning specialist is responsible for supporting the needs of those students requiring supplemental academic instruction for mild to moderate learning needs. The learning specialist is the assigned case manager for those students who may have an IEP/Individualized Learning Plan or a 504 plan as a result of a student’s psycho-educational evaluation and/or need support due to learning preferences. The learning specialist is also responsible for developing learning plans for students who might need their learning extended through enrichment plans.
The learning specialist works closely and collaboratively with classroom educators as a liaison expert to assist in differentiation curriculum, strategies to support, and/or identifications of accommodations. The learning specialist provides both pull-out services and push-in support, and sometimes, when warranted, may teach/lead a class focusing on a specific intervention for a group of students. The learning specialist serves as a teacher, mentor, and coach to our students. They are an integral part to our student’s success.
The learning specialist is in regular contact with the student’s educators, support team, and parents.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for supporting the needs of those students requiring supplemental academic instruction for mild to moderate learning needs/preferences
Working collaboratively with grade level teachers to provide coaching and support for differentiation in the classroom
Foster the school’s understanding of an inclusive approach to teaching and learning
Finding joy in working with students with specific learning preferences, and is an advocate for students
The learning specialist is the assigned case manager for those students who may have an IEP/Individualized Learning Plan or a 504 plan as a result of a student’s psycho-educational evaluation
As assigned, provide direct support to lower, middle & upper school students through co-teaching, one-on-one and small group instruction
Partner with psychoeducational evaluators, families, and tutors
Review psychoeducational evaluations, summarize and provide information to classroom teachers and administrators
Partner with classroom teachers on student learning
Proactively contribute to the growth of the Learning Resource Center
Support teachers, administrators, and parents’ understandings of academically vulnerable students
Understand Universal Design for Learning (UDL); a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn
Communicate regularly with parents with regards to testing accommodations for both internal and external assessments
Inform parents of their roles with regards to paperwork and testing accommodations and liaise with counselors and external testing administrators when necessary
To provide continuity and progression within the grade-level content areas and to develop analytical skills necessary for academic success
Attend Students of Concern/Student Success Team meetings
Attend Grade Team meetings to help articulate interventions/strategies with colleagues
Attend collaborative planning meetings with subject area teachers when necessary
Has sustained teaching experience with lower, middle and/or upper school students with diagnosed learning differences
Has B.A./B.S. or advanced degree; or equivalent experience working with students with diagnosed learning differences
Has expertise in the knowledge and understanding of the various types of learning differences that impact students
Has the necessary training deemed appropriate per the position: reading specialist, dyslexia, and executive functioning
Demonstrates skill in working with children and an appreciation for the craft of teaching
Has experience teaching math to students with diagnosed learning differences (preferred)
Finds joy in working with young people and in school life
Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences
Approaches work with energy, kindness, maturity, curiosity, and flexibility
Has a sense of humor
Considers collaboration an essential component of professional growth and values working on a team
Enjoys a commitment that extends beyond the classroom, including contributions to the larger school community
Is a strong writer and communicator
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, OnRecord, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”