MS Learning Specialist The role of the Middle School Teaching and Learning Specialist is to support students in grades 5 through 8 who have documented needs and different learning preferences by providing intervention and teaching compensatory strategies; support teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom; teach or co-teach the study skills curricula in grades 5 and 7; and work with students and parents (and in some cases, outside professionals) to better support the needs of individual students. Students who work with the Middle School Teaching and Learning Specialist are expected to heighten their academic achievement, according to their potential. The Middle School Teaching and Learning Specialist reports to the Dean of Teaching and Learning and works collaboratively with the School Psychologists, Lower School Teaching and Learning Specialists, Upper School Learning Specialists, and Middle School faculty.
Specific responsibilities include (and are not limited to): Upholds the mission of the Teaching and Learning Center.
Develops a list of learning accommodations for individual students using students’ learning evaluations; disseminates accommodations lists to students’ teachers; discusses ways to support students with the students’ teachers. Provides learning strategy instruction to students in an individualized manner. Advocates for students when students cannot (or are not yet ready to) self advocate. Coaches students with documented needs to self advocate. Uses formative and summative assessment and documents student progress and achievement; assesses and analyzes student strengths and needs; designs and implements appropriate instruction to facilitate learning and growth. Updates and maintains the extended time list on Google Drive. Incorporates a “push-in” model to support students and teachers as well as a “pull-out” meeting schedule to address individual needs. Works with the Dean of Teaching and Learning, teachers, the School Psychologists, Divisional Heads, department chairs, and/or advisors to create and implement a protocol for determining who will receive learning support. Works closely with teachers, the counselor, the School Psychologists, Divisional Heads, department chairs, and/or advisors to provide support to students who are falling behind or struggling academically. Works closely with teachers, the school psychologists, Divisional Heads, department chairs, and advisors to provide support to students who are seeking advice/help to excel in any discipline. Develops solid knowledge of the curriculum in each content area taught, including the essential information, concepts and skills so as to better support students and assist classroom teachers. Assists teachers in classrooms to help adjust, modify, and enrich curricular approaches and improve pedagogy. Works in conjunction with Dean of Teaching and Learning and School Psychologists to recommend tutors, psychoeducational evaluators, etc. Seeks out new and innovative curricula, texts, and technological applications for implementation in classrooms and in the Teaching and Learning Center. Remains current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, practice and research, including engaging in regular and strategic professional development to advance the role of the Learning Specialist. Establishes and maintains frequent communication with parents about their child’s academic, social and emotional progress and needs. Attends meetings for students receiving support. Runs after-school hours in the Teaching and Learning center. Attends and participates in faculty meetings, committee meetings, school functions, and professional development activities during and after school hours as needed, appropriate, and assigned. Adheres to strict student confidentiality. Performs other teaching and record-keeping tasks as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Dean of Teaching and Learning and/or the Divisional Heads.
About Tower Hill School
Tower Hill School is a coeducational private school for age 3 through Grade 12, dedicated to living our motto "Multa Bene Facta"- Many Things Done Well. With a beautiful 44-acre campus located in northwest Wilmington, Tower Hill has the reputation as one of the top academic schools in the region. Our unparalleled resources include excellent faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and individualized learning support.