Graland Country Day School is seeking a middle school literacy learning specialist to work closely with students in grades 5-8. The candidate should be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of middle school students. The ideal candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at working with students, faculty, and families.
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Status: Full-time, school year
Literacy learning specialists support Graland’s pursuit of intellectual excellence by working in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to identify and address learning differences that are impeding student progress in English and history. As coaches and consultants, literacy learning specialists provide alternative methods and strategies to better differentiate curricular delivery and assist teachers in identifying and addressing the nature of non-responsiveness to generally effective instruction. This practice is guided by the Response to Intervention Model.
Literacy learning specialists accomplish the above as they:
Serve as a student’s advocate/case manager by closely monitoring their progress
Review and summarize psycho-educational evaluations, creating support plans based on the findings and recommendations provided, and ensuring parent communication and protocol development
Participate in formal and informal parent-teacher conferences as well as weekly teacher, grade-level, and administrator meetings
Provide direct academic support to students and/or small groups of students in the classroom and out
Assist with test administrations, including standardized tests, to students receiving accommodations
Write report card comments, in some situations, for students who receive ongoing instruction from learning specialists
Administer and analyze the results of curriculum-based measurements and standardized testing in order to drive instruction
Recommend outside testing when school interventions have not produced desired outcomes
Collaborate with the Student Support Team, using a growth mindset
Engage in professional development to further enhance knowledge of learning differences, differentiation and strategies for problem-solving, intervention, remediation and/or enrichment
About Graland’s Middle School
Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade's MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students' experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students' academic and social well being. The MESH team members also serve as advisors within their respective grade levels. World Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and serve on departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety of roles, including coaching sports or an innovation team in the Gates lab, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.
A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
Provides a safe environment for students.
Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues
growth as a culturally responsive educator.
Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
Represents school in position and in community.
Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
Offers support during after-hours as needed.
Likes to work with people and create solutions.
Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues growth
as a culturally responsive educator.
Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
Licensure in Special Education.
3+ years of teaching experience; experience with middle school students preferred.
Excellent communication skills.
About Graland Country Day School
Graland Country Day School is a dynamic learning community having a commitment to academics, athletics, the arts, diversity, service learning, and community responsibility for children from pre kindergarten through the 8th grade. The school balances strong traditions with a progressive orientation for student learning. Teachers at Graland are highly valued as educators and challenged to model life-long learning as they grow both professionally and personally. Over 50% of faculty hold advanced degrees and many have been at Graland for 10 or more years. The school strongly encourages and supports a wide variety of professional development opportunities for its faculty.
Graland is centrally located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, near the Cherry Creek district and three miles from the center of Denver – allowing for a quality of life that combines living in an urban environment with the ability to pursue a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountain region