Working closely with the Upper School Learning Programs Coordinator, this full-time faculty position will design and lead programs to serve students, faculty with a focus on academic support and interventions. The ideal candidate will have experience
working with students who have diverse learning abilities and needs,
collaborating with teachers on providing differentiated instruction particularly in reading, writing, and math, and implementing instructional strategies.
The position requires excellent collaboration and communication skills, a flexible and positive attitude, and a track record of developing positive relationships with students, parents, and colleagues.
Candidates should have a general familiarity with college prep curricula; knowledge about a range of learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, etc.), health impairments (e.g., ADHD), test anxiety, and general executive functioning challenges and their impact on learning; the ability to individualize instruction and strategies for improving reading, writing and mathematical problem solving; the ability to help students implement effective study, organizational, time management and planning skills and tools; familiarity with student learning profiles, needs, and academic goals; and the capacity to relate to, establish rapport with and motivate students to succeed, become self-advocates, and take advantage of resources and support.
Support 9th to 12th-grade students with learning challenges in meeting expected academic goals
Provide one-on-one and small-group support/instruction for students with identified learning challenges in the Learning Center
Make regular assessments of student achievement and progress
Collaborate with the Learning Coordinator on student achievement and progress
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss progress with parents, if required
Support teaching staff by offering resources, assistance, advice, and training to enable faculty to better meet the needs of all learners.
Maintain communication and documentation protocols related to learning support.
Ability to read assessments and understand the data
Observe and informally evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties to collect data on their learning strengths and challenges for collaboration with colleagues (guidance counselors, residential life staff, etc
Interested candidates should forward a letter of interest, resume, and completed HPA Faculty Application and three recommendation letters to [email protected]. Please put in the subject line of the email “Upper School Learning Specialist application.”
Closing date: April 11, 2021
QUALIFICATIONS AND QUALITIES:
A confident leader with presence and personal warmth
A B.A. or Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Special Education
At least three years of experience as a learning specialist or in a related role. Independent school experience preferred.
Familiarity with NCTM and NCTE standards
Full understanding of differentiated instructional strategies across the curriculum
Familiarity with Learning Systems technology.
Ability to collaborate with faculty, staff, admin, and parents
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy, founded in 1949, is an independent coeducational school providing a full range of opportunities for students from kindergarten through grade 12. Our boarding program admits students in grades 9 through 12.
The school has two campuses in the town of Waimea (Kamuela) on the island of Hawai`i. The Lower and Middle Schools are located on nine acres in the heart of Hawai`i's ranching country, while the Upper School is located just two miles away on a 200-acre campus at the foot of the Kohala Mountains.