Grace Episcopal Day School promises academic excellence for all of its students. In striving to achieve that mission, we recognize that not all students learn the same way. Some students require extra accommodations and support while others require additional enrichment and reach. The Learning Specialist at Grace works with students from Preschool to Grade 5 (ages 3-11) and is charged with assessing and supporting students across all grades with particular learning needs and in all disciplines. Offering a combination of small group work, individual instruction, and in-class observation and support, the Learning Specialist is the faculty coordinator of differentiated learning. Collaborating with each teacher and individual students and families, the Learning Specialist advances the school’s ongoing commitment to the success of every student.
Participate in Child Study Team meetings with the Counselor, Administrators, and Faculty to discuss students
Maintain detailed notes about students discussed at Child Study Team meetings to include plan of action and follow up steps
Document students’ needs/progress through notes and end-of-year reports
Administer formal and informal assessments as appropriate to determine student learning needs
Interpret psycho-educational evaluations on file, and create and implement individual learning and/or behavior plans
Consult with parents regarding a student's needs/progress
Conduct regular teacher training sessions on best practice in all disciplines and with an eye towards current brain research; keep abreast of trends and new research in the field of education via a variety of avenues, including attending conferences and seminars
Observe students in classroom settings to provide insights about individual students
Conduct one to two parent education workshops each year
Be a resource for classroom teachers in support of their students
Attend teacher meetings including grade level, full faculty, and task force meetings
Participate in regular faculty duties that might include recess or lunch and arrival and dismissal supervision
Masters degree in a specialty area of reading and/or elementary education or in special education
Minimum of 5 years of early childhood and/or elementary teaching experience
Strong writing, editing, and spelling skills
Proficiency in collaboration and communication
Proficiency with classroom technology, including but not limited to use of Chromebooks and Google apps
Preferred candidates will have:
An open-hearted view of children as growing and changing
Credential in reading (Orton Gillingham) or math
A demonstrated interest in promoting equity and inclusion in a diverse school community
Demonstrated understanding of diverse learning styles and 21st century skills
Familiarity with Reading and Writing Workshop and Guided Reading
Familiarity with Math in Focus
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Danish, Head of School, [email protected].
Grace Episcopal Day School will provide every student the opportunity for academic excellence in a caring, nurturing, moral environment that embraces diversity and promotes creativity, self-confidence, and service to others.
About Grace Episcopal Day School
Grace Episcopal Day School is a small school (approximately 100 students) with a big mission: to provide an excellent, well-rounded education to a diverse community of children ages 3-11 (Preschool-Grade 5) and their families. The racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our student body reflects the rich mix of the Washington, DC metro area; over half of our student body is composed of students of color. Like our founders in 1960, we believe that we all benefit from being part of a varied and inclusive environment.
Our school is designed to celebrate childhood at each developmental stage, from early childhood through elementary school. We are committed to meeting children where they are and helping them to grow. Play is the basis of early learning and continues to benefit students’ social and emotional development through Grade 5. Our eleven-acre campus, recently designated a “Maryland Green School,” offers easy access to the outdoors, with time each day for nature exploration, physical education, and recess.
With challenging academics, rich special subjects, and a school-wide support team including a learning specialist and counselor, Grace is able to deliver a perso...nalized learning experience for each student. And as an Episcopal school, we are passionately committed to raising individuals who serve others, become positive agents of change, and feel connected to something larger than themselves.
Grace graduates have an impressive record of outplacement and success in middle and high school; but more importantly, they grow into nimble thinkers, confident individuals, and compassionate citizens.