At Kent’s Academic Resource Center (ARC), students learn how to set their own goals and find new ways to organize their academic lives. Some of the services we offer include guiding students in effective reading and note-taking skills, study strategies for homework and tests, and improved time management. ARC staff also provide assistance at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revising. Located in the library, the Academic Resource Center is open during the academic day and every night for study hall.
Students can schedule an appointment, or teachers and advisors may refer a student for required visits. Kent’s third and new fourth form students take New Student Seminar (NSS) in the fall of their first year at Kent. The course is designed to help students evaluate their work habits so they can produce their best academic results at Kent and beyond. Students practice methods of organization and time management and are asked to articulate ways that their study choices help them effectively process new information. They also learn how to maintain academic integrity and use critical thinking skills in choosing sources for research papers. Students practice various skills including thesis development, evaluation of sources, and citation mechanics.
Job responsibilities: ? Prepare personalized, 1:1 lessons on time management techniques, study strategies, and research and writing skills. ? Work with students on an assigned or drop-in basis to improve their study and writing skills. ? Share summarized meeting notes with student’s teachers and advisor, follow up with classroom teachers regarding student needs, and write term-end comments. ? Communicate major points from each meeting for a student to carry forward. Follow up with students regarding scheduled appointments, expectations, and weekly planning steps. ? Assist with the creation and maintenance of materials to aid student learning, including handouts and digital guides. ? Develop strategies to drive increased and meaningful use of ARC resources. ? Keep abreast on best practices in teaching and learning, particularly in academic support and differentiated instruction. ? May include teaching one or two sections of New Student Seminar in the fall term.
General requirements: Positions in the Academic Resource Center involve the following: ? Interacting with students and colleagues in a positive, encouraging manner when questions arise; patience, sensitivity, and humor are a must! ? Working confidently and professionally with the student, faculty, and parent constituencies of the School. ? Understanding the culture of the School and contributing positively to it; promoting the academic program and atmosphere of the ARC and the School.
Specific qualifications: ? Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. ? Degree in education, school psychology, learning theory, or related field is preferred. ? Experience teaching executive function skills, study strategies, and time management. ? Working knowledge of assistive technology and an ability to adapt to new technologies as systems change. ? Experience working with high school students in an independent school setting is preferred. ? Willingness to be flexible within a boarding school schedule--afternoons, weekends, and evenings may be required.
About Kent School
Kent School is a coeducational boarding school located in northwestern Connecticut, serving 570 students, grades 9-12.