Provide recommendations during the admission process regarding acceptance of students who have been diagnosed with a learning disability and/or AD/HD.
Establish strong relationships with outside special needs personnel for referral purposes (psychologists, speech language pathologists, learning specialists, and tutoring programs, etc.)
Serve as a key member in the referral process for students who have demonstrated learning issues that may justify possible external testing (full psycho-educational evaluations).
Be responsible for creating confidential student files including up to date diagnostic testing, parent conference notes, email communication, phone logs, student work samples, tracking sheets from teachers, and end of year reports identifying student progress.
Maintain a continuous line of communication with parents of students enrolled in the Learning Specialist Support Program.
Assist parents and students in transition planning from the Upper School to college/university. This includes possible recommendations on colleges/universities that are best fits for students with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD. This can be done by working in tandem with the College Counselor on site.
Be an active participant with the college counselors in selecting classes/teachers that best fit students’ needs in relation to their learning styles.
Heavily promote the idea of self-advocacy for students in the Learning Specialist Support Program.
Responsible for ensuring that The Village School special educational programs and personnel follow Nord Anglia standards and guidelines.
Responsible for running the Village School Peer Tutoring Program; keeping files up to date, maintaining contact with tutors and those being tutored, recording time sheets for community service hours, and promoting the program at student events.
Student Testing Needs
Serve as the Student Disability Coordinator for the SAT, ACT, and IB regarding external accommodations for students diagnosed with a learning disability and/or AD/HD.
Serve as the Testing Coordinator for the High School setting, which would include organizing tests for all students and making the necessary plans to accommodate all students in the appropriate testing site. This would also include Professional Development in the form of training teachers on testing protocol and continuously keeping them abreast of any updates/changes in testing. You would be required to keep all testing information in a secure setting and be responsible for the oversight of sending the materials to their proper destination after testing.
Responsible for carrying out all internal student accommodations for students diagnosed with a learning disability and/or AD/HD. This includes all the appropriate paperwork to teachers and the quarterly issuance of Tracking Sheets to have appropriate documentation of what accommodations are being used in the classroom. This will serve as a talking piece at end-of-year/transition conferences with students.
Maintain close contact with the High School Director and school counselors regarding students with special needs.
Provide faculty development and training regarding upcoming trends and guidelines for special education and how these trends and guidelines impact students at The Village School. Topics for teachers should include Teaching to Different Learning Styles, Demystifying Learning Disabilities, Differentiated Instruction, and what Accommodations look like at the Village School.
Create lessons for the pastoral program that focus on academic issues, such as learning styles, study skills and good habits found in successful students. Also encourage students and teachers to use technology to promote good study habits with the most current apps for ipads/iphones and resources online to help them stay organized.
Meet with staff on a regular basis (team meetings) to discuss struggling students while deciphering solutions to help those students find academic success.
Work in small group settings with students in the Learning Specialist Support Program with the objective of helping these students learn to compensate for their learning disabilities by teaching various compensatory strategies.
Incorporate self-esteem building strategies for students within the Learning Specialist Support Program, with a strong emphasis placed on the fact that students are able to overcome their various learning issue once compensatory strategies are learned and put into place.
Be responsible for creating Student Learning Plans for each student within the Learning Specialist Support Program outlining specific academic goals and objectives for each school year.
The Village School is a PK-12 private school in the Energy Corridor of Houston, Texas. For 55 years, The Village School has served a diverse community of exceptional students. The Village School is an American school with an international community committed to developing inquisitive lifelong learners prepared to think critically, to collaborate genuinely, and to give of themselves generously, as they prepare to lead the next generation into an ever-changing world.