Stone Ridge is seeking a Middle School Learning Specialist to begin work in July or August 2022.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, is a Catholic, independent college preparatory school for girls, Grades 1-12, with a co-educational Early Childhood Program, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten in Bethesda, Maryland. With over 700 students, and rooted in the Goals of Sacred Heart education, Stone Ridge inspires young women to lead and serve, through lives of purpose that integrate faith, intellect, community, social action, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
The goal of the Middle School Learning Support Program is to create a culture that promotes a positive attitude toward learning and optimizes the attainment of the educational goals of every student in our community. We strive to create a flexible and nurturing environment in which students are recognized for their unique abilities and are able to grow both academically and emotionally. Supporting students at Stone Ridge is a collaborative effort that is facilitated by a team of educators, including learning specialists, counselors, health services in conjunction with division-based administrators, and classroom teachers.
The Middle School Learning Specialist, one of two in the division, is responsible for co-leading the process of identifying, monitoring, advocating for, and supposting students with diverse learning profiles. The successful candidate will be responsible for the following requirements:
Coaches individuals and small groups of students in language arts, reading skills, learning strategies, executive function skills, time management, and general study skills at regularly scheduled times;
Helps teachers plan and execute lesson plans across grade levels to support individualized learning needs; and
Maintains files on students with diagnosed learning differences.
Plans and implements standardized testing (such as the ERB), assists teachers with preparing students for testing, and analyzes data to enhance teaching and curricular development;
Administers a variety of diagnostic tests to referred students for the purpose of in-house assessment;
Observes students in the classroom;
Refers students to outside testing and tutorial support, in partnership with parents, teachers, and providers, when necessary;
Interprets and communicates the results of psycho-educational assessments to administrators, parents, and faculty;
Makes recommendations for student learning accommodations;
Monitors the use and implementation of student accommodations throughout the year; and
Meets with parents of children with documented learning differences to discuss accommodations.
Communicates with Middle School faculty members about students with differing learning needs, and provides teachers with testing information, recommendations, strategies, and accommodations, as needed;
Offers educational programs or training to educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences;
Communicates regularly with parents of students with learning differences;
Collaborates with other Stone Ridge Learning Specialists;
Attends meetings with administrators, grade-level leaders, and teachers;
Cultivates a network of community professionals to support Stone Ridge students and families, and consults with outside specialists working with Stone Ridge students;
Arranges and facilitates outside tutors for students, as needed; and
Attends meetings for learning specialists at peer independent schools.
Serves on the Middle School Admissions Committee, and
Reviews all Middle School applications and offers recommendations.
The successful candidate will have the following essential skills and background:
Experience working with middle school students;
A bachelor’s degree in education; master’s degree or higher in learning disabilities or similar field is strongly preferred;
Excellent communication skills;
Strong organizational and follow-through skills;
A demonstrated collaborative spirit;
A growth mindset and commitment to professional development; and
A willingness to share in general Middle School responsibilities.
Compensation includes competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience.
Stone Ridge is looking for an educator who is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and who has experience or interest in teaching in an independent, Catholic school. Applicants of diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should complete the application online found here: https://www.stoneridgeschool.org/employment. As part of the online application, please upload a resume, list of references, and cover letter addressed to Ms. Courtney Perna, Human Resources Manager, all in PDF format.
Vaccination Policy: Stone Ridge requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to legally required exemptions) as the best means of reducing the risk of transmission and providing our students and faculty/staff with the safest possible educational environment. Vaccination not only works to protect the individual who is vaccinated, but also protects students who are not yet eligible and anyone at increased risk from COVID-19.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international Network of Sacred Heart Schools, is an independent, Catholic, all-girls, mission-driven, student-centered educational community of over 650 students, Early Childhood Program through 12th Grade, in Bethesda, MD. Rooted in the Goals of Sacred Heart education – personal and active faith in God, deep respect for intellectual values, social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom – Stone Ridge draws motivated students from throughout the Washington, DC area.