Founded in 1952, Norwood School is a coeducational, independent day school with approximately 450 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The School sits on 40 beautiful and expansive acres in Bethesda, Maryland, less than six miles from Washington, D.C. As one of the finest PK-8 schools in the country, Norwood sets the bar high and is committed to educating the whole child in a diverse, student-centered, challenging, and nurturing environment, which continually promotes equity, inclusion and cultural competence.
Norwood’s child-centered education emphasizes creating a happy place of learning where each child is loved, nurtured, and challenged. Ensuring each child is truly known, we recognize diversity as essential to supporting educational excellence and are dedicated to fostering a sense of dignity, belonging, and understanding across our community. As a result, children flourish at Norwood as we tend to both hearts and minds. They love learning; they are creative and critical thinkers. They are confident in who they are, and they feel safe taking risks. They are kind and caring people, who, fueled by our motto, How you lead your life matters, make helping others a priority in their lives. At the end of their eighth grade year, our graduates leave Norwood exceptionally well prepared for high school and empowered to make positive contributions to our world.
Norwood has an opening in its Lower School for an experienced learning specialist beginning in the 2023-2024 academic year. The learning specialist works with students and teachers in kindergarten through fourth grade. The learning specialist works closely with the lower school support team (counselor and principal) and approximately 35 lower school teachers to design appropriate support and modifications for students, including students who have accommodations as a result of educational testing. The learning specialist also manages a learning support office and works directly with students and their families to understand learning needs and implement effective strategies. The learning specialist provides teachers with professional development and training in differentiated instructional techniques. The lower school learning specialist serves on the school-wide student support team and collaborates with the middle school support team. Like all full-time faculty, the learning specialist also performs various duties throughout the academic year.
Applicants must have at least 3-5 years of experience working in a learning support role with elementary aged children. Strong applicants will have experience advising and training elementary school teachers and a demonstrated commitment to working in a diverse, inclusive school setting with a child-centered pedagogy. Additional qualifications include organization, excellent communication skills, flexibility, sense of humor, and a love for working with young children.
Special education or related degree required; experience or training in reading support, language development, occupational therapy, etc. preferred. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Mike Risen, Head of Lower School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Norwood School does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Norwood School’s mission is to ensure that each of its students grows intellectually, morally, physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, while preparing to function productively and generously in our pluralistic society. Norwood’s challenging educational program and broad-based activities are designed to help students experience joy in learning, develop self-confidence, and learn respect for the rights and feelings of others. Embracing diversity is integral to the School’s tradition that both recognizes the worth of each member of the community and emphasizes the common values of academic achievement, mutual respect, cooperation, and personal responsibility.