Since its founding in 1909, Ashley Hall has empowered young women to think critically, act ethically, and embrace challenges and adversity with confidence. As the only all-girls’ independent school in South Carolina, Ashley Hall provides a dynamic education which prepares students to become strong, confident leaders. The School serves girls kindergarten through grade 12 (and is co-ed in its Early School, ages 2 to 5 years).
Ashley Hall seeks a full-time Learning Specialist for grades 5-8 to begin August 2024. The Grades 5-8 Learning Specialist will partner with teachers and administrators to support students who require accommodations in their learning environment based on diagnosed learning differences. The successful candidate will provide resource and support services to students in grades 5-8 who have a diagnosed and documented need for academic accommodations, both in classrooms and individually.
Major Responsibilities and Duties
Schedule individual appointments with students to discuss specific areas of challenge.
Communicate with teachers and administrators regarding student needs and progress.
Communicate with parents regarding student accommodations, progress, and evaluation needs.
Prepare and partner with teachers to prepare student-specific material that supports student learning.
Administer diagnostic assessments to help identify potential skill deficits in specific academic disciplines and communicate results and recommendations with administration, teacher(s), and parents.
Conduct classroom observations.
Support teachers by communicating about accommodations and recommendations to teachers, including providing positive learning strategies, related to specific learning concerns.
Collaborate/co-teach with teachers on content delivery; offer professional development that improves student experience for all students.
Support students by submitting and following through with accommodation requests and appropriate documentation for standardized testing.
Teach executive functioning skills to help students manage deadlines and learn study skills.
Attend parent and/or parent/teacher conferences to offer suggestions or strategies to ensure school success.
Along with the appropriate administrators, meet with parents who have concerns about their students in order to educate and inform about the benefits of third party testing and the development of a support system at Ashley Hall.
Provide recommendations to parents related to tutors and/or formal evaluations based on diagnostic impressions and observations.
Partner with other members of the learning support team to ensure students smoothly transition between divisions.
Maintain confidential records of students who have psycho-educational testing and sharing necessary and appropriate summaries of accommodations and recommendations with teachers and the grades 5-8 administration.
Maintain accurate records on student services for the purpose of documentation.
Collect and analyzes data pertaining to the learning behaviors of students.
Serve as a grade level advisor.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
Master’s degree preferred in a relevant field
Minimum five (5) years experience working with students with special needs and/or learning disabilities at the middle school level, independent school experience preferred
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational skills to facilitate student record-keeping and timely feedback
Exceptional interpersonal skills with both students and adults
Deep understanding of developmentally appropriate strategies and practices for middle students in grades 5-8.
Positive, strong work ethic, with the ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner.
In addition, the ideal candidate will
Demonstrate a commitment to student-centered learning
Embrace a collaborative, interdisciplinary, team-oriented academic environment
Enhance student life in grades 5-8 through support of student co-curricular activities
Approach their work with students with patience, kindness, and humor
Interested candidates can send their cover letter, resume and list of references to Lynsey Barrows, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com
Ashley Hall is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.