Lower School Reading & Learning Specialist

New York, United States Full-time

Lower School Reading Learning Specialist

Beginning September 2017

Trevor Day School is seeking a full time learning specialist to work with children, primarily in reading and writing,  in our Lower School (Nursery through Grade 5).   This passionate and self-motivated professional will join the Learning Specialists Team, taking on the role of supporting students and faculty as well as coordinating curriculum throughout the grades. This position is primarily for grades four and five, but we are looking for someone who is flexible and able to work with different grade levels.

The learning specialist

  • works with students through one on one instruction and small groups collaborating closely with the students’ classroom teachers
  • plans his or her own lesson plans for the students, tailoring instruction to meet the students’ individual needs and supporting the classroom scope and sequence
  • acts as mentor to faculty, facilitating curriculum planning and leading discussions about individual students
  • meets regularly with the Division Director and Learning Specialists team and is responsible for coordinating with outside support specialists
  • participates in parent meetings
  • keeps detailed records of student progress and writes short reports to be included in student academic reports

Qualifications include:

  • Master’s Degree in Literacy or Special Education and at least three years of experience teaching reading
  • Experience with Wilson, Guided Reading, TC Writing and Reading Workshop, Fountas and Pinnell, the work of Atwell
  • Interest in current research and practice in the teaching of reading and writing
  • Ability to work with students individually and in groups
  • Experience working with classroom teachers; ability to collaborate and mentor colleagues
  • Experienced in inquiry based learning and teaching methodologies
  • Able to create and develop curriculum using backwards design
  • Able to teach to a range of learning styles, experienced in differentiated instruction
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Passion for the subject matter and for the craft of teaching
  • Approaches work with curiosity, flexibility, energy, and a sense of humor
  • Interest in the development and implementation of social and emotional curriculum, as well as social justice, diversity and inclusivity
  • Enjoys working collaboratively with colleagues, parents and the larger school community
  • Interest in professional growth and school wide initiatives
  • Experience and/or interest in using technology to enhance classroom learning

Trevor Day School is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of collaborative learning, to building a diverse community based on mutual respect, and to fostering the integration of technology into our learning processes.