Dawson, a K-12 independent school of 530 students located east of Boulder on a beautiful 107-acre campus, seeks a (part-time) Learning Specialist for grades 9-12. Dawson is a growing and passionate educational community dedicated to the healthy development and education of all of its students. We are committed to excellence of mind, body, and character and to the support of students’ efforts to reach their individual potential, meet the challenges of the world, and savor life.
The role of the Learning Specialist is to work with faculty, staff, students and families to create and maintain a system that supports this philosophy at Dawson. Specifically, this person will facilitate student self-advocacy and responsibility for maximizing individual learning and partner with teachers to integrate best practices in teaching for all learners. The Learning Specialist also will guide students and families of students who require evaluation, support, and resources beyond those provided by Dawson faculty and staff. Dawson currently has a learning specialist in the upper school, and we are looking to expand our program to include an additional learning specialist: This will be a part-time or full-time position depending on qualifications.
Personal and Professional Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education
Teaching credential in SPED preferred
Experience working with students who have a variety of learning differences
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Personal warmth and friendliness
Ability to advocate for students and the school
Attitude that encourages teamwork and personal responsibility
Effective time management skills and ability to handle the ebb and flow of the college admissions season
Proficiency with excel and google systems (drive, sheets, documents)
Work directly with teachers to evaluate strategies for supporting students and identifying students who may need additional diagnostic testing for learning differences
Interpret testing and design Individual Learning Plans to be implemented by classroom teachers
Create and maintain the school’s electronic learning profile system and learning support plans for each student who needs additional support. This includes regularly updating student files with information on effective strategies, testing/assessments, reports received, notes on meetings with parents, and classroom accommodations.
Train faculty to identify and address the strengths and challenges of all their students
Identify training and resources for faculty to enhance their ability to work with many different learning styles
Train and support advisors as coaches to students with particular needs
Develop a culture of empowerment, support, and responsibility among students, faculty, and families with respect to student learning
Work with students and families to qualify for appropriate accommodations on standardized tests
Work closely with divisional student support teams on campus to provide necessary services for students and families
Collaborate with the learning support team around K-12 learning support initiatives
Maintain a list of outside support specialists including tutors, educational therapists, psychologists/psychiatrists, and provide information to families as needed
Remain current with research in areas related to learning support
Participate in Upper School trips and Winterim and attend Upper School faculty meetings
The salary range for this part time (.5 FTE) position is $25,000 - $30,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental, 401(k) and generous time-off. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume on the Dawson website (www.dawsonschool.org), scroll to the bottom of the page, click on the Employment link, find Current Job Opportunities at Dawson, and select the US Learning Specialist posting to apply for this position. Only online applications will be accepted. No phone calls please.
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