Westtown School, a diverse K–12 Quaker day and boarding school located in beautiful Chester County, PA., seeks a Lower School Learning Specialist to lead our newly developed Child Study Team.
The Lower School Learning Specialist will focus on /provide direction for the following areas:
Academic Learning Support:
Coordinate Child Study Team, working closely with School Psychologist, Math Specialist, and Lower School Principal
Collaborate in developing and monitoring student Learning Support Plans
Facilitate team meetings with families and teachers
Manage communications with tutors and Intermediate Unit
Coordinate administration of standardized benchmark assessment process
Literacy Support and Assessment:
Review and oversee literacy curriculum ensuring consistency and continuity across Lower School grades
Collaborate with faculty to deliver differentiated literacy instruction
Provide specialized small-group reading, spelling, and writing support
Administer screenings and standardized reading assessments
Collaborate with Admissions to determine range of literacy knowledge and skill for Lower School applicants
Actively communicate with teachers and families about student progress
Model instruction and help assist with faculty professional development in the areas of reading, spelling, and writing
Maintain a curiosity and commitment to latest literacy educational research
Participate annually in professional development related to literacy
5+ years working with Lower School students
BA or BS degree in Special Education, Reading Specialist, or related Education field; Advanced degree preferred
Training in an evidence-based, multisensory, structured literacy program, such as
Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Reading. Certification preferred.
Strong affinity for the mission of Westtown School and an educational philosophy consistent with the school’s values
Experiences in the following areas will lead to successful candidates:
Classroom teaching or educational support
Working with diverse learners using a diagnostic and prescriptive model
Productive collaboration with faculty and partnering with parents
Classroom literacy curricula, such as Teachers College Reading and Writing, Wilson Fundations, Words Their Way
Reading assessments, such as reading inventories and WRMT-III
Commitment to building and sustaining an inclusive community and a program which reflects diverse cultures and perspective
Westtown welcomes diverse candidates and encourages them to apply. Westtown does not discriminate in hiring, and is committed to fostering an inclusive community based on cultural competence, commitment to social justice, and respect for all voices.
Interested, qualified candidates should apply via Westtown School ADP Employment portal and provide a cover letter, resume and three professional references with their application materials by May 28, 2019 at http://tiny.cc/westtown_careercenter and select Show All Job Openings.