Friends' Central School is an independent, coeducational Quaker day school founded in 1845 and serving approximately 800 students in Nursery through grade 12. Located in the Philadelphia suburbs, the School has two campuses. The Middle & Upper Schools are located just outside of West Philadelphia in Wynnewood, and the Lower School is on our Old Gulph Road campus in the heart of Wynnewood.
The exceptional faculty at Friends' Central offers a curriculum that cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical growth of our students. Our pedagogy is grounded in continuing revelation, reflection, integrity, and a willingness to accept responsibility. From Nursery to grade 12, our students participate in a process designed to foster creative, critical, and flexible thinking, along with compassion. As they transform from playful children to skilled, self-possessed teenagers, they are always intellectually curious and engaged thinkers. Friends' Central prepares graduates to succeed in college and in life.
Upper School Learning Specialist (One Year Position)
Friends' Central School seeks a full-time Upper School Learning Specialist beginning in late August 2023 through June of 2024. The ideal candidate will have significant experience working with students and, as part of a teaching team, be warm, nurturing, creative, adaptable, and have a passion for working with adolescents. This 10-month position reports to the Director of Student Support Services and the Upper School Principal. The Learning Specialist meets regularly with Upper School administrators and is part of a school-wide student support team that includes learning specialists, clinical counselors, nurses, personnel from the MCIU, and counseling interns. This individual also works closely with teaching faculty and grade deans. The Learning Specialist primarily supports Upper School students with executive functioning supports, provides individual instructional support as appropriate, and serves as a resource for students, faculty, and families.
Coach students with executive functioning challenges in strategies toward academic success
Provide direct instruction (including small groups) to students identified in partnership with classroom teachers
Maintain clear communication and sufficient documentation related to student learning support and progress (attendance, caregiver communication, collaboration with colleagues)
Have an ability to review and interpret data including but not limited to standardized test scores to determine school wide and individual student trends and concerns
Assess and analyze student strengths and needs in order to recommend appropriate instruction to facilitate learning and growth (includes writing assessment reports)
Participate in Student Support Team meetings, collaborating to ensure continued attention to the changing needs of individual students and accountability in use of effective strategies
Attend Upper School faculty meetings, in-service, and trainings
Read, interpret psychological reports, and maintain and update student records (Educational Plans)
Assist with professional development and trainings for faculty by providing them with the additional support needed to implement various instructional programs and practices
Assist with the coordination and proctoring of College Board and ACT testing for students with accommodations (requires 4-6 pre-determined weekend mornings throughout the academic year)
Masters degree or higher in related fields (Education, Reading, Literacy, Counseling, Social Work, Special Education, Educational Therapy)
2-4 years experience working full-time with students in grades 6-12
Knowledge of secondary curriculum, including the essential information, concepts, and skills taught at each grade level
Familiarity with interpreting both individual and group administered standardized tests
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Background in teacher consultation, classroom collaboration, and/or instructional coaching
Reading Specialist certification from PDE
Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP)
Experience/familiarity with MBE (Mind, Brain and Education) or applied educational neuroscience
Familiarity with Orton-Gillingham Approach
To apply, please visit the Employment Opportunities page of our website for our online application. The application will ask for a resume, cover letter and three professional references. All applications should be completed by April 6, 2023.
Currently, Friends Central requires COVID-19 vaccines for all faculty, staff, and students. There will be limited exemptions for medical or religious reasons.
Friends Central School seeks candidates with a commitment to fostering an inclusive learning community, who will address issues of diversity, as well as enhance the Philosophy of Inclusivity and Awareness articulated in our Diversity Statement.
Friends’ Central School is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory, Quaker day school, founded in 1845, serving 800 students in Nursery through grade 12. Located on two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends’ Central blends a rigorous curriculum with enduring Quaker principles of kindness, compassion, and generosity of spirit to create a solid foundation for a future of opportunity and success. Students at Friends’ Central School are taught to think critically and creatively, and they learn the value of good character and strong work ethic to develop into active and engaged citizens.
Friends’ Central seeks candidates who will enhance the philosophy of inclusivity and awareness articulated in our Diversity Statement.