Rogers Park Montessori School - Upper Elementary Learning Specialist

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 2:39 PM | Anonymous

Rogers Park Montessori School is seeking a dedicated Learning Specialist to provide academic support to students with learning differences in a Montessori environment. The candidate will work closely with students, teachers, and parents to develop learning strategies tailored to each student’s individual needs to support their academic progress.

The qualified candidate will have experience working with diverse learning populations, will possess strong written and oral communication skills, be able and willing to jump into a collaborative planning and teaching process, and be an active member of the life of the school.

The position will require creativity and flexibility, and a strong background in working with students with diverse learning needs. Strong collaborative skills are essential for this position, including regular communication with teachers. This teacher should be prepared to differentiate learning for a wide range of children’s abilities and interests.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Participate actively in weekly team meetings with teachers, Learning Specialist Coordinator and Program Director
  • Take part in collaborative planning with teacher teams
    • Weekly 1:1 meeting with teachers reviewing students’ progress for the week-areas of concern/struggle, identifying help needed
    • Guiding teachers in implementing class accommodations, modifications, executive functioning supports, and observing student performance
    • Give specific feedback to support student growth.
  • Utilize school resources to plan supplemental instructional programs for individuals or small groups of students, in-class and pull-out models supporting
    • Executive functioning skills to plan their work period
    • Academic areas including reading comprehension, math concepts and fact fluency, the writing process, and long term project planning and execution
    • Differentiate curriculum and instructional methods as appropriate to support students of all levels
    • Implement research-based interventions and monitor student progress.
    • Help students to develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement
  • Help identity struggling students and collect information to share with parents using
    • Classroom observations
    • Progress monitoring
    • Diagnostic teaching
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a love of working with children, nurturing the whole child in developmentally appropriate ways.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in education with special education/LBS1 certification or endorsement required; master's degree in education preferred.
  • Experience teaching students with diverse learning needs.
  • Extensive knowledge of learning differences and strategies.
  • Have an understanding of the different developmental stages of learning.
  • Have an understanding of formative and summative assessments as well as other authentic strategies.
  • Willingness to learn and grow professionally.
  • Experience teaching students in a variety of classes and age groups.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with students, teachers, parents, and school administration.
  • Passion for bettering the lives of students.

Compensation

  • Starting salary at $50,000, commensurate with experience
  • Health, dental, vision coverage available for full-time employees.
  • 401k matching

Application Information

Please submit resumes and cover letter to resumes@rpms.org

RPMS is committed to ensuring our employees represent our diverse school community and to creating an inclusive workplace environment welcoming to people of all backgrounds. RPMS strongly encourages applications from people of color, people of all genders and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment.  RPMS prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.