• Full Time
  • Portola Valley
  • This position has been filled

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Position Overview 
The central mission of the Learning Specialist is to ensure that Woodland School identifies and supports its students who learn differently and provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on educational best practices supported by neuroscience research. The Learning Specialist also holds responsibility for helping to manage ongoing screening processes for all students at intervals throughout the school year and works collaboratively with the faculty to ensure students are progressing in accordance with grade-level benchmarks.

When a student demonstrates a concerning pattern of performance and/or behavior, the Learning Specialist will lead the process of assessing and making recommendations for appropriate actions to support the student and family with the grade level team. For some students, this work involves making referrals for diagnostic evaluations, assisting parents and faculty in interpreting evaluation results, making referrals for specialized services, and monitoring students’ involvement with specialized instructors who are contracted to provide specialized services.

The Learning Specialist role also includes responsibility for working collaboratively with other faculty members to help ensure curricular offerings are fully differentiated to meet the student’s needs, and includes helping write and design individualized learning plans for students and updating them as needed.  Direct support services for students may be required, depending on the caseload and needs of the students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leads the process for identifying, monitoring, and remediating students who learn differently. This involves interfacing with faculty, parents, and private contractors on behalf of students who require specialized academic instruction (including advanced learners).
  • Additional responsibilities include helping to educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences and cultivating a network of community professionals to support Woodland students and families.
  • Meets regularly with and organizes Students Support Teams for students who have Individualized
  • Learning Plans and/or students for whom faculty have growing concerns.
  • Helps define appropriate general and specialized instruction, collaborating with the faculty to help ensure instruction is of high quality.
  • Assists with implementation of models of differentiated instruction, including specialized, small-group instruction in reading, writing, and math.
  • Supports Admissions by reviewing incoming student evaluations.
  • Offers occasional Faculty and parent educational programs or training.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred.
  • Applicants must have a strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as a deep knowledge base regarding ADHD and Executive Functioning issues.
  • Desirable candidates will also know about  intervention, assessments, and be current on the general teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • An understanding of independent school culture.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as a proven ability to work with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Outstanding judgment and maturity.
  • Confidentiality is all aspects of the position.
  • A very high level of energy, creativity and flexibility, and a love of working with students and enthusiastic faculty.

Overview of Woodland School 
Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland is an independent day school that offers a joyful approach to learning in a diverse, respectful, and inclusive environment for approximately 300 students in early childhood through eighth grade. There are two sections of each grade level K-8 with class sizes that average between 14-18 students.

Woodland School specializes in education that inspires students by nurturing each individual’s voice, intellect, and character. With rich content and an emphasis on inquiry-based and student-driven projects, students are empowered and encouraged to be active and engaged learners. Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School. Teachers craft meaningful, multi-sensory learning experiences that enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world.

Woodland School’s faculty create a school environment that is as supportive and nurturing as it is challenging, and they embody the core values of the school—respect, integrity, curiosity, resilience, equity, and stewardship. Our teachers are themselves learners, constantly searching for ways to improve their practice. A robust professional development program supports our faculty by connecting them to the best practices in pedagogy, curriculum development, educational technology, and student assessment.

Physical Demands and Work Environment 
The position can be physically demanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made if requested in advance.

Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Salary range: The salary range for this position is between $70,000 and $100,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.

Woodland School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin in the administration of its educational or admission policies, financial aid distribution, or other school programs. Woodland School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who reflect such diversity.

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