Learning Specialist (Full Time)
Town School for Boys seeks a full time Lower School Learning Specialist beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Located in San Francisco, Town School for Boys is a K-8 independent day school. Since its founding in 1939, Town School is committed to providing a dynamic and engaging environment that suits the developmental learning needs of boys. An intensive academic program is supplemented by fine arts offerings and outdoor education trips that take advantage of the school's Bay Area coastal location. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry and project-based learning. Town School values academic excellence, respect for self and others, diversity and inclusivity, service learning, and character development. Town places a high value on maintaining a creative, collegial atmosphere among faculty members. There is an expectation of continuous growth and improvement for all faculty and strong support for a wide range of professional development opportunities.
Identify students in need of academic support in consultation with faculty members
Provide direct academic support to identified students either 1:1 or in a small group setting
Collaborate with faculty members to modify curricula and/or implement instructional techniques to reach all learners
Facilitate communication between families, the school and any outside communication to effectively support students
Conduct formal and informal screenings and assessments
Coordinate standardized test administration for grades 3-8 (ERB, WrAP, SSAT)
Facilitate the verbal and written interpretation of assessment results
Provide classroom observations with written feedback for teachers, administration and parents
Provide intervention support of specific skills for individual students
Coordinate the Lower School Referral Process
Provide Case Management K – 4 as needed
Lead student support meetings
Desired Qualifications and Skills
Masters Degree in Special Education, Educational Therapy, Special Education Certificate or equivalent
Five years experience directly serving children with learning differences or other special needs in a school setting
Specialized training in remedial programs
Technical/Computer skills as required for job performance
Experience teaching in diverse learning communities
Ability to think ahead and plan for effective one-on-one or small group instruction
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities
Ability to use technology to enhance learning experience
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Commitment to school’s mission, values, and vision
Ability to collaborate and work in a team environment
Non-Discrimination Policy: Town School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including genetic characteristics), sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
Salary and benefits are commensurate with our peer schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and with like NAIS schools.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to:
Town School for Boys
At Town School learning is prized, love of school is essential, and boyhood is celebrated.
As an all boys’ school, Town provides a rich, challenging and rigorous educational experience that addresses the distinctive energy levels and developmental styles of boys. Town values being a diverse community that nurtures integrity, sensitivity and respect in its boys, and prepares them to become productive and contributing members of an ever-changing world.
We value learning and academic excellence. We support and encourage each boy to do his best while helping him discover his strengths and talents.
We value programs that balance academic effort, social interaction, physical activity and artistic expression while embracing character education.
We value respect for ourselves and others. We model integrity, honesty and kindness in our daily lives and we take responsibility for our own actions.
We value diversity which brings the variety of perspectives that are integral to an excellent education and a dynamic community. We believe it is essential that every member of the community is equally valued and included in the life of the school.
We value commitment to community service. We seek opportunities to improve our greater community through volunteer activities sponsored by the school as part of our role as good citizens.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Our goal is for each boy to be engaged in an environment that weaves together collaboration, critical thinking, integrity, empathy, and creativity. These broad skills, as well as a firm grounding in core academic competencies, offer boys an excellent preparation for their further education. We promote social and emotional learning as a foundation of academic excellence and self-discovery. We prepare students to meet challenges in the world by helping them develop an appreciation for a variety of perspectives from the local to the global. We celebrate diversity by fostering a community of learners built on mutual respect. Learning experiences are inclusive, relevant, flexible, innovative, and adapted to reflect the needs of all kinds of learners. In our joyful, active, and collaborative school, boys flourish.
We achieve these goals through an authentic curriculum that originates in the classroom, travels through the halls, and extends into the world. Our teaching balances traditional methods with key student-centered approaches including inquiry, project-based learning, and teaching for understanding. We stay relevant and current through our testing of innovative, research-based approaches. We model a commitment to lifelong learning, and we hone our craft by pursuing professional development and sharing knowledge with one another.