Saint Mark’s School
Independent, Nonreligious, Coeducational K-8
K-4 Learning Specialist
Full-time Position Beginning July 2014
Saint Mark’s seeks an experienced and collaborative Learning Specialist for grades K-4. The Learning Specialist is responsible for providing academic support services and case management for students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. He or she reports to the Lower School head and works closely with the Upper School head, Upper School learning specialist, school counselor, classroom teachers, and parents to facilitate consistent support and thoughtful transitions from one grade to the next. He or she will conduct initial and ongoing screenings of students, recommend intervention, provide pull-out and push-in student support, and coordinate outside support services when necessary. In addition to student support, the Learning Specialist is responsible for helping to keep the Lower School faculty current on best practices in the area of learning differences and supporting the diverse needs of students. He or she recommends professional development opportunities to faculty, provides in-house professional development, conducts class observations, and meets with teachers to help implement recommendations and accommodations for students.
Saint Mark’s School is an independent, nonreligious, coeducational K-8 school located in the Bay Area in San Rafael, CA, with an enrollment of 380 students. Innovative, inclusive, and full of heart, Saint Mark's unites an enriched, rigorous academic program with a kind and inclusive community. The school nurtures a love of learning, engagement in the community, and development of compassion and an ethical framework. Students learn and practice the intellectual, social, and emotional skills they will apply to the unique challenges and opportunities of their time; graduates stand out not only for their intellectual curiosity and pursuit of ideas, but also for their joy of learning and deep sense of responsibility to be active, engaged citizens.
Saint Mark’s has established a consistent practice of thoughtful innovation in its curricular program, focusing on current century skills and concepts including four cross-curricular strands: Global Education, Media and Information Literacy, Environmental Sustainability, and Social and Emotional Learning. Highlights include the NAIS Leading Edge Award-winning Media Literacy program; well-established
local and global partnerships with the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, eSibonisweni School and Kliptown Youth Program in South Africa, and Beijing Experimental Primary School #2 in China, and Pan American School in Costa Rica, among others; SmartBoard technology in every classroom, with a one-to-one laptop program beginning in sixth grade; Mandarin and Spanish language beginning in kindergarten; an integrated Social and Emotional Learning program; a commitment to differentiation across the school; and more.
Saint Mark’s is a vibrant and diverse community, and all community members continue to work towards the furthering of an inclusive and supportive school. Saint Mark’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and multiculturalism. Saint Mark’s salary and benefits are very competitive by both NAIS and regional standards. For more information about Saint Mark’s School, please visit our website (www.saintmarksschool.org).
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume via email to Thad Reichley, Lower School
Director, at (firstname.lastname@example.org).