All Other Positions - Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
Position: All Other Positions
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Job Title: Middle School Learning Specialist
Job Location: MICDS, 101 North Warson Rd, St. Louis, MO
Beginning: Jul 01, 2019
Deadline: Mar 25, 2019**
District: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School
St. Louis, MO 63124
Telephone: 314-995-7417
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Job Description:
For immediate consideration, complete our online application at https://www.micds.org/our-school/career-opportunities/ and upload a copy of your cover letter and resume. 12 month position. Start Date: July 1, 2019. 
  • Develop and evaluate programs and processes to increase Middle School capacity to support a broad range of student needs.
    • Expand the student support model through creation, coordination and monitoring of universal, group, and individual intervention systems.
    • Demonstrate understanding and application of tiered models of student support.
    • Receive student referrals from grade level teams and investigate students of concern.  Investigation of concerns can include: observation, student interviewing, academic screening, attention/executive function screening.
    • Run small group student sessions that support close reading, reading fluency, executive functioning and general learning strategies.
    • Coordinate ERB testing and analysis of data, including partnership with department chairs on use of the data to inform instruction and interventions.
  • Advance the Middle School’s understanding of adolescent development, effective pedagogical approaches and best practices that enhance learning of all students.
    • Develop and maintain a formal and working knowledge of a broad range of theoretical models of learning, which support and guide teachers as they employ classroom-based research intended to enhance student learning.
    • Educate faculty on how to better understand outside evaluation results, student profiles, accommodation plans, and the inextricable link between cognitive and social/emotional development.
    • Partner with parents to understand specific learning profiles and promote opportunities for individual student growth.
    • Generate and lead educational opportunities for constituents (e.g, faculty, parents, administrators, Board of Trustees) to increase the capacity of support systems both inside and outside of the classroom including topics such as cognitive research strategies for memory, learning, anxiety
    • Collaborate closely with faculty and team members to implement programs/services, including but not limited to Middle School Student Support Committee (SSC), Student Support Services, grade level teams, and curricular departments.
  • Support student development into strategic and self-aware learners.  
    • Assist teachers with implementation of cognitive-thought model by supporting lesson and assessment development that promote student evaluation, metacognition and long-term retention.
    • Create, update and present grade appropriate, 5th-8th grades, cognitive strategies on a quarterly basis.
    • Create accommodation plans for students with a formal educational diagnosis.  Work with students, parents and teachers to identify areas of cognitive strength and weakness as well as appropriate interventions.  Update plans based on progress.
    • Advise parents and students on academic accommodations at the Middle School.
    • Coordinate academic support and maintain regular communication with tutors/interventionists.
    • Coordinate with the Lower and Upper School Learning Specialists and other Student Services Team members to transition students between divisions and leverage what we know about students as learners.
    • Coordinate with Admissions to facilitate a smooth transition for new students entering into the school.
  • Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the school’s discretion.
  • Master’s degree required in school psychology, educational psychology, and/or instructional support with experience working in an Independent School preferred but not required.
  • Three or more years’ experience in a school setting preferred.
  • A broad base of knowledge in the area of adolescent development, social-emotional needs, and systems thinking as well as a passion for working with Middle School students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaborate and communicate effectively with others to accomplish objectives.
  • Commitment to working in an environment that embraces a diverse community of students, educators, parents, and alums.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Strong organization and research skills utilizing technology and computers to work in a 1:1 learning environment.
  • High level of intrapersonal skills with strategies for maintaining balance and ability to manage multiple demands on a regular basis.

** District reserves the right to close any Job Posting when a suitable applicant has been found before the deadline date.

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