Middle and Upper School learning specialist

Position: Middle and Upper School learning specialist

Polytechnic School is looking for an energetic and dynamic educator who, above all, loves working with Middle and Upper School students and values and affirms the unique contributions of each child in the school community. Our next learning specialist should be well versed in current educational theory and should thrive in translating that into practice to support all students and their learning especially those with learning differences.

As a member of the Middle and Upper School, the learning specialist’s role is to partner with our student-centered faculty and lead the student support process for identifying, monitoring, and guiding students who learn differently; support students with a variety of learning styles by providing intervention and remediation; support teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom; work with parents, students, and outside professionals in order to better support students with learning differences. He or she will join a community who already values and appreciates the work of and partners well with a learning specialist.

Special responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: the development of a solid knowledge base of the curriculum; assisting teachers in the classroom to help adjust, accommodate, and enrich curricular approaches and improve pedagogy; teaming with teachers to devise skillful classroom management practices (routines and procedures) to ensure a productive learning environment; using formative and summative assessments and document student progress and achievement; and educating faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Individual student support;
  • Participate as a member of the Middle and Upper School support teams;
  • Implementation, documentation, and communication of accommodations;
  • Scheduling, feedback, and analysis of ERBs for sixth through eighth grades;
  • Implementing, coordinating, and communicating temporary accommodations with concussions;
  • Manage accommodations and submit documentation for ISEEs, APs, ACTs, and SATs;
  • Peer tutoring coordination;
  • Manage Upper School mid-year and final exam accommodations.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three to five years of working at the Middle and/or Upper School level. Candidates with specialized credentials that include a master’s degree in special education, educational therapy, or reading specialist are preferred. The ideal candidate will be well organized and thoroughly versed in meeting student needs across the development spectrum and in providing targeted instruction to students with learning differences. A specialized background in learning differences, interpreting and applying complex educational plans, as well as aligning and monitoring the effectiveness of interventions and alternative strategies to maximize learning for students are required skills for this position. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a willingness to learn and collaborate with other adults on campus. Mindful that learning is a lifelong process, applicants should be committed to continued professional growth.

An independent, coeducational college-preparatory school in Pasadena, Calif., Polytechnic School offers a broad curriculum in the liberal arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1907, the school enrolls approximately 860 students from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.

The mission of Polytechnic School is to develop the intellect, talents, and character of each student in a community of learning dedicated to principles of academic excellence that values the uniqueness and dignity of each member and fosters personal responsibility and service to others. We are committed to honesty, justice, charity, and the pursuit of knowledge. We respect the dignity and worth of all human beings — their thoughts, their feelings, and their individuality. We seek to celebrate the joy, the love, and the creativity that emanate from the human spirit. We strive to be responsible and contributing members of our families, our school community, and the world. The Poly community appreciates the cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity present in the Pasadena area and strives to reflect it. Members of the Poly community appreciate and learn from individual differences, foster the ability to disagree with civility, and embody courtesy and compassion.

Physical requirements and work environment
  • Work in an environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges and deadlines, as well as a diverse array of contacts;
  • Work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom environment.
Polytechnic School is committed to attracting and retaining talented, dedicated employees through a competitive compensation plan that is commensurate with experience.

A full benefits package includes medical, dental and vision coverage, and a retirement plan.

Applicants should submit a résumé and cover letter to Cheryl Flores or via mail at Polytechnic School, c/o Cheryl Flores, 1030 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Equal Opportunity Employer
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, Poly will recruit, hire, train, and promote faculty and staff without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition and physical or mental disability (whether perceived or actual), or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. School policy also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.
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