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Learning Specialist (Grades 3-5)

Website The Evergreen School

Independend PS-8 school

 

The Evergreen School is currently accepting applications for a Learning Specialist (Grades 3-5).

Our Mission

We inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.

About the Organization

Located just north of Seattle in Shoreline, Washington, The Evergreen School has been educating highly capable, creative learners for nearly 60 years. Our students love to ask questions, and our teachers use that natural curiosity to craft engaging lessons and spark thought-provoking conversations. Evergreen’s program infuses challenging academics with foundational support for social skills, emotional well-being, a multicultural perspective, and empathy for others. Our students think deeply, take intellectual risks, and tackle complex problems. They learn how to self-advocate, collaborate with others, and understand and respect differences. Evergreen graduates move on to high school and beyond with confidence, ready to contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.

Community

Our community members at Evergreen value and embrace the dignity and diversity of all people. We actively seek and support students, families, faculty, staff, and trustees who bring a diversity of identity into our community. Our mission makes it essential that we skillfully deliver an inclusive educational program that teaches respect for others, empowers students of all backgrounds equitably, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be leaders in an interdependent global community. At Evergreen, our goal is to curate a culture where every family feels fully welcomed and encouraged to participate in every aspect of the community. The school community is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion work; it is a place where all faculty and staff are required to complete SEED training within the first three years of their employment.

The Opportunity

Evergreen is seeking an engaging and compassionate educator to join our team of learning specialists. We are looking for someone with a passion for working with students who have learning differences and for supporting them through strengths-based, targeted instructional strategies. The learning specialist position is responsible for leading, collaborating, and co-teaching with teachers in grades 3-5. They develop and provide specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of students with learning needs and evaluate and assess student progress against instructional objectives. They serve as the ILP Case Manager for students in grades 3-5. With a highly collaborative approach to teaching, the learning specialist will teach an engaging and challenging program to highly capable students with individual learning styles and needs, utilizing a wide range of instructional tools and resources.

The School seeks candidates who approach teaching through an equity and inclusion lens. The school is searching for qualified candidates who demonstrate a commitment to anti-bias and anti-racism work and to fostering a diverse and inclusive learning community that is responsive toward all differences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning styles, and marital, parental or economic status.

Duties and Responsibilities

Interpret and implement educational evaluations.
Coordinate the delivery of accommodations associated with each student’s Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).
Provide research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals within each student’s ILP.
Employ various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their ILP goals.
Utilize assessment data and standardized test data to identify student needs and work with classroom teachers to develop a support plan to meet the needs of students, both with intervention and extension.
Develop and implement annual Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for students to include: present levels of educational performance, special educational needs, instructional goals and objectives, and the related services required to meet those goals.  Assess student progress and determine the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques.
Schedule team meetings and work cooperatively with student support team members and others in developing instructional goals and strategies.
Create a positive learning experience with emphasis on data-informed instruction using appropriate sources including online resources.
Conduct the process for educational evaluations and reevaluations.
Collaborate and consult with educational professionals.
Provide consultation to classroom teachers regarding classroom accommodations, instructional modifications, adaptive equipment, and other similar instructional interventions to meet the needs of students with divergent learning needs.
Serve as a liaison with parents, guardians, faculty, and division heads about student learning and academic support.
Provide education on relevant learning resource topics to faculty in small groups, as well as in larger meetings.
Stay up to date with best practices and work with teachers to implement these practices in the classroom.
Develop and implement a culturally responsive curriculum for students. This may include building upon students’ prior knowledge and experience and having students work collaboratively, among other strategies.
Regularly assess students’ progress by observing and evaluating performance.
Communicate regularly with the relevant people (advisors, learning support specialists, counselors, division heads, and parents) about student progress.
Establish and enforce school rules for students with a positive style and strong classroom management skills.
Attend school, department, team, and parent meetings, including school Open Houses.
Participate in certain extracurricular events, such as social and sporting activities, admission events, clubs, overnight camps, and student group activities. Position duties can include occasional evening or weekend work.
Be strictly vigilant about student health and safety.
Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Education and Desirable Skills

Experience as a special education/learning specialist.
Hold a bachelor’s degree in special education or related subject from an accredited college or university with teaching credentials. A master’s degree and teaching certificate are preferred.
Well-versed in the principles, practices and procedures of academic intervention and specialty areas.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching of students with learning differences. Experience working with highly capable and twice-exceptional children is preferred.
Ability to establish and maintain standards of behavior, adhering to school rules, regulations, and procedures.
Can clearly deliver and articulate oral presentations and written reports.  English is the primary language of the school.
Ability to effectively analyze needs and problems objectively.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, students, parents, and the school community. , Perform all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the total school program.
Knowledge and skills in working with children with AD/HD, ASD, language-based learning differences, and behavior and emotional disabilities.
Have demonstrated success in working with people from diverse backgrounds and learning styles with a demonstrated record of developing one’s own cultural competency.
Have experience working with highly capable and twice-exceptional children (preferred).
Experienced in crafting an inclusive curriculum.
Positively support the school’s mission while managing the demands of curriculum and lesson planning, teaching, collaboration, and parent communications.
Establish a healthy rapport with upper primary students while motivating and facilitating students’ growth and love of learning.
Empowered by a collaborative approach to working with a team of colleagues, sharing with and learning from one another.
Draw from a variety of curriculum sources and be skilled in differentiating among students with clear methods to appropriately challenge highly capable and twice-exceptional students.
Communicate clearly, effectively, and comfortably with the independent school community including students, parents, and colleagues both inside and outside the classroom.
Be technologically inclined; utilize education applications in the classroom. Be proficient with current educational technology, especially blended learning platforms and strategies. Be willing to learn and adopt new digital technologies as appropriate to improve learning.
Respectfully maintain a high degree of confidentiality and integrity while exhibiting a professional manner and building constructive working relationships.
Report to work at the scheduled time and seldom be absent from work.
Complete work in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner and be conscientious about assignments and deadlines.
Currently legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer. There is no sponsorship available for this position.
Able to successfully pass a nationwide background check.

Equipment Used

Computer (PC), Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite
LMS, such as Canvas
Classroom smart projector
Other instructional technology tools as directed
Physical Requirements

Able to lift up to 35 pounds.
Can stand and sit for long periods of time.
Able to move comfortably in classrooms and school hallways.
Able to climb stairs, walk on uneven surfaces, and escort groups of students to and from classes and transportation both inside and outside of school buildings.
Can work outside in good and inclement weather.

Position Details:

This is an exempt, 1.0 FTE full-time, benefits eligible position for the 2024-2025 school year beginning August 21, 2024. This position follows a 10-month work schedule while paid over 12 months. The salary range for an Evergreen teacher position is $65,145.00 to $113,905.00 per year, depending on degree(s) and years of  experience.

 

Benefits:

School-paid medical and dental insurance and employee paid supplemental vision
School-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Long-Term Disability insurance plus an Employee Assistance Program
403(b) Retirement Plan with a School match of up to 7% and immediate vesting
Flexible Savings Account and/or Health Savings Account
Commuter Assistance
Tuition Remission
Infant/toddler care is available on campus  (availability limitations apply)
Paid holidays and other paid leave

Visit our website for more detailed benefits information.

 

TO APPLY:

Complete the Evergreen Online Employment Application. Please include Learning Specialist on the application. Be prepared to provide or upload the following information:

A cover letter, outlining interest in and qualifications for this position.
A current resume.
Three references (Evergreen will inform candidates before contacting references, generally after round 2 interviews.)
Any applicant scheduled for an interview will be asked to submit a 500-word (max.) answer to the following question:
At Evergreen, our mission calls us to “inspire highly capable, creative learners to lead with curiosity, compassion, and courage in a diverse and dynamic world.” Reflecting on your current or previous experiences, describe a time in which you moved diversity and inclusion efforts forward in that role. How did you approach this effort and what did you learn about yourself during this process?

 

Application window will remain open until position is filled.

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Evergreen School strives to provide equal opportunity to all employees. The school’s policy is not to discriminate in employment based on race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, creed, age, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status or any other status protected under applicable local, state or federal law. The School is committed to administering employment decisions, including hiring, promotions, compensation benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, terminations, training, sabbaticals, tuition assistance and other programs, without regard to an employee’s protected status.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@evergreenschool.org