Paramount to fulfilling our mission and modeling, embodying, and implementing our citizen leader framework we call Lead from Here is the commitment to nurturing a young person’s individual potential, including the different ways each student learns. Our Upper School Academic Skills teacher must have an in-depth understanding of learning differences, the ability to teach learning strategies that support executive function, to advocate for students and their families, and be able to manage confidential information.
A major responsibility of the position is to assist with the development of the total child; including the ability to identify and communicate the most effective methods for working with each student in the program.
Proper collaboration will include being able to establish an effective working relationship with the Upper School Leadership Team and the Chair of the Academic Skills department. Forming effective partnerships with faculty team members, parents, and outside providers in determining a learning plan that will help meet each student’s goals is of primary importance.
He or she must prioritize relationship building, exhibit effective communication skills, and focus on nurturing and caring for students and families dealing with sensitive circumstances. He or she must exercise good judgment and comply with school standards as they relate to faculty conduct.
Coordinate with other teachers and administration to develop the total child through the lens of our Lead from Here framework; have ability to understand academic assignments and explain best methods for working with students to classroom teachers.
Serve as a member of the Upper School Student Assistance Team that monitors and supports students with academic and/or social/emotional concerns.
Maintain student progress records in accordance with best practice guidelines for supporting student learning needs.
Read psycho-educational reports; plan and communicate appropriate accommodations.
Teach assigned number of classes. Maintain classroom order.
Prepare course materials: teaching and assessment materials, articles, workbooks, study guides, etc.
Plan and execute lessons to meet subject objectives; manage and monitor student learning.
Conduct meetings with parents as needed regarding assignments, progress and challenges facing students; utilize computer-based systems for tracking and reporting student progress.
Serve as an advocate and advisor including facilitating integration of Lead from Here curriculum.
Assist with extracurricular activities as assigned.
Promote the school’s statement of mission and philosophy; adhere to Ravenscroft’s “Characteristics of Effective Teaching”; Faculty Handbook and Employee Handbook.
Maintain professional credentials as required by Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) or other accrediting agencies.
Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or Learning Differences/Disabilities required; MA or M.Ed highly desirable; one degree must be in Education;
Previous experience working with grade 9-12 students who have learning differences required; previous teaching experience in an independent school setting preferred.
Must have excellent communication skills and command of subject matter.
Effective technology skills required.
Demonstrate growth mindset, ability to receive feedback, adapt to learners’ needs.
Tact in dealing with parents, other instructors and students in school setting.
Flexibility in work schedule, as needed.
Must be able to meet physical requirements of the position.
The above description covers the most significant duties performed, but does not exclude assignments not mentioned.
About Ravenscroft School
Ravenscroft School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts with numerous advanced classes and an emphasis on best-practices teaching methods at every level. Founded in 1862, the school enrolls 1160 students in grades pre-K through twelve who demonstrate high standards of conduct as well as the capability of achieving success in a rigorous academic program.
Ravenscroft School Mission Statement: "The Ravenscroft community, guided by our legacy of excellence, nurtures individual potential and prepares students to thrive in a complex and interdependent world."