The 7-12 Learning Specialist will bring a strengths-based approach to serving learners who are gifted and demonstrate potential or identified learning challenges. Working closely with the division head and school student support team, the Learning Specialist will design and lead programs to serve students, faculty and parents in our school community. The ideal candidate will have expertise in instructional strategies and learning accommodations for middle and high school students with learning challenges; a strong understanding of project based approaches; and passion for staying current on the latest research in special and gifted education.
Meets with and coaches teachers to support teaching and classroom practices for a range of learner needs
Works one-on-one with students to support individual needs
Reviews educational evaluations and recommends appropriate action plans
Creates and tracks student accommodation and intervention plans
Attends student wellness meetings and collaborates with wellness team including administration, teachers, school counselors, school psychologist, and outside providers
Designs and leadsregular professional development programs for faculty to support implementation of classroom accommodations
Develops and leads parent education workshops
Collaborates with K-6 Learning specialist to align learning support across Lower, Middle, and Upper School.
Master's degree required
Special education, education therapy, or reading specialist coursework or training
A minimum of three years successful teaching, and three years learning specialist experience
Experience reviewing psychoeducational testing and developing student accommodation plans and tracking progress over time
Experience working with middle and high school age students and parents preferred
Experience with College Board and ACT accommodations application processes preferred (training can be provided in this area)
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
A desire to work collaboratively
Openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning
The Nueva School, an internationally recognized, nonprofit, independent day school, has served gifted learners since 1967. Today, Nueva serves nearly 900 students PreK–12. Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo, equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, serving six counties throughout the Bay Area of Northern California.
A constructivist school, Nueva is known for its distinctive inquiry-based interdisciplinary studies, project-based learning, and pioneering work in social-emotional learning and design thinking. The Nueva community instills a passion for lifelong learning, fosters social and emotional acuity, and develops the imaginative mind. Our school has received the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award and the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program and appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, co-founded the Common Ground Speaker Series, hosts the biennial Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his book That Used to Be Us i...n the chapter “Average Is Over.”
For more information on The Nueva School, please visit www.nuevaschool.org.