A world where every child with a language-based learning disability is empowered to achieve unlimited success.
Assistant teachers are integral members of The Windward School community. They are valued for the strong and trusting relationships developed with students and collaborative relationships with faculty. While participating in a structured teacher training program, assistant teachers are in pursuit of pedagogical knowledge and instructional expertise. This effort is achieved through rich professional development and opportunities for reflection.
BA degree required
Excellent oral and written communication skills
A passion for learning and growth and an ability to thrive in a rigorous training program
Open to constructive feedback and reflection
Commitment to DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) work and creating an inclusive environment
Previous experience working with school aged children preferred
As an assistant teacher at The Windward School you would have the following responsibilities including but not limited to:
Becoming knowledgeable about the elements and structure of spoken and written language
Participating in the Windward Teacher Training Program (WTTP) workshops and courses
Developing formal lesson plans and teaching such lessons under the observation of coordinators and administrators
Attending and actively participating in weekly staff development sessions
Assisting mentor teachers with the instructional classroom program as appropriate
Meeting frequently with mentor teachers and an Assistant Teacher Staff Developer to discuss teacher training progress, educational/instructional strategies and overall performance
Providing supervision for students during lunch, recess, arrival and dismissal
Actively contributing and supporting the DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging) initiatives of The School
Becoming familiar with The Windward School culture by attending school activities and programs
Gaining knowledge in the research and strategies that support the multisensory instructional program
Developing an understanding of the emotional and social needs of our students and techniques used to support those needs
Embodying Windward’s core competencies of commitment, growth, impact and community
In order to support these goals, assistant teachers are required to enroll in Windward Teacher Training Programcore courses: Multisensory Reading Instruction (PAF), Teaching Basic Writing Skills and Language, Learning and Literacy. These courses reflect the research base of the Windward program and provide the foundation of knowledge about language. Assistant teachers are also required to read selected articles that describe the body of research that supports the Windward program.
The School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to providing an excellent instructional program for children with language-based learning disabilities. The multisensory curriculum is designed for students of average to superior intelligence who can benefit from the unique educational experience provided. Through direct instruction in small class settings, a trained staff assists students to improve their language skills. Academic success, combined with opportunities for social and emotional growth, enables students to understand their learning styles, build confidence, and develop self-advocacy skills. Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to the mainstream educational environment. To meet these goals, the School provides ongoing training to its faculty based on the most current research and also shares its expertise with the parent body, other educators, and the broader community.
To apply, email cover letter and resume to:
Sandra Schwarz, Director, Teacher Training Program