The ML Learning Support Teacher provides direct learning support and instruction with the goal of helping to advance student skills in their core academic subjects and with executive functioning skills (organization, time management, advocacy, and study strategies). Working with 7th and 8th grade students in small groups or as an additional classroom teacher (push-in), the Learning Support Teacher helps students develop skills and learn compensatory strategies. Close collaboration and consultation with classroom teachers is required. The Learning Support Teacher also impacts the advancement of learning and performance indirectly through consultation with teachers and through sharing their expertise and unique perspective with faculty and parents.
Teach a 7th and an 8th grade Academic Support and Organization (ASO) class focused on skill and strategy development for struggling students with documented learning disabilities.
Teach a 7th and an 8th grade academic support class (Foundations) for students exempt from taking a world language, as needed.
Serve as an additional teacher in classrooms (push-in) to support academic skill development in core academic subjects (math, language arts, social studies, and science) for all students.
Take initiative and foster collaborative relationships with teachers in an effort to support student learning.
Consult/collaborate with teachers on ways to craft classroom instruction, assessments, and projects to accommodate different learning needs. Be a resource for teachers in ways to promote executive functioning skills in the classroom.
Assist during 7th/8th grade Tutorial by working with students individually or in small groups with a specific focus on skill development and review of content (academic skills, executive functioning skills, and/or study strategies).
Be available by appointment during lunch and before/after school to students who desire or require additional support, on an as-needed basis.
Be able to identify struggling students and create a plan for support
Develop a bird’s eye view of the class/grade and any common needs that are observable; share those observations with the grade level team and administration; provide suggestions to address those needs.
Develop and lead periodic topic-specific group sessions or review sessions before school, after school, and/or during lunch as needed. Topics might include such as conducting research, taking notes from a text, reading comprehension strategies, implementing study strategies, and strengthening executive functioning.
Communicate effectively when writing progress reports for academic support classes.
Participate as an active member of the 7th and 8th grade level teams and the Learning Support Department.
Lead periodic parent education and staff development programs
Prioritize their time and be flexible in identifying and responding to identified needs
Maintain effective communication with parents and faculty.
Strong knowledge of current best practices in literacy and math instruction
Knowledge of executive functioning and the ability to support the development of these skills in students and in the classroom
Identification and remediation of learning differences and related accommodations and curriculum design is essential
Effective communication skills with students, colleagues, and parents
Ability to collaborate with parents, students, teachers, and other professionals.
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
Flexibility and ability to prioritize tasks
Ability to take initiative
Knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), preferred
Specialized Skills and Knowledge:
A full range of knowledge in math and literacy is required
Ability to differentiate instruction based on student needs and learning profile