Classoom Teacher in the Wardlaw Lower School (K-2nd)
for Children with Dyslexia
Start Date: August 2021
The Wardlaw School is currently seeking an outstanding professional to serve as a classroom teacher in our Lower School (grades K-2). Classrooms in the Lower School are based on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative model where classroom teachers, reading specialists, and speech and language pathologists work together to help each child reach his/her full potential. This caring environment stresses the importance of sharing your talents with others and provides an unmatched opportunity to learn from both peers and experts in the field. As we strive to construct the reading brain, we have opportunities to interact with leading researchers in the field, including Maryanne Wolf, Joe Torgeson, and Patricia Kuhl.
The Atlanta Speech School has evolved over its 81 years into the nation’s most comprehensive center for language and literacy – earning a rising national reputation as the educational equivalent of a teaching hospital. The School attracts a staff of the most gifted and committed teaching professionals who apply the research of the nation’s leading brain development and educational experts to achieve transformational language and literacy outcomes for children through its four school divisions, five clinical programs, and Rollins Center for Language & Literacy (“Rollins Center”) professional development program. The School has never turned away a child in need of services based on his or her family’s financial circumstances. All of the School’s efforts are interrelated and intentional, creating a circle of impact that is continually refined and strengthened across all programs. Our mission is to help each person develop his or her full potential through language and literacy. Please visit our website for further information: www.atlantaspeechschool.org. We’d also encourage you to watch our video, Every Opportunity: https://vimeo.com/179818336
The Wardlaw School is dedicated to serving children with average to very superior intelligence and mild to moderate dyslexia (specific reading disability). In addition to the decoding issues that define dyslexia, our model addresses the rapid naming, word retrieval, and phonological processing difficulties that underlie the dyslexic profile and frequently impact oral and written expression as academic demands increase through the grades.
The classroom teacher, in collaboration with a speech pathologist, designs and implements curriculum using research-based methodologies. To address the underpinnings of dyslexia, our teachers utilize an oral to written to oral language approach where students leave us as capable and confident writers and speakers. With our small class size (9-10 students) and collaborative model, our teachers are able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of their students.
The Wardlaw School employs passionate professionals who aspire to make connections with each individual with whom they work. Knowledge and understanding of research-based practices in the areas of language development, reading and math are the cornerstone for all that we do. We seek to hire innovators and thinkers who choose to work in an environment where they can truly make a difference in the life of a child. The Wardlaw School encourages all of its students, educators, specialists and clinicians to be engaged, perpetual learners.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
A Master’s degree in learning disabilities, reading, speech/language pathology, or special education from an accredited university
A current Georgia teaching certificate or eligible for certification.
Training in at least one multi-sensory reading method is desirable.
An ability to develop, plan, and implement curriculum using a variety of resources
Experience with elementary-aged students.
The Wardlaw School is dedicated to ongoing staff development and provides opportunities for individuals to add to their repertoire of skills and methodology. We are looking for professionals who seek to be the best in their field and who enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment. Opportunities are available to present locally and nationally.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE POSITION:
Plan and implement a remedial program of instruction for a class of nine or ten children, each with the diagnosis of mild to moderate dyslexia or language-based learning disability. Instructional emphasis and goals are derived from students’ psycho-educational evaluations and diagnostic teaching.
Complete two written reports per school year and lead three parent-teacher conferences.
Serve as the case manager for each student in the class to secure other services provided by the school or by referral to outside sources.
Work within a collaborative framework with the Speech/Language Pathologist for your class to establish and implement appropriate language goals for each student within the class setting.
Establish an effective means of communication with parents.
Maintain student files.
The position is full time (5 days per week 7:45-2:45)
Salary is commensurate with experience. This 190-day, full-time school position offers a generous benefit package including health/dental/life/vision and long term disability insurance; the School subsidizes health insurance premiums of staff and families. Other benefits include Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; cost reduction of some Atlanta Speech School services; complimentary meals during work hours; and accrued sick leave.
Please submit all of the following documents by April 17to ensure that your information is considered: cover letter, resume, copies of certificates and/or license, college transcript, and written submission describing how your particular skills, talents, and/or expertise would be beneficial to the Wardlaw School (please limit to 500 words).