Pace Academy is an independent college preparatory school in Atlanta, Ga., with an enrollment of 1,115 students in Pre-First through 12th grades. At Pace, we hire enthusiastic and energetic professionals who are dedicated to their crafts and passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.
Our commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture is reflected in a community in which differences are embraced, and students, parents, faculty and staff have a sense of belonging. We are looking for culturally competent and responsive candidates who believe in the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the life of a school and can effectively incorporate those principles in their respective roles. Pace actively seeks candidates from historically underrepresented populations.
For the 2021-2022 school year, Pace Academy is looking for two full-time Lower School Learning Specialists. The ideal candidate is an expert in the field of learning disabilities and has a passion for empowering students, celebrating their personal growth and equipping them with strategies that will foster their learning. The candidate must also value students’ social-emotional well-being as well as their unique learning styles, and must demonstrate proven success implementing best practices. Working with the Head of Lower School, Director of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), Lower School Leadership Team, faculty and parents, the Lower School Learning Specialists provide academic support to students on issues that affect their learning, as well as guidance to families and faculty surrounding various learning styles.
The successful candidate must demonstrate strong communication, administrative, critical thinking and organizational skills, as well as possess a positive, engaging personality and the willingness to work collaboratively with other learning specialists, administration, faculty, staff and parents. The successful candidate demonstrates strong emotional intelligence, values healthy relationships and sees the best in each student.
A proven track record in analyzing diagnostic assessments, literacy, language development, written language, identification/remediation of learning differences and related accommodations, as well as developing targeted lesson plans, is essential. A desire to be an active member of the school community is vital.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Creates a warm, welcoming environment in the ARC for students, parents, faculty and staff
Meets weekly with the Lower School ARC Director
Accepts feedback from the Lower School ARC Director
Maintains confidentiality and student integrity
Develops detailed lesson objectives for students that align with their learning profile
Explicitly teaches concepts and strategies to support academic success
Meets with faculty and parents to discuss student progress
Works collaboratively with other Learning Specialists
Composes progress reports for each student receiving ARC support
Completes checklists and questionnaires as requested by outside specialists
Understands psycho-educational evaluations and uses them to inform their instructional goals
Leads parent meetings to discuss learning objectives and strategies
Creates systems that aid students’ organizational skills
Collaborates with Pace faculty and outside professionals (ex. psychologists, speech-language pathologists, etc.) to address students’ needs
Effectively incorporates principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and classroom culture
Attends mandatory training, professional development and education in antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion
Models and reinforces the Lower School Code of Conduct
Communicates effectively with parents in a timely manner
Participates in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops
Attends faculty meetings, grade-level parent gatherings, admissions testing, Sunday Sundae, Open House and Graduation
Other duties may be assigned
Degree in Special Education or in Elementary Education
Advanced degree required
Experience as a Learning Specialist preferred (i.e., experience with ADHD, learning disabilities, non-traditional learners)
Experience teaching in Lower School academics
Certification with reading programs such as Orton Gillingham and Wilson Reading required
Belief in the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the life of a school so as to foster a sense of belonging
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Adaptability in dealing with change or unexpected events to ensure the general welfare of the school
A positive outlook, flexibility, strong desire to work with children and a collaborative, nurturing nature are necessary
Must be able to work on campus, for in-person learning
Pace offers a complete benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurances, a 403(b) plan with a generous match, paid term life and disability insurances, supplemental insurance plans, Georgia 529 and Flexible Spending Accounts.
How to Apply:
Send your cover letter, CV or resume, statement of teaching philosophy and references to: Jobs@PaceAcademy.org.
Please indicate where you learned of this job and your desired salary range. PDFs or Word documents are preferred.
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About Pace Academy
Pace Academy is an independent college preparatory school in Atlanta, Georgia, with an enrollment of 1115 students in pre-first through twelfth grades. Pace Academy provides a rigorous academic curriculum to prepare students for success at a variety of prestigious colleges and universities. The school strives to provide an environment that stimulates physical health, a spirit of service, respect for diversity, and a healthy psychological and social outlook.