The Siena School seeks an experienced reading teacher interested in using small-group instruction, research-based strategies, a multisensory approach, and other best practices.
The Siena School is one of the nation’s leading independent schools serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia (www.thesienaschool.org). In response to ongoing enrollment growth and significant parent and professional interest, Siena is opening a second campus in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. We are hiring for all teaching positions at the school starting Fall 2021! The school will open with grades 3-8, and then add grades into high school.
Reading is at the center of almost everything we do at Siena. All students at the school take a reading class each year from 3rd through 8th grade, working on comprehension, fluency and decoding. Siena's reading classes are capped at 10 students, with students subdivided into smaller groups according to areas of need. The classes teach phonology, phonemic awareness, decoding and spelling, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension, though systematic, structured and sequential instruction. Teachers use Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Phono-Graphix and other methods to teach tools and strategies to students who struggle with reading in these areas.
Candidates should have a desire to teach the core principles of reading and an interest in ongoing professional development and training, which the school provides. Candidates should have a knowledge of dyslexia and instruction for students identified with dyslexia and related disorders. Experience working with students with learning differences preferred. Our teachers design interventions and strategies tailored to each student’s needs.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. No phone inquiries please.
Teaching in person on-site and via Zoom in synchronous and asynchronous models.
Advising students and working with students, parents, and other teachers to fully develop a picture of students’ strengths and learning needs.
Regular and consistent communication with students, parents and colleagues.
Promoting joyful student engagement and a commitment to the education of students with dyslexia are essential.
Bachelor's degree with a strong academic track record and demonstrated career interest in education. Advanced degree and 2-5 years of classroom experience strongly preferred.
Reading training (e.g. Orton Gillingham).
Knowledge in the core processes, skills, and content of reading and its relationship to listening, speaking, and writing.
Understand the reading process, particularly phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, decoding, strategic reading, and the application of these skills.
Experience teaching specific elements of reading instruction in small groups.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Citizenship, residency, or work visa in the United States are required.
Additional Salary Information: The position includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits including but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan, and professional development opportunities.
About The Siena School
The Siena School (www.thesienaschool.org) in Silver Spring, Maryland, is in its 15th year with an expanding enrollment. The Siena School has become a national leader in educating bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences. Siena enrolls approximately 40% students of color. The school focuses on the professional development of its staff who are regularly published and have presented at national and international conferences, including the NAIS Annual Conference. Siena is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Siena School is committed to equitable hiring practices, and enthusiastically encourages professionals of all backgrounds to apply.