Congressional School seeks a Director of the Learning Center for the 2018-2019 school year. This position is a member of the Student Support Team and reports to the Assistant Head for Academics and Lower and Middle School Director.
Qualified candidates must have strong knowledge and experience regarding current research on different learning needs and styles to best support elementary and middle school aged students. The Director of Learning Center serves as a leader regarding authentic approaches to learning and advocates on behalf of students and student learning.
The Leaning Specialist must be proactive and enjoy working within a high paced environment that is mission-driven, results and solutions oriented, and nurture the strong sense of community at Congressional. The ideal candidate will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, be detailed oriented, have strong administrative and organizational skills, and have the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Learning Specialist will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. The Learning Specialist must be someone who naturally takes the initiative and maintains a gentle but strong professional demeanor at all times.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Work in partnership with Division Heads and the Director of Innovation and Learning to evaluate the current structure of the Learning Center to ensure students and faculty are supported in a high quality and timely manner;
Work collaboratively with faculty to identify students in need of academic support;
Support students identified with learning differences in either one-on-one or in a small group settings;
Work with parents and faculty to ensure a strong partnership, exhibit empathy and demonstrate the school’s core values to best support students receiving help or enrichment in the Learning Center;
Provide direct instruction to students to develop and enhance study and executive functioning skills;
Analyze testing results and evaluations and summarize findings for faculty;
Conduct informal screenings and assessments;
Update Learning Center Profiles and Accommodation Plans regularly and as needed;
Remain current and abreast of educational research about students with learning differences and instructional practices;
Lead regular Student Support meetings with Faculty and Administration;
Coordinate the Learning Center Student Support referral process;
Collaborate with and offer support to faculty on behalf of students with learning differences;
Oversee implementation of classroom accommodations or enrichment activities for students who use the Learning Center;
Coordinate and execute, as appropriate, school-wide professional development in the areas of learning differences and learning support for teachers and staff;
Assist teachers in differentiating instruction for a variety of learning styles;
Provide information to parents about student performance;
Manage staff of at least one person in the Learning Center; and,
Perform divisional responsibilities expected of faculty (for example, writing report card comments, supervising students outside of class times, attending faculty meetings, etc.).
Ideal candidates should have:
Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Reading, Special Education or Education; a Master’s degree is preferred.
Have a minimum 5 years’ experience in a related field.
Familiarity with current research, strategies and programs in reading, writing, math, and, in general, for students with learning differences.
Trained and certified in multi-sensory approaches to reading interventions such as Orton Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, and/or Wilson Language Program.
Experience in assessment and test interpretation; familiarity with standardized and informal assessments commonly used when identifying students with reading, writing, math, and processing challenges.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong team player who thinks strategically, inspires and motivates others, has a growth mindset, and naturally takes initiative.
A joyful and positive disposition; recognizes the potential of every individual child.
Congressional School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age or disability.
About Congressional School
Founded in 1939, Congressional School is a co-ed independent day school in the heart of Falls Church, VA. Dedicated to young learners—infants through eighth graders—Congressional School serves more than 320 students and 2,000 campers annually through its academic and summer programs. The school develops great thinkers and leaders by encouraging students to explore, embrace challenge, and grow through an innovative academic program —all in a diverse and inclusive community. Well-prepared for excellent secondary schools, Congressional School graduates have confidence, a sense of ethics, and the desire to continually and respectfully question, collaborate, create, and lead.