Middle School Learning Specialist

King School is a PreK-12 independent, college preparatory day school located in Stamford that serves the diverse families of Fairfield and Westchester counties. King School seeks more than achievement for our students. We open minds and spark courageous thinking. Our students discover and forge their unique paths to excellence.

Diversity is foundational to academic and professional excellence, and therefore is a core value at King. We think, learn, and work more deeply due to the many facets of diversity in our community, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, ability, and learning style. We leverage cultural differences and intellectual diversity to create an inclusive and vibrant learning community, endeavoring for each person to feel seen, heard, valued, and respected.

Summary: King School seeks a knowledgeable and engaged learning specialist well-versed in adolescent development, teaching, and learning to serve as an active support to students and faculty in the Middle School.

Job Title: Middle School Learning Specialist

Division: Middle School

Reports to: Head of Middle School and Middle School Director of Teaching and Learning

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Co-lead 5-6 sections of Middle School Strategies - a class devoted to supporting students who require extra work with executive functioning and specific learning interventions.
  • Partner with the Middle School Director of Teaching and Learning to manage learning profiles and accommodations in grades 6-8.
  • Coordinate with outside resources in recommending educational evaluations and implementing resulting learning plans.
  • Partner with the Middle School Student Support Team, grade level teams, and faculty to support all aspects of a student’s development through grades 6-8.
  • Coordinate with Middle School Director of Teaching and Learning to support students who are in need of specific and targeted support, including but not limited to concussion protocols and extended absences.
  • Work with the Middle School Director of Teaching and Learning to create and maintain Student Profiles and help teachers translate these profiles into classroom practice.
  • Serve as a Middle School Advisor.
    • Responsibilities include advocating for the students, communicating with parents about advisees’ progress, guiding advisees through daily school life, sharing information, and leading discussions.
  • Participate in all required meetings.
  • Perform other supervisory duties as required of all Middle School teachers - recess and snack, lunch, study hall, morning greeting, etc.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians about student and advisee progress as necessary.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree in Special Education preferred).
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience working in a school setting with students with learning vulnerabilities.
  • Possess a sound understanding of the developmental stages of middle school students.
  • Experience providing targeted support to students with learning vulnerabilities.
  • Ability to provide meaningful advice and plans to faculty and families regarding the administration of accommodations for students with learning vulnerabilities.
  • Familiarity with recommending, reading, and processing psychoeducational evaluations.
  • Ability to be organized and manage a series of student information platforms and systems, including: Google Classroom, Gmail, Zoom.  
  • Demonstrated cross-cultural competence--ability to effectively teach, learn, and engage in a multicultural environment with a diverse student body--in pedagogical practice and multicultural curriculum content. 
  • Demonstrated capacity in culturally responsive professional practices, excellent communication skills, and ability to constructively collaborate with colleagues.
  • Demonstrated capacity to thrive in our diverse community, including but not limited to diversity in race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic status, ability/disability, belief, sexual orientation, and national origin according to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles.  
  • Must have a demonstrated alignment with King’s Mission and Virtues.

Classifications:

Full Time, Exempt.

To apply, please email employment@kingschoolct.org with a resume and cover letter.

King goes beyond just stating that we are Equal Opportunity Employer. Our goal is to intentionally hire a diverse pool of world-class staff and faculty to enrich the educational experience of students. King seeks candidates committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment where varied identities are valued and respected.