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High School Learning Specialist - starting immediately

JOB TITLE: High School Learning Specialist
DEPARTMENT: Learning Resource Department
REPORTS TO: Assistant Head of School for Program

Edmund Burke School, located in Washington, D.C., seeks a High School Learning Specialist to serve as a member of its faculty, effective immediately. This is a full-time, 10-month position. 

A progressive co-educational day school for grades 6-12, Edmund Burke School emphasizes a student-centered, constructivist approach to education. Committed to building a diverse, multicultural faculty, the school values open-mindedness and collegiality. We expect our educators to run orderly but energetic classes, use innovative, developmentally-appropriate classroom activities and assignments designed to engage a diverse student population, and employ appropriate technology in the classroom. Burke values the ability to use or include multicultural perspectives in classroom instruction, and expects educators to show patience and foster a respectful, caring community. Candidates should enjoy collaborating with colleagues and take pleasure in the company of adolescents. Educators at Burke join a lively, dedicated and cooperative school community. 

The Learning Support Department at Edmund Burke School provides support to students with learning differences in grades 6-12. The High School Learning Specialist works with students, offering academic assistance and conducting informal assessments, when necessary. The High School Learning Specialist reviews all psycho-educational testing reports and monitors the use and implementation of accommodations. Additionally, the department advises faculty on best practices for teaching students with learning differences. The High School Learning Specialist also provides outside referrals for tutoring and testing and consults with families regarding academic concerns. The High School Learning Specialist co-teaches a High School Learning Strategies Class for all 9th grade students. The High School Learning Specialist also chairs the High School Support Team, consisting of the Dean of Students, Assistant Head of School for Program, and School Counselor.
  • Meets with students individually for assistance with study strategies, organizational skills, and content area help. If additional support is needed, the Learning Specialist provides families with referrals for outside testing and tutoring.
  • Conducts classroom observations and/or informal assessments of students who are experiencing difficulty with the classroom curriculum. Recommendations are made to the faculty regarding classroom accommodations and/or referrals are given to the family regarding psycho-educational testing. 
  • Reviews psycho-educational testing reports, creates and maintains the student’s Learning Profile, meets with the faculty to discuss the student’s academic needs, and monitors the use and implementation of accommodations throughout the year.  
  • Meets with all parents who have a child with documented learning differences to discuss accommodations and services offered at Burke. The Learning Specialist meets annually with the appropriate faculty members to review the new and returning students with learning profiles. 
  • Leads the High School Support Team in creating and implementing support plans for students experiencing academic difficulties.   
  • Acts as a member of the Admissions Committee, reviews the psycho-educational testing reports of prospective students, and provides feedback to the Director of Enrollment and Associate Director of Enrollment Management.
  • Completes and submits all applications for College Board and ACT accommodations for students with documented learning differences.  
  • Coordinates and teaches the High School Learning Strategies class for all 9th grade students. This course is co-taught by the HS Dean of Students, and may involve other members of the HS Learning Support Team.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

  • BA required; MA in special education or related field is strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a secondary school setting working with students with learning differences.
  • Familiarity with independent schools and the progressive philosophy strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • Flexible, enthusiastic, and has a proven commitment and sensitivity to students of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and talents.  
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Kristin Arndt, Assistant Head of School for Program, at kristin.arndt@burkeschool.org.
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.