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Learning Specialist (Part-Time)

Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Special Education or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of learning differences, how they appear in and out of academic settings, and effective instructional strategies.
  • Experience with or training in Wilson Reading System, Orton-Gillingham, or Multisensory Math is a plus.
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The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) prepares the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world.

Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting relevant social justice programs into action. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.

POSITION OVERVIEW: 

The Learning Specialist works closely with the Wellbeing Team at NEIA to provide
individualized academic support to students who have learning differences. The learning specialist works with an assigned caseload of students, both one-on-one and in-class, to provide targeted academic support based on student learning profiles.

DUTIES INCLUDE: 

  • Embodies NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions.
    ● Provides one-on-one and small-group support/instruction for students, both in push-in and pull-out environments.
    ● Consults learning profiles to assist students with developing targeted learning strategies that support individual success. May include Executive Functioning coaching, support in Reading and Writing, and assistance with other academic subjects as needed.
    ● Helps struggling students to overcome or work around challenges that interfere with learning and develops the self-confidence and independence necessary to reach their potential.
    ● Reviews student records, psychoeducational testing, and sharing pertinent
    information with classroom teachers.
    ● Uses a variety of assessment procedures to gather additional information necessary to determine appropriate interventions and programming.
    ● Maintains regular communication with the Wellbeing Team, teaching staff, and families to monitor academic progress; update learning profiles and/or notes as necessary.
    ● Works to build supportive and trusted relationships with students.
    ● Attends relevant meetings which may include Wellbeing meetings, meetings with parents, or meetings with outside providers.
    ● Teaches Executive Functioning classes to students in grades 7 and 9.
    ● Engages in ongoing professional learning and development per the school’s
    professional growth framework.
    ● Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned and required by the position and the school.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE POSSESSES THE FOLLOWING COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and
    personal accountability at all times.● A willingness and eagerness to assist in the life of the school and a passion for bettering
    lives of students.
    ● Proficient knowledge of teaching strategies and methods.
    ● Ability to incorporate goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that
    directly apply to student’s lives.
    ● Ability to work independently.
    ● Critical thinking skills.
    ● Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body.
    ● Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
    ● Exceptional administrative and organization skills.
    ● Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
    ● Passionate about teaching middle and high school students.
    ● Strengths-based approach to addressing learning barriers.
    ● Uses technology effectively in teaching, learning, and administrative functions.

Additional Information

  • This 10-month, part-time teaching staff position begins asap. Working schedule: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 2:00pm.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to careers@neiacademy.org.

NEIA is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or any other status protected by applicable law. NEIA will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities or pregnancy-related conditions, in accordance with applicable law.

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