Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school in the Emory University area of Atlanta. The high school enrolls approximately 450 students. The curriculum consists of extensive offerings in English, social studies, mathematics, foreign languages, natural and physical sciences, art and music. Class size averages 15 students.
The academic year is divided into two long terms of approximately 15 weeks and two short terms of 4 weeks. During the long term, students attend 6 hour-long classes covering the traditional disciplines. The short terms are designed to allow intensive study in a particular area of the curriculum. They also provide students with the opportunity to go on extended science field trips, to perform in the annual full-scale musical production, or to fulfill their off-campus community service internship requirement.
There are two high school learning specialists. This position will involve working collaboratively with each other. The high school learning specialist coordinates information about individual student learning profiles and collaborates with students, families and teachers to develop learning plans and strategies for students who need extra academic support. Using the Schools Attuned model, the learning specialist works to develop an understanding of students’ strengths and weaknesses as they develop through high school and to create a school environment that supports a range of learning styles.
Some of the responsibilities of this position will include:
Coordinating and expanding on a Peer Tutoring Program
SAT/ACT Accommodation Coordination
Test Monitoring and Coordination
Other responsibilities done collaboratively with the other learning specialist are:
Provide individual learning support to students that targets breakdown points and demystifies student about their learning strengths and weaknesses
Meet with students and families to share concerns, identify learning issues, problem solve, strategize and note progress
Coach individual students to improve their learning habits
Identify when an outside evaluation would be useful and coordinate with families
Follow up on psychoeducational reports with families, students, and teachers
Assist admissions with understanding information about candidates with learning differences
Meet weekly with other members of the High School Support Group
Hold meetings with faculty to promote awareness of learning differences and effective interventions and accommodations
We are looking for someone who has a familiarity with adolescent development and range of learning differences, background in secondary education, sense of humor and optimism and the ability to communicate positively and clearly verbally and in writing to small and large groups. Classroom experience is preferred and the position could include 1 class in the High School depending on background experience.
BA is required, masters preferred. A minimum of 3-5 years experience.
About The Paideia School
Paideia is a K-12 college preparatory school of 999 students in the Emory University area of Atlanta; the elementary school enrolls 333 students. The elementary program includes twelve full-day, self-contained classrooms grades K-6. There are two teachers in each class of twenty-six to twenty-eight children. Teachers work together as lead teacher and assistant or as two co-lead teachers. Other than classes with specialists including art, music, physical education, and library, children remain with their own teachers throughout the day.
We believe the constellation of relative strengths and weaknesses among any group of students can differ widely; teachers decide when and how to offer extra help, when and where to augment a task to provide extra challenge, and when and why to take a step back to allow a child to process information. Social development is an integral part of a child’s maturation. Teachers help children learn how to work together cooperatively and effectively.
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