Director of Student Support (7-12)
Atlanta Jewish Academy is a Modern Orthodox, Zionist, co-educational, preschool-12th grade independent Jewish Day School. AJA is seeking an Upper School 7th-12th Learning Specialist for the 2017-2018 school year.
The role of the Director of Student Support is to support students with different learning styles by supporting teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs within the classroom; managing and monitoring student assessments and progress; creating a personalized support plan; collaborating with the College Counselor for documentation and placement need; and creating a plan for as well as implementing accommodations and remediation as needed. The learning specialist will also be responsible for managing AJA’s RTI process and communicating with parents about their child’s needs, plans for remediation, and academic progress.
Specific Responsibilities include:
- Analyze assessments/course grades for all students at designated intervals throughout the school year
- Collaborate with teachers to ensure students are meeting course expectations
- Identify students not meeting expectations; devise plans to accommodate their academic needs
- Use formative and summative assessment data to document progress, determine students’ academic needs, and develop instructional plans designed to foster academic growth
- Develop and/or update Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students who have been identified with a learning need and collaborate with the classroom teacher to differentiate classroom instruction
- Support teachers within the classroom to adjust, modify, and enrich learning
- Monitor the effectiveness of the support
- Communicate with parents about their child’s needs and report progress
- Provide direct support to students individually and in small groups
- Assign and manage staff who provide additional support to teachers and students
- Work with College Counselor to ensure proper documentation is submitted for formal testing accommodations (e.g. ACT, SAT, AP)
- Work with College Counselor and Registrar to ensure correct course placement
- Work in collaboration with Director of Curriculum to mentor teachers on techniques and strategies to differentiate curriculum to meet the varied needs of students within the mainstream classroom
- Adhere to strict student confidentiality
Education and Experience:
- Applicants must have attained a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution; Master’s degree preferred.
- Strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences as well as high school content knowledge base
- Experience writing individual student plans
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to interpret and analyze formal and informal assessment data