Learning Specialist - The Waldorf School of Atlanta
The Learning Specialist is responsible for the overall coordination, oversight, monitoring and remediation of student support at WSA. S/he works closely with all classroom teachers (preschool through 8th grade), the school counselor, parents, and outside professionals, and reports directly to the Core Faculty.
The Learning Specialist helps meld the mainstream understanding of educational support with a Waldorf understanding of child development, both therapeutically and pedagogically. The Learning Specialist is responsible for identifying and assessing students who exhibit significant academic, behavioral, and/or social needs. These assessments provide a picture of the child's learning modality, as well as physical, visual, and auditory development.
The Learning Specialist helps students understand their unique learning styles and assists classroom teachers in working with students with different learning needs. S/he identifies students needing accommodations, reviews psychological and cognitive testing completed by private specialists, develops strategies to meet the needs of struggling students, designs professional development for teachers, coordinates meetings with families and teachers to discuss recommendations, coordinates out of school tutors and consultants, and provides student remediation, as necessary.
The ideal Learning Specialist will possess significant knowledge of learning disabilities, including the ability to interpret mainstream test results of IQ, achievement, and learning disability diagnostic tests, knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws, and an understanding of diverse teaching strategies across the curriculum. In addition, s/he will ideally have a solid foundation in Waldorf pedagogy and an in-depth understanding of therapeutic intervention strategies. Applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree as well as an advanced degree in the field of Educational Support. Waldorf training is preferred. We are seeking a highly organized individual who is committed to excellence in teaching, parent education and dialogue, self-development, and collegial cooperation.
Full-time teachers enjoy a competitive salary and generous benefits that include health, dental, life/disability insurance, tuition remission, mentoring, and financial support for professional development.
Our School and Community
Founded in 1986, The Waldorf School of Atlanta offers a preschool to grade eight education for approximately 235 students. In addition to providing a dynamic academic program, our specialty classes include: Spanish, Eurythmy, Movement Education, Music (Recorder, Strings, & Chorus), Handwork, Woodwork, Practical Arts, and Sports Programs. Our faculty consists of trained and experienced Waldorf teachers who work actively to support the pedagogical life of our school. WSA is fully accredited by four local and national accrediting bodies, and is a full member of AWSNA. Our sister high school, Academe of the Oaks, provides a wonderful continuation of the Waldorf curriculum for our graduates.
Our experienced and creative faculty works closely with an active and dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed and talented parent community. An established Core Faculty with years of Waldorf experience share a strong commitment to studying and working out of Anthroposophy.
Please send a letter of introduction, resume, short biography, and three references to the attention of the Teacher Search Committee. firstname.lastname@example.org
(Subject line: Teacher Search).