Marymount is an Independent, Catholic all-girls high school that fosters confidence, joy, leadership, and a sense of greater purpose in each student. Education of the whole girl is one of the most important pillars upon which the academic and co-curricular programs are built. The school celebrates the individuality of each student, empowering girls to become their best selves academically, emotionally and socially. Established in 1923 by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM), Marymount High School shares the tradition of an international network of schools including sister schools in New York, Europe, and South America. Located in Westwood/Bel Air, just north of UCLA in Los Angeles, Marymount is an Apple Distinguished School featuring a 1 to 1 laptop program and other integrated educational technology.
Marymount High School is seeking a dedicated Learning Specialist to provide individualized academic support to students with learning differences. She/he will work closely with students, teachers, and parents to develop learning strategies tailored to each student’s particular learning style, in order to help improve their grades and support their academic progress.
The ideal candidate has an insightful understanding of effective teaching methods for different learning styles and aptitudes. She/he has excellent listening and observational skills, as well as an empathetic mindset.
This is a new position for Marymount High School, so the Part-Time Learning Specialist will need to collaborate with the leadership and counseling teams in developing an effective learning support framework for the school.
Duties and Responsibilities
Help students to develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement
Engage and encourage students in the active process of learning
Observe and informally assess students to identify learning, social and emotional factors that impact performance
Create a formal protocol, procedures and documentation process for students who need additional classroom support
Collaborate with advising team to establish a process for identifying, monitoring, and supporting students with learning differences
Support students with different learning styles by providing recommendations for intervention or remediation, or outside school support with appropriate professionals
Support teachers in their efforts to advance students with learning differences in the classroom
Support teachers to create skillful classroom management practices
Interface with teachers, administration, school counselor, parents, and outside professionals in order to better support students with learning differences
Counsel families on learning support and assessment accommodations
Support faculty by offering resources, assistance, advice, and training to enable faculty to better meet the needs of all learners.
Develops formal accommodation plans for students
Provide one-on-one and small group support/instruction for students
Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss pupil progress with parents, if required
Read and summarize all Psych-Ed evaluations as necessary
Assist with writing of individual learning plans that will target students’ specific curricular/learning needs
Develop and maintain communication and documentation protocols related to learning support
Assume an active role in student support team meetings
Organize and oversee standardized testing
Coordinate the external use of external tutors and learning specialists
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s Degree in related field required; Master’s Degree in special education or educational therapy required.
Knowledge of learning disabilities and developmental exceptionalities
Ability to assess where breakdowns in learning occur
Ability to recommend targeted interventions
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work effectively with students, teachers, parents and school administration