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Reading Intervention and Learning Support Specialist

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Rolling Hills Preparatory School

About our Schools:

Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHP), Renaissance (Ren), and REACH Schools, a blend of three great schools in one vibrant school community, is a model unique in the independent school world. The schools are able to help students meet their potential as learners, innovators and global citizens. Students are drawn from a diverse economic, ethnic, religious, and social background.

The RHP, Ren and REACH schools’ community are a place where all learners are celebrated and supported. Ren and REACH are both designed to support students with academic and social learning differences. RHP is known for being “an academic powerhouse with a soul,” believing firmly that, given talented, committed teachers, passionate about their disciplines and supportive of the whole child, a school can prepare young people for success and happiness in college and beyond without burning them out in the process.

Located in San Pedro, nestled between horse farms and the harbor, this 31-acre campus is home to students and faculty that are passionate about inclusion, come from diverse backgrounds and identity markers, and believe education should be student centered.

Position Purpose:

Reading interventionists provide remedial support in English language arts for struggling readers. Learning Specialists provide intensive and individualized academic support to students in grades 5-12 who have learning disabilities, medical conditions, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Function challenges or other factors that impact their learning.

Essential Functions:

Reading Interventionist Duties:

  • Assess students reading comprehension, fluency, and accuracy
  • Use evidence based reading strategies to support struggling readers
  • Meet with students 1-1 or in small groups to provide intensive and individualized reading interventions
  • Liaise with learning specialists to support student learning
  • Build and deepen a positive school climate and culture by modeling and guiding students in social thinking: how to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions

Learning Specialist Duties:

Grade Level Support

  • Monitors the work and performance of the students
  • Develops and implements  materials-management techniques
  • Develops and implements behavior strategies using restorative practices and positive reinforcement
  • Acts as a liaison between parents and teachers, as well as advisors and parents
  • Provides support services such as: reader/scribe, executive skills support, classroom set-up and recovery
  • Supports curricular skills development such as writing, reading, study strategies, and test taking techniques
  • Learning theory, and individual learning styles and preferences
  • Incorporated social emotional learning and anxiety management into curriculum and support
  • Help students develop self-advocacy skills

General Responsibilities:

  • Support and further the schools’ missions, visions, and values
    Actively engage in the life of the school and participate in related teaching duties, as needed
  • Ensure the safety and well-being of students
  • Celebrate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the classroom and community in alignment with the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  • Demonstrate respect towards all members of the school community, including students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administration
  • Behave with dignity and respect, in accordance with school and community expectations
  • Abide by school policies and procedures

Additional Duties:

  • Attend department, faculty, and team meetings, as required
  • Serve as a chaperone for the Outdoor Education program, as required
  • Carry out supervisory duties during breaks, breakfast, and lunch periods, as assigned
  • Provide cover for absent staff, when required

Other Responsibilities:

  • Carry out instructions as given by their respective supervisors and school leadership
  • Participate in professional development activities, as directed by leadership
  • Research new topic areas, maintain up-to-date subject knowledge to improve teaching and learning, and update unit plans accordingly

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Awareness of own identity markers and how these cause bias
  • Celebrate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the classroom and community in alignment with the schools’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging stance

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or related subject
  • Trained in Lindamood Bell, Wilson, or other evidence based reading strategies
  • Experience with Fountis and Pinell and GORT reading assessments
  • A clear enjoyment of working with children and outstanding interpersonal skills with an understanding of how employing a variety of teaching styles is essential in order to be able to reach all students
  • A self starter with a strong work ethic
  • Flexibility, sense of humor, and the ability to work as part of a team. We don’t expect everyone to have all the answers all the time, but we do look for a sense of confidence and good judgment, especially in the ability to ask a colleague for advice whenever needed
  • A clear commitment to the educational philosophy of the school
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion
  • Strong interest in professional development opportunities
  • Demonstrated excellent attendance and punctuality

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Special Education Credential
  • Experience with Universal Design for Learning
  • Experience in differentiating curriculum for a wide range of neurodiverse learners

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Willingness and ability to work in a highly-demanding environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines, and a varied and diverse array of contacts
  • Ability and willingness to attend and work occasional overnight field trips
  • Ability to travel safely and comfortably across a campus
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 lbs
  • Work primarily in a traditional, climate-controlled classroom environment and work intermittently in outside weather conditions consistent with San Pedro weather

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability/handicap, or religion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in the school’s employment opportunities.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, your resume, a one page teaching philosophy, and three current professional references to: Yolanda Holguin, Director of HR and Business Office, [email protected]

To apply for this job email your details to yholguin@rollinghillsprep.org

Reading Intervention and Learning Support Specialist
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