Company: Lake Forest Country Day School
Location: Lake Forest
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Lake Forest Country Day School (LFCDS) seeks a talented and
dedicated full-time Learning Specialist, starting in August 2022.
This qualified candidate will join the Student Support team in
providing research-based specialized instruction to students with a
diverse range of learning needs and learning differences. The
candidate will work collaboratively with the Student Support team,
classroom teachers, students in preschool--8th grade, parents, and
administrators to problem-solve and help students develop skills
and strategies that adhere to their individual needs and enhance
LFCDS, located on a 30-acre campus about 30 miles north of Chicago,
Illinois, is a co-educational, independent day school serving 400
students from age 2 through eighth grade. The School has a long
tradition of producing thoughtful, confident, and successful
students. Children are known, loved, and challenged at LFCDS, and a
state-of-the-art facility provides a remarkable setting for
inspired teaching, academic rigor, and attention to individual
The central mission of the Learning Specialist is to ensure that
Lake Forest Country Day School identifies and supports its students
who learn differently during elementary grades through middle
school and provide appropriate instruction and intervention based
on educational best practices supported by neuroscience research.
The Learning Specialist role also includes a responsibility to work
collaboratively with other faculty members to help ensure
curricular offerings are fully differentiated to meet the student's
needs, and includes helping write and design individualized
learning plans for students and updating them as needed. -
Key Responsibilities -
- Identify, monitor, and remediate students who learn
differently. This involves working with faculty, parents, private
contractors, and evaluators on behalf of students who require
specialized academic instruction. -
- Provide one-on-one and small-group support/instruction for
students, both in push-in and pull-out environments. -
- Support students using specialized instruction in the areas of
reading, written language, mathematics, executive functioning, and
study skills. -
- Conduct ongoing assessments to identify needs and evaluate
student growth and responsiveness to intervention. -
- Actively participate in monthly consult meetings and weekly
team meetings with teachers, Learning Specialists, Counselors, and
Division Heads. -
- Assume an active role in Learning Development and Student
Support Team meetings.
- Collaborate with LFCDS School Counselors to support students'
- Read and summarize neuropsychological evaluation reports for
faculty as necessary.
- Collaborate with outside evaluators and professionals to
support individual students' needs.
- Write, maintain and update Individualized Educational Plans.
- Guide teachers in differentiating instruction and implementing
classroom accommodations and modifications. -
- Support teaching staff by offering resources, assistance,
advice, and training to enable faculty to better meet the needs of
all learners. -
- Counsel families on learning support, classroom and assessment
Prepare and support students as they transition between each grade
and secondary school. - Professional and Personal Qualifications -
- A bachelor's degree or master's degree in education with
special education/LBS1 certification or endorsement from an
accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree is
- Extensive knowledge of learning differences and strategies.
- Experience teaching diverse learners and age groups. -
- Knowledge of early intervention, RTI, formative and summative
assessments, acquisition of reading, and be current on the general
teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Training/certification in a multisensory reading program such
as Wilson, SLANT, or Orton-Gillingham is preferred. LFCDS would
fund such training for the appropriate candidate, even if they lack
this skillset at present. -
- Knowledge and experience writing Individualized Educational
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication
skills as well as proven ability to work with a diversity of
colleagues and stakeholders at all levels. -
- A willingness to learn and grow professionally. -
- Outstanding judgment and emotional maturity. -
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. -
- High level of energy, creativity, positive attitude, sense of
humor, and flexibility. - Mission Statement: Inspired teaching,
academic rigor, attention to individual needs, a commitment to
responsible citizenship-these principles infuse every aspect of
life at Lake Forest Country Day School and define our dedication to
producing students of strong character with a passion for learning.
Core Values: Excellence, Partnership, Responsibility,
Participation, Diversity -
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, and
the names of three professional references (personal statement
optional) in PDF format to the attention of Robin Baasen, Director
of Student Support, at email@example.com with the subject line
"Learning Specialist Application."
Lake Forest Country Day School seeks and embraces diversity among
our faculty, staff, and student body. LFCDS is an Equal Opportunity
Employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion,
marital status, disability, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual
orientation, gender identity, military or veteran status, order of
protection status, genetic information, or any other category
protected by applicable law. A co-educational independent private
school for students age 2 through Grade 8.
Graduating students of strong character with a passion for learning
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