B.A. in Education / Exceptional Student Education / Reading Science, or other training that demonstrates aptitude in structured, multisensory literacy and mathematics instruction. M.A. or M.S. preferred.
2.. Certification from the International Dyslexia Association as a Dyslexia Practitioner or Dyslexia Therapist preferred. Certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, The Academic Language Therapy Association, OR The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, OR evidence showing that the individual has met the requirements both in terms of training and supervised practicum to apply for certifications from one of the organizations listed above is preferred.
Reading Specialist Certification is preferred.
Experience in working with students in the middle grades (4-9).
Background/knowledge in reading/intervention strategies/Research Based Instructional Strategies.
Knowledge of special education learning strategies.
Good evaluations and/or recommendations from professional associates, employers, and/or supervisors.
Ability to communicate effectively with students, school personnel, and parents, and an ability to work cooperatively with others.
Ability to motivate students and get them excited about learning.
Knowledge of technology-based activities that assist and facilitate student progress.
Immediate Supervisor: Director, Center for Learning
Learning Specialist Responsibilities:
Interprets assessment data to drive instruction/Conducts informal assessments and uses data to drive instruction.
Reviews data to make instructional decisions to address student weaknesses.
Prepares and delivers focused reading/math intervention instruction in small group setting.
Has knowledge in reading/math intervention strategies and actual implementation.
Utilizes instructional management systems which increase student learning and maximize time on task.
Monitors student progress towards achieving instructional objectives and goals on the students’ Academic Improvement Plans.
Communicates effectively within the educational community and with parents on a regular basis.
Collaborates with classroom teacher(s) for instructional planning and delivery.
Communicates and assists classroom teachers in the implementation of effective strategies for differentiating instruction and assessment.
Monitors and maintains accurate records on student achievement, articulating the progress and success.
Provides explicit, systematic, multisensory instruction to small groups of students.
Assists in the scheduling and assignment of students to the program.
Implements the assigned program of study.
Fosters a classroom climate conducive to learning where every student feels safe, valued, and loved.
Promotes and maintains positive pupil-teacher-parent relationships.
Is committed to help all children succeed.
Adheres to the Maclay School Faculty Handbook.
Maintains professional work habits.
Participates in training as required, including attendance at additional training outside designated schedule.
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Director of the Center for Learning.
About Maclay School
Maclay School is a private, independent, non-sectarian college preparatory school located on 100 beautiful acres in northeast Leon County, Florida, about ten miles north of the state capitol building. It is dedicated to providing a liberal arts education, enabling each student to develop the inherent ability to the fullest extent with a balance of discipline and freedom. A group of parents founded the school in 1968 naming it in memory of Alfred B. Maclay, Jr., a World War II veteran whose mother was a major benefactor. The 2016-17 school year will be the 49th year for Maclay, now under the leadership of James Milford who is in his third year as Head of School.