Graland Country Day School is seeking a middle school math learning specialist to work closely with students in grades 5-8. A successful candidate will be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of middle school students. This candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at working with students, faculty, and families.
Math learning specialists support Graland’s pursuit of intellectual excellence by working in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to identify and address learning differences that are impeding student progress in mathematics and science. As coaches and consultants, math learning specialists provide alternative methods and strategies to better differentiate curricular delivery and assist teachers in identifying and addressing the nature of non-responsiveness to generally effective instruction. This practice is guided by the Response to Intervention Model.
Graland follows the Math in Focus curriculum covering concepts including, but not limited to, multiplying and dividing fractions, statistics, algebraic equations and inequalities, and geometric construction. Experience with algebra and algebraic concepts is preferred and the ideal applicant will have experience teaching inquiry-based mathematics that include polynomials, quadratics, radicals and radical expressions.
Math learning specialists accomplish the above as they:
Serve as a student’s advocate/case manager by closely monitoring their progress
Review and summarize psycho-educational evaluations, creating support plans based on the findings and recommendations provided, and ensuring parent communication and protocol development
Participate in formal and informal parent-teacher conferences as well as weekly teacher, grade-level, and administrator meetings
Provide direct academic support to students and/or small groups of students in the classroom and out
Assist with test administrations, including standardized tests, to students receiving accommodations
Write report card comments, in some situations, for students who receive ongoing instruction from learning specialists
Administer and analyze the results of curriculum-based measurements and standardized testing in order to drive instruction
Recommend outside testing when school interventions have not produced desired outcomes
Collaborate with the Student Support Team, using a growth mindset
Engage in professional development to further enhance knowledge of learning differences, differentiation and strategies for problem-solving, intervention, remediation and/or enrichment
Reports to: Head of Middle School
Status: Full-time, school year
A great school never sits still. It keeps going, growing and evolving. Graland Country Day School is an independent school in Denver that serves students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Since the school’s founding in 1924, Graland has delivered an intellectually robust, character-based educational experience derived from current research about how children learn.
While the world has changed since our founding, one concept has been a constant: Graland is faithful to the enduring aspects of its mission while seeking new ways to promote character and intellectual excellence. We inspire students to pursue excellence with passion and intent - academically, creatively and in their personal growth as engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our program and keep it relevant for the next generation of students. Guided by our mission, values, and strategic plan, we go to extraordinary lengths to give children the best education possible.
Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have 103 faculty members, 70 percent of whom have advanced degrees. Graland’s faculty and staff enjoy a collaborative, supportive environment where each member is encouraged to be a lifelong learner. Professional development, onsite childcare, a desirable location in the heart of Denver and other benefits make Graland a dynamic, inclusive and innovative workplace.
Achieve intellectual excellence,
build strong character,
enrich learning through the arts and athletics,
and prepare our students to be
engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders.
Our Motto: Ascende Omnem Montem - Climb Every Mountain
About Graland Middle School
Teaching in the middle school at Graland is a multi-faceted experience. We start with the fundamental belief that teaching middle school students is about building relationships. From here, teachers are responsible for fostering in students a love of learning and the development of skills necessary to be successful. Math, English, science, and history teachers teach one grade level and form that grade’s MESH team, whose charge is to create continuity in students’ experiences, including developing central themes and interdisciplinary units, common expectations for student work and behavior, to integrate technology, and to manage students’ academic and social well being. The MESH team also serves as advisors within their respective grade levels. Foreign Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and are members of departmental teams. They may serve as advisors as well. The middle school experience at Graland calls for teachers to recognize that working with this age group requires a variety of roles including coaching (sports and innovation) and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.
How to Apply
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications are to be submitted electronically.
Graland Country Day School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
It is the policy of Graland Country Day School to comply fully with all laws barring discrimination against employees, or applicants, for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status or physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, discipline, demotion, rates of pay or other compensation, employee benefits, tuition assistance programs and termination of employment.
(Revised: Feb. 2019)
Professional and Personal Qualities
Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
3+ years of teaching experience; experience with middle school students preferred
Excellent communication skills
Ability to pass a background check and drug test
A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...
Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
Provides a safe environment for students.
Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
Represents school in position and in community – understands voice of school.
Participates in effective communication that is responsible, descriptive, and nonjudgmental.
Adheres to all school policies and procedures.
Offers support during after-hours as needed.
Likes to work with people and create solutions.
About Graland Country Day School
Graland Country Day School is a dynamic learning community having a commitment to academics, athletics, the arts, diversity, service learning, and community responsibility for children from pre kindergarten through the 8th grade. The school balances strong traditions with a progressive orientation for student learning. Teachers at Graland are highly valued as educators and challenged to model life-long learning as they grow both professionally and personally. Over 50% of faculty hold advanced degrees and many have been at Graland for 10 or more years. The school strongly encourages and supports a wide variety of professional development opportunities for its faculty.
Graland is centrally located in the Hilltop neighborhood of Denver, near the Cherry Creek district and three miles from the center of Denver – allowing for a quality of life that combines living in an urban environment with the ability to pursue a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the beautiful Rocky Mountain region