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Middle School Learning Specialist

Position Type Student Support
Start 08/01/2020
School Name Rowland Hall
City, State Salt Lake City, UT 
Posted 02/05/2020

Rowland Hall: Middle School Learning Specialist

School Overview

Rowland Hall is an independent school in Salt Lake City serving 950 students in preschool through twelfth grade. Driven by our vision of inspiring students who make a difference, Rowland Hall sets the standard for teaching and learning excellence in a warm, inclusive environment where students form meaningful relationships that cultivate confidence and self-discovery. Transformational academic and co-curricular programs including experiential learning opportunities, self-expression through the arts, and a competitive athletic program ensure students are challenged both inside and outside the classroom. We foster curiosity, compassion, and joy throughout the learning process and graduate young adults who know how to think critically and live with purpose.

Located near the base of the stunning Wasatch Mountain Range and adjacent to the University of Utah, a world-class research university and medical center, Rowland Hall attracts a diverse community of families. The school focuses on recruiting and retaining high-quality employees by offering extensive professional development opportunities, salaries that are competitive with local districts and market rates, and a close-knit, supportive community.

Middle School

Rowland Hall Middle School (grades 6-8) serves approximately 210 students and is focused on the academic, emotional, and social growth of students. The Middle School runs a 7-day rotating schedule with hour-long classes. All middle school teachers serve as grade level advisors and on grade-level teams with dedicated collaboration time set aside throughout the week to discuss students, curriculum, instructional practices, and professional growth. In recent years, the Middle School has focused on experiential learning with grade-level class trips and Winter Sports and has moved towards a more extensive grading system with Mission-Based Grading. The Middle School runs a 1-1 iPad program with Apple TVs in each classroom and most teachers host their curriculum in Canvas. Moving forward, the Middle School will capitalize on the strong collaborative nature of the teachers to enhance the curriculum looking at interdisciplinary connections and having our students engage within the Salt Lake City community.

Position Summary

The Middle School Learning Specialist is a member of the middle school student support team and collaborates with all faculty to support students within the academic and advisory programs. The learning specialist needs to be a safe, supportive advocate for all students in the middle school and a resource for teachers and families, communicating regularly and proactively with all stakeholders - students, families, faculty, staff and administrators. In addition, the learning specialist needs to collaborate to lead and facilitate community and wellness education programs to better our community. Finally, the learning specialist needs to be an active, involved member who contributes positively to the overall school culture while fulfilling duties as assigned (recess and lunch supervision, field trip supervisor, etc) and serving on all-school committees as requested or desired.

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Be available on campus throughout the day in order to advocate for students, offer student support in the classroom setting, work with small student groups, work individually with students and gather data on student achievement;
  • Be available on campus throughout the day to share feedback and strategies with teachers, co-teach lessons in order to model strategies and support student learning;
  • Read and interpret student evaluations and create/update academic learning support plans for students, including accommodations for testing;
  • Communicate plans to grade-level teachers, solicit feedback/data as needed to support students, monitor student progress and make appropriate adjustments in goals and services for students;
  • Work with the student support team to refer families to specific resources outside of school, including the coordination of tutors when needed, including for students with language waivers;
  • Act as student and family advocate with the Utah State Office of Education for Carson Smith Scholarships, including maintaining all necessary paperwork.

The Ideal Candidate

All candidates should have classroom experience and a background working with middle school-age students. They should have excellent interpersonal skills with both students and adults, a sense of humor, and an interest in engaging in the school community. In addition, they should:

  • Have the ability and desire to support and promote the mission statement of the school;
  • Demonstrate comfort with and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Show evidence of collaborating with faculty, staff, and families in the area of academically supporting students;
  • Have a commitment to continued professional growth especially in the area of working with students with learning challenges;
  • Be a flexible thinker who is willing to learn and teach new concepts, ideas and evidence-based practices;
  • Be a self-starter and self-motivated towards timely completion of paperwork and proactively engage with teachers and students to support student learning.

This is a part-time exempt position, however, our goal is to make it full-time if the candidate is interested in a combination of teaching and/or advising. The contract begins on August 1, 2020 and reports to the Middle School Principal. Further details will be shared during the interview.

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and any other supporting materials to Andrea Beckman at andreabeckman@rowlandhall.org. For more information about the school, please visit rowlandhall.org.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Rowland Hall is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, believes that each individual is entitled to equal opportunity without regard to sex, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal or state anti-discrimination laws. Rowland Hall’s equal employment opportunity practices extend to recruitment, hiring, selection, compensation, benefits, transfer, promotion, training, discipline and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.

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