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Middle School Literacy Learning Specialist

September 14, 2021 - December 31, 2021

Position Overview

Graland Country Day School is seeking a middle school literacy learning specialist to work closely with students in grades 5-8. The candidate should be an experienced teacher who understands school environments and the unique needs of middle school students. The ideal candidate thrives when working collaboratively and is skilled at working with students, faculty, and families. This position is for the 2022-2023 school year, Start date Aug 2022.  

Reports to: Head of Middle School Status: Full-time, school year

 Position Description

Literacy 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 English and history. As coaches and consultants, literacy 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.

 

Literacy 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

About Graland’s 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 members also serve as advisors within their respective grade levels. World Language and Visual and Performing Arts teachers work with a range of grade levels and serve on 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 or an innovation team in the Gates lab, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm from its staff.

About Graland

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 so much in the world is changing, the school’s focus remains the same: 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 so that they learn to value individual differences and divergent thinking. 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, Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Philosophy Statement and strategic plan, we go to extraordinary lengths to give children the best education possible.

 Our current enrollment totals 700, and we have just over 100 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.

Our Mission

 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

 

Team Player

A collaborative and supportive member of the Graland community who...

  • Models caring, respect, patience, and appreciation of differences.
  • Provides a safe environment for students.
  • Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues growth as a culturally responsive educator.
    • Upholds school, employee and family confidentiality.
    • Represents school in position and in community.
  • 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.
  • Recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI) work and continues growth

as a culturally responsive educator.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.
  • Licensure in Special Education.
  • 3+ years of teaching experience; experience with middle school students preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills.

 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to [email protected] 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: January 25, 2021)