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Upper School Learning Specialist (75 Percent) - 2018-19

Position Overview

The Upper School Learning Specialist will bring a strengths-based approach to serving learners who are gifted and demonstrate potential or identified learning challenges. Working closely with the division head and school student support team, the Learning Specialist will design and lead programs to serve students, faculty and parents in our School community. The ideal candidate will have expertise in instructional strategies and learning accommodations for high school students with learning challenges; a strong understanding of project based approaches; and passion for staying current on the latest research in special and gifted education.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Meets with and coaches teachers to support teaching and classroom practices for a range of learner needs
  • Works one-on-one with students to support individual needs
  • Reviews educational evaluations and recommends appropriate action plans
  • Creates and tracks student accommodation and intervention plans
  • Attends student wellness meetings
  • Designs and leads regular professional development programs for faculty to support classroom and advisory responsibilities
  • Develops and leads parent education workshops
  • Meets with Middle and Lower School Learning Specialists to discuss and align program goals and practices

Position Qualifications

  • Master's degree required
  • Learning or reading specialist coursework or training
  • A minimum of three years successful teaching, and three years learning specialist experience
  • Experience developing and tracking student accommodation plans
  • Experience working with high-school age students and parents
  • Experience with College Board and ACT accommodations application processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and creativity in working in a dynamic environment where new ideas, mistakes, and iteration are embraced.
  • A desire to work collaboratively
  • Openness to feedback and improvement, modeling lifelong learning

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information and job title for at least three professional references. For specific questions, contact Stephen Dunn, Upper School Division Head, at sdunn@nuevaschool.org.

 

Nueva’s Upper School

True to Nueva’s founding principles, our Upper School offers opportunities for deep, rigorous learning that includes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary studies as well as mastery of traditional disciplines. We offer accelerated and extended experiences where gifted learners design, discover, reflect, and apply their ideas in practical, real-world contexts. The physical proximity and institutional connections to world-renowned universities, cultural organizations, high-tech companies, healthcare institutions, and the can-do spirit of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area offer a dynamic entrepreneurial community for collaborative partnerships.

We prepare our graduates to be leaders in their chosen fields, certain of what drives them, and ready to pioneer new paths to success. We have designed a high school that responds to the pressing social, emotional, and learning needs of today’s teens, preparing them to direct their college educations and live well as responsible human beings and global citizens. Nueva students learn to address difficult challenges with optimism and resiliency. Our community is a personal and curricular partnership, where students encourage each other as they, alongside their teachers, continually think, construct, create, and rethink the best ideas and opportunities to explore their own passions and connect deeply with themselves and others.

Nueva’s Upper School opened in August 2013 after many years of discussion and comprehensive study, demographic analysis, feedback from alumni, consultation with educational and industry thought-leaders, and visits to more than 50 model high schools across the country and around the world. A seminal point of validation came from Nueva's 2011 Presidents' Roundtable, during which university presidents and college deans from some of the country's most respected institutions convened at our Hillsborough campus to discuss the future of education and affirmed the need for a new high school model like ours to better prepare students for this new century. The opportunity of a lifetime, to reimagine high school, is now a reality. We welcomed our inaugural ninth-grade class of seventy-seven students in 2013. This year, we have a total of 318 students in ninth through twelfth grades. Our extraordinary faculty models a spirit of deep inquiry and inspires students to be active and passionate learners. Teachers serve as mentors, guides, and partners in the learning process, crafting and facilitating experiences through which students deepen their understanding and build transferable skills.

 

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