Sacred Heart Schools | Atherton, CA | High School Learning Specialist (Full Time)

Forest Ridge seeks a passionate, experienced learning specialist to support our high school students academically to help ensure that all Forest Ridge students graduate as competent, confident and courageous women ready to thrive in college and beyond.
Date Posted: 06/01/2022

Date Accepting Applications Through: 08/19/2022

Job Title: High School Learning Specialist (Full Time)

Full or Part Time: Full Time

School Name: CA - Sacred Heart Schools - Atherton

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart provides a diverse and rigorous college preparatory environment that inspires young women to become confident, compassionate leaders. As a member of a global network of more than 150 schools, we educate to the core of our 200-year tradition through the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria: a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels one to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart educates young women to think critically, embrace challenges, model resilience, confront injustice, seek equality and lead globally in the pioneering spirit of our foundress. Our graduates change the world.

Forest Ridge seeks a passionate, experienced learning specialist to support our high school students academically to help ensure that all Forest Ridge students graduate as competent, confident and courageous women ready to thrive in college and beyond.

Forest Ridge’s Learning Support Program ensures that all of our students understand how to learn effectively. Our Learning Support Program supports our students and faculty in several ways:
• Student learning support: Learning support is offered in a variety of ways, both individually and in small group sessions, with teachers and with learning specialists as needed. Students will strengthen their academic skills, create organizational strategies and develop the confidence to self-manage their academic workload.
• Student self-management skills: Strong self-management skills are vital in life. Students learn skills such as time management, self-advocacy and organizational strategies.
• Professional development: Through classroom observation and professional coaching, our learning support teachers collaborate with faculty to incorporate diverse learning styles into the class curriculum.
The High School Learning Support Specialist, reporting to the Director of High School, will join a collaborative team of colleagues to build a creative, engaging and student-centered learning environment, employing best practices for educating students in an inclusive setting. Specific responsibilities for this position include:

• Collaborate with faculty and administrators to refine and implement our learning support program, building effective systems and structures to promote consistency of best practice in student support.
• Help students to develop effective learning strategies that promote academic improvement.
• Provide small group and 1:1 targeted support to students when appropriate.
• Analyze, summarize, and make information regarding student evaluations and support plans accessible and constructive for teachers and families.
• Coordinate the process of referring and partnering with families for learning evaluations when a learning need arises that seems to need deeper intervention.
• Manage formal accommodation requests to the ACT and the College Board; assist in coordinating test administration specifically for students with accommodations.
• Facilitate the learning and support of faculty to differentiate instruction, integrate metacognitive strategies, teach toward mastery and use student-centered methodologies across all subject areas and grade levels.
• Support the work of Learning Lab teachers.
• Partner with parents to discuss their child’s learning needs and develop individualized support plans.
• Update parents and teachers regularly about student progress.
• Teach as necessary.

A successful candidate for this position will meet the following requirements and qualifications:
• Experience supporting students with learning differences in an inclusive setting.
• A personal understanding of and commitment to the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education.
• A commitment to working in a girl-centric environment, designed to support the development of competent, confident and courageous women ready to lead in a multi-cultural world.
• A bachelor’s degree in a related field; A master’s degree is preferred.
• Prior experience working with a diverse population of students and colleagues.
• A demonstrated commitment to culturally responsive pedagogy, including an understanding of themselves and the lenses they bring to interactions, as well as the differing perspectives of others.
• A commitment to teaching the whole child.
• An ability to work and communicate well with faculty, staff, students, and parents.
• Fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding employees through competitive compensation.

How to Apply: Qualified applicants should email the following documents to • Cover letter • Statement of Educational Philosophy • Updated CV/Resume • List of three professional references
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.