The Academy of the Holy Cross is accepting resumes for a Learning Specialist for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The Academy of the Holy Cross, a Catholic college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross since 1868, is dedicated to educating young women in a Christ-centered community which values diversity. The Academy is committed to developing women of courage, compassion and scholarship who responsibly embrace the social, spiritual and intellectual challenges of the world.
All faculty and staff must demonstrate a commitment to the Core Values of the Academy: community, Catholic identity, academic excellence, educating the whole person, tradition, diversity, leadership, single-sex education, environment and communication.
The Academy of the Holy Cross has a long history of developing each student's unique potential for learning. Consistent with this philosophy, The Saint Mary's Resource Program (SMRP) was established to meet the individual needs of students with learning differences during their high school years. Acknowledging that each student has a unique learning style, the SMRP provides resource support to those students with learning differences to afford them the opportunity to reach their academic potential.
The SMRP learning specialist position is a full-time position that supports the educational and religious mission of the Academy by providing opportunities for students to learn more about their learning styles through developmental programs addressing academic and personal/social. This position works closely with teachers, colleagues and parents individually and in groups to provide guidance in implementing accommodations, academic skills training, and support the social-emotional health of our students.
Work cooperatively with the Director of Saint Mary's Resource Program to ensure students with accommodations are maximizing their resources and implementing academic accommodations.
Collaborate with the Director of the Saint Mary's Resource Program and Counseling staff to develop and implement programs based on the academic needs of students
Interpret formal evaluations and assessments for purposes of supporting students and staff in understanding student needs and implementing strategies for academic success
Monitor the academic performance of students with accommodations and intervene when concerns are noted (via teachers, decline in grades, etc.)
Analyze and interpret student data to develop strategies and appropriate interventions and supports
Provide direct academic support and supervision in the Saint Mary's Resource Center on a daily basis during SMRP study hall.
Facilitate meetings between students, teachers, and parents about issues of concern
Develop and foster effective relationships with students and be available during times when students are in class.
Collaborate with the Director of SMRP to submit standardized testing accommodations and coordinate school-based standardized testing
Provide parents, teachers, advisors, tutors and students with specific information about a student's learning, academic performance, and most effective instructional techniques
Encourage and support students in exploration of strengths, limitations and new activities
Refer students to school-based academic resources (e.g., teachers, study hall, math lab, HS tutors, etc.) and external referrals, if requested.
Empower students to understand their learning strengths and challenges and to advocate for their needs
Provide academic skills training and executive functioning training such as organization, planning, time management, study skills, and test-taking skills
Collaborate with faculty and staff to support students in implementing accommodations and effective academic accommodations.
Maintain student files and ensure confidentiality (grades and progress notes, test results, correspondence, etc.).
Maintain records of phone contacts, written correspondence, and student office visits
Serve on school committees as needed
Attend all SMRP Department and faculty meetings.
Assist with Admission interviews
Master's degree in Special Education or related field
Must have a minimum of three years of experience working in a classroom setting with children with learning differences
Must have experience working with students with learning disabilities and demonstrated the ability to interpret results of neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations, IQ tests, achievement tests and other diagnostic tests as well as training in developing and implementing strategies that will allow different learning styles to achieve success.
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills
Must be able to work effectively with students, staff and parents from diverse backgrounds
Must be conscientious, reliable and organized with strong counseling and mentoring skills
Must demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism and contribute to a positive work environment
Must enjoy working with and have an understanding of adolescent girls
Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and able to learn other database software and SIS. Must have excellent written communication skills
Must exhibit a deep level of patience, understanding, compassion and flexibility
Must be able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines
Must be able to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive situations effectively and with discretion and sound judgment
Must be available before school, after school, some evenings and weekends
The Academy of the Holy Cross, is a private, Catholic high school (grades 9 - 12) for young women located in Kensington, MD. The college preparatory program reflects a holistic approach to education by fostering the intellectual, physical and moral development of the students. The school is sponsored by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and has been in continuous operation in the Archdiocese since 1868.