Literacy / OG Specialist (grades K-7)

The Lang School (thelangschool.org) is a progressive independent school located in lower Manhattan serving grades K-12. Our high potential and gifted learners also have learning challenges, such as ADHD, EF difficulties, dyslexia, anxiety, or high functioning autism. These twice-exceptional (“2e”) learners have a unique set of social-emotional and intellectual needs. We meet students where they are and empower them to achieve their next levels of excellence with research-based supports & a robust Talent Development Program.

Our MISSION is to create a safe and engaging learning environment for students with an emphasis on creative thinking and assets-based approaches. Our students are both unique and diverse, and we seek out and celebrate diversity in our community — in our identities (race, ethnicity, gender expression, socioeconomic status), as well as our backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

We have an opening for a Literacy Specialist to work with students in grades K-12 to support their growth and confidence in the areas of reading and writing. The Literacy Specialist will teach 1:1 or in small groups of two to three students on a pullout and push-in basis to focus on targeted skills, strategies, and generalization using research-based programs. The Learning Specialist will partner with therapy team members (SLP, OT, School Psychologists, Math Learning Specialist), as well as classroom teachers, staff developers, and school leadership to support learners in all aspects of their education and development. The Literacy Specialist will complete training needed during summer 2022 (e.g., Writing Revolution, SRSD, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell). The position starts in August 2022.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • MA/MS in Special Education, Reading, or Literacy

  • Teacher certification

  • Three+ years of full-time lead-teaching experience

  • Two+ years of school-based literacy, learning specialist, or interventionist experience

  • Training in and experience with Orton-Gillingham based reading remediation (other than Wilson)

  • Training and experience in empirically validated writing programs. Note: We are glad to fund training in Lang's suite of best practices during the summer of 2022 and the 2022/23 school year.

  • Training and experience in translating neuropsychological evaluations into school-based interventions

  • Minimum commitment of three years

 

RESPONSIBILTIES:

  • Work closely with colleagues to develop rigorous and engaging plans for push-in and pullout support

  • Proactively identify and work toward resolving learning challenges and provision of compensatory strategies (including assistive technologies)

  • Maintain careful records of student progress

  • Provide regular feedback and updates to all interested parties

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with students and colleagues

  • Share curricular materials for faculty and administrative review, upon request

  • Participate wholeheartedly in all school and grade meetings, school functions, and opportunities for professional development

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Authentic connection with The Lang School mission and population

  • Absolute tenacity — a “whatever it takes” attitude to student learning

  • Genuine appreciation for the perspectives of others

  • Adaptable, flexible

  • Willingness to put a child and class’ needs about ego and inclinations

  • Exhaustive self-reflection

  • Exemplary time-management

  • Excellent classroom management

  • Facility in incorporating multi-sensory approaches

  • Commitment to Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • Dedication to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and practices

  • Profound kindness and patience

  • Proficient with classroom technologies (e.g., SMARTBoard, Chromebooks, Google Suite) and interested in learning more

 

All Therapeutic Staff & Faculty:

  • Take personal responsibility to ensure that each child is supported and feels good about themselves, their learning, and their school community;

  • Enjoy working with children, especially those who present challenges; they like getting to know and “unraveling” the mystery of 2e learners;

  • Value diversity in all forms and understand that people learn and grow best in an environment rich in differences – different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, experiences, cultures, abilities, genders, inclinations, interests, expertise, and perspectives;

  • Embrace inclusive practices and an inclusive mindset, extending that mindset to all staff, students, and their families;

  • Are committed to examining their work through an equity lens: looking at the intersections of their identities and the identities of their students and colleagues, and reflecting on opportunities to learn and grow in that analysis;

  • Are innovative outside-the-box thinkers – both in the way they approach content and topics and in the way they interact with students, colleagues, and families;

  • Work collaboratively to make sure that each child’s disparate needs are met, they are challenged, they achieve at a high level, and that they experience a sense of personal and academic achievement;

  • Have exemplary communication skills, written and spoken;

  • Are intelligent, accomplished, and profoundly curious;

  • Have deep knowledge in their area(s) of specialty;

  • Proactively seek, welcome, and integrate feedback.

 

Compensation:

Compensation is competitive, and it is based on experience, background, and certifications. The Lang School offers a competitive benefits package, including health insurance and opportunities for further education.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email through Indeed. All applicants follow the same process for submitting materials, and we review them using the same lens and rubrics.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay: $75,000.00 — $150,000.00 per year

The Lang School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Lang does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, unemployment status, or any other status protected by law.

COVID-19 considerations:
Lang employees must get Covid-19 vaccinated before arriving to work. Students must get vaccinated (barring medical exclusion) as vaccines become available. Unvaccinated students must wear KN94 masks, unless eating. HEPA air cleaners & open windows in use.