(10 hours weekly, paid hourly)
The part-time Academic Support Provider will deliver direct, hands-on services to students individually and in small groups during regularly scheduled study skills sessions. These sessions may include organizational tutoring; planning writing assignments and overall homework planning; making procedure cards and study sheets; regular homework check-ins for students. The Academic Support Provider will also act as a resource for faculty about helpful strategies and suggestions based on working with these students. He or she will collaborate with the Educational Support Coordinator and High School Mentor, and will refer students and families to outside educational support resources when called for.
Qualifications of the Academic Support Provider
The Academic Support Provider will have a vision of the direction education must take in order to speak meaningfully to the teenager of today and a developmental understanding of the adolescent. He or she must have experience in upper grades/high school, and extensive experience supporting adolescents with identified learning differences to navigate the sometimes difficult transitions through high school. Training and experience is essential, particularly in coaching students with executive functioning challenges. A Bachelor’s Degree is required, and a Master’s Degree, EdPsych or Educational Therapist certification are preferred. Excellent organizational and communication skills with families, teachers and outside professionals are a must. Experience with anthroposophy and Waldorf Education is preferred, and qualified candidates who do not have such experience may be asked to attend training courses.
Responsibilities of the Academic Support Provider
- Provide individual or small group coaching and study skills sessions for students who need extra help organizing their work
- Consider providing artistic or movement activities for students
- Meet regularly with specific students to check that they are keeping up with their work; document the work done each day
- Meet and communicate with Educational Support Coordinator as needed to discuss students’ academic progress, concerns, and students’ learning challenges
- Attend Faculty Meetings (Wednesday afternoons) at least monthly, and preferably weekly
- As a member of the Individualized Learning Committee (ILC), attend weekly ILC meetings to discuss students with learning differences; bring students of concern to the faculty
- Attend meetings with students and parents regarding learning/ behavior as needed
- With the Educational Support Coordinator, liaise with allied professionals who are working with our students such as educational therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists
- Administer inhouse screening tools such as the TOMAL2, CTONI or NelsonDenny to determine if a more detailed educational assessment should be recommended