Lower School Learning Coordinator
Hyde Park Campus
About the Unit
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today's students still benefit from his vision, and today's Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab's student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago's academic community. The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
- The Lower School Learning Coordinator is part of the Learning and Counseling team that provides educational care for all students in the Lower School. In her/his role s/he is available to all teachers, parents, students and administrators who may seek her/his counsel in how best to support the learning needs of students. She/he has extensive knowledge about the kinds of learning issues that may present themselves at various stages in a child's development and can make recommendations for strategies; interventions and/or accommodations that may help ameliorate some of the problems students and teachers encounter. S/he educates parents about learning issues and helps guide them through the process of understanding and accepting their child's learning profile.
- The Lower School Learning and Counseling team is comprised of the Learning Coordinator (LC), counselors, academic specialists, curriculum support teacher, Director of Student Services and the Lower School administrative team. Involvement by team members will vary on a case-by-case basis depending on what is required for any given child. This model has evolved over time and its success can be attributed to team members having thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the Lower School and being able to focus on the needs of Lower School students.
- Teachers are responsible for developing curriculum, supervising students both in and out of the classroom and maintaining up-to-date teaching techniques to provide students with a quality educational experience. Teachers are also expected to build deep relationships with students, families, other faculty and staff to communicate about student progress and to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how your actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab's mission.
- All teachers are expected to perform in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are expected to work the required days as stipulated in that agreement.
- Observation, consultation, referrals: Collaborates with teachers regarding students with diagnostic testing or screening results; responds to teacher concerns about student learning; sets up time for regular meetings which include the grade level counselor and/or academic specialist; regularly observes in classrooms and special area classes; strategizes with teachers to manage students' learning profiles in the classroom; meets regularly with Lower School counselors, academic specialists, and administration to discuss classrooms, individual children, etc.; meets with parents on request to discuss range of issues, problems, observations concerning their child; refers students for tutoring and/or an assessment, based on consultation with classroom teacher, counselor, or parent
- Coordination/case management: Provides follow-up and coordination between outside professionals and school personnel; schedules and conducts staffings; assists in the transition of students from Primary and into Middle School; maintains an active file on every student in Lower School with identified learning differences
- Ongoing communication: Responds daily to e-mails and phone calls; collaborates in a timely manner with teachers on updates regarding their students; collects comments from special area teachers; creates and updates learning profiles for students followed by the department
- Testing: Oversees progress monitoring (AimsWebPlus) for the Lower School. Works with Academic Specialists to plan intervention based on progress monitoring results. Screens students of concern. Consults with the classroom teacher, learning and counseling team members, and parent prior to testing; observes the child in the classroom and/or in special area classes; makes referrals to outside clinicians; periodically administers in-school testing scheduled in cooperation with the homeroom teacher; scores tests and writes a narrative report explaining results of in-house testing; makes recommendations based on test results; meets with parents to review testing results; coordinates communication of testing results; maintains files of testing results
- Ability to be agile and flexible required.
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
- Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students.
- Strong knowledge of course subject matter required.
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies required.
- Strong knowledge of child development required.
- Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required.
- Analytical skills required.
- Problem-solving skills required.
- Decision-making skills required.
- Attention to detail required.
- Organizational skills required.
- Computational skills required.
- Creativity required.
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills required.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
- Ability to manage stressful situations required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality required.
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.
Education, Experience, and Certification:
- Master's degree in Special Education or Learning Disabilities required
- Educational Specialist degree or doctorate in Psychology preferred
- Minimum of three years as a Learning Disabilities Specialist or School Psychologist required
- Teaching experience preferred
- Experience administering diagnostic tests (Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery, Diagnostic Reading and Math Assessment) required
- Experience progress monitoring required
- Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Experience with AimsWeb Plus preferred
- Ability to use standard productivity software (Google Drive, Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required
- Cover letter
- Reference contact information
Please refer to Additional Requirement above to see the pay ranges
Scheduled Weekly Hours
000- American Federation of Teachers , Local 2063
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