Job Title: Learning Specialist
Reports To: Director of Disability Services
Status: Grant Funded, 10 hrs/week for 5 months
The Learning Specialist (LS) provides services supporting students enrolled with the Office of Disability Services and enrolled in the Preparedness Resource for an Innovative Dignified Education (P.R.I.D.E.) program. The Learning Specialist works primarily independently and with other members of the Student Support Center team as appropriate, in assessing and addressing the needs of P.R.I.D.E. students, developing and applying customized teaching and learning practices, and implementing best practices from experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist P.R.I.D.E. students to navigate the academic challenges of the college curriculum
- Develop customized learning strategies for each student in the P.R.I.D.E. program
- Provide each student enrolled in the program with 1 hour 1:1 academic support
- Work with Program Director and Disability Counselors to train Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society in Education students as Peer Counselors in the provision of academic support
- Work with KDP students on integrating each student’s own course work in supporting ownership of own academic success
- Design and lead, with the support of KDP students, a short series of “Learning Exploration” workshops designed to be presented to P.R.I.D.E. students as a group.
- Incorporate relevant current best practices in developing and tailoring a personalized program of academic support based on each student’s strengths and needs
- Provide weekly one-hour sessions of academic support which may include working with students on writing skills, reading comprehension skills, executive functioning skills such as time management and prioritization, and study skills
- Work with department members to train KDP students in the provision of academic support as Peer Counselors to the P.R.I.D.E. students. This training should focus on identifying special learning needs and meeting those needs with best practice strategies.
- Advise on the development of customized learning support that leverages each student’s own coursework and fosters self-advocacy and self-determination
- Design and lead, with KDP student support, a short series of workshops designed to highlight novel ways to tackle college academics. The workshops should be aimed at a P.R.I.D.E. group audience.
- Performs other related duties as assigned
- Master’s Degree in Education required
- Certification in Special Education preferred
- At least 10 years of experience in educational support required
- Experience with adult learning theory and practice preferred