Middle School Learning Specialist
  • Learning Support
  • Middle School

JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA

Accredited by AISNE

JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School, is committed to serving families across a wide spectrum of belief and practice. The school has several hallmarks: Hebrew and English spoken throughout the day; Jewish and General studies integrated in many areas; a commitment to creative, academic excellence; and living a joyful Jewish life in a welcoming community. JCDS was founded in 1995 and serves students in grades K-8. We encourage everyone in our community to approach life with a growth mindset. We value our professional staff and invest in their ongoing development. Our professional community is rooted in collaboration, generosity of spirit, and a passion for our mission. JCDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

POSITION SUMMARY:

A JCDS teacher models the core values of a JCDS education: integrity, perseverance/resiliency, curiosity, multiple perspectives/empathy, problem solving, reflection and evidence, and creates a student-centered, rigorous, project-based learning environment for students.

A Middle School Learning Specialist supports students with executive functioning difficulties, a variety of learning disabilities, ADHD, and social emotional difficulties.  Candidates for this position should demonstrate a passion for teaching middle school children as well as a deep understanding of how to meet the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of middle school children. The candidate should possess excellent communication, organization and relationship skills and should demonstrate a desire to work collaboratively with grade level team colleagues to create a joyful, Jewish learning community. 

Responsibilities:

  • Meet with individual students and small groups in order to meet IEP goals and school based benchmarks
  • Provide remedial support, previewing, reviewing, and writing support
  • Provide pull out and/or push in services as a resource for students depending on need
  • Act as Liaison between parents and teachers
  • Support differentiation of curriculum in classrooms
  • Consult with teachers regarding individual student progress 
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences and IEP meetings when necessary
  • Work under supervision of Director of Support Services
  • Meet regularly as part of Support Services Team
  • Provide written progress reports 2x a year
  • Act as consultant to school, paid directly by families

Skills:

  • Experienced and demonstrated expertise supporting and working with students with a wide range of disabilities;
  • Experienced in co-teaching;
  • Demonstrated pedagogical knowledge that emphasizes analytical thinking;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
  • Experienced in differentiating for diverse learners;
  • Skilled in fostering teacher-student and teacher-parent relationships.
  • Ability to support the creation of a joyful, Jewish learning environment;
  • Ability to integrate multicultural perspectives into teaching;
  • Ability to joyfully engage middle school children, and to identify and address student needs;
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@jcdsboston.org, placing the title of “Middle School Learning Specialist” in the subject line.

JCDS is a pluralist co-educational Jewish day school serving students from families across a wide spectrum of Jewish beliefs and practices. Visit our website at jcdsboston.org for more information. 

JCDS is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees without regard to race, color, religious creed, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical disability.