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Learning Specialist

Thaden School

February 2, 2018
Job location:
Bentonville, Arkansas

Full Time - Faculty
Other, Special Needs
Required suitable education
4 Year Degree


Thaden School, a new independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas, invites applications for a Learning Specialist. Under the direction of the Middle and Upper School Directors, the Learning Specialist is responsible for supporting the academic and socio-emotional needs of students. We seek candidates who demonstrate skill, sensitivity, and knowledge of the diverse backgrounds of our students and families, who can communicate effectively with faculty, administrators, and the school community at large. The Learning Specialist will take an active function in determining whether a student needs additional academic support, including educational testing and/or school accommodations, and will take on other functions or responsibilities located upon interest, practice, and need.
About the School and the Region
A non-sectarian independent school under the direction of its own board, Thaden School offers a challenging and innovative educational program that ignites in its students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose and responsible global citizenship. At the core of the school’s mission is a commitment to balance that takes many forms:a curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities; indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustaincapability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and significant participation; and a diverse faculty and staff that empower students to think deeply and expansively about their potential and place in the world. The school’sindexed tuition program further supports the creation of a balanced learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together.
Located on a 30-acre campus in downtown Bentonville’s emerging Arts and Market District, the school is walking distance from the town square, Brightwater Culinary Institute, the future site of Crystal Bridges’ center for contemporary arts, and a variety of other educational resources. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation’s Design Excellence Program, the school has engaged a nationally renowned team of architects to design an enduring and innovative campus that will spark curiosity, inspire creativity, and invite reflection. The design and construction of the campus will be complete before the school commences its third academic year in 2020. During its first two academic years (beginning in the fall of 2017), Thaden School will operate in a combination of temporary and permanent structures located on a 5-acre portion of its campus.
The school serves students from all parts of the growing and diverse region of Northwest Arkansas, which also includes Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, and a number of other townships. With more than 500,000 residents, the region combines a thriving economy with the natural beauty of the Ozarks and a rich variety of cultural and recreational amenities such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Razorback Regional Greenway Trail System, the Scott Family Amazeum, and the Bentonville Film Festival. Northwest Arkansas is also home to the world headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies (Walmart, Tyson Foods, and J.B. Hunt) as well as the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the state’s higher education system. For more information about the region and its resources, see the website for Finding NWA.
Please visit the Thaden websitefor detailed information regarding its mission, leadership abilities and faculty, educational programs, indexed tuition program, and campus plan as well as recent news releases.
Primary Responsibilities
   » Work with students individually and in small groups to build academic expertise including but not limited to time management, reading comprehension strategies, and quantitative and analytical thinking
   » Support faculty to understand student learning profiles and to differentiate classroom instruction for students with varied learning styles or specific learning challenges
   » Participate in grade level meetings and faculty conversations around student support as appropriate
   » Collaborate with Division Heads and teachers on the development of school-located accommodation plans for students
   » Collaborate with the Director of Campus Life to refer students for further evaluation from outside providers
   » Assist in communicating accommodations and specific needs of students with parents, teachers, and administration
   » Provide testing supervision and testing accommodations
   » Establish continuity of practice for students progressing from Middle to Upper School
   » Review and assist students, teachers, parents, and administration in the knowledge and implementation of psycho-educational assessment reports
   » Attend and facilitate meetings related to individual support
   » Coordinate requests for evaluation, transference of ISP/IEP, review of accommodations, and consultation of meetings, as necessary
   » Manage the application process for requesting accommodations through the College Board and ACT

practice and Qualifications
   » practice teaching and supporting students with learning differences
   » capability to interpret, summarize, and apply psychoeducational testing
   » Strong knowledge of and commitment to promoting growth mindset
   » knowledge of current research and research-located practices
   » capability to protect and handle student records and other highly confidential information
   » capability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities
   » capability to connect with a variety of people and constituencies within and outside of the school community
   » Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and communication expertise, including exceptional writing and speaking expertise
   » capability to develop and maintain a strong professional network with outside experts
   » Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Special Education or closely related field preferred
   » Criminal background check and clearance required
Applications should include a resume and cover letter that addresses income requirements, if any. Applications must be submitted to E-Mail: careers@thadenschool.orgby February 16, 2018 for full consideration. The start date is negotiable but must be no later than July 1, 2018.
Thaden is an equal-opportunity employer and complies with all federal, state, and local laws that prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, citizenship, age (18 or older), religion, discapability, marital status, veteran status, and sexual orientation.

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About Thaden School
Opening in the fall of 2017, Thaden will launch with grades 7 and 9 and grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. Our campus will be located in downtown Bentonville's Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources, and we will offer small classes where students can discover joy in learning and cultivate their potential under the guidance of inspiring, masterful educators.Our mission is to provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.

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