St. Gabriel’s Catholic School seeks an experienced and collaborative Learning Specialist to support student learning across our PK-8 curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. SGCS is a co-educational Catholic school in Austin, Texas. The Lower School is comprised of grades PreK-4 and the Middle School houses grades 5-8. SGCS provides a challenging and enriched curriculum that allows graduates to achieve success in the high schools of their choice. Our faculty and staff are experienced in, or willing to develop expertise in, social-emotional learning, project-based learning, STEAM instruction, technology-rich, and differentiated instruction. SGCS is a 1:1 device school, thus teachers are expected to demonstrate meaningful skill with technology in order to create authentic learning experiences for their students.
The successful Learning Specialist candidate should have experience serving students with diverse learning styles, the ability to offer remedial and intervention services, and the ability to contribute to a strong enrichment program. This individual will work closely with our teachers, guidance counselors, and reports to the Head of Lower School.
The Learning Specialist provides academic support and enrichment through work with students and collaboration with teachers and parents. This role has a strong emphasis on math and will focus heavily on math curriculum development and instructional strategy support, as well as student academic enrichment and support. Remaining available time in this position will be dedicated to providing intervention support in reading, writing, and executive function skills.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Learning Specialist
•Collaborates with teachers and Head of Lower School on math curriculum, supporting faculty as they refine their ability to differentiate math instruction in the classroom.
•Works with students, teachers and other faculty to create strategies that promote a greater chance of academic success.
•Implements intervention and advising strategies for teachers and students alike.
•Addresses poor habits relating to time management, lack of motivation, academic deficiencies and issues with goal setting.
•Helps students develop learning preferences for more effective studying.
•Assists teachers with differentiating instruction for students
•Helps teachers and other staff in the identification of students who would benefit from intervention of any kind.
•Utilizes effective tutoring to help students with learning.
•Establishes positive relationships between students, teachers, parents, principals, guidance counselors, and others in order to ensure a collaborative effort.
•Demonstrates the ability to work with children of all ages to address areas of academic challenge and enrichment.
•Possesses excellent teaching skills and the ability to intervene when children fall behind their peers academically.
•Exhibits outstanding organization and time management skills for managing a large workload.
•Displays highly effective oral and written communication skills geared to various age groups and parents.
•Is able to work well independently and on a team.
•Possesses the ability to make decisions based on factual evidence and observation.
•Demonstrates the ability to use multiple techniques to help students develop studying, learning and testing skills.
About St. Gabriel's Catholic School
St. Gabriel’s is the only independent junior kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic school in Austin. Our beautiful 32-acre campus is nestled in the rolling hills of the beautiful Central Texas Hill Country.
Our extraordinary faculty works to create a strong parent-school partnership. Our learning environment is inclusive, collaborative and participative. We welcome children of all faiths.
Here’s why St. Gabriel’s was named Favorite Private School by the Austin Family Magazine Reader’s Poll in 2014 and 2015. St. Gabriel’s offers:
1. Innovative curricular programs and learning opportunities that nurture a love of learning;
2. A Christ-centered learning environment that inspires students to be informed and ethical leaders who will possess a lifelong commitment to Christian values and service;
3. Best-in-class technological resources to support student learning, including a one-to-one laptop program, iPads, and tele-presence capabilities;
4. STEAM by Design, an approach to learning that integrates design thinking and the Maker Movement to create and invent through hands-on activities;
5. A focus on developing virtues to foster a spirit of generosity and lif...elong commitment to family and community;
Faith is the foundation of all things in our community, as well as the tradition of Catholic education where virtue, excellence, leadership and service are emphasized and valued.
We believe in motivating and empowering our students to think critically and become 21st century thought leaders. Academics are important, but so are meaningful character formation, kindness, respect, manners and sportsmanship. At St. Gabriel’s, each child is known, respected, encouraged and loved.
Here we challenge our students to become the best version of themselves.