Who we are?
Ethical Culture Fieldston is a progressive Pre-K-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECF offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses - one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and the other in Manhattan. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 80 faculty members.
What is essential about working at our school?
The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and beliefs and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities, and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives, and see the world beyond the self.
We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality.
What are we looking for?
Ethical Culture School is looking for a 5th Grade Learning Specialist. The specialist reports to the Learning Support Coordinator and works collaboratively with the Learning Specialist Team and the 5th-grade teachers. Working in close partnership with the 5th Grade faculty, they are responsible for providing supplementary support for students in reading comprehension, writing, and executive functions. The Learning specialist must have a passion for working with students upper-elementary students, a flexible and dynamic approach to curriculum development, and exemplary “people skills.” The successful candidate must also be well versed in progressive pedagogical approaches and comfortable working in collaborative environments with a strong, experienced faculty.
- Assist teachers in administration, scoring, and analysis of reading and writing assessments
- Work collaboratively with teachers to identify students in need of individualized, on-going language arts support throughout the year
- Lead small group work and/or “push into” the classroom; teaching strategies for tackling challenging reading and writing assignments
- Maintain regular contact with parents and outside providers (tutors, therapists, etc.) in coordination with the classroom teacher
- Attend grade-level and learning team meetings
- Coordinate the afterschool Language Arts Support program for 5th grade
- Modify, differentiate, and organize assignments to reflect the developmental level of the students
- Provide teachers with regular updates on student progress and written notes to be incorporated in student reports
- Have a commitment to our mission and the ten tenets of progressive education that guide our academic program.
- Master’s degree in reading, special education, or related field preferred
- Minimum 5 years of experience as an elementary school learning/literacy specialist
- Experience using and analyzing a variety of assessment tools including but not limited to the Gates-McGinitie Reading Tests (GMRT), the Fountas and Pinell Benchmark Assessment (F&P), the Test of Written Language (TOWL), QRI (Qualitative Reading Inventory)
- Extensive knowledge of current best practices in literacy instruction
- Experience interpreting results of neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluations
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Experience working in a diverse school, knowledge of and commitment to multicultural education, identity development, and culturally relevant pedagogy and practices.
Please apply through our website www.ecfs.org
The closing date for applications is Monday, April 5th.
ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.