Learning Specialist (Maternity Leave)

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School - Chicago, IL


Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (www.bernardzell.org) is an independent Jewish day school for the 21st century where academic purpose, collaborative learning, and deep commitment to humanity develop engaged, confident learners and compassionate leaders for a stronger, more vibrant community and world. A pluralistic community day school, Bernard Zell welcomes students and families of varied religious beliefs and observance. The school combines Jewish learning and tradition with the best of innovative educational practice in a challenging and nurturing learning environment.

Job Title: Learning Specialist (Maternity Leave)

Department: Student Services

Date Available: January 6, 2020

Primary Job Responsibilities

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks a warm, passionate Learning Specialist (primary responsibilities will be working with Senior Kindergarten through Second Grade, but not limited to those grade levels ) teacher who will fulfill the duties of a teacher during an extended leave of absence. The qualified candidate will have experience working with diverse learning populations, will possess strong written and oral communication skills, be able and willing to jump into a collaborative planning and teaching process, and be an active member of the life of the school. The position will require creativity and flexibility, and a strong background in working with students with diverse learning needs. Strong collaborative skills are essential for this position, including regular communication with teachers, families, and private providers. This teacher should be prepared to differentiate learning for a wide range of children’s abilities and interests.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement individualized curriculum based on individual student needs.
  • Take part in collaborative planning with teacher teams.
  • Utilize school resources to plan supplemental instructional programs for individuals or small groups of students.
  • Understand how to integrate general education curriculum into small group lessons.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management strategies; experience with Responsive Classroom is preferred.
  • Work collaboratively with teacher teams and departmental heads.
  • Communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and clearly with parents and colleagues.
  • Demonstrate a love of working with children, nurturing the whole child in developmentally appropriate ways.
  • Differentiate curriculum and instructional methods as appropriate to support students of all levels.
  • Use formative and summative assessments to monitor and evaluate student progress.
  • Give specific feedback to support student growth.
  • Participate actively in team meetings with families and private providers on a weekly basis.
  • Implement research based interventions and monitor student progress. Experience with multi-sensory reading and guided reading preferred.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in education with special education/LBS1 certification or endorsement required; master's degree in education preferred.
  • Experience teaching students with diverse learning needs at the lower-school level.
  • Willingness to learn and grow professionally.
  • Have an understanding of the different developmental stages of learning.
  • Have an understanding of formative and summative assessments as well as other authentic strategies.

Work Conditions, Benefits, Etc.

  • Work day is 7:45 am - 3:45 pm
  • Work is performed on site, i.e. Bernard Zell does not offer a telecommuting option
  • Breakfast and lunch included

Equal Opportunity Employer

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School has a long-standing policy of equal employment opportunity for every person regardless of age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or citizenship.

Bernard Zell recruits, hires and promotes individuals without regard to these characteristics, and all staffing decisions are based solely on the qualifications of each individual and the legitimate educational needs of our students.

The school does not discriminate in working conditions, physical facilities or any other terms, conditions or privileges of employment, including transfer, compensation, training, promotion, demotion or separation based on age, race, color, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry or citizenship. Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School seeks to provide a work environment that is free from discrimination, intimidation, and harassment based on any of these or other characteristics.

Job Type: Temporary


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Employment Length:

  • 1 - 3 months

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable -- more reliable than spontaneous
  • Adaptable/flexible -- enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented -- would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture

Company's website:

  • www.bernardzell.org


  • Monday to Friday