Lower School Learning Specialist
Children’s Day School (CDS) is a co-educational preschool through eighth grade school serving over 470 students in the Mission Dolores neighborhood of San Francisco. Spanning two campuses, and home to a diverse community of students, faculty, and families, CDS is a vibrant learning community. Our teachers practice constructivist teaching; born of “learning by doing,” it is how we achieve excellent academics. We believe by encouraging children to fully engage in complex topics, and in myriad ways we are giving them tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world. To learn more about CDS, visit our website at www.cds-sf.org.
CDS is located on a beautiful, secluded half-acre in the Mission near Dolores Park. Our after care program employs the use of indoor classrooms, environmental ed. kitchen, wood chips area and climbing structure, farm and garden (featuring four chickens and two sheep!), and a play yard among the largest of independent schools in the city.
Reporting to the Lower School Director, our new Learning Specialist works closely with our other two Learning Specialists across our K-8 program to provide direct learning support to students [and their families] who are experiencing learning challenges in the classroom. The new Lower School Learning Specialist has demonstrated proficiency with building strong collaborative partnerships with teachers, students, and families to support student learning, particularly in the areas of early literacy and numeracy which will provide the foundation for future learning, as well as SEL support and developments as needed. The Lower School Learning Specialist also has demonstrated expertise in the areas of assessment, differentiation, and case management, as well as strong communication skills that include listening to and building understanding of the student and family experience as it relates to a child’s academic needs and challenges. The ideal candidate will also have expertise in coaching and mentoring faculty, an understanding of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework, and research based frameworks that support academic development for all children including those with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences.
CDS faculty engage in rigorous diversity, equity and inclusion work and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning and reflection. They bring a critical lens to discussions and are equity and justice orientated, always asking how can we do this better? Communication skills, wanton curiosity and a strong desire to support children and families with learning differences to achieve and demonstrate agency in their learning process is a must.
Direct Student Support
Educator Coaching and Mentoring|Division Professional Growth Support
Case Management|Family Support
The Ideal Candidate:
Demonstrated Knowledge and Experience
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered including medical, dental and vision insurance and a retirement plan.
CDS is an equal opportunity employer. Our community is diverse in many ways, inclusive of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender spectrum, age, ability, and more. We welcome and value the same in our faculty and staff.
Please submit resume & cover letter