Educational Support Teacher
Educational Support Teacher
River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an Educational Support teacher beginning the 2022-23 school year with potential to start part-time this school year 2021-2022. The position requires authentic warmth, good humor, joy, and enthusiasm for working with young children. The ideal candidate must also be willing to commit to the ongoing work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf remedial education. This position requires motivation, organization, exceptional communication skills, and ability to work with students in early childhood through eighth grade. We seek candidates who have high academic standards and the ability to respect and engender the respect of students of all ages. In addition, they should have the knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm to engage students of all temperaments and ability levels, and the interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with colleagues, administration, and parents/guardians.
The Educational Support Specialist will:
Be committed to working collaboratively with colleagues, families, and external professionals
Work closely with teachers to support students Individual Instructional Plans and differentiate curriculum
Contribute to cohort meetings and discussions of larger issues related to the grades or Early Childhood programs
Provide leadership on school-wide policies/procedures to support academic and behavioral challenges
Support an environment that fosters the education of the whole human being
Provide remedial academic support
Work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other faculty members
Hold the overall student support picture including academic, social/emotional, and behavioral needs
Chair the Care Committee
In conjunction with Care Committee, help to organize child studies
Coordinate parent education
Work with Pedagogical Chair to determine teacher mentoring needs and professional development
In collaboration with the Care Committee, write and update student support plans, supervise their implementation, support teachers in differentiating the curriculum, and educate students, teachers, and parents about learning differences.
Support development of school-wide policies/procedures for helping students facing academic challenges and behavioral challenges
Liaison with local Intermediate Unit and coordinate with assigned psychologists for student evaluation
Implement assessments at predetermined benchmarks.
The ideal candidate will have:
Training in Waldorf education, Waldorf remedial/Extra Lesson training, or other equivalent training or experience
An advanced degree/training in education, special education, or a related field
Training and experience providing educational support to students grades K-8
Experience writing, updating, and maintaining student support plans
Experience supervising education plan implementation
Diverse experience with differentiating curriculum and intervention strategies
Proficiency in Google platform
Experience educating students, teachers, and parents about learning differences
An understanding of positive and proactive discipline strategies and ability to support school-wide efforts to implement these practices
A commitment to antiracism and supporting students with diverse learning needs
Knowledge of Orton-Gillingham approaches to reading and science of reading.
Hours and Compensation
Full time salary or 80% salary based on applicant scheduling preference
Full remission for children
The starting salary for this position ranges between $35,000-$47,000 depending on education and years of experience and includes participation in the IRA contribution and healthcare benefits. Salary may be adjusted for Waldorf experience and schooling beyond Bachelor’s level study. Background clearances, physical examination and TB test will be required.
About River Valley Waldorf School
The 7-acres of River Valley Waldorf School sits on forested hills that overlook the Delaware River on unceded Lenni-Lenape land. We are so grateful for the First Nations people’s reverent caretaking of the land we now call Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. Upper Black Eddy is located in Bucks County and only 40-60 minutes from major metropolitan areas. Our programs include a caregiver-child program, mixed-age early childhood classes, kindergarten, and grades one through eight. The River Valley community strives to be supportive and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives. The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch to either:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: River valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
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