The Learning Support Department at Edmund Burke School provides support to students with learning differences in grades 6-12. The High School Learning Specialist works with students, offering academic assistance and conducting informal assessments, when necessary. The High School Learning Specialist reviews all psycho-educational testing reports and monitors the use and implementation of accommodations. Additionally, the department advises faculty on best practices for teaching students with learning differences. The High School Learning Specialist also provides outside referrals for tutoring and testing and consults with families regarding academic concerns. The High School Learning Specialist co-teaches a High School Learning Strategies Class for all 9th grade students. The High School Learning Specialist also chairs the High School Support Team, consisting of the Dean of Students, Assistant Head of School for Program, and School Counselor.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Meets with students individually for assistance with study strategies, organizational skills, and content area help. If additional support is needed, the Learning Specialist provides families with referrals for outside testing and tutoring.
Conducts classroom observations and/or informal assessments of students who are experiencing difficulty with the classroom curriculum. Recommendations are made to the faculty regarding classroom accommodations and/or referrals are given to the family regarding psycho-educational testing.
Reviews psycho-educational testing reports, creates and maintains the student’s Learning Profile, meets with the faculty to discuss the student’s academic needs, and monitors the use and implementation of accommodations throughout the year.
Meets with all parents who have a child with documented learning differences to discuss accommodations and services offered at Burke. The Learning Specialist meets annually with the appropriate faculty members to review the new and returning students with learning profiles.
Leads the High School Support Team in creating and implementing support plans for students experiencing academic difficulties.
Acts as a member of the Admissions Committee, reviews the psycho-educational testing reports of prospective students, and provides feedback to the Director of Enrollment and Associate Director of Enrollment Management.
Completes and submits all applications for College Board and ACT accommodations for students with documented learning differences.
Coordinates and teaches the High School Learning Strategies class for all 9th grade students. This course is co-taught by the HS Dean of Students, and may involve other members of the HS Learning Support Team.
Other duties as assigned.
BA required; MA in special education or related field is strongly preferred.
3-5 years of experience in a secondary school setting working with students with learning differences.
Familiarity with independent schools and the progressive philosophy strongly desired.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Flexible, enthusiastic, and has a proven commitment and sensitivity to students of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and talents.
Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
About Edmund Burke School
• Founded in 1968
• Grades 6-12
• Independent and college preparatory
• Committed to progressive education
• Located in upper northwest DC, two blocks south of the Van Ness-UDC Metro station (on the Red line)
• Over 60,000 square foot urban campus on Connecticut Ave.
• Athletic teams use local DC Parks & Recreation fields as well as UDC and Howard Law School
• Total enrollment of 305 students
• Approximately 80 middle school students
• Approximately 225 high school students
• 39% students of color
• 6% international students
• Total faculty of 48
• More than 67% hold advanced degrees
• 100% of full time faculty serve as student advisors
• 6:1 student-teacher ratio
• Average class size of 11
• 13 AP courses offered
• In 2016, 86 students took at least one AP exam
• Mean SAT: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 630, Math 600, Writing 33
• Mean ACT: Composite 28.5
• Grades 6-8 Tuition $39,195
• Grades 9-12 Tuition $41,575
• 31% of students receive financial aid
Tuition includes textbooks, lab fees, art materials and grade sponsored fi...eld trips.
Tuition does not include optional service trips or Leadership Program fees.
Accreditations & Memberships
• Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
• The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
• The Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW)
• Association of Independent Maryland & DC Schools (AIMS)
• Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
• The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
• Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC)