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Special Education Coordinator  – Fall  2021

The School – Neighborhood School in Jamaica Plain, MA provides transformative, personalized, justice-centered learning to children from all family structures and of all economic means. Neighborhood School is a 60 student, K-6, teacher-founded independent school with a commitment to promoting social justice and helping children flourish to their fullest potential. Students learn about themselves, others, and how to form authentic community. Multi-age groupings are present in the school’s four classroom levels, offering teachers an opportunity to develop a two-year relationship with many students.

Teachers at NS take advantage of curricular freedom to design a learning environment where children are nurtured to be kind, curious, informed, literate through experiential, thematic studies led by questions, fueled by research, and framed by reflection.

Parents have opportunities to be involved in the life of the school and in the lives of other school families. Neighborhood School is a place where a foundation for lifelong learning is nurtured and where lifelong relationships (including faculty) are often formed.

Opening –  The coordinator’s position can range from 4-5 days per week. The coordinator:

– Follows teacher concerns with classroom observation and pre-referral strategies.
– Oversees the formation and implementation of accommodation plans as needed including family consultation to assure that learning accommodations match a child’s learning profile.
– Develops professional relationships with private evaluators, and has up-to-date knowledge of public school processes in order to guide NS parents through the evaluation process.
– Interprets educational testing for classroom teachers and parents, and identifies how needs can be met within and outside of school.  Demystifies learning differences for parents and students.
– Teaches small groups or individuals as time allows and as deemed appropriate by the in-house team (Coordinator, Classroom Teacher, School Leader).
– Consults admissions leadership when specific learning needs are known about an applicant to maintain a balance of needs and resources in each classroom.
– As a “new to NS” professional, the Coordinator will collaborate weekly in the first year with a “nearly retired” founding teacher who has coordinated SPED at NS since its founding.

Preferred Qualifications

– Experience teaching K-6th grade students in private / public settings
– Masters level degree in Elementary Education and  Special Education; certification required
– Social Justice-centered pedagogy and philosophy

Our ideal candidate will be an avid learner.  The candidate will be ready to:

– cultivate relationships with colleagues, students, and parents to build trust and promote healthy communication via updates, active listening, and effective meetings.
– interpret Neuropsychological evaluations and support classroom teachers, parents, and students in the evaluation process.
– write effectively and maintain professional communication and record keeping.
– pursue professional development opportunities related to meeting needs of diverse learners and encourage related learning among NS faculty.

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and résumé to:

Tricia Morrow, Director

Neighborhood School   34 Peter Parley Road   Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Neighborhood School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  More information about NS is available on our website

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