Position Begins: August 2021 Status: 100% FTE Department: Instructional Support Faculty, Student Support Team
Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 independent school in Saint Paul, MN that serves approximately 500 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. For 39 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.
Since its founding, MPA has been committed to embracing diversity, seeking equity, and continually striving to be truly inclusive. As a community, MPA has focused on fostering a safe and inclusive space for all, aspiring to be cognizant of gender-identity and equality, religious understanding, socio-economic diversity, and racial justice. Equity, goodness, and inclusion are embedded in MPA’s mission statement and woven into the very fabric of every aspect of our community’s day.
Mounds Park Academy seeks a K-8 Learning Specialist for the 2021-2022 school year. More specifically, we are seeking a versatile candidate who is passionate, detail oriented, and self-motivated. The candidate should have broad experience in supporting students with learning differences, targeted intervention, and academic enrichment, as well as a desire to work collaboratively with other faculty.
Learning Specialists at MPA work with students, families, and teaching faculty to support academic achievement in a high-challenge, high-support environment. They provide direct instructional support to students, work with families to develop support plans for students with diagnosed learning needs, assist with assessment and testing accommodations, and work in collaboration with the local district for evaluations and coordination of services where needed. More, our Learning Specialists are well-versed in the most progressive and innovative pedagogies that challenge our students not just to know, but to apply knowledge and understanding in creative and critical ways. Our ideal candidate has an exceptional knowledge of successful intervention strategies across disciplines with expertise in supporting reading, writing, and math learning, experience in teaching and working with students from Kindergarten through eighth grade, has one or more degrees in school psychology, elementary/middle school education, special education, or related fields.
It is expected that a successful candidate would:
Have experience with various methods and strategies of targeted intervention both for remediation and enrichment
Know and be able to use a variety of assessment tools – summative, formative and diagnostic
Be an exceptional communicator with a wide range of constituencies, including but not limited to, students, families, teachers, and broader community
Value a dynamic, ever-changing, and challenging environment
Serve as a member of various student support teams in Lower School and Middle School, attend division meetings, department meetings, and lead grade level meetings with teachers
Provide general guidance, support and consultation to families about learning, resources for assessments, tutoring, academic coaching and other outside support opportunities
Act as student advocate and be knowledgeable about a variety of assistive technologies and learning programs to support student progress
Create and maintain confidential student support plans informed by neuropsychological or educational assessments that will guide instructional accommodations
Provide guidance and support to teachers making accommodations for students in and out of the classroom
Communicate and collaborate effectively with Division Directors and the administration regarding student achievement, progress, and support.
Serve on admissions team to review applicants to MPA and participate in admissions events as requested
Supervise, encourage, counsel, and evaluate students as advisor, mentor, and teacher
Create a welcoming, inclusive, and effective environment and attend to students’ social, emotional, and academic well-being
Maintain knowledge of current research, trends, and practices related to students with learning differences, both diagnosed and experienced.
Our ideal candidate will also have the following:
Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills
Admirable leadership skills and a desire to serve
Strong collaboration and organization skills
Substantial understanding of the cognitive, social/emotional, and academic needs of the K-8 students and student development
Openness to lifelong learning and continuous professional development
Humility, a sense of humor, warmth of personality, and nurturing energy
Flexibility and ability to multi-task in a dynamic, creative, and fast-paced environment
Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply as Mounds Park Academy is dedicated to better reflecting our student body and the Twin Cities area through this addition to our exceptional faculty and staff. Information about our school can be found at www.moundsparkacademy.org.
Priority review of application materials will begin on Friday, March 12, 2021. Applications will be accepted until a successful candidate is selected.
Mounds Park Academy is an equal opportunity employer.
About Mounds Park Academy
Mounds Park Academy is a PreK-12 private school in Saint Paul that serves nearly 500 students from throughout the Twin Cities area. For 34 years, Mounds Park Academy has engaged students in a rigorous college preparatory experience that is demanding, but not draining, and goes far beyond memorization. Students are challenged to apply their understanding to stir the human spirit, stand for justice, and shake the world. This is what we call rigor with purpose and it grounds our students in the radical idea that their identity in the world is not measured by a test score, but rather by the depth and decency of their impact on the world.