Location: Houston, Texas
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 1050
Founded on the principle of building a school “where children come first,” The Fay School serves approximately 300 students aged three years to Fifth Grade in the Uptown area of Houston, Texas. ?It is among the best independent elementary and primary schools in the competitive Houston marketplace. By fostering their emotional intelligence and leadership development while providing challenging and engaging academics, The Fay School prepares its fifth-graders to matriculate to Houston’s most sought-after middle schools.?
The school is a joyful educational oasis that sits on 8.5 acres of naturally landscaped property where children frequently work and play in its beautiful outdoor setting. Many Fay families speak of the immediate calm they feel as they drive onto the campus, delivering their children to this unique student-focused learning environment. To adapt to the evolving landscape of education and plan its direction for the next three to five years, The Fay School engaged in a partnership with Ian Symmonds & Associates, a leading firm in facilitating innovative strategic planning. The plan was unveiled during the 2020-2021 school year, making this an exciting time to be part of a community focused on the future of education and innovative thinking.
The Fay School seeks a candidates who will step into a highly functioning faculty and inspire our school community by advancing the school’s strategic priorities. The position is a stellar opportunity for an ambitious, motivated, and visionary teacher, eager to join an evolving school at a critical time in history. The target start date for this permanent ten-month position is August 1st, 2023.
The Fay School is a nonsectarian, not-for-profit, co-educational school in which children of diverse talents and backgrounds with strong academic abilities are offered a high-quality education in a secure, enriching, and academically challenging environment. Here children learn and grow intellectually, physically, socially, ethically, and artistically while developing self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning through an active partnership among educators, parents, and students.
Anchored to a challenging, engaging, and relevant academic program, The Fay School’s Leadership Development Program distinguishes itself among all other schools in Houston. Grounded in both emotional intelligence and human capital strategy, The Fay School’s vision is to deliberately build and educate the next generation of leaders for our world. Our students experience leadership training and curriculum reserved for Fortune 500 companies, and they graduate from Fay with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.
Signature Programs and Differentiators:
Leadership Development through Emotional Intelligence: A successful leader is someone who inspires growth in self and others. This requires a high degree of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, social-awareness, and relationship skills. The Fay School’s Leadership Development Program engages students to cultivate these abilities through reflection, study, communication, and real-world problem solving. By providing opportunities to practice these skills across the curriculum and in real-world settings, we foster student leadership to positively impact the world. At Fay, we believe that humans will undoubtedly be measured by the success of our relationships and our ability to think creatively. The Fay School is committed to the development of these skills and to intentionally empower the next generation of leaders for our world.
Outdoor Education and Environmental Responsibility: The Fay School enjoys one of the most beautiful landscapes in the city of Houston with our very own habitat of abundant green space, including nature trails in our 3-acre Fay Forest. Situated on Buffalo Bayou just upstream of Buffalo Bayou Park, the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, and Memorial Park, The Fay School’s ideal location allows for an Outdoor Education curriculum that cultivates both a love and understanding of nature and the encouragement to act on an ethos of environmental responsibility. The Outdoor Education curriculum at Fay, along with other developing initiatives, empowers children with a hands-on experience to explore and learn through our natural world. Children learn how to use tools to discover and gain a science-based understanding of plants and animals in our habitat. Equally as important, our students learn to appreciate the sensory aspect of our habitat, with exposure to art and poetry that is inspired by nature. Ask any child at The Fay School about Outdoor Education and watch them light up with joy and enthusiasm.
Ethnic Diversity: The Fay School’s nonsectarian mission, coupled with Houston’s status as one of the most diverse cities in the United States, allows for an inclusive student body that is over 34 percent racially/ethnically diverse by NAIS definition.
The Learning Specialist position?is a benefits eligible, full-time position for the term of the school year, typically ten and a half months from August to June with two weeks of flexible summer work.?This position?reports to the Principal. The Learning Specialist’s focus is ensuring The Fay School identifies students who learn differently, connects qualified students with outside service providers and to foster appropriate differentiation for all students during the school day. They support curricula implementation. They work with grade level teams by providing small group instruction and occasionally teaching in whole group classroom settings. Maintaining an open line of communication between the school, educational evaluators, therapists, and families is paramount as the Learning Specialist will make recommendations for outside support and work with students during the school day. The Learning Specialist is a thought leader in the school, growing teacher capacity and actively participating in school initiatives.
Responsibilities Include the Following:
- Coordinates school wide assessments such as ERB’s CTP and ISEE.
- Uses formative and summative assessment to inform curriculum.
- Documents student progress throughout their journey at Fay to analyze students’ strengths and challenges.
- Uses testing data and anecdotal observations to analyze individual and grade level trends.
- Cultivates and maintains relationships with local therapists and tutors to make informed recommendations for outside support.
- Assists parents and teachers in test result interpretation.
- Establishes long term relationships with students possessing learning differences in to track their progress through their years at Fay.
- Manages Learning Profiles in Blackbaud.
- Provides parent education through regular and timely personal communication and formal parent education.
- Assists with admissions testing.
- Actively supports faculty learning in differentiation and evolving pedagogy.
- Assess all Kindergarten students in Literacy and Math at least twice a year.
- Provides explicit targeted small group instruction in kindergarten and first grade by pushing in or pulling out students.
- Assess the need for grouping in Upper Elementary in the areas of curriculum extension and executive functioning and leads groups.
- Regularly observes teachers and reflects with them.
- Engages in professional learning to seek innovative curricula and technological applications.
- Identifies and communicates appropriate professional development opportunities for faculty.
- Sets annual goals and works toward them.
- Attends team planning time and department meetings monthly.
- Leads faculty learning in the area of differentiation, Neuhaus and Dreambox Math.
- Leads professional development of Assistant Teachers by holding monthly workshops.
- Coaches Assistant Teachers as needed.
- Partners with Teachers, Principal and Curriculum Director to ensure a high-quality curriculum.
- Partners with the Dean of Students and Principal to stay informed of students with challenges.
- Attends semi-monthly faculty meetings until 4:30 and in-service days, presenting when appropriate.
- Willing and able to routinely and appropriately use personal smartphone to utilize school apps to communicate, collaborate, and fulfill responsibilities as outlined in this Performance Profile.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Principal and the Head of School.
- Supports the School and its Leadership Team.
- Celebrates diversity and is proactively inclusive of all racial, cultural, socio-economic, religious, and gender groups.
- Embraces the four domains of Responsive Classroom: Engaging Academics, Positive Community, Effective Management, and Developmentally Responsive Teaching.
- Exhibits self-awareness and self-monitoring in identifying and solving student, curricular, and school problems. At the same time, the teacher understands the vision, the mission, the strategic plan, and all policies of the school and, when questions or concerns arise, raises them with appropriate colleagues and supervisors.
- Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills.
- Differentiates instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
- Fosters collaboration among team to build curricula and ensure others are well informed of changes, initiatives, and progress.
- Embraces feedback and a culture of continuous improvement.
- Displays attitudes and actions that contribute to a healthy and collegial teacher culture.
- Supports and actively promotes the organization. Positively reflects the organization’s core values and addresses actions that don’t align with those values.
- Master’s Degree in Special Populations or Special Education.
- Knowledge of or enthusiasm to learn Neuhaus, Dreambox, Everyday Math, and Units of Study for Reading and Writing.
- Ability to enthusiastically work both indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions including rain, cold, heat, etc. and on various surfaces, some inclined, including grass, dirt, trails, decking, pavement, and concrete.
- Ability to perform sustained standing and walking, navigating stairs, kneeling, lifting, and carrying up to 20 lbs., monitoring children and the immediate environment visibly and audibly and the ability to give audible instructions that can be understood by English speakers in a loud environment.
- Commitment to ongoing learning including participating in at least eight hours of summer professional development such as a conference, book or research on a topic approved by the Principal.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Teams