Middle School Learning Specialist

Trinity Episcopal School of Austin
Austin, TX United States

Trinity Episcopal School seeks a highly qualified and committed individual to oversee the academic support services for students in grades 5 through 8 for the 2024-25 School Year.

Trinity Episcopal School is an inclusive, forward-thinking, faith-based PK-8 independent school that meets each student where they are to nurture the whole child’s academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Trinity is located in West Lake Hills, close to downtown Austin, Texas.

Our Mission:  At Trinity Episcopal School, we will nurture each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We will honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.

Overview:  The learning specialist works closely with the Head of Middle School, classroom teachers, specialists, parents, and outside professionals.  They must have strong interpersonal skills, be interested in working in a highly collaborative environment, and place a priority on professional learning and research-based practices.  We want a professional educator who will bring specialized knowledge and insight to our team and help lift the level of all teachers and all students in our middle school program.

Responsibilities:  As a key resource person on our staff and member of the Middle School leadership team, the learning specialist’s main duties and responsibilities are to:

  • work collaboratively with teachers and other support staff to understand the individual needs of students with learning differences, and ensure all students are progressing
  • make referrals for diagnostic evaluations, and review and interpret psycho-educational testing results
  • develop strategies to meet the needs of students identified with learning differences and plan for/update/oversee necessary academic accommodations
  • identify and support students with organizational and other academic needs, including collaboration with the Learning Lab specialist and referrals to outside tutors and homework coaches
  • coordinate meetings with families and teachers to discuss accommodations, recommendations, and other necessary supports/referrals
  • serve as liaison between the school and families of students with learning differences and/or difficulties
  • help students and parents understand students’ individual strengths and relative weaknesses
  • work closely with the Learning Lab, Literacy, and Math Specialists to coordinate and conduct the Middle School screening/assessment and data reporting of all students at regular intervals throughout the school year
  • serve as a member of the Student Support team and prepare for/co-lead regular Student Talk and Data Response Team meetings with grade level teams
  • design professional development for faculty regarding learning differences, differentiation, and techniques for improving the learning of all students, and especially those with learning differences
  • provide regular small group instruction as part of the fifth/sixth grade Extensions & Skills Practice programs and other student remediation as needed
  • consult with Admission staff and Head of Middle School in the onboarding of new students and all rising middle-schoolers

Qualifications:  A bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited school is required; master’s degree preferred.  Applicants must also have a strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences— especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, and ADHD; the ability to interpret test results of IQ, achievement, and learning disability diagnostic tests; and knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws.  Desirable candidates will also know about early intervention, RTI, and acquisition of reading; have a deep understanding of diverse teaching strategies across the curriculum; and be current in general educational best practices especially in the teaching of reading, writing, and math.

Our Mission:  At Trinity Episcopal School, we will nurture each child academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We will honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.

We aim to provide the best middle school experience possible, and we have high expectations for our students.  We are looking for faculty and staff who understand adolescent development—physically, cognitively, and socio-emotionally—and are eager to help each student successfully navigate this pivotal educational and developmental stage while fostering a passion for learning and life.

At Trinity, our teachers

  • seek knowledge of current instructional theories as a commitment to understanding and professional growth
  • demonstrate a vast repertoire of effective and engaging instructional strategies that meet the needs of all students
  • hold high – but not uniform – expectations of all students
  • maximize instructional minutes
  • model, teach, and expect age-appropriate disciplined behaviors in a way that is mission-consistent and respectful
  • meaningfully and personally engage with all students
  • actively support colleagues
  • positively and actively contribute to the life of the school
  • collaborate with parents in the best interest of the students
  • understand and respect the principal qualities of an Episcopal school
  • respect and seek understanding in all facets of diversity

Contact Information

To apply:  Resumes and letters of application should be sent to Human Resources at Trinity Episcopal School, 3901 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX  78746, or by email to employment@austintrinity.org.  Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and accepted until the position is filled.  No phone calls please.

Trinity Episcopal School invites all qualified individuals who share our core values to apply for faculty positions. All faculty members must be able to support Trinity’s mission as a Christian school.

Trinity Episcopal School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Trinity Episcopal School complies with applicable state and local laws governing, non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.