Part time Middle School Learning Specialist (75% FTE)

Basic Purpose: 
Shady Hill is seeking a full-time middle school learning specialist who is skilled in differentiated and developmentally-aligned models of teaching and learning; understands the importance of cultural competency and instructional technology; and is attuned to the cognitive, social and emotional growth of middle school students.  Working in concert with faculty, administrators and families, the candidate will deliver strategy-based 1:1 and small group academic support to students.  Academic support includes, but is not limited to, executive functioning skills, writing, reading comprehension, and math.

Since 1915, Shady Hill, a school of approximately 520 students (PreK - 8) and 70 faculty, has been a leader in progressive education. Shady Hill is a deeply mission-driven school.  We seek to develop independent, joyful and curious learners who respect their own accomplishments and those of others. We strive to be a community whose values are strong and whose teachers are unafraid to engage students in important questions. The school’s program allows children to explore their worlds and test their powers.  As a school with a historical and contemporary commitment to social justice, we believe that an inclusive and equitable community is an educational and moral imperative that empowers us all. Therefore, we seek to hire teachers who demonstrate a mindset and skill set that prioritizes cultural competence, equity, and justice in their practice with students and in their work with colleagues.

A hallmark of a Shady Hill education is the Central Subject methodology. Students in Grades III-VIII engage in an assigned Central Subject, an in-depth, integrated study of a particular time or people in history. The year-long study, which emphasizes strong content, the use of primary sources, understanding of multiple perspectives, acquisition of essential skills, and self-discovery, forms the core of our curriculum. Gradeheads (lead teachers) are responsible for developing content and implementing instruction in both social studies/history and language arts, with the support of performing arts and visual arts faculty to integrate these disciplines. 

Shady Hill School is also a teaching training institution.  Its long-standing Teacher Training Center, which brings as many as eighteen apprentice teachers to campus each year, prepares talented people for careers in education and allows each faculty member the opportunity to be a mentor and meaningful contributor to the teaching field.  Because of the school’s commitment to teacher training, the school seeks teachers with certification or a demonstrated interest in working towards certification when hired by Shady Hill School.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Utilizing a flexible push-in, pull-out model, provide direct academic support to middle school students in math and humanities 
  • Partner with the Middle School Director of Learning Resources to interpret results of and implement recommendations from student’s neuropsychological evaluations 
  • Support students by providing observational and/or assessment data about students’ experience and performance in classes and working together to differentiate instruction
  • Maintain close communication with individual classroom teachers and families regarding student progress and supports in place, including parent conferences and team meetings as necessary 
  • Work with students, teachers, and families to develop support plans for school and home and help to ensure continuity between school and home where appropriate 
  • Attend team meetings, as well as required meetings of the faculty and the Learning Resources Department
  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in special education or related field. A master’s degree and certification in special education or a closely related field is strongly preferred. 
  • A minimum of three to five years of experience providing academic support to children at the middle school level is required. 
If invited to campus as finalists, candidates will be expected to teach a demonstration lesson (virtually), interview with appropriate faculty and administrators and respond to a writing and performance evaluation prompt.  Transcripts will also be requested. 
Annual salary for faculty is determined according to a step scale commensurate with experience.  
If invited to campus as finalists, candidates will be expected to teach a demonstration lesson (virtually), interview with appropriate faculty and administrators and respond to a writing and performance evaluation prompt.  Transcripts will also be requested. 
To apply: Please send a pdf including a cover letter and resume to:  Please be sure to include “Middle School Learning Specialist” in the subject line of the email.

For a description of the school, refer to: Shady Hill offers competitive salaries and a generous benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance plans, a school-matched retirement plan and paid time off.
617.520.5260        178 Coolidge Hill    Cambridge MA 02138