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Lawrence School is an independent, state-chartered, coeducational day school for students with learning differences and attention deficits in grades K-12. We provide a full academic program including language arts, math, social studies, science, technology, world languages (Spanish and American Sign Language), physical education, music and art. Structured instruction in organization, study skills and social ability helps students succeed both in and out of the classroom.

Further, our teachers are a faculty of learners – working hard to understand the educational needs of each student in their class, as well as continually studying and assessing the inclusive science of learning.

Our mission is to teach students using diverse learning strategies, ignite their potential, and inspire academic, personal and social success.

All licensed educators, they go beyond their specific areas of expertise to become experts in how human beings learn and process information. As part of a professional learning community of practice, they work together –with one another, learning specialists and administrators — to hone their understanding of principles of good practice for students with language, attention and executive skills challenges.

Current Job Openings

Lower School Dean of Students

Position Summary: The Dean of Students shares responsibility for the day to day operation of the Lower School with the Head of Lower School and reports to the Head of Lower School. The Dean knows all students, establishes routines that illustrate the values of respect and caring that support learning. The Dean of Students serves on campus leadership council.

Qualifications

1-3 years experience teaching in a classroom setting. Degree required in School Psychology. 1-3 years administrative experience in a public or private setting preferred. Knowledge of behavioral and social issues as related to students with learning and attention challenges required. Ability to discern and meet the needs of students, teachers and parents required. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work co-operatively as part of the Lower School administrative team.

Essential Tasks

Administrative Functions

  • Develop and review policies related to all aspects of the Lower School program in collaboration with Lower School campus leadership team.
  • Be a visible part of the staff for students, teachers and parents to support the mission of the school.
  • Represent Lawrence School at various community and professional functions. Assume active membership in organizations that support the mission and direction of the school.
  • Conduct formal and informal teacher observations and share with Head of Lower School to discuss areas of strength and/or challenge.
  • Coordinate training of new and returning faculty members before the start of the academic year and at regular intervals throughout the year, pertaining to classroom management, effective teaching strategies, behavioral and social concerns or student profiles.
  • Monitor and address behavior interactions in hallways before and after school, during class changes, restroom break, activity, lunch and during special events.
  • Keep Lower School Head informed of any student issues that are deemed problematic.
  • Make recommendations to the Head of the Lower School for outplacement of students whose behavior jeopardize the integrity of the school program.
  • Oversee Events Calendar and assist Parent Pride Liaison to ensure that parent volunteers are in place and well informed regarding duties needed for each event.
  • Develop a robust social environment for students by adding programming before school, during lunch or activity, or after school that allows for students to connect socially.
  • Coordinate crisis response activities in case of unexpected events or safety threats.
  • Ensure Lawrence Lower School complies with State of Ohio requirements for emergency response guidelines. This includes coordinating safety drills and summarizing each practice of these drills on a safety drill form.

Student Assistance and Support

  • Assist students in resolving social conflicts through discussion, peer mediation, and rehearsed presentations.
  • Support classroom teachers by accepting discipline referrals throughout the academic day. Work students through issues and/or determine disciplinary consequences if needed.
  • Oversee and coordinate discipline situations with transportation agencies.
  • Act as an organizational “coach” for students with organizational/executive function deficits, homework and detention passes.
  • Consistently maintain a positive and informative communication with parents concerning behavioral and social interactions.
  • Ensure individual student accommodation plans are in place and implemented daily. Coordinate closely with teachers and parents in the implementation of this plan.
  • Work with students experiencing mental health concerns in conjunction with consulting doctor. Provide psycho educational support to students in the areas of symptom management and medication information. Co-ordinate with parents and professionals to ensure that needed services are sought and utilized appropriately.
  • Update parents regularly as to the status of their student’s enrollment at Lawrence, particularly in cases of ongoing/worsening behavioral or mental health concerns; ongoing tardiness, excessive absences or anything deemed out of the ordinary.
  • Attend and lead discussions on behalf of individual students during staff meetings
  • Participate in parent conference to support behavioral and social issues where appropriate.
  • Consult with Psychological Consultant to develop student support plans as needed, as well as linking families to the consultant as a resource for families to access behavioral/ mental health services.
  • Develop and monitor school-wide bully-free program and a character education program while at the same time advocating in these areas for special programming for both parents and students to enhance the awareness and understanding of school and social concerns.
  • Update faculty members on trends developing in the student body that may negatively impact the overall function of the school.
  • Report any suspected signs of child abuse to the 696-Kids and to the Lower School Head.

Student Learning Profile Support

  • Review student files and participate in interviews to determine appropriate placement for students expressing interest in Lawrence School
  • Review Psychoeducational Assessments to gain understanding of learning profile to offer insights to teachers to help individual Lawrence students with learning, social or emotional challenges.
  • Coordinate training of faculty to broaden their understanding about variations in learning profiles.
  • Train and support staff member in the appropriate types of support needed to ensure that students can succeed in classes despite behavioral or mental health concerns.
  • Assist, as needed, with proper data collection to ensure effectiveness of school programs, as well as monitor individual student’s response to Lawrence intervention.
  • Coordinate training of faculty to assist in their ability to use and understand various data collection resources.
  • Consistently maintain an effective communication system to share pertinent learning profile information of current 6th graders with future 7th grade Middle School Team to smooth transition.

Employment Conditions

This is a twelve months administrative position with days and hours determined by Head of Lower School and the school's needs. Position includes three weeks of annual vacation to be taken during summer, unless otherwise approved by Head of Lower School, as well as twelve discretionary days. Salary commensurate with experience and education.

Background check/fingerprinting required.

Interested applicants must submit the following in a single Word document: Letter of Interest (including salary requirement), Resume, Educational Philosophy, and a list of three (3) professional references.

Submissions may be sent to Vanessa Diffenbacher: vdiffenbacher@lawrenceschool.org

Deadline for submission is June 22, 2018

Lawrence School welcomes students and employees of all races, colors, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations or ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities available at the school.

Director of Academic Technology and Learning Support

Lawrence Upper School
Full-time, 12 month position

Lawrence School seeks a talented educator to serve in an administrative capacity as Director of Academic Technology and Learning Support. The focus of the position is on providing leadership in the training and implementation of assistive technology tools for 250 students and 35 teachers in a small, independent school designed specifically to serve students with learning differences. One-on-one and small group support for students as they learn to effectively utilize assistive technology tools is the primary focus of the position. The position also includes considerable interface with teachers as they learn and develop their skills in the use of assistive technology to support student learning. Assisting parents, community members and staff in other schools to successfully utilize assistive technology tools is also an aspect of the position. The Director serves on the Academic Leadership Team and is charged with making recommendations for classroom accommodations and interventions that support student learning.

The ideal candidate possesses knowledge and sensitivity to the needs of students who struggle with learning and attention differences. A passion for assisting students in meeting their academic, social and personal goals is essential, as is the ability to connect with parents, community members and staff in other schools toward the goal of making learning accessible to all through the use of assistive technology.

The candidate selected to fill the role must possess a Master’s degree in Assistive Technology or a related field and an Ohio Department of Education license as an Intervention Specialist.

Lawrence School is the only independent school in Northeast Ohio for students with distinct learning styles. Eighty-five percent of our graduates matriculate to two and four-year colleges. The school enjoys excellent support from its parent community, is well regarded in the region and is a pleasant, engaging place to work.

Background check/fingerprinting required. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume including salary requirements and a list of three (3) professional references to:

Mr. Jason M. Culp
Head of Upper School
Lawrence School

Submission via e-mail is required to the following address: jculp@lawrenceschool.org. Deadline for submission is Friday, June 15, 2018.

Lawrence School welcomes students and staff of all races, colors, gender, sexual orientation, handicap, national or ethnic origins and religions to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities made available at the school. Lawrence School does not discriminate in administration of its educational or admission policies, hiring practices, tuition assistance or other school administered programs.

Tutor – Academic Center for Enrichment

Part time (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., OR Saturday, 9 to noon)
12-month position

FLSA: Non-Exempt

A. POSITION SUMMARY: Reports to the Director of the Academic Center for Enrichment. Possesses a deep understanding of instructional materials and methodologies and models best practices in literacy achievement, mathematics instruction and written expression curriculum. Tutor must be capable of designing learning plans for students using diagnostic data that they collect or that are submitted in educational plans and testing from outside sources.

B. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Implements evidence-based instruction for all tutorial sessions and uses diagnostic teaching methods for students with and without learning differences.
  2. Maintains and updates student records and teaching materials.
  3. Participates and collaborates with Director in parent meetings.
  4. Communicates with home and school.

C. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Represents Lawrence School at community and professional functions.
  2. Participates in professional development.
  3. Performs other duties as assigned.

D. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SKILLS REQUIRED:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education.
  2. Proactive, with excellent critical thinking and communication skills.
  3. Strong written, verbal, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  4. Attention to detail/accuracy, timely implementation, and quality performance.
  5. Consistently demonstrates impeccable honesty, integrity, discretion and sound judgment in all interactions.
  6. Meets high professional standards of deportment and dress.

Interested applicants may email their resumes to kgardner@lawrenceschool.org.

Substitute Teachers

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