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Fifth Grade Learning Specialist
Ethical Culture Fieldston School
New Yok, New York
Date Posted: 4/29/2022
Job ID: 65211
Position/Title: Fifth Grade Learning Specialist
Employer: Ethical Culture Fieldston School
Category / Heading #1: Teaching  Early Childhood/Elementary Ed. - Grade 5
Category / Heading #2: Teaching  Learning/Reading Specialist - Lower School
Category / Heading #3:  
Status: FullTime
Job Description/Responsibilities:

Who we are?

Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a progressive PreK-12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A co-ed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses -- one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan. Ethical Culture School, located on the Upper West Side at 63rd Street and Central Park West, is comprised of approximately 450 students Pre-K through 5th Grade and 80 faculty members.

What is essential about working at our school?

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School has a long history of equity and inclusion deeply rooted in our mission and the educational philosophy of our founder, Felix Adler. We embrace diversity of ancestry, family, identity, culture, and beliefs and seek a student body and faculty that reflect the pluralism and socio-economic diversity of metropolitan New York. We affirm both our differences and commonalities and strive to balance individuality and community. In keeping with our progressive tradition, we are dedicated to increasing our students’ cultural literacy to help them understand multiple perspectives and see the world beyond the self. 

We expect members of our community to engage in open dialogue about living and learning in a diverse environment inside and outside the classroom. We see this work, with its creative tensions, as a catalyst for individual and collective growth. On a daily basis, we are committed to making this vision of a democratic, pluralistic, and progressive school a reality. 


Position Summary

The Learning Specialist is a member of the Language and Learning Team, which supports the work of the classroom teachers by helping students who experience difficulties in literacy and executive functioning skills


  • Assessment:

    • Assist teachers in administration, scoring, and analysis of reading and writing assessments

    • Identify students in need of individualized, ongoing support

    • Identify the specific areas in need of development that will support classroom instruction

  • Intervention:

    • Push-in: supporting students during whole class lessons and small groups; occasionally co-teaching specific strategies based on the needs of students

    • Providing and/or creating checklists, graphic organizers, checklists, etc. specific to lessons and each child’s learning needs

    • Leading and planning after-school tutoring support for 5th-grade students

  • Consultation:

  • Attend Grade Level and Team meetings for L&L and Social Studies to be familiar with the curriculum, texts, and assignments.

  • Attend weekly 1:1 lesson planning meetings with 5th-grade teachers to offer assistance in modifying, differentiating, and organizing instruction and assignments to reflect the appropriate developmental level of the students 

  • Provide teachers with updates on student progress with written notes to be incorporated in student reports

Minimum Degree: MA
Certification Required: No
Minimum Experience: 5-7 Years

  • Master’s degree in Reading, Special Education or related fields preferred

  • A minimum of five years experience with reading and writing instruction/remediation in an  elementary school setting

  • Experience working with learning differences (dyslexia, ADHD etc.) and differentiated curriculum

  • Experience in administering and analyzing benchmark and standardized assessments of reading and writing assessments


ECFS is an equal opportunity employer. Our goal is to be a diverse community of professionals that broadly reflects the people of the metropolitan New York City area, our students, and families. We aim to align our hiring process with our mission and institutional goals. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion or religious practices, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national origin, age, ability status, military status, unemployment status or any other category protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. ECFS takes affirmative action in support of its policy to employ and advance all qualified candidates.

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