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Learning Specialist

La Scuola International School seeks an experienced Learning Teacher for grades K-8 for the 2019-20 Academic Year.

La Scuola is San Francisco’s first IB-PYP School and the first Reggio - IB Italian Immersion program in the world. We are currently implementing the IB Middle Years Program as MYP candidate school. La Scuola, founded in San Francisco in 2002 as La Piccola Scuola Italiana, has grown from a small playgroup of Italian-American and Italian families to a thriving International community of over 240 families from preschool through 8th grade (in the 2019-20 school year).

Start Date: August 1, 2019


La Scuola International School will empower every student to maximise his/her unique potential within a friendly, supportive, and inspiring environment. Through innovative education of the highest standard, the school will nurture lifelong learners prepared for the challenges of a changing world.

As a bilingual school, grounded in research and best practices, we value the importance of Italian language in the phonetic development of our young learners.  To this end, the Student Support Team is comprised of experienced educational specialists, counselors and administration who work closely with linguists to ensure we are meeting with each student’s individual needs.


Primary Responsibilities:

Work one-on-one, in pairs, or in small groups with students who have diagnosed learning differences or other diagnoses that impact achievement.

Address reading, math, and/or writing skills based on information from teachers and/or testing.

Develop and/or implement specific curriculum, charts, forms, digital tools and games, or other aids to help assigned students learn classroom material in alternate forms.

Address learning strategies, study skills, developmental issues, executive function systems, social and emotional wellness, and other identified problem areas.

Convey to teachers and parents pertinent educational recommendations made in the psycho-educational reports of individual students.

Other duties as noted by the school.


Position Requirements:

A Master's degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Reading and Literacy, School Psychology, or related field of study

A minimum of 3 years of experience working with adolescents and families; some classroom experience preferred

Sophistication in understanding learning differences and devising appropriate strategies for accommodating them

Certification in Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, and/or Wilson Reading training preferred

Work experience at a charter or private school preferred


Qualifications Required:

Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Special Education.

Certificate in Educational Therapy, Special Education, or similar advanced educational background in learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional disorders is mandatory.

Experience with students with learning differences and ADHD is mandatory.

Four to seven years of experience or training.

Managerial, program development, and leadership experience necessary.

A background in counseling or education.

Patience and a problem-solving approach to issues.

Strong working knowledge of special education: the IEP process, 504s, and ISPs.

Our ideal candidate is an outgoing, well-organized individual who is eager to work in a highly dynamic, energetic school setting.

Candidate must be prepared to teach and tutor material at an elementary and middle school immediately.


Competencies Desired:

Master’s degree, or equivalent, in Special Education.

Deep respect and understanding for teaching and learning.

Knowledge and expertise in educational resources and best practices for secondary students.

Extensive knowledge of mild to moderate disabilities.

Knowledge of designated instructional services (speech and language, occupational therapy etc.)

Creative solutions for struggling learners.

Proactive communication with leadership team and families of students with disabilities.

Desire and skills to collaborate successfully with teams of teachers.

Commitment to constant self-improvement.

Other job related competencies: honesty/integrity, highly organized, follow-through on commitments, persistence, proactivity, calm under pressure, strategic thinking/visioning, creativity/innovation, enthusiasm, listening skills, proactive communication, persuasion.

Other cultural competencies: intelligent, patient, ability to handle a fast paced environment, continuous learner, passionate, engaging, personable, high EQ, collaborative, empathic.


You must be authorized to work in the USA.

Prior to beginning work and as a condition of employment in order to comply with the law, all employees must provide documentation to prove eligibility to work in United States. In addition, the final candidate will need to pass Criminal Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance, a physical exam, and provide recent copy of a negative TB test and other immunization records.

Full-time position receives full benefits, including medical and dental coverage. The school also offers group life insurance, long-term disability insurance and commuter benefits. Other fringe benefits include sick leave, PTO, paid holidays and warm lunch.

Pay will be depend on qualifications and experience.


Non-Discrimination Policy

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at La Scuola will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. La Scuola does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, childbirth or related medical condition, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition, genetic characteristics, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, layoff, promotion, transfer and access to benefits and training.

To be considered for the position, please apply via email to hr@lascuolasf.org with a letter of intent, a resume and a minimum of three references. Grazie!