The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky, is seeking an energetic, dedicated, and student-focused administrator to lead a faculty committed to teaching students in a unique school environment. The Learning Center at The Lexington School is a school within a school for students who have been diagnosed with specific learning difficulties in reading and writing, such as dyslexia. The Learning Center believes children with dyslexia are unique learners with incredible strengths, and the school has created an entire program that meets the needs of each student academically, socially, and emotionally. The school-within-a-school approach provides an inclusive community to support both students and their families. Read more.
The Learning Center is located within the walls of The Lexington School, which is located on the southwest side of Lexington. The Center’s specifically designed classrooms provide a learning experience for 65 students in grades 1-8. The close-knit faculty is comprised of 18 full-time teachers who work exclusively with Learning Center students in a 4:1 student to teacher ratio. Students enter the program after having been enrolled in the traditional program at The Lexington School, in other private or public schools in Kentucky or other states, or in homeschool environments. The Center is considered a transitional program, in that most students attend for an average of three years before reaching academic competence. After such time, students are ready to return to a traditional classroom environment.
The Learning Center Director reports directly to the Head of School and is a member of the school’s administrative team. The Director holds primary responsibility for The Learning Center’s program, its safety and well-being, and the learning of all enrolled students. The Director collaborates with the administrative team and faculty to oversee and manage the annual planning and the day-to-day operations of The Learning Center and Resource Room Support Services. The Director has overall responsibility for monitoring student progress from year to year in the Center’s curriculum. Working hand in hand with the Director of Admission, the Director works to cultivate relationships by meeting with each family that visits the school. In addition, the Director works with the Head of School to hire, support, and retain the best possible faculty for the school.
The Learning Center at The Lexington School offers an exceptional program that realizes transformational results. Along with the day-to-day work, The Learning Center is engaged with an outreach program that offers professional development to area educators and free early reading screenings to students in grades K-3.
Overall Leadership and Communication Skills:
Works collaboratively with faculty and administration to uphold the board-approved mission of the school
Acts as the educational leader of the school division, responsible for its day-to-day operation
Acts as organizer of the division, conducts regular divisional meetings, schedules events, and meets individually with Learning Center faculty members
Maintains the budget for the division
Observes in classrooms to ensure fidelity to the curriculum and the Orton-Gillingham approach
Develops and implements plans for each new academic year in accordance with overall program objectives, which include the entry and onboarding of new students and their families
Reviews and evaluates the academic program of the division, including horizontal and vertical alignment
Serves as a consultant to teachers in matters of classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures
Works closely with and supports the activities of all other school leaders to help ensure their success
Attends events in support of family involvement in the school such as new parent events and Parent Association initiatives
Understands The Learning Center student profile of strengths and weaknesses, appropriate instructional or strategic techniques, services, or program modifications necessary for student success
Stays informed regarding academic, social, and emotional issues that may affect student performance or behavior
Oversees the grading and report of standards and methods used by teachers in measuring student achievement
Oversees duties such as morning/afternoon carline, recess, lunch
Collaborates with outside professionals working with students
Is available to students and their parents to receive feedback about their school experience, problem solve, and advocate for what is needed
Collaborates with the Head of School to hire teachers for openings within the division, evaluates teacher performance, and works collaboratively with the Director of Human Resources on all personnel matters
Keeps the Head of School informed of the general programs, activities, and issues involving the division
Helps plan and reviews professional development opportunities for all Learning Center faculty
Works collaboratively with the Director of Outreach to plan professional development opportunities for faculty and area educators
Works collaboratively with the Summer Program Director to plan and implement a five-week instructional program for students with language-based learning differences
Oversees the operation of the lower and middle school resource rooms
Qualities of the Ideal Candidate
The Learning Center at The Lexington School seeks an educational leader who has a passion for and a desire to work with students who learn differently. This person would be responsible for helping students develop their unique abilities and build skills necessary for transition to a traditional classroom environment.
The candidate should have the following:
A master’s degree in special education or related field
Exceptional organizational, problem solving, and communication skills
Experience in the field of learning differences, including expertise in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling. ALTA, AOGPE, CERI, or IMSLEC certification preferred
Five or more years of experience in education and experience leading school initiatives
The mission of The Lexington School is to provide an education of the highest quality to students in preschool through middle school. In a structured, nurturing environment, The Lexington School seeks to instill integrity, a life-long enthusiasm for learning, and a strong work ethic.