Learning Support Teacher (Elementary & Secondary) -
Position opens in January 2020
American School Hong Kong (ASHK), a non-profit, college preparatory international school located in Tai Po in the New Territories opened in 2016 for students from Kindergarten (age 5) to Grade 6. The middle school division (Grade 7 and 8) was added in 2017. ASHK opened their first high school class with the adoption of a Grade 9 program in 2019.
English is the language of instruction and communication at the school. The US Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards provide the framework for learning. Teachers integrate a ‘STEAM’ program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in the elementary and middle School divisions. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP) will be available for high school students beginning in 2021.
ASHK is operated by Esol Education, a premium international education organization, with 40 years of expertise in establishing and operating international American schools worldwide. Currently, 11,000 students attend Esol’s ten schools across three continents.
Similar to all other Esol schools, ASHK has gained accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and The Middle States Association (MSA).
Learning Support Program at ASHK
ASHK is committed to providing support for students with special educational needs (SEN). As an inclusive school community, we recognize the value of a diverse student body. Students who are mid-level to high functioning in terms of their SEN profile, and are able to access the full range of programs offered at the school are candidates for admission to ASHK.
We anticipate that these students will have been previously identified through teacher and parent referrals. Typically, students will enter the school with an assessment already completed by an educational psychologist and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will have been developed.
For students who did not present as having any particular special education need upon entry into the school, but were identified later after the admissions process was complete and the school year started, the school will initiate an assessment requirement with parents with the expectation that this will be completed in a timely manner so that an IEP can be developed.
The Learning Support team at ASHK currently serve approximately 10% of the total population with either in-class or pull out instructional support. Typically, the SEN students present with one of more of the following:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Social anxiety disorder
Development verbal dyspraxia
Sensory processing disorder
Speech and language impairment
Specific Learning Disabilities
Fine motor delay
The learning support teacher works with students in both a push-in and pull-out model. When the student is withdrawn from his/her regular class, that student will work with the learning support teacher or educational assistant in a dedicated classroom.
Learning Support Teacher Job Description
The Teacher will perform all duties associated with his/her position at such times and places as the School Director and Principal may direct. The School Director and Principal will determine the Teacher’s specific duties through reasonable reference to the School’s needs and the Teacher’s qualifications and experience.
- To support the philosophy and pedagogical approach used by the School and to become thoroughly familiar with the curriculum associated with each teaching assignment;
- To work and plan collaboratively with colleagues in the development of course outlines and curriculum units;
- To shape instruction appropriately so that it effectively motivates, inspires and challenges students;
- To demonstrate variety and flexibility with teaching strategies in order to address individual student needs and learning styles;
- To use a rich array of assessment tools and strategies that are aligned with the curriculum plan and pedagogical approach;
- To evaluate all assessments in a timely manner and to provide constructive oral and/or written feedback to students;
- To maintain detailed and accurate assessment records;
- To prepare progress reports on each student at regular intervals as specified by the Principal;
- To attend and contribute to all scheduled staff meetings and professional development activities;
- To participate in the Orientation Program that precedes the start of the school year;
- To communicate regularly with parents and to prepare for and attend all scheduled parent-teacher conferences;
- To perform supervision duties as assigned by the Principal at places such as the School’s playgrounds, hallways, cafeteria;
- To assume a shared responsibility for pastoral care and the social and emotional welfare of students in the School;
- To develop, organize and lead extra-curricular activities including, but not limited to, those found in the realm of athletics, arts, leadership, service, cultural and clubs, and to provide academic help to his/her students after school as needed.
- To accompany and supervise students on planned overnight educational visits and excursions as needed;
- To participate in or observe activities organized to benefit students, parents and colleagues of the School;
- To provide programs, direct instruction and support to students with learning support needs under the direction of the learning support coordinator;
- To create and manage a caring, engaging, purposeful and stimulating environment which is conducive to children’s learning, and which is regularly reviewed and continually developed;
- To work collaboratively with classroom teachers through observations and strategy development, in order to meet the needs of individual students;
- To communicate, update and consult with staff and parents regarding relevant learning support topics;
- To create Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) and carry out activities/programs based on IEPs;
- To work with the Student Services Team to handle incoming student referrals and facilitate the development of intervention plans for those students
- To support class teachers in the implementation of personalised learning practices;
- To work in partnership with teachers to implement aspects of learning plans for groups of students including leading small group instruction and adapting lessons for individual students under the guidance of their subject teachers;
- To manage groups or individual students ensuring differentiation of learning needs, reflecting all abilities.
- To work to remove barriers to underachievement for all students, particularly those with learning support needs.
- To liaise with outside agencies when appropriate eg. Learning Support Coordinator, Educational Psychologist.
Required and Preferred Qualifications and Experiences:
- Teaching qualification and appropriate certification in learning support or special education
- Previous learning support experience with demonstrated strong organizational, administrative and interpersonal skills
- Experience with Common Core curriculum
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- A positive, caring, community-minded team player with a passion for early childhood
Compensation and Benefits:
American School Hong Kong offers an initial contract term of two years (renewable). The salary and benefits package will be competitive within Asia. Benefits include a gratuity upon successful completion of the contract, housing allowance, relocation allowance, medical insurance, tuition subsidy for dependent children, and a professional development allowance.
Application should be received by December 20, 2019. The following application materials are required:
- Expression of interest
- A current CV with photograph and the contact details of 3 professional referees (at least one from a supervisor at your current school)
- One-page statement of educational philosophy as it pertains to learning support
Include all documents in a single PDF file and forward by email to:
American School Hong Kong