Learning Support Teacher

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Learning Support Teacher


The School at Columbia University is an independent K–8 school founded in 2003 that is affiliated with and administered by Columbia University. At The School at Columbia University, educators work with a dynamic and diverse community drawn equally from the families of University employees and from the local community. The community is dedicated to fostering in students personal resourcefulness and integrity, a sense of social responsibility, and a lifelong appreciation of learning through an innovative, socially and emotionally supportive, and academically challenging program. The pedagogical and curricular philosophies embrace multicultural perspectives, which challenge educators and learners to examine their preconceived notions of race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation. Educators tailor instruction so that the needs of the individual students are met. A committed faculty and administration strive to create a school that will stand as a model for what K–8 education can be and serve as a genuine and enduring partnership between Columbia University and its neighbors.


The Learning Support Teacher will be responsible for:


1.  Collaborating with lead teachers to come up with an appropriate educational plan for children, which could include working with individual children or small groups of children to increase fundamental skills

2.  Conducting and interpreting informal and formal assessments to create individualized learning plans

3.  Conferring regularly with teachers, parents, and colleagues on The Child Study Team

4.  Promoting understanding of the role of successful differentiation in the classroom as well as an understanding of its limitations in the skills growth for any student in a school with an admirably diverse student population

5.  Providing strategies to increase learning for students being delivered by others as well as delivering tutoring or push-in services

6.  Sitting in on parent conferences and planning meetings

7.  Serving as a general resource to the faculty; presenting information to teachers regarding differentiation in their classrooms

8.  Working to ensure academic excellence by fully knowing students and adapting the curriculum to meet needs

9.  Fulfilling duties, responsibilities, and commitments as outlined in the faculty handbook, “Teaching at The School at Columbia”

10. Keeping careful anecdotal and assessment records and using them to contribute to the writing of accurate, comprehensive reports

11. Participating fully in the demanding and rich life of the school


Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants must have:

➢   B.A./B.S. degree or an equivalent degree or educational qualification in education from an accredited college or university

➢   Evidence of expertise in compensatory learning strategies

➢   At least two years of full-time teaching experience in K–8 public or independent schools

➢   Wide-ranging intellectual and educational interests and ability to understand and support an integrated curriculum

➢   Experience working individually with children who have a complex learning profile, both within a functioning classroom and individually in tutorial situations

➢   Experience strategizing techniques in study skills, time management, and organization as well as in curricular areas

➢   Strong skills sets in literacy; mathematics; administering and interpreting assessments; meeting the social and emotional needs of children

➢   Experience and interest in working with the latest technologies

➢   Commitment to equity and justice, including knowledge and skills related to cultural competencies

➢ Strong communication abilities, including speaking and writing


Preferred Qualifications:

➢ Advanced degree or course work in a related field

➢ Experience teaching differentiation strategies to fellow faculty members

➢ Fluency in Spanish


The direct link for this position is https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=66024.


Columbia University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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