Director of Student Learning (Grades K-8) and Coordinator of Gifted Programming
New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA

New Roads School provides an inspired college preparatory program from which an authentically diverse student population, mirroring the rich diversity of Los Angeles, develops a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.




Reporting directly to the K-12 Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Pedagogy and working closely with the Director of Student Learning (9-12), the Director of Student Learning (K-8) and Coordinator of Gifted Programming ensures that New Roads develops the capacity of its faculty to serve a range of learners, fostering an environment that promotes the recognition, appreciation, and encouragement of each persons full and unique human potential, and provides specific strategies and supports to enable each student to actualize their full potential. The Director of Student Learning (K-8) and Coordinator of Gifted Programming will develop the capacity of teachers to employ pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum that meet the needs of cognitively gifted students, offer specific programming for parents of gifted children, develop an individualized education profile for each student, support teachers with accomodations for these students, monitor the progress of these students, and, if necessary, recommend interventions for these students .



Student Learning

  • Collaborate with administration regarding various discussions and decisions related to students and families
  • Work closely with administration to implement school policies and strategies for support.
  • Attend all student support meetings and implement specific support strategies
  • Attend departmental and faculty meetings
  • Execute student accommodations/minor adjustments, including on standardized tests (College Board, ACT, SAT, etc.).
  • Prepare and administer campus testing ACT Aspire
  • Additional duties, such as student advising and chaperoning events, as needed
  • Scheduling meetings with all incoming families who have documented learning needs, including those identified as gifted, on file, as well as annual meetings with faculty to assist in transitioning students from one year to the next
  • Collaborate with teachers, administration, parents, staff and external professionals regarding assessing and identifying students in need, including those identified as gifted, subsequent referrals, observations, drafting/expanding upon student plans
  • Collaborate with teachers to identify and help implement effective strategies within the classroom to support all students
  • Coach teachers in using differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners
  • Regularly follow-up with teachers to monitor effectiveness of accommodations/minor adjustments implemented and/or provide new strategies
  • Maintain a list of outside support specialists including tutors, educational therapists, psychologists/psychiatrists, and provide information to families as needed
  • Coordinate the use of external tutors, learning specialists, educational therapists, and other resources
  • Work as the liaison between school and any additional service providers
  • Review standardized testing data to frame conversations about curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.

Gifted Programming

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of policies, procedures and plans for identified gifted and talented students and their families
  • Collaborate with the K-12 Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Pedagogy to ensure sufficient differentiation of the curriculum to meet the needs of the gifted of curriculum
  • Assist administration in the planning of assessment, testing, identification,, placement and guidance of gifted children
  • Provide consultation on curriculum development, teaching strategies and appropriate materials to develop the capacity of faculty to meet the needs of gifted students
  • Assist teachers in developing students curriculum plan,
  • Identify and educate on the characteristics, educational, and social-emotional needs of gifted children
  • Provide information on current research, workshops, study groups, conferences and courses in gifted education for faculty and administration
  • Communicate with parents of students identified for gifted services and be available for conferences
  • Monitor the implementation of accommodations for the gifted and their progress.
  • Lead and coordinate interventions to support gifted students, if necessary.
  • Maintain required, accurate and complete records
  • Assist administration in evaluating, on a continuing basis, the strengths and opportunities for improvement of services for gifted children
  • Attend professional growth seminars, workshops and conferences to keep current on relevant issues and trends regarding gifted education




  • Masters degree or Ph.D. in psychology or educational psychology required
  • Minimum of 3+ years experience
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Extensive knowledge of learning differences and education of the gifted
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Commitment and respect for diversity
  • Understanding of and commitment to the school mission and goals
  • Understanding of and commitment to motivating students in ways appropriate to their diverse backgrounds and learning styles.
  • Commitment to increasing knowledge of best practices and current research
  • Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specification of the position
  • A sense of humor, warmth of personality, and energy
  • Flexibility

How to Apply: Interested candidates should complete online application and attach cover letter, describing your educational philosophy and how your experience and skills will contribute to the position, along with your resume.