Dates: 9 months per year (present - May 2022; typically, September - May)
Hours: 8 hours per week (average)
Compensation: $10,000 per 9 months
Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Hillary Pinsker Engler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About our Community:
Temple HBT, a down-to-earth, social justice-y, economically and racially diverse Reconstructionist synagogue in the city of Boston, is looking for someone to better support the needs of diverse learners in our synagogue school and holiday programs. The Inclusion Coordinator (IC) will be supervised by the Education Director (ED) and collaborate with administration, teachers, and families to support students (and teachers) with special needs in the HBT Religious School (Chaverim). Chaverim serves 50 students, and approximately 12 have identified special needs such as: ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, ASD, mental health, developmental and/or other behavior-related concerns. The IC will be an active presence at school hours (Sundays 9:45am-12:15pm, Wednesdays 4:30-6pm) and will plan and meet with staff and parents outside of school hours. Nonschool hours are flexible.
About our Religious School:
Chaverim families belong to a warm, inclusive community, with shared Jewish values and a commitment to bringing greater kedusha/holiness and tzedek/justice into the world. Through meaningful, relevant learning and practice, students gain facility and familiarity with Jewish texts, prayers, and traditions, and are also encouraged to “wrestle with God” in their own ways. Our goal in Chaverim is for students to become thoughtful, engaged, and grounded young adults who have a foundational Jewish literacy, feel at home in (and contribute to) the HBT community, and are prepared to learn and grow on their lifelong Jewish journeys.
Pre-K/K students meet twice a month on Sunday mornings. Students in 1st-7th meet every Sunday morning, and 3rd-6th graders meet Wednesday afternoons as well. Most classes are mixed-grade, with 5-14 students per class.
Responsibilities of Inclusion Coordinator:
1. Student Support
a. Conduct intake interviews with all parents of students with special needs
b. Create or update a learning plan for each student to share with parents, teachers, and ED
c. Communicate regularly with parents, teachers, and ED to adjust/implement learning plan
2. Teacher & Madrich/Teen Aide Support:
a. Observe classes and make recommendations to teachers about accommodations or modifications for individuals and the class
b. Meet with teachers to address specific challenges and strategies for supporting students, such as differentiated instruction, classroom management, responding to behavioral challenges, and more
c. Train teachers and teen aides in strategies to support students with special needs
3. Services & Specials Support:
a. For Shacharit, Ma’ariv, B’reirot, and Kulanu Yachad (regularly scheduled school/community services and electives) support students with special needs by anticipating students’ challenges and needs, identifying goals for students, and planning and implementing ways for students to participate. This may include directly supporting students at these events or planning for other staff/volunteers to do so.
b. Assist with establishing a Sensory Room where students needing a break during Chaverim or religious services can visit
c. Assist with creating inclusion tools to post on website and provide in the synagogue
d. Help those planning other community-wide programs (HBT retreat, High Holy Day services, etc) anticipate and meet the needs of students with special needs to facilitate students’ participation in non-Chaverim HBT activities/events
4. Inclusion Liaison between HBT and Local Resources
a. Serve as point of contact/coordinator for families participating in Gateways programs
b. Attend monthly Gateways Community of Practice sessions and other professional development around religious school inclusion
c. Help connect families and HBT with available resources, grants, etc for supporting the inclusion of students with special needs
• Background and experience in inclusion/supporting students with special needs
• Familiarity with Hebrew reading/writing preferred
• Commitment to supporting diverse learners in a warm, diverse environment where community-building and spiritual/social development are as important as “academics”
• Enthusiasm about supporting the work of our Reconstructionist Jewish religious school (open to applicants who are not Jewish)
• Ability to work well with students, parents, and teachers and be flexible
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree Preferred and 0-2 years of experience.