Westwood - Massachusetts (MA), 02090
Westwood Public Schools
Estimated salary $2,339 a month
METCO Academic Liaison, Thurston Middle School
Compensation will be based on 183 day year
Hours: 7:15 am - 3:30 Monday- Friday
The Westwood Public Schools is seeking a METCO Academic Liaison to support the transition of
middle school students into the METCO program. The Academic Liaison will work directly with
the METCO Director to form and maintain positive relationships with students and their families and collaborate closely with Westwood faculty. The METCO Academic Liaison position requires communication, collaboration and integration with Boston resident students, their families, Thurston Middle School administrators, faculty and staff. This is a dynamic job that entails; being an advocate for students enrolled at Thurston through the METCO Program, providing direct services to students to ensure their social, emotional and academic success, and helping to develop and provide a rich program for students and the middle school. Under the direction of the METCO Director, the METCO Academic Liaison will provide social emotional and academic support in order to empower each student to achieve their highest potential. In
addition, the person in this position will foster a positive relationship with students, their
families and the Westwood faculty.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
It is vital that the METCO Middle School Academic Liaison renders support to all METCO
students whenever needed in and out of the classroom by working with Westwood Public
Schools to facilitate and support parent cooperation alongside providing information about
school activities and community resources and helping to increase sensitivity to and
understanding of the METCO Program and Boston resident student's individual and collective experience.
Direct Services to Students
- Meets with students individually and in small groups to establish and monitor goals related to
to students in the classroom when needed.
- Teach and develop study skills and successful student study habits.
- Help to Identify barriers to academic achievement and collaborate with faculty, students and
Student and Family Advocate
- Serves as a Liaison between Boston students, their families and faculty, attending school-
based and regular staff meetings, as appropriate or as needed In addition
evening meetings in support of the METCO Program.
- Collaborate with faculty to monitor the academic progress of students. Work closely with
strategize ways to maintain and improve student performance.
- Under the direction of the METCO Director, assist in IEP/504/CST conversations and actively
- Participate in appropriate professional development offerings to keep abreast district
- Work with the METCO Director to develop, manage, and staff after-school programs to meet
- Collaborate with school administrators and faculty to provide group activities, family events,
- Collaborate in order to develop and implement a during school program that supports
- Check -in with the METCO Director on a regular basis regarding programmatic, parental and
student communications, student academics and social - emotional
- Demonstrates caring and concern for all students.
- Communicates clearly and asks for assistance when needed.
- Able to problem solve challenging situations with support from teacher and other staff.
- Ongoing professional demeanor in all aspects of communication and work with others.
Work takes place in a fast paced school environment including offices, auditorium, gym, lunchroom and recess/hallways.
- Requires sufficient vision to read printed documents and view detail on a computer screen.
- Requires frequent standing, walking, sitting, bending, and reaching as well as carrying and occasionally lifting up to 30 lbs.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Westwood Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.