LaRue County Schools has created a new job to address two areas of increasing importance in all students’ lives. The position, Transition Readiness/Social-Emotional Learning Specialist, was approved by the board of education and posted in late March. School officials expect to hire the new classified staff member after spring break.
“This is extremely important to students,” said superintendent David Raleigh. “Our strategic planning committee’s priorities include the mental health and career readiness of our students, and the Transition Readiness/Social-Emotional Learning Specialist will expand the services we provide in these areas.”
The person selected for the role will assist students as they transition into each new stage of their education and then into adult life. The new hire also will be responsible for the social and emotional wellness of each school. Social and emotional wellness refers to the processes used to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, establish positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
Responsibilities will include, for example, coordinating college and career readiness initiatives and working with community and business partners to establish, expand and monitor work-based learning opportunities for students such as job shadowing and internships. Other duties include providing counseling to address social-emotional needs and collaborating with mental health professionals to provide trauma-informed care to students.
The selected candidate will be highly visible in the community, coordinating with partners in government, business and healthcare, Raleigh noted.
“With this new position, we’re looking forward to providing more to our students and families as well as the LaRue County community,” he said.
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