Coordinator - English Acquisition
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
An enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate member of the division of Curriculum and Instruction leadership team. Well versed in the integration of technology, statistics and data analysis who understands appreciates Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade student growth. Masterful curriculum and assessment developer capable of infusing rigorous content and practice standards into every grade. Coordinates, supervises and plans the implementation and evaluation of the countywide grades K - 12 ELL program to improve teaching and learning. Aligns Academic and Strategic Initiatives to all AACPS systemic goals and collaborates with multiple curriculum offices to integrate a balanced approach to English Language Acquisition. Responsible for the administration of the Newcomer Center to provide education and career planning to ELL 17 years old and over.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Conducts strategic planning and the development of all innovative ELL programs and curriculum materials intended for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade; serves on or chairs committees to review, modify, develop and/or evaluate instructional programs and resources.
2. Demonstrates effective teaching pedagogy and techniques; demonstrates multicultural diversity practices.
3. Maintains a deep understanding of WIDA and the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards in order to infuse them into all components of the English Acquisition program development.
4. Visit schools to observe and evaluate teaching methods, counsels and assists in curricular related issues, program planning and implementation.
5. Partners with colleagues to provide leadership and professional development for the division's resource staff to assist them with innovative approaches for English Language instruction support.
6. Plans and conducts professional development focusing on increasing the instructional capacity for language acquisition programs; counsels new personnel or interns as needed.
7. Conducts ELL program observations, evaluates instructional delivery and develops improvement plans to improve academic achievement.
8. Interprets current research in the area of English Language Acquisition and makes it available to the professional staff.
9. Assists with the development of formative and summative assessments for ELLs that align with the WIDA framework and Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.
10. Analyzes data to make informed decisions regarding the alignment of curriculum to assessment and to identify needs for further professional learning.
11. Understand the progression of standards to ensure assessment coherence.
12. Collaborates with ISSO to oversee the screening and placement of newcomers.
13. Prepares E curriculum and resources for ELL teachers in order to support engaging language instruction and literacy in content areas.
14. Develops course descriptions for new and existing ELL course offerings. Collaborates with the Office of Specialized Instruction and World, Classical Languages to assist in developing course materials, summer course materials and extended school year.
15. Coordinates the articulation of WIDA performance standards and ACCESS standards between grade levels and school levels.
16. Supervises and evaluates the performance of resource and teacher specialists in relation to providing support to schools, curriculum and assessment writing, professional development, selecting materials for instruction, and other duties as assigned.
17. Keeps current in effective instructional pedagogy, best practices and research for ELLs; maintains contact with and participates in professional organizations and educational agencies.
18. Coordinates and assists other content areas with curriculum and pedagogy adjustments for ELL students.
19. Coordinates activities of related county, state or federal entities with other program or subject areas.
20. Serves as a liaison with the Maryland State Department of Education and other educational agencies, employer associations, unions, community groups, post-secondary and other organizations.
21. Assist parents with strategies to assist students with enhancing language acquisition. Participates in and directs student participation in co-curricular programs.
22. Collaborates with the division teams and central office staff to support targeted schools with integrated needs.
23. Works to maintain strong community partnerships and resources to promote ELL students and programs.
24. Assist in developing plans for new and modified facilities.
25. Responsible for specific budget; prepares required reports; analyzes budget requests; researches and prepares grant applications and recommends allocation of grant funds according to need; prepares requests for state and federal program approval and funding; maintain files, records, and/or expenditure controls.
26. Knowledgeable and skillful in the use of various technology application and devices.
27. Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Language Acquisition/Instruction or English as a Second Language.
· Five (5) years of successful teaching experience in second language acquisition.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Advanced knowledge of language acquisition and the teaching of limited-English students, new comer programs, innovative curriculum approaches, and professional development strategies to reach the adult learner.
· Experience with developing language immersion models.
· Strong leadership and management skills.
· Excellent organization and planning skills.
· Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
· Knowledge of materials of field specialization.
· Knowledge of current trends and research in eliminating the achievement gaps, data analysis, instructional pedagogy, assessment, building teacher capacity, and professional development delivery options.
· Ability to develop curriculum and assessments.
· Ability to provide leadership and to supervise the work of others.
· Knowledge of school organization, administration, and supervision.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively work with diverse populations.
· Ability to effectively communicate with diverse communities and develop outreach strategies to encourage parental involvement in student learning.
· Ability to create a positive environment that values, respects and leverages all employee talents while providing fair advancement for all employees.
· Knowledgeable of research based strategies to eliminate the achievement gap.
· Familiarity or experience with the electronic leave reporting/substitute system, electronic grade reporting, electronic teacher/parent communication tool, and ability to use instructional technology hardware.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business technology applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or PowerPoint preferred).
· Hold a professional certificate as a teacher of ESOL or related field or equivalent teaching experience.
· Hold or eligible for a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate in ESOL.
· Hold or be eligible to hold a certificate as an administrator as required by Maryland State Board of Education Bylaws.
· Possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license and have daily access to a car.
Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.