Teacher Specialist - English Language Acquisition
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Serves as a strategic member of the team. Provides direct support and assistance to schools in order to accelerate eliminating the achievement gap for English Language Learners. Through the lens of structure, culture, and leadership, the teacher specialist will support the coordinator with curriculum and assessment development, innovative approaches to engage students, while providing training to ESOL teachers and other school-based and central office personnel.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Assists the coordinator by communicating and implementing the major action steps designed to accelerate the learning of all ESOL students at each grade level.
2. Designs e-curriculum resources for ESOL teachers through an online curriculum management delivery system to support teachers in engaging English Language Learners in literacy and academic content.
3. Assists teachers and administrators in implementing an effective English Language Acquisition program by modeling collaborative and instructional planning, establishing quality learning environments, providing instructional delivery with pre- and post-discussion/analysis, assessment development, protocols, and effective grading practices and analysis of student work and student performance data.
4. Visits schools to observe teaching methods, provides feedback and assists in curriculum implementation and program planning.
5. Supports secondary schools with meeting the diverse needs of new students through innovative program designs.
6. Supports the coordinator with researching, evaluating, and selecting support materials, multimedia resources and equipment and developing activities and programs for students to learn English.
7. Designs and facilitates professional development in innovative pedagogies and methodologies with a focus on learner-centered approaches to language learning.
8. Constructs and delivers face-to-face and online professional development for ESOL teachers on integrated reading and literacy.
9. Collaborates with multiple curriculum offices to infuse project-based learning strategies across the ESOL curriculum.
10. Works with schools to engage students in multimedia language learning labs.
11. Supports the division's elementary network support model by training instructional coaches on English language acquisition to support their ability to build teacher capacity.
12. Collaborates with the division's elementary network teams and multiple central office services to design integrated strategies to target individual school needs including the social and emotional development of ESOL students.
13. Assists schools and classroom teachers with administering federal and state accountability assessments.
14. Plans with schools to implement extended day and year programs (such as summer programs) to maintain and accelerate language acquisition.
15. Assists the Coordinator with developing, supporting, and maintaining the implementation of dual language programs.
16. 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 preferred.
· Five (5) years of successful teaching experience in second language acquisition.
· Experience providing professional development to adult learners.
· Experience leading school-based staff.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Advanced knowledge of language acquisition and the teaching of limited-English students, newcomer programs, innovative curriculum approaches, and professional development strategies to reach the adult learner.
· Experience with language immersion models preferred.
· Knowledge of current trends and research in eliminating the achievement gap, data analysis, instructional pedagogy, assessment, building teacher capacity, leadership, and professional development delivery options.
· Excellent organization, written and oral communication skills.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse populations (students, parents, school system staff and the community).
· Employs technology in instruction and professional development such as document cameras, presenters, and SmartBoards, etc.
· Demonstrated proficiency with business technology applications (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite-Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or PowerPoint preferred).
· Hold or be eligible for a Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate in ESOL
· 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.