HS English as Second Language (ESL)
Las Américas ASPIRA Academy is looking for a highly qualified, motivated individual to work with our population of English Learners. The successful candidate will have excellent people skills, be self-motivated, have demonstrated ability to work well with children and adults. The ideal candidate has experience in and knowledge of recent research in the field of second language acquisition and best practices in EL education, exhibits strong organizational and communication skills (verbal and writing) and sensitivity to the developmental stages of student development.
- Deliver high quality instruction in small group settings in both push-in and pull-out models to identified and unidentified students alike (grades K-8).
- Administer required language proficiency and academic achievement tests for determining placement for students in grades K-8, along with ongoing monitoring of student progress.
- Maintain State of Delaware database of EL and EL-eligible students.
- Assist in developing language acquisition support plans (EL plans) for all EL students and work with classroom teachers to implement plans.
- Work with classroom teachers to support differentiated instruction.
- Assist in developing appropriate curriculum to help EL students acquire the English language.
- Employ a variety of instructional techniques and teaching strategies to meet different aptitudes and interests of students, including whole group (co-teaching)/ small-group or individual learning.
- Assist in compiling and maintaining a profile summary (record of achievement and progress) for each student.
- Assist in gathering and reporting data for reporting requirements and other required reports (to the State, Charter School Board, Dept. of Education, census, grant applications, annual report, etc.).
- Be accountable for students' academic growth and achievement.
- Contribute to a positive, achievement-oriented learning environment.
- Reflect on successes and areas of growth as a teacher, seek to improve performance, and respond to feedback.
- Participate in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and schoolwide functions.
- Communicate regularly with parents regarding their children's academic success.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Knowledge, coursework, and certification in second language acquisition and teaching EL learners.
- Comfort and fluency with elementary and middle school reading and math content, as well as Common Core State Standards in Reading and Mathematics.
- Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English to Speakers of Other Languages or comparable degree.
- Possess or be eligible for a valid State of Delaware Teaching License (for more information on State of Delaware licensure, please visit the website of the Department of Education at: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1510.shtml
- Possess or be eligible for a valid State of Delaware Teaching Certificate - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher (for more information on State of Delaware certification, please visit the website of the Department of Education at: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1562.pdf
- Successful completion of Praxis I and II exams (unless holding an initial teaching license from the State of Delaware).
- Strong instructional skills and classroom management.
- Ability to reflect upon teaching practices and respond to constructive feedback.
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) skills are preferred.