Language Acquisition Specialist to create a Pool for 21-22 SY
Job Title: Language Acquisition Specialist Wage/Hour Status: Exempt
Reports to: Language Acquisition Coordinator & Campus Administrator Pay Grade: TC01/187 days
Dept.: Learning & Teaching 811 Date Revised: March 2020
The primary purpose of the Language Acquisition Specialist is to build transformative capacity as they serve campus faculty and staff in a coaching and mentoring role to understand second language acquisition, implement linguistic supports and methodology, and lead compliance and testing for their EL/SL populations. To provide instructional and compliance support for campus personnel working with newcomer language learners. To empower campus-based faculty to provide students with best-practice instruction resulting in student mastery of language (ELPS) and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In addition, this position will support campus staff in understanding and implementing culturally relevant teaching practice through LISD’s Four Cornerstones.
- Valid Texas elementary teacher certification with ESL or Bilingual endorsement EC-5
- Bachelor’s Degree from accredited university
- Minimum of five years of successful ESL or Bilingual classroom teaching experience
Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors:
- Demonstrates flexibility in adapting to change
- Demonstrates high tolerance for ambiguity throughout the change process
- Shows initiative in seeking solutions to problems
- Initiates and sustains partnerships with campus leaders and the community
- Projects credibility with students, staff, and community
- Leads and participates in re-designing student centered learning environments for ELs
- Adapts to changing deadlines and nature of assignments for EL Support
- Acts as a change agent in making engagement a priority for ELs and as an advocate for ELs and their families, teachers, and programs.
- Deep understanding of second language acquisition and Sheltered Instruction.
- Demonstrates understanding of the literacy needs of ELs, beginner through advanced high levels, in a digital, global and multicultural world.
- Demonstrates expertise in English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Demonstrates innovative and engaging instruction that leads ELs to profound learning and academic linguistic proficiency.
- Implements and models culturally relevant teaching and resources.
- Ability to implement research-based adult professional learning practices.
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of formative assessment practices and implementation
- Effective coaching, problem solving, and conferencing skills
- Commitment to continual learning personally and collectively.
Major Responsibilities and Duties:
- Demonstrate/model innovative, creative lesson desingns that encourage students to take cognitive and linguistic risks.
- Collaborates with teachers to design meaningful linguistic accommodations and language scaffolding to make curriculum comprehensible for Els.
- Assist teachers in understanding their students’ cultures and communities and in communicating with families about student achievement.
- Participate in delivery of small group instruction with teachers as a coaching model.
- Assists the campus in developing and maintaining a systemic approach to LPAC and serving EL students, including initial program enrollment, verification, LPAC minutes, reclassification, and end of year profiles.
- Transform core content classroom practice through continued Sheltered Instruction support, lesson design, mentoring, observations, and coaching.
- Design and implement learning experiences for ELs that aligns with district curriculum, the ELPS, and 21st century skills such as technological proficiency.
- Conduct periodic EL Green Folder audits for accuracy.
- Assist the campuses with offering ESL services to parents who have denied in the past.
- Supervise and assist with EL PEIMS, coding and Skyward input for accuracy.
- Assist with Pre LAS, LAS Links, and ITBS testing and scoring.
- Serve as an advocate for EL students and their teachers.
- Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.
- Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly on a regular basis to a variety of stakeholders.
- Use technology to strengthen the teaching and learning process.
- Lead assigned projects and tasks through the implementation of orgainization skills, backwards calendaring, multi-tasking behahiors, labeling and filing, intentional note-taking, researching answers and follow through on all endeavore.
Professional Growth and Development:
- Participate in professional learning activities for professional growth in job-related skills specific to the areas of second language acquisition and research-based best practices for Els.
- Deliver professional learning that meets student, campus, district and state needs that supports LISD’s Four Cornerstones.
Other Professional Obligations:
- Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
- Assist campuses in state and federal BIL/EL compliance questions and answers.
- Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required by the position for federal and state compliance.
- Attend and participate in LPAC, ARD/LPAC and MTSS meetings for EL students as required to advocate and create opportunities for language learners’ success.
- Work synergistically with other program team members and campus-based staff.
- Demonstrate integrity and professional ethics.
- Maintain punctuality in daily work times, appointments, and meetings.
- Meet task completion deadlines established by the program and campus supervisor.
- Maintain a positive and professional tone in all communications (i.e. e-mail, written, and verbal).
- Present a professional image in grooming and attire in your service as a role model for all campus personnel.
Support the district mission, vision, and strategic goals:
- Assist district and campus administrators in developing a comprehensive English as a Second Language instructional coaching program to improve EL learning and achievement aligned to the TEKS, ELPS, TELPAS, and STAAR.
Maintain emotional control under stress
Occasional prolonged or irregular hours
Frequent standing, stooping, bending, pulling, and pushing.
Move small stacks of books, media equipment, desks, and other classroom equipment.
Constant Hearing, Reaching, Seeing, Speaking, Standing, Walking
Frequent Bending, Pushing, Pulling, Lifting
Detailed information about Salary and Benefits can be found by visiting the LISD Website: https://www.lisd.net/Page/336
Candidates must be in the LAS pool for the 2021-22 school year to contact a principal and be considered.