EL Teacher Specialist - PreK-12

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Who We Are:
Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 serves nearly 17,000 students in preschool through grade 12 and is located halfway between Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. Our District has one early learning center, 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and a high school program divided between two 9 – 12th  grade campuses. The District encompasses portions of Waukegan, Beach Park and Park City.
Why We Do This Work:
The Waukegan Community Unit School District No. 60 has set an ambitious agenda for change, guided by the belief that all children, regardless of circumstances, can achieve at high levels and academic gaps can and will be eliminated with the support of teachers who deliver engaging, relevant, and academically rigorous instruction that excites students and instills a love of learning in them.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The purpose is to improve the instruction of staff and increase the performance of students enrolled within the program. The EL Program Specialist will work with the Director of EL Programs and the EL Coordinator to assist in the smooth daily operation of the Department.  This will include training in curriculum and testing for students for EL staff, assisting in the yearly placement of students into correct programming, ensuring correct certification of EL teaching staff, conducting placement conferences at schools, participating in school and District level committees as necessary, and working with student data and reports that depict student achievement for our program.
The Specialist will be able to assist the Director of EL Services and EL Coordinator in the administrative areas of training, testing, student placement, and data regarding all aspects for the ELL Program.
 Essential Functions:  

  1.  Provide technical assistance to the English Language Learners Program Staff in the areas of curriculum, instructional materials, appropriate assessment, and progress reporting;
  2.  Monitor the placement and exiting of students within the English Language Learner Program under the direction of the EL Director in accordance with the requirements of the approved departmental plan;
  3.  Monitor the placement and exiting of students within the English Language Learner Program under the direction of the EL Director in accordance with the requirements of the approved departmental plan;
  4.  Conduct, in cooperation with the Director, the annual staff development needs assessment to guide the delivery of relevant and timely staff development for departmental staff;
  5.  Interpret assessment data to staff and parents effectively so as to assure that program improvement decisions are data driven in conformity with state and local standards;
  6.  Gather relevant student performance data from teachers and report same in accordance with the requirement of the department plan, OCR requirements, and/or requests of administration;
  7.  Assist in the correct placement of bilingual/EL students in accordance with relevant language performance data as measured by department staff at the elementary, middle school and high school levels;
  8.  Determine and consistently communicate to students and families high expectations for bilingual/EL students;
  9.  Work directly with elementary, middle and high school principals to ensure appropriate scheduling for EL program students;
  10.  Provide guidance and information about EL students to the Assessment Coordinators to ensure compliance with state and local assessment requirements.Assessments include, but are not limited to high stakes testing;
  11.  Work directly with the Manager of Bilingual Student Data and Assessment to gather and analyze data and create reports pertaining to student performance, assessment, etc., as requested by the Director of English Language   Learners;
  12.  Support the coordination of Special Education services in conjunction with EL services;
  13.  Monitor bilingual and ESL teachers to have the proper certificates and are assigned to appropriate classrooms as needed and directed;
  14.  Act as liaison between the EL Department and the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC);
  15.  Work with the District’s professional development coordinator to organize and implement an effective professional development program for all bilingual and EL staff;
  16.  Coordinate and assist with the kindergarten and overall student registration process for bilingual/EL students;
  17.  Supply the Director of EL Programs with a variety of reports required for the smooth operationof the Department;
  18.  Maintain and up-to-date roster of teacher certification and placement and student ACCESS levels and placement;
  19.  Perform such other duties as assigned from time to time by the Director of English Language Learners;
  20.  Maintain a list of building/visits teacher log;
  21.  Identify areas of Professional Developments needs;
  22.  Offer regular Professional Development before and after school as assigned by director;
  23.  Attend meetins as EL Department representative as assigned;
  24.  Serve as EL Specialist in Buildings as assigned;
  25.  Serve as EL Specialist during Special Education/IEP meetings;
  26.  Conduct daily walk-throughs of classrooms to provide feedback for teachers;
  27.  Provide feedback, coaching and modeling of instructional strategies;
  28.  Enter PD in SDS to provide communication to all staff District-wide;
  29.  Creat PD Calendar for EL Services;
  30.  Obtain quotes for materials or contractual services;
  31.  Oversee translation;
  32.  Assist in supervision EL instructional Specialist;
  33.  Administer language assessment exams as needed - ACCESS, MODEL, IPT, and PRE-IPT

The above statements are intended to describe the essential functions and related requirments of persons assigned ot this job. They are not intended as an exhaustive list of job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.

Required Certifications/Licenses:
  •  Master’s Degree within content area or Master’s Degree in Education
  •  Professional Educator License with a Bilingual (Spanish) endorsement required / ESL endorsement preferred;
  •  Five year minimum teaching experience;
  •  Prefer experience as professional development trainer/facilitator.

Formal Education:   A teaching program for standard teaching PreK-12, and further education for Bilingual with preferred ESL approval or endorsement.  Teaching experience is required as well as experience in administration of EL Programming is preferred. 
Experience:  Three or more years’ work experience with Bilingual student populations and administration of EL Programming. Five year minimum teaching experience.  Prefer experience as professional development trainer/facilitator.
Salary Range:  Per Teacher Contract, plus $5,000 stipend

Additional Information:  38 weeks with optional two weeks before teachers return and two weeks after school ends to be decided by EL Director.
Application Deadline:  Candidates must submit an online application by the closing date.

Only online applications will be considered.
Apply: www.wps60.org

Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 offers employment opportunities without regard to age, gender, race, color, national origin,
religion, marital or military/veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, parental status, genetics or disability

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Waukegan Community Unit School District 60

1201 N. Sheridan Road , Waukegan, IL 60085

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Lincoln Center

1201 N. Sheridan Road , Waukegan, IL 60085

Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $13,341

% ELL Students


State Average: 10%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 15.71

% IEP Students


State Average: 15%



State Average: 246