English Language Acquisition - Spanish Paraprofessional (ELA-S) (2019-2020) [Immediate Start] (#1916743)
English Language Acquisition - Spanish Paraprofessional (ELA-S)
DSST Public Schools (DSST) seeks an English Language Acquisition Paraprofessional (ELA-S Spanish) to join one of the leading charter school organizations in Colorado. DSST Public Schools’ mission is to transform urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century.
Overview of Position: The English Language Acquisition Paraprofessional (ELA-S, Spanish) supports teachers by providing curriculum-based English language acquisition educational support to English language learner (ELL) students in designated subject areas. This role communicates and coordinates with students and parents (oral and written) about routine issues using the student’s first language of Spanish. The ELA-S Paraprofessional assists with computer-led instruction, student assessment, and lesson preparation (as it relates to making teachers’ lessons more accessible to English language learners whose first language is Spanish). During a lesson, the ELA-S paraprofessional usually circulates throughout the room and conferences with individual students, helping targeted students with their work and re-explaining concepts in English and Spanish if necessary. From time to time, the paraprofessional may work with small groups of students.
Skills and Competencies: You are mission-driven to improve educational experiences and outcomes for ALL students. You’re eager to learn the inner workings of a rapidly growing charter school network and love operating in an all-hands-on deck work environment You welcome and give honest feedback for continuous improvement You manage day to day tasks while also taking the time to understand the process behind what you’re doing and finding ways to streamline your work Serve as a recruiter for new students; actively engage prospective families in an effort to draw more students to choose your school; be willing to take on additional tasks to support recruitment, as needed
Commitments: Commitment to Equity We believe that if we actively commit to equitable and inclusive practices aligned to our mission and values, our students and staff will achieve at high levels. Commitment to Continuous Growth We believe that if we foster our own growth mindsets, our students and staff will develop a commitment to continuous improvement and thus maximize their potential. Commitment to Healthy Team We believe that if we commit to modeling and fostering healthy teams, our students and staff will achieve a collective success that surpasses that of the individuals Drives to Results We believe if we strategically develop systems and people with a driven sense of urgency and focus on results, our students and staff will achieve ambitious goal
Job Requirements: DSST Public Schools seeks candidates with strong character, a passion for excellence and a relentless commitment to student achievement. Language Proficiency Must be able to communicate in Spanish, both orally and in writing. ELA paraprofessionals are required to complete a Spanish proficiency exam hosted by Berlitz. The test has two parts (speaking, reading) and the cost of this test is $70. This cost is eligible for reimbursement if the candidate is hired and becomes an active, working DSST Employee. For more information, visit https://corporate.berlitz.us/dps-paraprofessional/ Education Requirements Copy of official/unofficial transcript(s) verifying at least 48 semester hours, Associate’s, or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. You do not need a course-by-course, just a basic evaluation. Visit www.naces.org for approved service members). OR Copy of high school diploma or GED and proof of passing the TABE D Adult Education Test for Reading and Math. Scores of 9.0 or higher in Reading and Math for 6th-8th positions or 12.7 or higher in Reading and Math for 9th-12th positions are required. OR Copy of high school diploma or GED and proof of passing the WorkKeys exam in reading for information and applied mathematics. A score of 4 or higher in both sections is required. Testing Information for TABE D: - Testing is available at the Emily Griffith Testing Center for $15.00 - 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203 - 6th Floor - Testing is available by walk-in during the following hours (offices are closed most holidays - check the hours on their website before visiting) http://www.emilygriffith.edu/testing-center - Monday - Wednesday: 8AM - 4PM - Thursday: 8AM - 1PM - Friday: 8AM - 10AM
Preferred Qualifications: Prior success in supporting students with language acquisition needs or special needs in a public school setting Classification: Exempt Reports to: School leadership
Compensation and Benefits: DSST Public Schools is committed to providing our staff with benefit offerings that empower each of our employees to make the choices that best meet their individualized and personal needs while also keeping cost in mind.
DSST Benefit highlights include: Medical Plans offered through Kaiser $0 employee cost option! Annual Health Savings account (HSA) gift from DSST Public Schools 2 Dental Plans options offered through Principal Dental Group and Vision through VSP Employee Assistance and Counseling Support 401 (k) retirement plan with 5% annual gift from DSST regardless of personal contribution FMLA effective immediately (6 weeks paid, 6 weeks unpaid) Access to additional discounts through our benefit partners exclusively for DSST staff *Candidates placed in Aurora Science & Tech. will be eligible for a PERA Retirement Plan
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. This position is active and may require standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and crouching throughout the day. The employee must lift and/or move items up to 30 pounds. The employee must have sufficient hand, arm, and finger dexterity to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. DSST Public Schools proudly values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. Denver School of Science and Technology does not exclude participation in, deny benefits to or discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. (Protected Classes). DSST Public Schools does not unlawfully discriminate against a member of a Protected Class in admission or access to, or terms and conditions of employment, or in its programs and activities. DSST Public Schools shall operate as an equal opportunity employer and will provide and safeguard the opportunity for all persons to seek, obtain, hold and advance in employment within the district without discrimination. The District shall actively promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a positive, aggressive, continuing affirmative action program. Further, DSST Public Schools affirms the rights of all Protected Classes to be free from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm and/or harassment. DSST Public Schools shall inform students, parents, employees and the general public each school year that the educational programs, activities and employment opportunities offered by the district are offered without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. The announcement shall also include the name/title, address and telephone number of the person designated to coordinate Title IX and Section 504 and ADA compliance activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the School's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact the Assistant Superintendent or Human Resources.