JobID 4883 : English Learner (EL) Specialist-Position Shared with Multiple Elementary Schools (#2066638)
The mission of the English Learner (EL) Specialist position in Tooele County School District is to provide support to the instructional processes for students in grades K-6, with specific responsibility for supporting and improving English Language acquisition services and instructional programs throughout TCSD elementary schools. The English Learner (EL) Specialist provides instructional leadership for teachers or other professionals and administrators by training, planning, collaborating, organizing, and mentoring to establish effective, explicit and systematic language instructional programs to increase the English proficiency and academic progress of English Learner (EL) students. EL Specialists play a key role in communication and school to home engagement with EL families.
This is achieved through the following roles:
- Demonstrating a commitment to professional growth and ethical standards to advance the mission, goals, and policies of Tooele County School District.
- Becoming knowledgeable and adhering to WIDA Language Standards, Utah State Title III Plan, and Federal ESSA Title III Law.
- Coaching K-6 teachers through coaching cycles, modeling, co-teaching, and other collaborative/reflective coaching methods to directly impact English Language Development instructional practices within the classroom.
- Observing classroom instruction and modeling delivery of group and individual student instruction within established curriculum and program guidelines.
- Collaborating with K- 6 teachers, other professional staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues or student progress for EL students in grades K-6.
- Providing information and high-quality staff development opportunities in best practices for differentiated and integrated EL instructional strategies.
- Supporting the TCSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy (#7000) by coordinating school-based home and family engagement activities and inviting families of EL students to attend/participate in school meetings and functions.
- Advocating for EL students. This includes attending meetings pertaining to specific EL students, communicating with EL families to encourage home-school engagement, checking-in frequently with EL students to monitor academic progress, and coordinating translation options for EL families when necessary.
- Organizing, conducting, and reporting the administration of district and state required EL assessments.
- Using data analysis and EL Shadowing data to track and monitor progress of EL students in grades K-6 and supporting teachers, assistants, other professionals and administrators in understanding the implications of assessment results upon instruction.
- Overseeing EL instructional assistants working in grades K-6. Will assist EL instructional assistants in differentiating the support for EL students and supporting EL family and school communication efforts.
- Participates in monthly district level meetings and conducts professional learning opportunities under the direction of the district Title III Supervisor.
- Consults with other school site EL coordinators, specialists, and administrators for the purpose of providing an effective English language acquisition program; ensuring appropriate student identification, placement, services and accommodations occur and are properly recorded and reported.
- Consults with school site EL coordinators, specialists, and administrators for the purpose of developing and providing EL parental engagement activities.
- Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (e.g. other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or direction.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying assessment instruments; data results analysis, operating standard office equipment including using pertinent software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records.
KNOWLEDGE - Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: appropriate codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; age appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; best practices in ESL instructional strategies; and behavioral management strategies.
ABILITY is required to schedule activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; Conduct professional learning opportunities; and use job related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment present. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; maintaining confidentiality; exhibiting tact and patience; and working flexible hours.
Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other persons within a small work unit; tracking assessment administration. Utilization of resources from other work units is often required to perform the job's functions.
Work Environment: Works in standard office and school building environments. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment.
Experience: Job-related experience is required. A minimum of 3 years successful teaching experience is required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in job-related area from an accredited college or university. Master’s degree in related area preferred. ESL endorsement required (or be willing to attain within 2 years).
Certificates and Licenses:
Current Utah Teaching Certification with a Level 2 Teaching License
Out-of-state teaching license equivalent to Level 2
Full Time, 187 days, paid over 12 months
Certified Salary Schedule
8 days sick leave and 4 days personal leave per fiscal year.