Elementary EL/Newcomer Teacher
NORMAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Job Title: ELEMENTARY ENGLISH LEARNER (EL)/NEWCOMER TEACHER
Credentials: Current Oklahoma Certificate or License with endorsements for appropriate level/subject area.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education or related field from college/university recognized by State Board of Education.
Training or Experience required: (site specific)
Site: Jefferson Elementary and Wilson Elementary.
Other sites where Newcomer EL students may be enrolled.
Reports to: Building Administrators/District EL Coordinator
Supervises: Teacher assistants, students, student teachers, and student aides
Job Goal: The EL teacher serves students at assigned site(s) through various instructional models based on student needs and at the discretion of building administration. Models may include but are not limited to pull out, push in and individual instruction.
Communication Skills: A teacher must possess and demonstrate effective communication skills as he/she exchanges information, gives/receives instructions, responds to inquiries, completes forms, prepares correspondence and must write legibly. A teacher must demonstrate knowledge of grammatical structure, spelling, and vocabulary. A teacher must communicate in clear, grammatically correct English.
Contact with Others: A teacher has regular contact with patrons, students and staff; interprets and translates facts and information; explains situations and issues; identifies alternative courses of action; and maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.
Performance Measures: A teacher performs skilled, professional level tasks under limited supervision to provide the appropriate teaching strategies and environment for student learning; develops lesson plans, teaches, evaluates student progress, assigns grades, accomplishes curriculum objectives; meets with parents and staff to enhance each learner's achievement and personal growth; utilizes discretion, ingenuity and independent judgment to meet the challenges of the job. Establishes guidelines/syllabus with appropriate instructional objectives; maintains classroom discipline; encourages learning with effective teaching techniques; promotes the acquisition of skills and knowledge to apply principles, theories and other learning objectives; monitors student progress (grading, feedback, etc.); provides environment to encourage
independent thinking; and demonstrates care for and effectively assists students with special concerns and needs.
Essential Job Functions:
Possesses a broad scope and knowledge of subject matter and is acquainted with recent developments in teaching of the subject; participates in and contributes to curriculum development programs, as required.
Understands and applies the principles of child development as related to physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth.
Understands and uses a variety of strategies to facilitate learning and provides many opportunities for participation by all students.
Creates independent and confident users of English for social and academic settings.
Facilitates the development of English language proficiency in the domains of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Provides support and resources to classroom teachers and other staff.
Provides parent and community outreach.
Serves as a member of the site intervention team as requested.
Keeps on-going and accurate documentation and records for currently enrolled EL students as well as monitored students.
Monitors student progress.
Assists with required testing including identification of appropriate accommodations and administering tests as needed.
Administers the ACCESS 2.0 exam to ELs annually.
Facilitates the Home Language Survey process at assigned sites, including administration of student screenings.
Displays knowledge and understanding of multicultural issues.
Presents trainings to staff in order to support ELs.
Translates lesson plans into learning experiences that effectively utilize the available time for instruction.
Defines objectives, which contribute to attainment of district and site objectives and adjusts for individual and group differences in the formulation of those goals.
Relates objectives, involves all learners, explains directions, adjusts based on monitoring, guides practice, establishes closure, and demonstrates desired skill.
Makes assignments related to objectives and arranges for differentiated assignments to meet the needs and abilities of students.
Evaluates students' academic growth fairly and impartially, utilizing standardized tests, as well as teacher designed assessments. Administers group-standardized tests in accordance with district testing program. Keeps appropriate and accurate records and prepares reports relating to students' progress. Identifies students' needs. Cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems.
Organizes classroom routine to minimize classroom disciplinary problems. Handles all but the most serious classroom disciplinary problems him/herself. Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a positive functional learning atmosphere in the classroom without negatively impacting other classrooms.
Is familiar with, and abides by, all district policies and procedures. Is familiar with and teaches adopted courses of study. Selects and uses appropriate materials to facilitate teaching and learning of the adopted curriculum.
Maintains building, equipment and supplies in the best possible condition and promotes those same attitudes in students.
Establishes rapport with students and provides a pleasant, safe and orderly climate conducive to learning.
Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities. Meets the district requirement for professional development activities.
Supervises students during out of class times in the course of the workday.
Carries out designated share of extracurricular school activities.
Demonstrates professional and ethical attitudes toward the district, the school, employees, and the public.
Demonstrates emotional maturity, initiative and self-reliance. Solves problems. Responds to criticism in a constructive manner.
Develops and maintains open communication. Works cooperatively with administrators, colleagues, students, and parents. Shares ideas, materials, and space. Communicates with parents through conferences and other means to discuss students' progress and interpret the school program.
Demonstrates good judgment in decision making.
Participates in site school improvement planning and faculty committees.
Participates and works on a team with other site educators.
Assists special education students with academic, social and personal needs, as outlined in Individual Education Plans.
Keeps required records in an efficient and legible manner.
Presents a professional appearance appropriate to the teaching assignment.
Performs other related duties as assigned by building and district administrators.
Performs teaching and reporting requirements identified as part of state and federally funded programs.
Physical/Mental Requirements and Working Conditions: Other than those physical/mental requirements included within the essential functions: Must be able to communicate on the telephone. Must be able to physically move from area to area at the site and between sites. Must be able to perform playground, lunch, bus and related duties both indoors and out. Must be able to respond to sick or injured students. Must be able to demonstrate skills essential to the content area.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Contract Length: Returning teachers 182 days
New teachers - 182 days + Induction Week
Work Schedule: 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after school and special events outside the regular workday
Sick Leave: 10 days
Personal Business Leave: 2 days
Teacher Retirement: Paid in full by Norman Public Schools
Evaluation: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with Oklahoma laws and Norman Public School Board of Education policy.