Multilingual English Learner (MEL) Specialist - Secondary School assignment
Multilingual English Learner Specialist Position (Assignment within Secondary Schools*)
The mission of the Multilingual English Learner (MEL) Specialist position in Tooele County School District is to provide support for MEL students in grades 7-12, by serving as a Secondary Schools MEL Specialist with specific responsibility for supporting and improving English Language acquisition services and instructional programs throughout TCSD secondary schools. The Secondary Schools MEL Specialist provides instructional leadership for teachers, school MEL Facilitators, 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 of Multilingual English Learner (MEL) students.
*This position will cover Wendover schools, Blue Peak High (including online school), and other school(s) as determined by the Executive Director over Title III. Additional inquiries concerning the logistics for placement for MEL school services and/or supports can be directed to Stephanie Rowley, Title III Coordinator, email@example.com.
This is achieved through the following roles:
- Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth and ethical standards to advance the mission, goals, and policies of Tooele County School District.
- Works under the direction of the District Title III Coordinator to identify and improve delivery of scientifically research-based English Learner language acquisition program curricula, materials and service models.
- Oversees MEL instructional assistants working in secondary schools. Will assist MEL instructional assistants in creating a schedule, maintaining accurate documentation, training in curriculum and intervention practices, and differentiating the support for MEL students.
- Collaborates with school site MEL Teachers/Facilitators, administrators and other professional staff in order to address MEL program and/or classroom instructional issues for MEL students in grades 7-12.
- Becomes knowledgeable and adheres to WIDA Language Standards, Utah State Title III Plan, and Federal ESSA Title III Law.
- Coaches Secondary School MEL Facilitators/Teachers through coaching cycles, modeling, co-teaching, MEL student shadowing and other collaborative/reflective coaching methods to directly impact English Language Development instructional practices within the classroom.
- Observes classroom instruction and models delivery of English language acquisition instruction within established curriculum and program guidelines.
- Provides information and conducts high quality staff development opportunities in best practices for differentiated and integrated EL instructional strategies.
- Supports the TCSD Parent and Family Engagement Policy (#7003) by coordinating school-based home and family engagement activities and inviting families of MEL students to attend/participate in school meetings and functions.
- Advocates for MEL students. This may include attending meetings pertaining to specific MEL students and coordinating translation options for MEL families when necessary.
- Organizes, conducts, and reports the administration of district and state required MEL assessments for all assigned secondary schools.
- Uses data analysis to track and monitor progress of MEL students in grades 7-12 and supports teachers, assistants, other professionals and administrators in understanding the implications of assessment results upon instruction.
- Participates in monthly district level meetings and conducts professional learning opportunities under the direction of the Title III Coordinator.
- Consults with school site MEL facilitators 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 MEL facilitator(s) and administrators for the purpose of developing and providing MEL 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 Qualification Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
KNOWLEDGE is required to perform 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.
Experience: Job related experience is required. Needs to have a minimum of 5 years of successful teaching experience.
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 willing to attain within 2 years).
Certificates and Licenses:
- Current Utah Teaching Certification with a Level 2/3 Teaching License
- Out-of-state teaching license equivalent to Level 2/3
Full Time, 187 days paid over 12 months
Certified Salary Schedule
8 days sick leave and 4 days personal leave per fiscal year