Secondary World Language Instructional Specialist

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Granite School District

Job Title Secondary World Language and Dual Language Instructional Specialist
Department/Location Curriculum & Instruction
Supervisor Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Salary Schedule Teacher Salary Schedule
Lane Placement A-G (based on qualifications)
Contract Length 9 months plus up to 20 days
FLSA Classification Exempt
Special Designations none

The contract for this position begins on 8/5/2024, but a portion of the additional days may be required prior to that date, but after 7/1/2024.  If you have questions regarding this position please contact Sheri Sorensen at (385) 646-7341 or email 
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodations.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, training, education, responsibilities, abilities; the machines, tools and equipment used; background; and any licenses or certifications required.  Regular attendance and timeliness is an essential job function to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Job Summary

The Secondary World Language Instructional Specialist supports the implementation of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) World Language and Dual Language Immersion (DLI) standards in secondary schools in Granite School District.  The specialist is responsible for supporting all world language and DLI teachers in secondary schools regarding curriculum, instruction, assessment and the use of instructional materials and resources as well as providing coaching and professional development.  The position also works closely with the Bridge program at the university level.

Essential Functions
  • Assist in the implementation of high-quality world language and DLI programs within Granite School District
  • Support community outreach activities to increase awareness, understanding, and participation in secondary DLI programs.
  • Maintain strong channels of communication with each secondary school principal, instructional coach and world language/DLI teacher.
  • Establish school-level world language/DLI instructional and program priorities in collaboration with the school principal and/or instructional coach.
  • Provide one-to-one or small group coaching support for world language/DLI teachers in collaboration with the school principal and/or instructional coach.
  • Develop and implement professional learning opportunities for Granite world language/DLI teachers that are aligned to the district/schools’ priorities.
  • Support DLI schools in administering, analyzing, interpreting, and sharing ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) results with district leaders, principals, coaches, teachers, parents, and students.
  • Work with world language teachers in the development and refining of curriculum maps, proficiency scales, and other instructional materials.
  • Coordinate efforts to award the Seal of Biliteracy to Granite students by working in conjunction with school counselors, teachers, and administrators.
  • Work collaboratively with DLI specialists to support elementary and secondary DLI programs.
  • Complete all assigned duties and special assignments in a timely, professional, and satisfactory manner.
 Non-essential Functions

Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Extensive knowledge of effective World Language instruction and the Utah DLI Model.
  • Expertise in implementing effective world language and DLI pedagogy.
  • Understanding of world language Advanced Placement testing and assessment.
  • Understanding of the AAPPL Assessment.
  • Experience with the Proficiency Based Learning model.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Skills in teaching and facilitating the learning of adult learners.
  • Willingness to engage in ongoing professional learning related to student learning and achievement, including content areas that may be outside of the applicant's current skill set.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and individually on assigned tasks.
  • Proficiency in the use of technology and instructional media tools.

Required Education and Qualifications
  • Requires one of the following:
    • a valid Professional Educator License issued by the Utah State Board of Education with the following professional-level credentials:
      • Secondary License Area of Concentration;
      • World Language endorsement; and
      • Dual Immersion endorsement; or
    • an equivalent license in another state or country.
Individuals with an equivalent license must also upload a copy of their American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/Language Testing International (LTI) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) in language of endorsement.  The OPI must have a score of Advanced Mid or higher to be considered.

Required Prior Experience:
  • Minimum of three (3) years of successful experience teaching World Language at the secondary or university level.
  • Dual Language Immersion teaching experience preferred. 

Assigned Decision Making:
  • Not applicable.

Non-supervisory Interaction:
  • Interacts and collaborates with employees, board members, patrons, vendors, administrators and secretaries in schools.
  • Works collaboratively with a diverse group of people.
  • Creates and supports a team-based environment within the department.

Supervisory Responsibility:
  • Not applicable.

Budget Responsibility:
  • Not applicable.

Working Environment:
  • Work takes place in typical school and office environments.
  • Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.
  • Work may involve travel in all types of weather and air quality.

Physical Demands:
This list of essential and marginal functions and of physical requirements is not exhaustive and may be supplemented in accordance with the requirements of the job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and/or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel objects and must occasionally climb or balance.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

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Granite School District

2500 South State Street , Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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