Jan 14, 2022

Regional ESL Instructional Specialist

  • KIPP Texas
  • Dallas,TX
Full-time Special Education Support

Job Description

Company Description

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a network of 59 public charter, open-enrollment, pre-k-12 schools educating nearly 34,000 students across Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Together with families and communities, our mission is to create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose -college, career, and beyond-so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Founded in Houston in 1994, and operating as KIPP Texas since 2018, our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in our classrooms, in our offices, and in the communities we serve is unwavering. We are looking to hire a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. Join our Team and Family and champion equity, chase excellence, persist with purpose, bring joy, and help us rise together.
KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income communities.

Job Description

Overview
The Regional ESL Instructional Specialist role is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has extensive experience with second-language acquisition, deep content knowledge of effective sheltered instruction techniques and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS); who is committed to advancing the academic achievement of emergent bilingual learners; and who is eager to influence multilingual education in their region.
Duties and Essential Job Functions:
1. Assist schools in curriculum implementation and alignment to TEKS/SEs, ELPS/PLDs and academic needs assessments for ESL students (and program evaluations)
2. Support teachers across multiple disciplines to promote an integrated/cross-curricular design that promotes student language acquisition in all four domain areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
3. Participate in campus instructional planning sessions to design and plan instructional lessons that include the required accommodations and linguistic needs of English Learners
4. Collaborate with ESL Program Managers in the development of professional learning surrounding English Learners and second language acquisition
5. Assist campuses with data analysis and the development of action plans in response to the data (TELPAS, MAP and STAAR)
6. Model effective teaching within the classroom; provide support through co-planning and co-teaching
7. Participate in campus walks with campus leadership teams, district team members and ESL Program Managers
8. Demonstrate a collaborative approach to community and family partnerships
9. Assists in planning and implementation of summer language programs
10. Ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and district policies, rules and regulations for EL students

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Experience in coaching school leaders and teachers in effective instructional strategies for English learners such as content and language accommodations, explicit academic vocabulary instruction, sheltered-instruction and cross-linguistic connections
  • Understanding of the TEKS and ELPS and have demonstrated ability to design effective lessons and assessments that directly align with the standards
  • Deep knowledge of second language acquisition theory, pedagogy, and practice
  • Experience in cross-curricular and integrated approaches in curriculum and instruction to promote all four language domains
  • Knowledge of evidence-based explicit and systematic literacy instruction
  • Knowledge of state and federal guidelines for ESL programs
  • Experience designing and facilitating relevant Professional Development/Learning sessions to a variety of audiences, such as administrators, teachers, and community partners
  • Demonstrated success in English Learner student achievement as measured by analysis of assessment results
  • Detail oriented and able to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (bilingual in Spanish preferred)
Required Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • 5+ years of experience teaching in an ESL or Bilingual setting
  • an assistant principal or instructional coach with proven results advancing multilingual students' content and language skills
  • experienced coaching teachers and/or leaders to improve instruction through observation & feedback; can identify targeted impact statements (action steps) based on observations to improve instruction efficiently and effectively
Preferred Education and/or Experience:
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Previous experience leading/coaching Bilingual/ESL Department
Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training:
  • Valid Bilingual Education Certification and/or ESL Supplemental Certification

Additional Information

Location
Dallas, TX
Compensation and Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary scale, a part of KIPP Texas' competitive benefits options, KIPP offers all employees an $0 HMO plan for the employee only. In addition to our $0 plan, KIPP provides a $600 employer contribution towards a Health Savings Account and a variety of other supplemental benefits such as Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
Funding:
The Regional ESL Instructional Specialist will be funded directly from the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) grants awarded by the Texas Education Agency under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (ESSER II) and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ESSER III). This position will be funded solely (100%) from the ESSER II and III allocation for direct expenses through September 30, 2023, and may continue to be funded through September 30, 2024, depending upon the availability of ESSER grant funds. At the end of the grant period this position may be eliminated unless other sources of funds are secured to maintain this position or a similar position. The employee must sign this job description acknowledging receipt of the job description and signing their acknowledgement that this position is grant funded and is temporarily aligning with the terms of the grant period.

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