MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.
POSITION OVERVIEW: The Spanish Language Support Education Specialist provides statewide guidance and support for kindergarten–grade 12 Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language (ESL) education in Texas public schools. The Spanish Language Support Education Specialist supports schools, parents, and stakeholders by providing clarification of and guidance regarding the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS).The Specialist will serve as a content expert in the review and development of Spanish reading and writing items for the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program, review resources and other materials that support implementation of the TEKS, disseminate information related to Spanish reading and language arts education, and providing non-regulatory guidance regarding general curriculum laws and rules.
This Spanish Language Support Education Specialist serves as a member of the Spanish Language Support team in the Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division and reports to the Director of the division.
Ideal applicants will have prior experience as a Spanish language arts instructional coach or content specialist, curriculum writer/developer, assessment item writer/reviewer, or Spanish editor.
Please note that a resume is a required attachment for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check.
- Provides support and guidance for the implementation and maintenance of the Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language TEKS and uses expertise in Spanish language arts and reading education to design, develop, and review resources and professional development aligned to the TEKS, including the TEKS Guide and other instructional resources
- Provides curriculum content support and expertise for the development of Spanish STAAR language arts and reading assessments for grades 3-5, including guidance and support for early passage review, review and revision of assessment items, and grade-level coordination for one or more test titles, and ensures the development of high-quality assessment items aligned to the TEKS
- Provides curriculum content support and expertise for the development of constructed response writing prompts and support for constructed response scoring, including review of training materials, monitoring live scoring, and audit of scoring
- Reviews resources, materials, and training to ensure accuracy and alignment to the Spanish language arts and English as a second language TEKS and collaborates with agency staff and contractors in the review/approval of resources, professional development, and online support opportunities
- Provides technical assistance, guidance, support, and communication in English and in Spanish to teachers, parents, the public, and other stakeholders regarding the Texas Education Code, Texas Administrative Code, and TEA policies and procedures particularly with respect to Spanish language arts and English as a second language education, 19 TAC Chapter 74 and general curriculum laws and rules, the ELPS, and development and administration of Spanish STAAR language arts and reading assessments; the specialist is responsible for sending listserv newsletters, presenting at conferences as directed by management, and completing web team tasks
Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; advanced degree preferred
Experience: At least four  years of experience in working with Spanish language arts and reading and/or English as a second language (ESL) programs in school districts, at education service centers, in university settings, and/or with statewide initiatives. Valid teaching certificate in a related field required. Ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish with native or near native level proficiency and fluency required
- In-depth knowledge of the kindergarten–grade 12 Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language TEKS and the ELPS and how they are taught and assessed in Texas public schools
- Experience coordinating projects, resources, and programs in programmatic, leadership, supervisory, or administrative roles relevant to Spanish language arts and/or English as a second language education
- Experience with effective, high-quality professional development activities and techniques in Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language education
- Advanced skill in writing and/or reviewing assessment items to align with state standards and item writing specifications and guidelines (level of difficulty, accuracy, freedom from bias, etc.)
- Excellent time management skills to organize and complete multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
- Superior and effective professional verbal and written communication, including development of appropriate guidance documents and effective presentations
- Exceptional skill composing, reviewing, and editing written communication to adhere to accepted styles and guidelines
- Fosters and maintains effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, internal and external to TEA
- Fast learner who can understand and communicate intent of state law and rule and work within statutory authority
- Excellent ability to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing
- Ability to provide unbiased guidance and information to the public regarding issues related to Spanish language arts and reading and English as a second language education
- A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve