Colorado Connections Academy - ELL Specialist, School Year (Term of Project)
Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA) schools are tuition-free, online public schools serving students throughout the state. Colorado Connections Academy @ Mapleton as well as ColoCA @ Durango, serves students in grades K-12 statewide, is operated by the Mapleton Public Schools and Durango Public Schools through a contract with Connections Education, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED, as is Colorado Connections Academy @ Mapleton and Colorado Connections Academy @ Durango.
Position Summary and Responsibilities
Working from one of our offices in Englewood or Durango, CO, or your home office within the state, the English Learner (EL) Specialist will virtually manage instructional programs for students with special needs in collaboration with the general education teachers. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools, they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The EL Specialist will participate in all steps of the LEP process. They will work closely with other teachers and district professionals to ensure that the school's multilingual program is successful and operating in compliance with federal and state regulations. The EL Specialist will utilize technology to deliver virtual instruction.
The EL Specialist will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:
- Coordinate language proficiency screenings and language testing, staying compliant with state-timelines for tasks such as Beginning of the Year, Middle of the Year and End of the Year LPAC meetings and documentation;
- Participate in the organization and administration of the State Testing, as directed;
- Attend local and state provided professional development trainings related to Title III compliance and instruction;
- Collaborate with the student's teachers in supporting learning and conduct parent conferences in a timely manner;
- Support the instructional program with synchronous web conferencing sessions and asynchronous instruction;
- Manage a homeroom of students;
- Become proficient with supplemental programs to support English Learners in the virtual setting, including interpreting data within the programs;
- Review curriculum and devise alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding (working directly with students and parents);
- Communicate with parents, students and other teachers on a regular basis to develop and update Personal Learning Plans and schedules, discuss assessments, provide feedback on student work, suggest instructional approaches and strategies, monitor completion of assignments and coach special projects;
- Work collaboratively with other teachers to ensure that all students are successfully progressing through the program, that parents have a central point of contact, and that tasks are distributed among the teachers;
- Develop a general knowledge of the entire program's 3-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the courses for which responsible;
- Support students and parents with alternate strategies and provide additional assistance with daily assignments and projects;
- Communicates regularly with parents, students, and certified content area teachers through use of computer and telephone;
- Keep student records and data up-to-date, including EL Data Views, State Testing Data Views, other DVs as needed, cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;
- Consult with other teachers and staff learning specialists to develop alternate enrichment activities and supports to students' programs to increase student understanding;
- Collaborate in a Professional Learning Community (PLC);
- Work with other teachers to coordinate social activities and relevant field trips for students;
- Attend field trips and other community activities implemented for families;
- Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a "school community";
- Participate in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that require teacher representation;
- Work with Advisory Teachers and School Counselors to ensure students and families are receiving appropriate communications, students are making adequate progress and established goals are being met;
- Participate in Connections Education, Houston ISD and school based professional development sessions and associated activities;
- Participate in Special Population department activities; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Based on potential student enrollment changes, this position will work until the end of the 2020-2021 school year as an EL Specialist. At that time, the school and department leadership will evaluate the status of this position and could extend it for the following school year if they deem it necessary. Full time positions are eligible for most employee benefits, including medical, dental and vision.
- Highly qualified to teach ESL in Colorado
- Experience directly teaching EL students preferred
- Bilingual preferred, but not required
- Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Customer focused approach
- High degree of flexibility
- Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment
- Team player track record
- Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)
Note: The anticipated starting salary for Colorado-based individuals expressing interest in this position begins at $33,800 per year. Benefits available to eligible employees can be seen at https://www.connectionsacademy.com/careers/benefits.