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22-23 ESL Interventionist at KIPP Truth Academy

Employer
KIPP Texas
Location
The Cedars, Virginia
Closing date
May 22, 2022

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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
Every member of the Team & Family at KIPP Texas Public Schools plays a critical role in ensuring our students have the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose - college, career and beyond. Our educators are passionate advocates for their students and their families, working tirelessly to ensure that our students have access to opportunity. In our classrooms and across the KIPP family we embrace, honor and celebrate our differences across several characteristics that construct our unique identities in our little and big KIPPsters. We are especially committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences of our students because we believe the best work we do is grounded in the realities and experiences of our families and KIPPsters.
The role of the Interventionist will work directly with all grade students who have struggled to display a mastery of the TEKS, as practiced within their classroom on a daily basis.
Duties include:
Establish an effective LPAC.
  • Establish, facilitate, prepare and maintain documentation for an LPAC (committee) that meets quarterly and makes decisions/recommendations on identification, accommodations, progress, and reclassifying related to EL students, professional development needs related to serving ELs, etc.
  • Recruit & train the staff and parents who serve on the LPAC
  • Responsible for preparing and delivering annual report to parents on student progress and LPAC decisions
Identification & Records of ELs.
  • Lead the campus to ensure ELs are accurately identified upon entry and that pertinent info is recorded in Power school.
  • Ensure the school maintains accurate and up to date rosters of ELs in classrooms and ensure regional systems are implemented with fidelity and in a timely manner.
Work closely with the ARD Committee, RTI committees, SPED teachers, 504 committee, dyslexia program, etc. to coordinate services to dually serve EL students.
Ongoing sharing of data with LPAC, teachers, and leaders to monitor EL progress through the year.
  • Take a lead role in the implementation of state assessments and ensure that the school completes assessments of ELs with validity as required during the year (LAS LINKS, TELPAS, STAAR with linguistic accommodations)
  • Ensure that data from standardized assessments used at KTX DFW (Interim Assessments, STEP, MAP, STAAR) as well as required EL assessments (LAS LINKS, TELPAS, IOWA) is analyzed and shared with the LPAC, school leaders, teachers, and regional leadership
  • Maintain locked inventory of campus testing materials (LAS LINKS, TELPAS testing materials) and needed supplies
Participate in a collaborative efforts with SLA (second language acquisition) components such as:
  • Collecting needed information from your assigned school to determine the need for an application for Bilingual exception & ESL waiver for the region
  • With operation staff participation compile demographic data and all data needed for PEIMS submissions, on the schedule that allows compliance with state requirements (parent permissions, parent denials, migrant or refugee status, etc.), and for TELPAS data submission.
  • Collect & provide campus EL info as needed related to Title III, PBMAS process, Campus Improvement Plans, etc.
Help schools provide excellent education to their EL students, with attention to linguistic, cognitive and affective needs.
  • Ensure priority beginner EL students are receiving linguistic accommodations and instructional needs by pulling or pushing in to execute intentional EL small groups utilizing a language intervention resource (LLI).
  • Participate in regional Sheltered Instruction training and then lead ongoing campus professional development on SI. The sessions will cover ELPS, sheltered instruction for ESL, interventions/accommodations/scaffolds for struggling ELs, Proficiency Level Descriptors (PLDs), and TELPAS trainings.
Help teachers learn and use available EL supplemental resources and materials, and help compile school needs, priorities and recommendations for purchases of EL supplemental resources
  • Possible coaching of teachers and leaders on serving their EL students effectively and sheltered instruction strategies.
  • Ensure linguistic accommodations that can be used on testing are also being used effectively in the classroom.
  • Work with school leaders and Regional ESL Program Manager to ensure lesson plans include language objectives and that instruction is planned to teach both the TEKS and the ELPS at appropriate levels for the students.
  • Participate in the school, campus, and regional teams and procedures for clear communication.
  • Meet bimonthly with the Regional ESL Program Manager and other ESL Leads to receive training, report on progress & status of various tasks, and prioritize tasks for the coming week, two weeks, and two months.
  • Meet with school leaders at least bi-monthly to review the ESL calendar, EL data, address challenges.
  • Participate in a quarterly sheltered instruction walkthrough on your assigned campus, with Regional ESL Program Manager, and at least one school leader.
  • Attend and participate in external meetings related to second language acquisition as recommended by school leaders or Regional ESL Program Manager.
Collaborate with the Regional ESL Coordinator in compiling and updating second language acquisition procedures, program needs, data, and recommendations for the EOY ESL Program Evaluation report to the Board.

Qualifications
Skills and Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university required
  • Valid Texas Teaching Certificate with required certification for subject and level assigned; including valid ESL supplemental certification, required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of core subject area assigned
  • Spanish-speaking proficiency required
  • Two or more years of teaching experience required
  • Satisfactory outcome of a background check. Employees are responsible for a non-refundable fingerprinting fee (approximately $50.00)
*Applicants currently pursuing a certification may apply before certification is received. All certifications must be acquired and on file with KIPP Texas before the end of the first year of employment. For more information about obtaining certification click here .
  • Experience as an English as a Second Language teacher in elementary classrooms or in a related capacity in a traditionally underserved community for two or more years, preferred
  • Strong achievement results and documented growth with ESL students on goals, benchmarks, standardized tests, fluency measures and reading assessments (STEP, DRA, Fountas & Pinnell, etc.) preferred
Competencies:
  • Unwavering commitment to KIPP Texas mission, students, families, and community
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with students in educationally underserved communities
  • Strong desire to teach an academically rigorous curriculum and commit to an extended school day, week, and year
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible and to go above and beyond to meet the needs of KIPP Texas students

Additional Information
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.
KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability
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