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English Language Development Teacher, 9 - 12th Grade

Hiawatha Academies
United States
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

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High School Teaching/ESL

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Hiawatha Collegiate High School
(High-Needs School)Hiawatha Collegiate High School (HCHS) seeks a dedicated English Language Development teacher and teammate to join our team for the 2023 - 2024 school year.

Job Summary
English Language Development (ELD) teachers are responsible for providing rigorous, standards-based, and highly engaging learning environments for their scholars. ELD teachers will support language development through a dynamic approach to instruction focused on the integration of language and content. Instructional models primarily include co-teaching and sheltered instruction.
All teachers will strive to ensure that all Hiawatha Academies scholars are empowered with the knowledge, character, and leadership skills to graduate from college and serve the common good.

ELD teachers will work alongside grade level teammates, special education teachers, specialist teachers, and under the guidance of the campus leadership team.

English Language Development
  • Apply the practices of sheltered English instruction to provide English language development to multilingual learners who qualify for English language instruction
  • Co-teach alongside grade level homeroom teachers and content teachers
  • Provide individual and group instruction for identified students
  • Ensure that all students identified as English language learners receive the appropriate academic supports
  • Co-plan with grade level and content teachers to integrate language scaffolds into core curricula
Instructional Planning and Implementation
  • Implement assessments that are aligned with daily, weekly, and unit objectives
  • Use data to adjust short- and long-term plans in order to meet students' learning needs
  • Connect content & language instruction through standards including: MN state standards, national standards, and WIDA standards
Learning and Development
  • Collaborate with colleagues and seek feedback in the spirit of continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement and student achievement; reflect on instructional practices to meet individual professional development goals
  • Advocate for the needs of multilingual learners in professional learning settings
  • Actively participate in professional development, grade level, and community meetings
  • Maintain regular communication with families and parents of multilingual learners.
School and Classroom Culture
  • Establish and maintain relationships with students and families based on trust and regular communication; collaborate and communicate regularly with families about academic progress and behavior
  • Establish and maintain high expectations and routines for academic work and classroom behavior
  • Establish and reinforce expectations and accountability structures to maintain a positive, focused classroom
Additional Responsibilities
  • Maintain accurate records, grade book, and data tracking systems
  • Actively attend to supervision duties and contribute positively to a collaborative school environment
  • Manage site ACCESS testing
Teachers must demonstrate knowledge and support of Hiawatha Academies' mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.

*Perform other duties as required and assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Valid Minnesota teaching license in content area (or ability to gain before start date)
  • Licensed in K-12 TESL, literacy education, elementary education, English language arts, or a similar content area with experience working with multilingual learners
  • Growth mindset for students, self, and other adults
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build trust with colleagues, students, and families
  • A commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • Prospective applicants must demonstrate a clear record of achieving significant gains with their students, and have a strong belief that they can help close the opportunity gap for all
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 2+ years of experience teaching in a high-need school with demonstrated student results
  • Bilingual or multilingual (Spanish and/or Somali preferred)
  • Background in SIOP (sheltered instructional observational protocol)
  • Familiarity with WIDA language standards, proficiency level descriptors & MN state standards
  • Experiencing with translanguaging &/or bilingual education
  • Experience instructing dually-identified learners (students who qualify for both Special Education and English Learner programming)
Compensation: The starting salary range for this position is $43,160 - $75,817 based on years of experience in an equivalent role. Salary will be prorated to the start date and based on FTE. Employees are paid bi-monthly.

Benefits: This position is benefit eligible the first of the month following the start date. Hiawatha Academies offers Medical, Dental and Life Insurance, Short-term and Long-Term Disability, an Employee Assistance Program and state pension retirement accounts. A generous contribution toward health and dental insurance is provided by the network.

Why Hiawatha?
Hiawatha Academies' English Language Development Program is rapidly expanding and is dedicated to becoming a leader in English language programming across the metro area to best develop, grow, and support our multilingual learners. Hiawatha Academies is committed to providing robust and multi-faceted linguistic supports for all our scholars, which is rooted in: 1) continuous collaboration and communication between families, teachers, and other school staff supporting students; 2) regular and evidence-based professional learning for all staff members; 3) nuanced understanding and celebration of students unique cultural and linguistic heritage, and 4) an inclusive model for ELD services and supports grounded in best practice. This commitment has led to SIOP training for all instructional staff, an ELD leadership team that continues to guide program development, ELD department lead positions, and innovative opportunities to improve services for learners. At Hiawatha, we also believe strongly in the integration of content and language. We focus mainly on sheltered classes for those needing targeted language support and co-teaching with core content area instructors. To learn more about Hiawatha's model for language development programming, our student population, and core procedures, please review our Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) Plan You may also contact Merissa Russie [] to learn more about our approach to supporting multilingual learners).

Hiawatha Academies is a network of college-preparatory schools focused on closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis. We seek to create a K-12 school experience for scholars that empowers them with knowledge, character, and leadership skills. At Hiawatha Academies, we are committed to making our city and our world a more inclusive, equitable, and just place.
Our equity vision: to honor the humanity of all people, we actively disrupt systemic inequity in pursuit of an equitable world. Hiawatha Academies permanently disrupts educational inequity by ensuring a great school for every child.

Core Value and Beliefs
All Hiawatha Staff must demonstrate a passionate belief in and commitment to the following core values:

1) Children are at the center of everything we do.
2) Our mission requires bold thought and action.
3) We choose optimism.
4) We push ourselves to improve.
5) We are stronger together.
6) We create fun and a little weirdness.

Perks:Professional Development is scheduled into the calendar year and provides a time for all campuses to come together and celebrate our success.

Hiawatha Employment Logistics
  • HCHS students' school day is from 8:45am-3:45pm, Monday-Thursday and 8:45am-1:00pm on Friday.
  • Staff must be present from 8:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, or until all duties are completed for the next day.
  • Professional development sessions are held each Friday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
  • All Hiawatha Staff are expected to attend and participate in all family events at the school.
Application Timeline: This Notice of Vacancy will be posted until filled.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to maintaining an inclusive, multicultural network. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.

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