Multilingual Learners Manager - K-8th grade
Seton Education Partners seeks a mission-driven, adaptive individual to be the founding Multilingual Learners Manager for the Brilla Schools Network. The Network Multilingual Learners Manager is a critical role responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of programs and strategies to support multilingual learners across the network of schools. This position involves collaborating with educators, administrators, and stakeholders to enhance educational outcomes for students who are learning in multiple languages.
About Seton Education Partners
Co-founded in 2009 by KIPP pioneer Scott W. Hamilton and Teach for America alumna Stephanie Saroki de García, Seton Education Partners is a response to the dramatic decline of urban Catholic schools in America, which have served the economically disadvantaged so well for decades.
In 2013, amidst the shuttering of 60+ urban Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York, Seton launched Brilla College Prep Public Charter School in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Brilla, which means “shine” in Spanish, has achieved academic results that parallel the nation”s most acclaimed high-poverty schools. Alongside Brilla, Seton launched El Camino, an optional, privately funded extended-day Catholic faith formation program. In only five years, 99 children have been baptized through their participation in El Camino.
Seton is working to take these remarkable achievements to scale by managing a network of schools and programs that ensure that thousands of underserved children whose Catholic schools close-and other local children-have access to an academically excellent, character-building, and, for those who choose it, faith-nurturing education. This network is a national model for how other cities facing the shuttering of Catholic schools can continue to serve children and families with limited educational options. For more information on Seton Education Partners, please visit www.SetonPartners.org.
About the Brilla Schools Network
Brilla Public Charter Schools is a network of K-8th grade schools that currently serves nearly 1,600 students from Mott Haven, University Heights and other neighborhoods in the Bronx. The network plans to grow from a current four elementary and one middle school to five elementary and five middle schools educating some 4,000 students in the Bronx and Paterson, NJ. Core to our mission is that our students become young men and women of good character and spirit and be prepared for excellence in high school, college, and beyond. Brilla combines a classical approach to education -- an emphasis on virtue formation, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, and direct instruction of a content-rich curriculum that has stood the test of time -- with co-teaching practices and individualized online learning. We approach the formation of our students holistically and also set high academic expectations. Ours is a joyful community that honors the dignity of each student, family member and staff.
About El Camino Network
El Camino, which means “The Way” in Spanish, is an optional, privately-funded Catholic after-school faith formation program that is closely partnered with Brilla charter schools. El Camino helps children, their families and their catechists to know, love and serve Christ and His Church; develop the habits, dispositions and beliefs that are indispensable to human flourishing and happiness; and live as disciples in this world and saints in the next. El Camino honors the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
El Camino currently serves approximately 40% of Brilla”s students for 90 minutes a day, Monday through Thursday. Children receive homework help from experienced teachers, a nutritious snack, and 30 minutes each of catechism and physical fitness. Additionally, children and families have opportunities for shared and personal prayer and character formation. This video provides a snapshot of El Camino. El Camino will grow to serve children through 8th grade, growing a grade level at a time each year.
About the job of Multilingual Learners Manager
Reporting to the Senior Director of Student Services on the broader Schools Team, the Network Multilingual Learners Manager plays a vital role in orchestrating and monitoring the state identification and testing processes for multilingual learners (MLLs) across the network. This position involves close partnership with parents and the curriculum and instruction team to ensure the integration and support of effective instructional strategies. A key aspect of this role is the focus on student achievement, particularly marking the success of students as they transition out of their MLL status. The manager is expected to be deeply involved in planning, executing, and refining programs that not only meet the diverse needs of MLLs but also celebrate and leverage their linguistic strengths as assets in their educational journey.
- Identification and Testing: Oversee the identification process for multilingual learners (NYSITELL) and manage the state assessment (NYSESLAT) compliance requirements across K-8 Brilla schools
- Program Development: Facilitate the execution of a world-class multilingual learner academic program that supports our pull-out model for entering and emerging scholars and our push-in model for transitioning and expanding scholars
- Teacher Coaching and Development: Equip school-based staff and MLL specialists with evidence-based strategies for language learners via professional development, classroom observations and feedback, and one-on-one coaching meetings to improve learning and help our scholars meet their language acquisition goals
- Parental Partnership: Engage and advocate for parents of multilingual learners to ensure a supportive educational environment
- Curriculum Support: Collaborate with the curriculum and instruction team to align multilingual programs with overall educational goals using the Hands-on English program and internal assessment tools
- Monitoring Progress: Regularly assess the effectiveness of interventions and supports, focusing on students' transition out of MLL status as a marker of success
- Policy Professional- Stay abreast of federal and state policy updates for multilingual learners and communicate any changes and their impact to key network and campus team stakeholders
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Desired Characteristics
Candidates for the position must possess the following personal characteristics:
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to Seton”s mission and values
- Unquestioned integrity and commitment to Brilla”s mission, including its commitment to a classically inspired curriculum and character formation
- Personal responsibility with humility
- A relentless drive for excellence
- A strong belief that all children can achieve both moral and academic excellence
- An unwavering determination to be better today than you were yesterday
The ideal candidate will bring experience and skills in the following areas:
- Advanced degree in Education, Linguistics, or a related field
- 3-5 years of teaching experience as an ESL or MLL provider in a K-8 setting
- At a minimum, two years of managing an MLL program in a school or across a school district/ charter network
- A valid NYS Teaching certification in TESOL, ESOL, or equivalent
- Experience in multilingual education or ESL program management
- Strong understanding of instructional strategies for multilingual learners
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills
- Ability to analyze data and use it to inform instructional practices
Diversity & Inclusivity
We are building an organization in which talented individuals from all walks of life and past work experiences can join our team and make significant contributions. We are particularly committed to attracting and developing individuals who share the life experiences or backgrounds of the students we will serve.
*At Brilla, education in the classical tradition is understood to mean the education of the whole person - mind, body and spirit - in the service of human flourishing. People flourish by living out the virtues. A time proven way of learning how to live out the virtues is to learn about, contemplate and discuss how these virtues have been expressed by fictional and nonfictional people throughout history represented in time-tested works.
Secondarily, a classical education is pedagogically consistent with modern cognitive science. Many current pedagogies are not fully consistent with what we know today about brain development. In contrast, classical pedagogy (referred to as the Trivium) perfectly corresponds to how the brain develops. It emphasizes patterns, routines, and facts that young brains crave (Grammar stage); It leverages the brain”s orientation to asking “why” in the middle years (Logic stage); And it focuses on communication and persuasion in the high school years (Rhetoric stage).
Initial application materials include: a cover letter, contact information for three references, and a resume that includes information on your background and leadership experience.
Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.
Seton Education Partners provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.
The base pay range for this position is $95,000-$115,000 per year. Pay may vary within the stated range, depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. A sign-on bonus for some roles may be provided as part of the compensation package subject to executive leadership approval, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, depending on the position offered.
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