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English as a New Language Specialist

Uncommon Schools
Church Street, New York
Closing date
Jun 17, 2024

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Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit network of high-performing, public charter schools providing an outstanding K-12 education in historically under-resourced communities. We have proudly built schools that reflect our student population, with more than 60% of our teachers and staff across our network identifying as a person of color. Uncommon currently manages 54 schools serving more than 20,000 students in five cities: Boston, Camden, New York City, Newark and Rochester. We are proud that Uncommon graduates persist in and graduate from college at five times the rate of their peers nationally. We achieve this by offering strong academic, co-curricular, and social-emotional learning that prepares students for success in college and beyond.

Uncommon Schools in Brooklyn currently manages twenty four schools serving students in grades preK through 12. We believe in strong authentic relationships between teachers and students, supported by effective school systems and an engaging instructional model that enables students to flourish academically and personally. Our students in Brooklyn have an impressive 99% college acceptance rate.

Uncommon English as a New Language Specialists are passionate, fierce advocates for their students, who manage both teaching our diverse population of English Language Learners and supporting their General Education colleagues.. They also provide crucial academic interventions to students who are developing their English language skills and believe they are capable of high academic achievement.

  1. Instruction
  • You will review intake assessments to ensure that all students receive the educational services and instructional methods that they need to succeed aligned with their English proficiency.
  • You will provide small group instruction to entering and emerging English Language Learners.
  • You will serve as push-in support for English Language Learners across grade and content areas.
  • You will partner with general education teachers and advocate for all classroom accommodations required to support student growth.
  • You will work closely with families in all grades of the school to address their questions regarding student progress and accommodations to support student needs.
  • You will use standards-based assessment data to refine and differentiate curriculum and instruction.
  1. English as a New Language Specific Responsibilities
  • You'll collaborate with general education teachers, school leaders, and families to analyze and respond to trends in student work samples and assessments and ensure language development and access to curriculum..
  • You will gather academic growth data and write goals to support student progress towards English proficiency.
  • You will teach small groups of newcomers across grade levels, push into the general education setting across content areas and grade levels, implement strategies to differentiate instruction, and create modified materials for English Language Learners.
  1. School Culture
  • You'll build positive relationships with students to ensure they feel seen, loved, and heard.
  • You'll partner with students' families to ensure appropriate resources are available to support their child's learning needs.
  • You'll engage in practice-based professional development, mentorship, and coaching sessions.
  • You'll participate in weekly, school-wide meetings to cultivate community, model our core values, and encourage student achievement.
  • You'll partner with your grade level team to develop academic goals and practice instructional strategies.
  • You'll deliver school-wide professional development to support teachers' in their development of differentiated plans.
  • A commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools and investment in our vision for being an anti-racist organization
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting students' social emotional and academic development
  • An enthusiasm for collaborating with internal and external partners in the best interest of students
  • A self-directed learner who solicits and implements feedback to improve outcomes and achieve objectives
  • Required Experience:
  • A demonstrated interest in impacting K-12 students in urban schools and communities (1-2 years experience preferred).
  • Academic expertise in English as a New Language Instruction, the Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM, or related fields of study.
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification is required.

Our people are what makes us Uncommon. We believe our compensation philosophy and benefits should reflect our values-equity, transparency, and clarity-to enhance our ability to attract and retain talent and reward their expertise. Our staff receive best-in-class training, coaching, and support to develop and operate mission-driven schools that provide a high-quality education to our students and families.

Compensation for this position: The starting compensation for this role based in New York City for school year 2023-2024 is between $64,000 to $96,900 and the starting compensation for school year 2024-2025 is between $65,000 to $97,900. The starting pay will depend on various factors including but not limited to relevant professional experience, education, certifications, and tenure with Uncommon Schools. Because we value staff tenure in a role, we do not currently cap salary ranges for current staff members.

Other Benefits:
  • Generous paid time off inclusive of sick time and school breaks (spring, winter, and summer) + additional sustainability half days throughout the school year
  • Extensive, best-in-class training and development
  • Choice of 3 comprehensive health insurance plans
  • Pre-tax flexible spending and health saving accounts
  • Financial planning & wellness
  • 403(b) retirement savings program + employer match
  • 529 college savings program
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness application assistance
  • Financial planning tools and assistance
  • Dependent Care FSA, back up childcare and daycare discounts
  • Paid leave of absence
  • Fully paid parental leave
  • Fully paid medical leave
  • Additional paid Short Term and Long Term Disability insurance
  • Mental health and counseling support + wellness benefits

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building an exceptional team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. We also strive to ensure an inclusive community by creating a space for meaningful dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students. As an equal opportunity employer, Uncommon provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. We also ensure that individuals with disabilities receive all privileges and benefits associated with employment and are provided reasonable accommodations for the interview process and to perform core job functions. If you would like to request an accommodation, please email

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