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ESL Elementary School Teacher

Employer
Link Community Charter School
Location
Newark, New Jersey
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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ESL Elementary School Teacher JobID: 1202

Position Type:

Elementary School Teaching

Date Posted:

1/10/2023

Location:

Link Community Charter School

(High-Needs School)

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ESL Teacher - Elementary School

Overview

Building on a 50 plus year legacy of educational excellence, Link Community Charter School (LCCS) has built a strong community that demands the very best of all its members and delivers great support to its staff, scholars, and familiesl. LCCS teachers hold central responsibility for developing the minds, bodies and spirits of our students, working deliberately to change the trajectory of the lives of our young scholars thus bridging the acadmic and opportunity gaps that exist in underresourced and low income communities. Classroom teachers are responsible for actively delivering the school's curriculum and ensuring student learning that meets established standards. With a commitment to continuously improving one's practice, curriculum and instruction through collaboration as part of a grade level team, teachers work to achieve strong student results. Content area instructional coaches support the development of instructional staff. Teachers, in addition to holding instructional responsibilities, serve as student advisors and community leaders and play an integral part in the life of the school. All support the development of Link scholars working towards strong student growth, admission to competitive high schools and lifelong success.

The pandemic has highlighted Link's strong commitment to its teachers and students, as demonstrated by initiatives such as a 2:1 ChromeBook program for students, free wifi router for any student or staff member without reliable connectivity; new laptops for all staff; 2nd monitor for all teachers; home deliveries of supplies and care packages for both students and staff.

Continuing its path of expansion, in February 2021, LCCS was approved to launch an elementary school with Kindergarten to open in September, 2021. This position will be part of the inaugural elementary school team, helping to shape the expansion of a high performing public charter school. Kindergarten will use a co-teaching model with 2 teachers in each classroom, a dedicated grade level special education teacher and a paraprofessional. The school's nurses, social workers, instructional coaches, and administrative team will provide strong support for this new grade level.

The ESL Teacher will lead the development of and then implement a program to suppot English Language Learners. At this time, LCCS has no ELL students but expects that to change with the launching of the elementary school. The ESL Teacher wil collaborate closely with the Kindergarten and Special Education teachers to support students. The ESL Teacher will take part in a professional development/training program during the month of July, 2021 and will receive a stipend for such. Also during the month of July, kindergarteners and their parents will visit the school to see their classrooms, meet teachers, and take part in a Kindergarten Readiness Evaluation. The Kindergarten Team will then join the rest of the staff in the third/fourth week of August for annual Opening Meetings and Staff Retreat.

Expectations:
  • Develop and build a program that evaluates, instructs and improves English proficiency for English Language Learners
  • Build a library of materials and resources to support ESL programming
  • Collaborate and interact with Child Study Team members to support needs of ELL students
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate instructional programming to meet the needs of ELL students, using all available research on "best practices" in the field of ESL
  • Regularly review and update ESL curriculum
  • Identify ELL students using district criteria and screening assessments.
  • Assess students' progress and maintain accurate records of students' achievements
  • Serve as a resource for classroom teachers working with ELLs by modeling instructional strategies, identifying and developing instructional resources, and providing professional development related to the needs of ELL students.
  • Fulfill all relevant Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) compliance requirements
  • Deliver highly engaging and student-centered instruction, differentiating for all students to be successful
  • Maintain ongoing communication with parents of ELL students.
  • Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Build a positive classroom culture that supports joy, active learning and the core values
  • Be open to and committed to working in a co-teaching model
  • Maintain an organized, structured, well managed classroom with clear policies and fair, consistently applied discipline
  • Actively support a positive school culture for all members of the community
  • Possess strong content knowledge and awareness of developmental needs/milestones, as well as a highly effective teaching practice
  • Plan intensely and thoughtfully and collaborate with other content area and grade level teachers
  • Deliver highly engaging and student-centered instruction, differentiating for all students to be successful
  • Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Build a positive classroom culture that supports joy, active learning and the core values
  • Be open to and committed to working in a co-teaching model
  • Maintain an organized, structured, well managed classroom with clear policies and fair, consistently applied discipline
  • Actively support a positive school culture for all members of the community

Qualifications:
  • Strong experience delivering an ESL program; ESL leadership experience a plus
  • Successful teaching experience in a classroom setting with proven track record of high student achievement and use of data in making instructional choices. Demonstrated ability to evaluate student assessments and a willingness to be held accountable for student results.
  • Experience in high needs/at-risk communities a plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage the interest of and connect with young people
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of children and to work well with parents
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, bringing a positive attitude, strong personal drive and motivation, joy, flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Appropriate grade level/content area NJ Teaching Certification (Alternate Route candidates will be considered)
  • Required criminal history check, medical exam, and residency in New Jersey (residency within one year of hire)
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal resident status
  • Commitment to Link Community Charter School's mission, vision and Core Values

Additional Duties

Performs other related tasks as assigned by the Principal and other central office administrators as designated by the Superintendent

Note: The above description is illustrative of tasks and responsibilities. It is not meant to be all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

Education
  • Bachelors from an accredited college or university in Elementary Education or related discipline applicable to teaching assignment
  • Masters Degree in related area a plus

FLSA Status: Exempt-10 Month Employee

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