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ESL Expert Teacher, High School

Holyoke Public Schools
Halyoke, Massachusetts
Closing date
Jun 23, 2024

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In collaboration with the Director of ESL and Bilingual Education, this position is responsible for supporting the district's English Learner program initiatives at Holyoke High School North. This position coaches teachers, models lessons, co-teaches, collaboratively plans, provides feedback to teachers, conducts professional development, collaborates with administrators, as well as provides guidance and expertise in the best practices for successful language acquisition, specifically in the four language domain areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • Support teachers, through coaching cycles, to plan instruction that meets the individual needs of students.
  • Observe, provide feedback, co-plan, co-teach, and provide resources to support teachers in planning a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the students' individual needs, interests, and abilities and employs a variety of instructional techniques and media.
  • Model effective teaching practices in the classroom for staff to observe and learn from
  • Plan and deliver professional development around strategies and supports specific to your content area or to school-wide instructional foci.
  • Support others in integrating relevant strategies for English learners into professional learning and coaching work.
  • Effectively collaborate with school-based administrators, department heads, school Building EL Leaders (BELLs)
  • Support evaluators and leadership team in understanding, supporting and providing teachers with feedback on instructional strategies for your content area.
  • Coordinate with teachers and teacher leaders (e.g., BELLS) to ensure appropriate delivery of services to all students in the dept across PK-8 schools.
  • Coordinate, administer, and support assessment, data analysis, and progress monitoring for grade level/content teacher teams, working with the Testing Coordinator, Administration, and teachers.
  • Ensure staff have the materials and logistical information needed to meet daily expectations and school-wide goals.

  • Bilingual applicants (Spanish/English) preferred, Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree preferred
  • Completed at least five years of full-time K-8 relevant teaching
  • Commitment to culturally responsive teaching practices that support equity for all students
  • ty to build strong relationships with students, teachers, and families
  • Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students
  • Experience working in an urban setting preferred
  • Experience working with diverse student populations preferred
  • Ability to read, interpret, and apply student performance data to instructional planning and execution
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; excellent teamwork skills
  • Knowledge of ESL regulations, procedures and processes, and strategies to ensure compliance and appropriate services for a range of second language learners
  • Experience and skill in leading adults and supporting improvements in instructional practice

Additional Qualifications
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • High expectations for self and others, and the ability to help others meet those high expectations
  • Proven leadership and exceptional ability to lead people
  • Ability to organize workload independently and set priorities; to adapt quickly to changing priorities; and perform multiple interrelated tasks under deadline pressures
  • Proven track record of strong strategic planning and problem solving

Required license(s):
  • English as a Second Language, 5-12 required

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