An Invitation to Apply for the Position of
English Language Learner Specialist (Available 2018-2019)
Bronx, NY & New York, NY
Overview: About Public Prep
The Public Prep Network (PPN) is a nonprofit organization that develops single-sex elementary and middle public schools that pursue excellence through continuous learning and data-driven instruction. Our model is designed to empower each student to build strong character, demonstrate critical thinking, possess a core body of knowledge and be on a predictive path to earn a degree from a four-year university.
Our network is currently comprised of three tuition-free single-sex public charter schools across five campuses and one tuition-free single-sex Pre-K. Our campuses are: Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary, Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School, Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School, Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, and Boys Prep Elementary School. The Pre-K program, PrePrep: the Joan Ganz Cooney Early Learning Center, is housed inside of Girls Prep Bronx Elementary School.
Public Preparatory Network/Public Preparatory Academies is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Why teach at the Public Preparatory Network
At Public Prep we believe that joy, warmth, and high levels of student engagement are the foundation of a school culture where students achieve academically and develop character strengths. In the words of one community member, “Every student, every family and every Girls Prep staff member plays an important part of our amazing school, a school filled with energy, personality, hardworking people and a great deal of commitment.”
We believe in order to do that, schools not only need to deliver meaningful academics through an engaging and rigorous way, but we understand the importance of incorporating arts, the sciences, community and strong core values into our program. Our goal each day is not to only stimulate the mind, but also to reach the whole child in providing a safe consistent environment to learn and grown in. Our staff believe children learn best when they gain self-confidence and purpose when a caring community of educators not only care about their academic achievements but are truly invested in them socially and emotionally.
Primary functions & Position Overview:
The English Language Learners Specialist works alongside the Academic Directors to provide instructional support to students identified as Limited English Proficient by the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT tests. The ELL Specialist ensures ELL students acquire English language speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills through a variety of flexible models that prioritize push-in services guided by the effective use of co-teaching practices.
The English Language Learners Specialist will also work alongside the Reading Specialist to provide additional support to students requiring reading intervention.
Lastly, the English Language Learners Specialist will use his or her expertise in language acquisition to collaborate with a caseload of teachers and provide on-site professional development. The caseload will be dependent on students’ needs and be determined in partnership with the DCA and at the direction of the Academic Director.
Duties & Responsibilities:
* Considering the needs of each child when designing lessons that help students develop the English language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
* Engaging in coaching cycles and implementing research-based strategies that maximize their own performance and that of their students.
* Reflecting on their own progress as educators.
* Seeking out professional resources and attending professional development for serving the needs of English Language Learners to continuously improve their practice.
* Participating in the ELL Consortium at the NYC Charter Center.
* Providing students with frequent feedback and evaluation based on the development of individualized goals for performance that are specific, measurable, ambitious, rooted in data and time-bound.
* Determining students’ needs by researching students’ ELL status on ATS, administering home language surveys, and conducting the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT assessments as needed.
* Maintaining accurate records of students’ progress.
* Collaborating with the DCA, the Reading Specialist, and other colleagues to leverage the strength of all team members.
* Communicating with families regularly and building community with them through annual home visits and other school events
* Under the direction of the DCA, administer and coordinate the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT assessments.
* Provide on-site professional development to staff regarding strategies to support ELLs inclusively in the classroom.
* Working with the Academic Director to ensure appropriate accommodations are given to students during assessments as needed.
* Supporting the school as directed by the Principal.
The ideal candidate will have:
* A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
* A Master’s Degree in TESOL, ESL or Bilingual education preferred
* New York State Certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages required
* A minimum of 2 years of demonstrated success as a full-time English Language Learners Specialist preferred
* Demonstrated success working in a high-performing, urban school setting preferred
* Evidence of excellence in teaching through continuous learning and data analysis
* Exceptional organization and planning skills
* Superior communication skills
* An ability to work collaboratively
* A commitment to single-sex education
* Fluency in Spanish preferred
Please be sure to attach a resume and a cover letter explaining why you want to work for Public Prep.