ESL Teacher - High School (Peak)
Uplift Education - Irving, TX

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SUMMARY

Provide bilingual education and/or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for all students that are designated as Limited Language Proficient by the Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC). Bilingualism of the language most represented by the students is an asset, not a requirement, unless the program model is a bilingual one in this school. Provide educational opportunities to bilingual students through communication with charter staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Instructional Strategies
  • Construct procedures and implement the process to recognize bilingual students at all grade levels, including review of student information and testing of students.
  • Adapt bilingual curriculum as needed.
  • Ensure bilingual students have appropriate curriculum modifications, acceleration, etc.; of course work through collaboration with teachers.
  • Design and provide for professional staff training sessions on various instructional methods, classroom settings, and identifying methods for bilingual students.
  • Design and implement an ongoing assessment of the bilingual program and make adaptations based on the results.
  • Assess, analyze, and respond, to the needs of ESL students by selecting appropriate materials and implementing appropriate programs.
  • Instruct students in basic communication skills to facilitate their transition into the regular instructional program, while supporting them as needed daily.
  • Provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students Conferences
Conferences
  • Ensure aide staff has appropriate resources and materials to accomplish program goals.
  • Meet with parents, classroom teachers, and administration regularly to update program goals.
  • Oversee LPAC meetings, participate in parent conferences and staff meetings. Excellent interpersonal skills in order to: collaborate with all staff in a school and provide on-going staff development and leadership as a specialist of the second language issues in a school
  • Serve as a consultant for purposes of referrals to other programs such as Title 1, Special Education, Gifted and Talented and others to assure neither the under nor over representation of LEP students.

Documentation and Law
  • Gather, manage and file all hardcopy and computerized reports, records and other documents required.
  • Abide by all policies established by federal and state law that apply to charter schools.

Classroom Management and Organization
  • Prepare classroom to enhance learning and to aid in physical, social and emotional development of students.
  • Support student behavior in agreement with the student handbook.
  • Ensure necessary and reasonable measures are taken to protect students, equipment, materials and facilities.
  • Provide input on book, equipment and material selection.

Other
  • Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position supervises Bilingual Aide as necessary.

COMPETENCIES
  • Capable of organizing and coordinating LPAC meeting.
  • Ability to assess all LEP students K-12 for ESOL Program eligibility;
  • Skill at interpreting data.
  • Working knowledge of curriculum and instruction.
  • Understanding of strategies and materials for the education of bilingual students.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Effective communication skills with bilingual parents and students.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to: collaborate with all staff in a school and provide on-going staff development and leadership as a specialist of the second language issues in a school.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's degree (B. A./ B.S.) from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree is preferred but not required. Must have a valid Texas Teacher Certification with endorsement in bilingual education or be able to obtain such. Applicants should have minimum 2 years teaching experience in subject area. Spanish speaking is a plus.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions in written or oral form. Ability to set priorities. Ability to communicate with all levels of personnel, students, and parents.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

COMPUTER SKILLS

To perform this job successfully, an individual should be proficient in Microsoft Office applications. Ability to use basic office equipment. The ability to learn and use other software as necessary.

SAFETY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Every employee of the School has an obligation to know our safety rules and procedures; to teach what they know to others; to recognize unsafe actions and situations; to warn others of unsafe situations; to react to emergency situations and to report hazardous or unsafe practices to those in a position to correct them.

PHYSICAL / MENTAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit and use the wrists, hands and/or fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The environment requires close proximity to other employees, frequent interruptions, extended periods of time viewing a computer screen, and noise levels from moderate to high. There may be activity from other employees and students of a distracting nature.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

Criminal records check, pre-hire and annually thereafter, if applicable. Must be eligible to work in the United States and provide work authorization.

MODIFICATION OF DUTIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Uplift Education retains the right to change and/or modify the duties and essential functions of this position at any time. This job description is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee.

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