Tchr, World Language, Spanish, Candidate Pool, 2013-14
Minneapolis Public Schools - Minneapolis, MN

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SUMMARY:

To provide high quality Spanish Language instruction as an elementary school specialist or classroom teacher of Spanish as a World Language elective in grades K-12, as designated by the school.

RESPONSIBLE TO:

Site Principal/Administrator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Provide effective, developmentally appropriate and differentiated language instruction for diverse learners.
· Provide high quality language instruction that integrates culturally authentic learning.
· Develop thematic language curriculum for each developmental level taught in the program.
· Integrate strategies that support developing literacy across the curriculum for all students.
· Use appropriate instructional strategies for making content/language instruction comprehensible.
· Promote interaction in the language and encourage language output from students.
· Promote achievement and bilingualism in an enriched education model.
· Lead, advocate for and support a high-quality, effective language program in the school community.
· Interact with families and promote family involvement to support student learning.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines · Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university .
· Prior successful experience student teaching or teaching in an urban, multicultural education setting .
· Demonstrates continued professional development through course work, research, peer collaboration and/or job-embedded staff development .
· Experience teaching a world language in a model of sequential language learning that promotes acquiring language proficiency for real communicative purposes.
· Knowledge of the theoretical principles of second language acquisition; appropriate instructional methods of language instruction; instructional resources appropriate to elementary, middle or high school language instruction; appropriate assessment and evaluation of students’ language acquisition.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: · Master’s or PhD
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS · A valid Minnesota teaching license, or proof of pending approved licensure
· Minnesota Teaching License in Spanish K-12.
· Proficiency in Spanish at the minimum of intermediate high-advanced level according to the Minnesota Praxis test for world languages, or the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, or other valid documentation.

SALARY:

Teacher Salary Schedule – 38 Weeks

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

METHOD OF APPLICATION:
All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at www.mpls.k12.mn.us (click on Careers). In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply. Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.

Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered: · Cover Letter
· Resume
· On-Line Application
Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee. Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

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