HS English Language Learner Specialist (ELL)-Tentative

October 10, 2022

Job Description

Position Title:       English Language Learning (ELL) Specialist
Division:                HS
Supervisor:           Director of English Language Learning and Division Principal
Position Summary: 
The ELL Specialist collaborates with divisional faculty and the Student Support Services Team, including the whole of the P-12 ELL team, to develop an inclusive and differentiated learning environment at Concordia. The ELL Specialist supports identified language learners through various models of instruction.  The ELL Specialist provides relevant professional development to individual teachers, grade-level teams, the entire faculty, and parents.
▪       Degree, license or certificate in supporting language learners
▪       Masters or advanced degree (preferred)
▪       Native English speaker or native like English proficiency
▪       Minimum 2 years successful teaching full-time in an inclusive ELL program
▪       Working in an international school setting and familiarity with an American-style MS/HS educational system
▪       Working successfully with a culturally diverse population
▪       Experience with co-teaching and/or parallel team-teaching
▪       Experience with WIDA and/or other ELL programs that support English learners in the content areas
▪       Classroom inclusion experience
▪       Able to provide English learner support across various subjects in MS/HS
▪       Demonstrates a passion for teacher and student success
▪       Committed to teamwork and collaboration both within and across divisions
▪       A highly skilled teacher, grounded in knowledge of content and current best practice strategies related to teaching and learning
▪       Knowledge of the developmental and language proficiency needs of students in the age group he/she is serving
▪       Knowledge of and experience in using a variety of assessments and applying differentiated learning techniques
▪       Effective communicator within a diverse community, both orally and in writing
▪       Able to assist with articulation of school vision and mission, including able to take manageable action steps to support systemic change and improvement
▪       Demonstrates self-discipline and exemplary organizational skills
▪       Emotionally intelligent and able to balance ambition with humility to effectively build relationships 
▪       Demonstrates a positive, optimistic, can-do attitude
▪       Ability to speak and understand a different language
▪       Understands and can implement the components of effective co-teaching and co-planning
▪       Familiar with administering ELL assessments, especially WIDA
▪       Able to use data to inform instruction and decision making to determine entry into/exit from the ELL program
General Expectations: 
▪       As a school grounded in the Christian faith, we hire Christian teachers and administrators. Concordia seeks to hire candidates who are able to model their faith, are interested in the complex questions of faith and spirituality, and who are keen to learn and interact with others of different faith traditions.
▪       On regular school days, on duty between 7:45AM and 3:45PM, not inclusive of activities and meetings.
▪       Other duties as assigned.
Job Specific Expectations
·        Meet or exceed the competency standards laid out in the Key Areas of Responsibility below
·        Promote a commonly held English learning vision for the school (i.e. “All teachers are language teachers.”) and contribute to the development of the P-12 ELL program with particular focus in the MS/HS
·        Assist MS/HS subject teachers with development of their competencies with respect to the concept that “All teachers are language teachers.”
·        Provide in-class language support for students alongside their subject teachers
▪       Plan differentiated lessons according to student language levels for both targeted English language learning (i.e., pull-out) but also for learning in-class in the subject areas
·        Collaborate with ELL specialists and subject teachers over professional learning/development connected to school-wide goals, including leading professional development activities when required
·        Provide English learning support for all community members in assigned areas, including being a first point of contact for parents where required
·        Ability to organize projects, build coalitions, and move projects forward
·        Be considered by colleagues as the go-to person for questions related to assigned areas
Key Areas of Responsibility:
   (Based upon the work of Charlotte Danielson’s Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching)
  • Planning and Preparation
    • Demonstrate knowledge of current trends in specialty area and professional development
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the school’s program, and levels of teacher skill in delivering that program
    • Establish goals for the instructional support program appropriate to the setting and the teachers served
    • Demonstrate knowledge of resources, both within and beyond the school
    • Plan the instructional support program, integrated with the overall school program
    • Develop a plan to evaluate the instructional support program
  • The Environment
    • Create an environment of trust and respect
    • Establish a culture for ongoing instructional improvement
    • Establish clear procedures for teachers to gain access to instructional support
    • Establish and maintain norms of behavior for professional interactions
  • Delivery of Service
    • Collaborate with teachers in the design of instructional units and lessons
    • Engage teachers in learning new instructional skills
    • Share expertise with staff e.g., through teaching model lessons, presenting workshops, facilitating study groups
    • Locate resources for teachers to support instructional improvement
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness
  • Professional Responsibilities
    • Reflect on practice
    • Coordinate work with other instructional specialists
    • Participate in a professional community
    • Engage in professional development
    • Show professionalism, including integrity and confidentiality
  • Qualities of an Effective Instructional Specialist
    • Model Christ’s teachings through interpersonal skills, respectful relationships and problem solving.
    • Establish collaborative relationships with all staff, students, and parents.
    • Integrate the school curriculum with the school’s student learning expectations (ESLRs.)
    • Support curricula established by the school.
    • Ensure that personal professional goals are established and completed each year.