The Atlanta Speech School Rollins Center for Language & Literacy is currently seeking a Bilingual Birth to 5 (Spanish-English) Facilitator to support teachers and leaders of preschool dual language learners (DLLs).
The Rollins Center is the professional development arm of the Atlanta Speech School, dedicated to the mission of training and supporting teachers of young children in the area of language and literacy development. More specifically, we synthesize the nation’s best research in this area and translate it into best practices teachers can put in place right away. Through our on-site live work and online campus, we offer ongoing mentoring and coaching to teachers so ALL children are on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Our online Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus courses are available free of charge (readrightfromthestart.org).
Background and Rationale for the Position
Reading on grade level by the end of third grade is the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation. Only one in five DLLs currently reaches this critical milestone. Ensuring that dual language learners (DLLs) - who make up 20% of Georgia’s population of children under 8 years - reach this milestone increases their opportunities to function effectively across multiple communities, languages, and cultures.
DLLs, like all other children, benefit from a high quality preschool experience. This experience is closely associated with qualified teachers who engage in meaningful and powerful language interactions with children. For DLLs, this requires teachers who understand their unique developmental path and have the skills to fuel their language and literacy development, engaging their families as partners. Unfortunately, most teachers of children birth to 8 years are not prepared to work effectively with dual language learners and their families. This is particularly true for teachers of preschool-aged children. We aim to address this gap through the development of a comprehensive professional learning program that will build the capacity of teachers and leaders so they can meet the unique needs of the linguistically and culturally diverse children in their early childhood classrooms and programs.
As the Bilingual Birth to 5 Facilitator, you will be responsible for executing and supporting the implementation of a high-quality language and literacy program for preschool DLLs (3 and 4 yr. olds) in selected sites. In this role, you will provide coaching and language acquisition modeling to early education staff (onsite partners); you will support teachers in planning and implementing effective instructional strategies for DLLs to enhance their academic language development and provide support to program leaders so they in turn, can support teachers. Program implementation has the ultimate goal of preparing sites for filming best practice demonstrations, as part of the development of online courses in a DLL preschool track. This is an excellent opportunity for a committed early childhood education professional with knowledge and experience teaching young DLLs and coaching adults.
This position involves extensive on-site work in early learning centers. You will be at partner sites maybe 80% or more of the work week, requiring independent time management and the ability to exercise good judgement and decision making.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Through effective ongoing coaching, support implementation of all program components at designated sites, to prepare for filming demonstrations for Cox Campus coursework
Deliver initial program training to teachers/leaders in beliefs, content, and practices for teaching DLLs.
Foster collaborative and trusting relationships with onsite partners (teachers and others) to provide support and professional development through a strength-based coaching model
Model support and integration of DLLs’ home language and culture in classroom environments
Using the Read Right from the Start strategies as a foundation, and with appropriate adaptations and extensions, support teaching staff in the engagement of language- rich interactions and instructional activities with dual language learners
Help teachers optimize instructional practices, assisting in the identification of DLLs’ language development needs, and the differentiation of instructional support
Collaboratively use child outcome data and teacher observation data to assist teachers and onsite partners in prioritizing needs and developing measurable goals
Collaborate with other members of the Rollins team on various related projects
Use gradual release of skills to onsite partners to create sustainability
Bachelor’s Degree required in Early Childhood education, Master’s Degree preferred
ECE ESOL endorsement preferred
Eligibility for or current Georgia teaching certification
Bilingual and biliterate in English/Spanish required (has the ability to express ideas fluently in both oral and written form in Spanish)
Direct experience in Birth to Pre-K educational settings with high numbers of dual language learners (preferably Spanish speakers)
Experience implementing and coaching teachers on early literacy strategies, including Right from the Start
Experience with adult learning
Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent public speaking skills
Action-oriented, collaborative, flexible, and innovative approach to coaching and mentoring
High aspirations for all children to be successful and empowered
Deep understanding and familiarity with the developmental path of dual language learners and their comprehensive language and literacy needs
Proficient use of technology (MS Office, Google Docs)
Willingness to travel to different sites on a daily basis
Additional Relevant Knowledge:
Comprehensive knowledge of current research related to dual language learners’ development
Well-versed in developmentally-appropriate teaching strategies and instructional adaptations for young DLLS
Knowledge of bilingual development and second language acquisition in young DLLs
Familiarity with program models for young DLLs
Knowledge and understanding of children and families of different cultures
Understanding of principles of adult learning and teacher development
Understanding of change process, including continuous nature of improvement
Compensation and Benefits:
This is a 220-day, full-time school position, offering a generous benefit package including health/dental/life/vision and long term disability insurance. The Speech School subsidizes health insurance premiums of staff and families. Other benefits include Flexible Spending Account; 403(b) Plan; cost reduction of some Atlanta Speech School services; complimentary meals during working hours; and accrued sick leave.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
To ensure that your application is considered, please submit all of the following documents bySeptember 30, 2017:
cover letter, resume, and college transcript. In addition, please provide a written statement describing how your skills, talents, and expertise with DLLs would support the Rollins Center in reaching its 2020 goal of ALL children being on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade (please limit to 500 words).
Subject line: Birth to 5 Bilingual Facilitator for DLL Program
The Rollins Center is the professional development arm of the Atlanta Speech School, dedicated to the mission of training and supporting teachers of young children in the area of language and literacy development. More specifically, we synthesize the nation’s best research in this area and translate it into best practices teachers can put in place right away. Through our on-site live work and onli...ne campus, we offer ongoing mentoring and coaching to teachers so ALL children are on a path to reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Our online Read Right from the Start on the Cox Campus courses are available free of charge (readrightfromthestart.org).