English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinator/Teacher
March 30, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measureable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs
Christopher House Elementary School is looking for an English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher to support rigorous, data-driven instruction in a nurturing school climate to close the achievement gap for the low-income student body.
Exempt position and reports to: Principal
Objective: Coordinate assessments and services and deliver high-quality instructions to ELL students in collaboration with the instructional staff. Serve as a resource for staff on ELL instruction.
Responsibilities: Coordinate all assessments and programming for the ELL program. Work collaboratively with a team of educators and support staff to assess students and develop strategies for success in the classroom. Lead professional development for staff on ELL practices and strategies. Actively participate in initiatives to engage parents and families of ELL students in the school community.
Assist all English Language Learners (ELLs) in achieving English language proficiency, facilitate effective communication in English, and encourage their full participation in school activities and programs. Appropriately identify students with limited English-speaking ability and determine the appropriate instructional program and environment for ELLs and monitor their progress in order to determine their readiness in a mainstream classroom environment. Provide materials, instructional assistance, co-teaching on an as need basis, and professional development to assist teachers in strengthening ELL instruction.
Provide information to parents/guardians of ELLs about the reason for their child’s identification, their child’s level of English proficiency, the method of instruction to be used, how the program will meet their child’s needs, specific exit requirements of the program, how the program will meet the individual education program, if applicable, and information on parent/guardian rights.
As a mandated reporter, assess and report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Appear in Court proceedings when necessary. Make referrals to other agencies when appropriate, act as an advocate in this process. Seek collaboration with other community agencies wherever appropriate.
Participate in weekly professional development workshops. Expand professional knowledge through Christopher House in-agency training and development programs, through professional conferences and education and by membership in appropriate professional groups.
Actively seek to align programs with best practices or standards for high quality. Ensure on time and accurate collection of data. Analyze data with team members to determine how to explain information related to findings and improvement strategies.
Schedule: 7:30 am every morning and stay until 4:00 pm. A dedicated lunch break and planning period are included daily. Each Friday, students will have early dismissal at 1:30pm and teachers will participate in professional development from 1:30p.m. – 4:00p.m. Teachers will be expected to participate in planning meetings and events after school from time to time, which will be announced in advance by the Principal. Teachers will follow the academic calendar for vacations and holidays.
Qualifications: Minimum of two years experience as an ELL Teacher and/or Coordinator. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
Education: Bachelor or Master’s degree in Education, preferably in Illinois, with State Type 3 Certification and ESL endorsement.