ELL Afterschool Teacher (Part Time), Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
POSITION: ELL Afterschool Teacher (Part-time)
DEADLINE: RESUME & COVER LETTER WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED.
ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Established in 1968, IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is a dynamic community building agency dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, economic development, technology and arts programming.
The Cacique Youth Learning Center is a holistic arts, education and youth development program that develops the leaders of tomorrow by unlocking their full potential. The program operates year-round and offers theater, visual arts, creative writing, dance, Latin percussion, and community advocacy as the means to promote leadership and development among youth between the ages of 10-19 years of age.
The Cacique Childrens’ Learning Center uses similar elements but focuses on improving the English proficiency levels and academic standing for K-2 students.
REPORTS TO: IBA’s Director of Youth Program
JOB SUMMARY: IBA- seeks a highly qualified ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) TEACHER who is knowledgeable in using strategies for second language acquisition to work on a special ELL Afterschool program designed for K-2 students. The goal of the program is to help students gain proficiency/fluency in English, by developing strong reading/writing skills to enable them to improve learning in other academic content areas. This is an exciting opportunity for teachers who are looking to use innovative forms of teaching, such as using curriculum that emphasizes using art and creativity to deliver and reaffirm the content, in this case to develop fluency in the use of the language, reading and writing. The role involves working with BPS teachers and leaders that are committed to the vision of high expectations for achievement, equal access to high levels of instruction, the achievement of academic proficiency for all students, and the closing of the achievement gap among subgroups within the schools.
Given that the program is run by IBA and involves using a curriculum using arts, this position is ideal for those who seek to work in an environment that supports their creativity and innovation, and respects their skills and abilities as a teacher.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSABILITIES:
- Provide individualized and small group Elementary English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to English Language Learners.
- Collaborate and communicate with the ELL students content teacher(s) at the Blackstone Elementary school to align instruction and supports both the ELL students English language development and their classroom instructional needs (instructions, vocabulary, reading and writing support and clarification of assignments).
- Collaborate and communicate with the schools instructional leadership team, instructional coaches and administration to ensure ELL students receive language support and other forms of academic assistance
- Work at the school delivering weekly ESL lessons to K-2 students with varying levels of English proficiency.
- Plans and conducts activities with the children and/ coordinates work with other IBA’s instructors (i.e. art teachers), as needed.
- Report to work regularly on-time at the Blackstone school and complete sign-in/sign-out procedures with the IBA on-site staff.
- Exhibits genuine concern for participants and always conducts oneself appropriately and professionally.
- Ensures the safety of all children in the program, especially during their arrival/release times.
- Adheres to/complies with all the policies and procedures established by the Blackstone school (BPS) including dressing code, privacy, confidentiality, safety, security, etc.
- Keeps immediate supervisor(s) well-informed about activities, problems and the results of any action taken. Help identify potential problems and recommends corrective actions.
- Maintain an inventory of the materials, equipment in the classroom and snacks, keeping the appropriate records and alerting the appropriate person as quantities fall below the appropriate levels and require replenishment.
- Meet weekly with the IBA’s on-site staff to ask for any materials that might be needed for the class; to provide feedback on the content of the curriculum, the progress of the children as well as any pertinent communication to the participants’ parents/guardians and/or the school
- Assists in other duties as needed and directed.
TEACHING BACKGROUND AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Demonstrate a commitment to excellence, equity, and high expectations for all students with an emphasis on building on the strengths that students bring to the teaching/learning process and closing the achievement gap between ELL as a subgroup ELL within the school
- Model professional behavior that addresses the expectations of professionals working in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and economically diverse community
- Build and maintain safe, fair, and respectful learning environments that celebrate the diversity of the student population.
Instructional planning and implementation:
- Able to plan instruction and employ strategies that address the wide range of learning, behavioral, and communication styles of the student population.
- Able to plan and deliver lessons utilizing the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes, and Boston Public School English Language plan and to deliver appropriate lessons for varying levels of English proficiency.
- Demonstrate cultural proficiency and use effective and culturally relevant instructional practices
- Have extensive knowledge of the content including, but not limited to, key concepts and facts, relevant research, methods of inquiry, and communication styles specific to the respective discipline(s)
- Demonstrate understanding of standards-based education, including local and state content frameworks, and mandated district-wide curriculum for literacy, English Language Development, and English Language Arts.
- Implement aspects of Readers and Writers workshop model that match the language proficiency level of students
Demonstrate an understanding and fluency with the BPS ESL Curriculum and the Massachusetts DOE English Language Proficiency Benchmarks and Outcomes (BPS is moving to Common Core and embracing WIDA standards and assessment.)
- Familiarity with a variety of assessment tools and strategies to gather data to monitor student mastery of instructional content, to improve instruction, and to assess the comparative performance of individual participants within the classroom. Being able to provide feedback to the classroom teachers for English language learners whenever appropriate.
GENERAL COMPETENCIES REQUIREMENTS:
- Possess excellent interpersonal skills and manners (welcoming, courteous, professional, caring, and eager to help).
- Enthusiastic style and always displaying a positive attitude and capable of motivating others
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Computer literate: working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Internet navigation tools, etc.
- Presentable appearance and grooming consistent with IBA’s and the Blackstone Elementary School’s (BPS) dressing codes.
- Good moral character, mature judgment and a strong sense of responsibility and dedication.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Ability to identify and resolve problems in a proactive and timely manner.
- Attention to detail.
- This is a 36 week program with a start date of September 17, 2012 and an end date of June 14, 2013.
- Pay is based on a 2.5hr day (3-5:00 PM of programming and .5hrs lesson planning), Monday-Friday with one weekly hour that is for a weekly teacher meeting. (13.5 hr week)
- $25.00-$30.00/hr. based on experience.
- Bachelor Degree is preferred.
- Massachusetts Certification as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher
- Experience teaching at least 1 year in a K-12 setting.
- Experience working in urban schools and/or community-based settings, preferred.
- Sensitive to differences and able to work with children and people of diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Knowledge of key youth development issues, education and health-education principles.
- CPR/First Aid Certified.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates strongly preferred.
- South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood residents strongly preferred.
Please send or email your cover letter and resume to:
IBA-Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion
405 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118