ELL TEACHER/READING SPECIALIST

Argosy Collegiate Charter School

Fall River, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2972598
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Posted : July 10, 2018
  • Starting Date: August 13, 2018

Job Description

Argosy Collegiate Charter School – Middle School ELL Teacher & Reading Specialist

Argosy Collegiate invites passionate, mission-driven educators to apply for a middle school ELL Teacher & Reading Specialist position for the 2018-19 academic year. Educators who are passionate about literacy and language acquisition, enthusiastic in implementing best practices in literacy and language instruction, and committed to excellence are encouraged to apply. Applicants must hold MA licensure in ELL. Argosy Collegiate is hiring for our fifth year in educating and serving the scholars of Fall River.

The ELL Teacher & Reading Specialist works with scholars, staff, and families to help coordinate and increase the effectiveness of Argosy’s school wide intervention programs, including supporting English Language Learners through SEI strategies as well as small group data-driven reading instruction. The ELL Teacher & Reading Specialist is committed to the Argosy Collegiate Charter School Board of Trustee’s policies regarding equity, human rights and cross cultural understanding and reports directly to the Director of Student Support.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Professional degree from an accredited college
• ESL licensure required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
• Experience with providing high quality professional development preferred
• Experience with utilizing data in designing, organizing and implementing small group interventions
• Experience with working in inclusion, push-in settings
• Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with general educators, special educators, school leadership, and ESL/Reading Specialist staff to ensure all students' needs are met
• Ability to communicate ideas and directives clearly and consistently, both orally and in writing
• Effective active listening skills
• Organizational, creative and problem-solving skills

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Organize and execute effective small group reading interventions using high quality, research-based reading instruction
• Develop and execute high quality lesson and unit plans
• Collaborate with general education teaching staff on incorporating SEI strategies in classroom settings and best practice literacy strategies
• Work with Directors of Student Support and Curriculum/Instruction on language development for all scholars
• Execute ACCESS testing for scholars with ELL support
• Assist in building a positive community with incoming staff, scholars and their families.

SCHOOL CULTURE AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:
• Create a positive, warm, and achievement-oriented environment based on high expectations that engages, encourages and motivates all students to own their learning, behavior, and choices.
• Hold all students to a high bar of excellence, integrity and accountability for representing Argosy Collegiate, not making excuses for them or ourselves; uphold behavior standards at all times including transitions, field trips, and school events.
• Work with school leadership to ensure discipline policies and classroom management are consistent and effective.
• Effectively communicate with students, families, and colleagues by exemplifying Argosy Collegiate’s DREAM values.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH:
• Attend and actively engage in all professional development, data analysis, and team planning meetings.
• Be reflective, responsible, and solutions-oriented in our problem solving and perspective, collaborating with peers, team leaders, and school leadership to improve instructional, cultural, and leadership systems and structures.
• Engage in a continuous cycle of feedback and improvement with frequent observations, feedback meetings, the use of video and practice models for instruction, planning, and classroom management.
• Participate enthusiastically in both formal and informal learning and development opportunities.

DESIRED SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
• Aligned with Argosy Collegiate’s mission and vision for all students.
• Teaching experience preferred in an urban or charter school setting with proven track record for closing the achievement gap.
• Ability to think and thrive in a fast-paced and entrepreneurial setting.
• Ability to think critically, problem-solve, backwards plan, analyze and use data, and prioritize the needs of students.
• Collaborative team player – communicative, reflective, strong work ethic, sense of humor, receptive to feedback, growth mindset, data-driven, supportive, and relentlessly optimistic.
• Systems oriented and yet flexible and responsive to the needs of students and the organization.
• Highly effective organization and oral and written communication skills.
• Exceptionally professional and respectful with all stakeholders.
• BA/BS in education or content area (required) or Master’s Degree in education or related field (preferred).
• Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese a strong plus.
• Citizenship, residency, or work VISA in the U.S. required.
• MTELs in Communication & Literacy and in content area by the end of the first year of employment.
• SEI endorsement by the end of the first year of employment.
• Hold MA licensure in content area by the end of the first year of employment.

WHY TEACH AT ARGOSY COLLEGIATE?
• Be part of a founding team changing history in Fall River, building a college-preparatory school from the ground up.
• Transform the lives of our scholars.
• Practice data analysis and team planning for real and dramatic outcomes.
• Engage in meaningful professional development to build, reflect, and refine curriculum and professional goals.
• Interact with school leadership continually to ensure a focus on instruction and academic achievement.
• Develop your professional leadership no matter the level or role you hold or seek.
• Fall River is an exceptional and affordable place to live. We are an hour from Boston, 20 minutes to Providence or 25 to Newport, R.I., and 90 minutes to Cape Cod. There is an abundance of excellent hiking, kayaking, and biking offerings nearby and the area is rich with cultural and culinary experiences to keep your soul and spirit energized and refreshed.

Compensation: Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package. All applicants being considered for employment are subject to a background check including a CORI and fingerprinting.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Categories : Classroom Teacher > ELL / ESL / SEI / TESOL
    Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
  • Welcome to Argosy Collegiate Charter School!

    Argosy Collegiate is a college preparatory, public charter school for Fall River scholars in grades 6 through 12. We opened our doors in August, 2014 with 100 6th graders, and we will expand one grade every year until we are at our full cohort in 2020. We provide a high quality, small school environment with a seamless transition from middle to high school. Our mission is to prepare all scholars with the academic foundation and character skills necessary for success in college, career, and life. This is a unique opportunity to build an excellent school from its inaugural year. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Argosy Collegiate Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. What is your 5-year career plan?
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Why is Argosy Collegiate a good fit for you?
      Short Essay (Answer limited TO 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Kristen Pavao , Executive Director
    • 263 Hamlet Street
    • Fall River, Massachusetts 02724

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