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Lawrence Public Schools

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Job Details

  • Job ID: 3143516
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted : September 10, 2019
  • Starting Date: September 17, 2019

Job Description

Lawrence Public Schools – Adult Learning Center
Part Time ESOL Educator for Evening Program

About Lawrence Public Schools’ and the Adult Learning Center:

Lawrence Public Schools is an urban district serving more than 13,000 students, the majority of whom are economically disadvantaged. More than 70% of our students speak a language other than English as their first language. We are committed to ensuring that our students, who have for too long been underserved, are provided with a high quality, free, public education at their local, district schools. The Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center has been providing free Adult Basic Education and ESOL classes to the citizens of Lawrence, MA and the surrounding communities for more than 40 years. The ALC provides quality educational services to 500 – 600 students per year who desire to develop: English language, literacy, numeracy, and technology skills for further education, job training, and better employment.

The Vision of the Lawrence Public Schools - Adult Learning Center is to ensure that all English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students achieve the learning goals they have set upon entry into our program. By improving students’ skills in the areas of academics, language, technology, and workforce development, we will increase their opportunities to enter college, to obtain an industry-recognized credential, to expand their career choices, to enjoy a family-sustaining wage, and to become effective citizens of their community.

About the ESOL Position:
The ALC ESOL Educator will work part time during the evenings (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 5:45 PM to 8:45 PM. assisting adult English language learners in developing their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English. The educator will also help adult students improve their ability to communicate using technology, mathematical skills; and to acquire an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom and responsible citizenship. The ESOL Educator will work to ensure that students are receiving rigorous standards-based instruction that is student-centered, includes appropriate supports, and necessary accommodations.

Reports to: Principal of the Adult Learning Center. The educator will work collaboratively with advisors, facilitators, other ALC educators, clerks, and support staff, as well as the School’s Leadership Team.

Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
• Teach, reinforce, remediate, and ensure mastery of academic content with individual students, small groups of students, and
whole class of students in the development of language acquisition skills;
• Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences and meet the College and Career
Readiness Standards and MA English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education;
• Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities;
• Use relevant technology to support instruction;
• Evaluate students’ progress regularly and prepare measurable goals and objectives;
• Provide appropriate and timely feedback on student work;
• Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards;
• Submit lesson plans, electronically, on a weekly basis;
• Use assessment data to refine curriculum and modify instructional practices;
• Communicate effectively, consistently, and professionally with students, and colleagues;
• Provide support, accommodations, and attention to all students;
• Maintain and update all necessary records accurately, and completely, including attendance as required by ALC, and ACLS;
• Manage adult learners’ group dynamics by establishing and enforcing rules, norms, procedures, & routines;
• Participate in school and community events, e.g. seminars, field trips, community forums, weekly ALC
staff meetings, professional development opportunities, end of the year ceremonies, including graduation;
• Keep current with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional
plans and activities relative to the teaching of adult learners;
• Comply with school, district, city, and statewide policies, regulations, and laws;
• Adhere to rules of student confidentiality;
• Complete other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies:
• Familiarity with the field of Adult Basic Education, and ESOL programs;
• Sound understanding of adult learning theory;
• Solid knowledge base of math/science instruction or reading/writing/social studies/civics instruction;
• Strong foundation in second language acquisition and linguistics;
• Demonstrated proficiency using digital literacy tools, as well as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Knowledge of Massachusetts’ DESE-ACLS program guidelines, performance indicators & benchmarks; College and Career
Readiness Standards for Adult Education;
• Certification in required AE/ESOL assessments: MAPT, BEST Plus, TABE CLASS E – Reading/Writing;
• Experience with SABES professional development courses.

Professional Abilities:
• Professionalism in all areas of practice and in all interactions with students & staff;
• Commitment to the vision of the Lawrence Public Schools’ Adult Learning Center;
• Proven history of successful collaboration;
• Flexible & adaptable;
• Possess and model high standards for self and students;
• Set rigorous goals focused on instruction, assessment, and professional learning;
• Solutions-based approach to dealing with identified needs, problems, and or conflict;
• Willingness to take initiative and succeed in a fast-paced classroom/ school environment while remaining calm and focused
when faced with unexpected challenges;
• Commitment to embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusiveness, and the equal rights of all people by advancing the
understanding and appreciation of human differences including age, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, religious beliefs, sexual
orientation, or socio-economic status;

• Bachelor’s Degree Required/ Master’s Degree preferred;
• Valid Massachusetts Teaching License required, preferably in ABE, ESOL, or ESL, or in a core content area (Reading, Math,
ELA, Science, History);
• If possessing a MA DESE teaching license other than an ABE, ESL, or ESOL the candidate must have a deep understanding of
best instructional practices related to English learners;
• At least three (3) years’ experience teaching adults, preferably ABE or ESOL;
• Current Authorization to work in the United States.

Part time exempt position with no fringe benefits. Salary will be paid monthly via a stipend based on experience, certification, and hours worked per week.

How to Apply:
Please apply for positions in Lawrence Public Schools by visiting our website, or on School Spring.
  • Position Type: After school/Evening
  • Positions Available: 9
  • Job Category : Classroom Teacher > ELL / ESL / SEI / TESOL
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

    Lawrence Public Schools 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

    • Massachusetts Teacher Certification in appropriate area Proficient in English Bilingual Preferred
    • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred

    Contact Information

    • James White , Principal
    • 147 Haverhill Street
    • Lawrence, Massachusetts 01841

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