Westfield Public Schools
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Abner Gibbs Elementary School
Westfield Public Schools
Westfield, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 4147523 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: February 10, 2023 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
  1. Be responsible for teaching students of limited English speaking ability.
  2. Maintain accurate and complete records as required by law, school policy and administrative regulations.
  3. Teach pupils utilizing a course of study adopted by the Westfield Public Schools and appropriate curriculum publications as guidelines in teaching individual course content.
  4. Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
  5. Translate lesson plans into learning experiences to best utilize the available time for instruction.
  6. Evaluate pupils' academic and social growth, keep appropriate records, and prepares progress reports.
  7. Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.
  8. Communicate with parents through conferences and other means to discuss pupils' progress and interpret the school program.
  9. Identify pupil needs and cooperate with other professional staff members in assessing student learning and social adjustment.
  10. Create an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards and interest centers.
  11. Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities.
  12. Select and requisition books and instructional aids; maintain required inventory records.
  13. Supervise pupils in out-of-classroom activities during the assigned working day.
  14. Administer group-standardized tests in accordance with state-mandated and district testing program.
  15. Participate in curriculum development programs as required.
  16. Participate in faculty committees and the sponsorship of pupil activities.
  17. Attend monthly faculty and departmental meetings.
  18. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the building principal or the Superintendent of Schools.
REPORTS TO: Building Principal

The salary and terms of employment shall be commensurate with the Westfield Public Schools Unit A contract.

Performance on this position will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the Westfield School Committee policy on evaluation.

This position subject to funding.

Work is generally conducted within school building. Ability to travel throughout the school building is necessary. Position involves sitting and the ability to travel from one place to another within the classroom. Work is light in nature with regular lifting of up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds with some pulling and pushing or reaching above, generally of desk and file drawers. Frequent use of hands to operate keyboards and telephones and other office equipment.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Abner Gibbs Elementary School!

Abner Gibbs Elementary School Mission Statement: The Abner Gibbs School is committed to excellence in education. It is our mission to foster an atmosphere of mutual caring, respect and responsibility. Each child should develop a strong foundation in listening, speaking, reading, writing, problem solving, and critical thinking. It is our mission to enrich all students by providing opportunities that recognize the difference in students in terms of culture, language, ability and learning style. The mission of the Abner Gibbs School includes the following premises: Each student has the opportunity to participate and take "ownership" of their learning through active involvement. Each student has the opportunity to learn according to their own abilities and they must be encouraged to strive for excellence. •Each student must experience success in order to maximize learning. • Each teacher creates a school culture of excellence that helps to build a caring, cohesive and collaborative school community. • Each teacher builds collaborative relationships with all stake holders through open, frequent, direct and timely communication. •Each teacher regularly measures student achievement and academic progress by focusing on student out comes through observations, curriculum, and portfolio assessment. • Each teacher participates in professional development designed to enhance the subject content knowledge, strengthen their teaching abilities and accommodates the individual needs of each child. •Each student has the opportunity to realize and develop positive values and responsibilities, so that they are able to conduct themselves as responsible citizens and global learners. Abner Gibbs Elementary School Vision Statement: Our teaching and learning is meaning based with an integrated curriculum for critical thinking utilizing appropriate technology: All students have an opportunity to participate and take "ownership" of their learning through active involvement. There is a special emphasis on students at risk including the language minority student. As a school, we create a school culture of excellence that helps to build a caring, cohesive, and collaborative school community. We form classrooms and programs to support and improve student outcomes in preparation for citizenship and the world of work. We build collaborative relationships with all stake holders which provide opportunities and support to allow our students to maximize their potential. We regularly measure student achievement and academic progress by focusing on student outcomes through curriculum assessment, teacher and peer observations, standardized tests and portfolio assessment. The teachers, the administrator, and the support staff participate in professional development designed to enhance their subject content knowledge, strengthen their teaching skills and build skills in shared decision - making.Knowing that resources are limited, and the future of our children is at risk, we need the support of the families, the community and the state. We need to open the doors of ownership so that positive changes can take place. With a unified effort, we are developing this school improvement plan.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Westfield 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, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
<b>QUALIFICATIONS:</b> <ul><li>Certified in English as a Second Language by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. <li>Dual certification in Reading or English in addition to ESL is preferred. <li>Prior experience in bilingual/bi-cultural education English as a Second Language.</ul>
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States 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. Describe the skills or attributes you believe are necessary to be an outstanding teacher.
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    2. How would you address a wide range of skills and abilities in your classroom?
    Short Essay (Answer limited to 600 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information
    Anna Antropova, Supervisor of English Learners Program
    94 North Elm Street
    Suite 101
    Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
    Phone: 413-485-8454
    Email: a.antropova@schoolsofwestfield.org