Westerly Middle School
Westerly Public Schools
Westerly, Rhode Island

Job Details
Job ID: 3477551 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: March 25, 2021 Starting Date: July 1, 2021
Updated: June 10, 2021

Job Description

General Statement of Duties:

The World Language Teacher is responsible for developing competencies, knowledge and skills in aurally comprehending, speaking, reading and writing a foreign language, in accordance with students’ abilities in grades 5-8 in a student centered, vibrant, thought provoking classroom that emphasize language and cultural introduction. The teacher and student communicate purposefully in the target language as listeners, speakers, readers, writers and viewers.

Supervision Received: As provided by the School Principal with support from the District World Languages Department Head.

Supervision Exercised: None

Nature and Scope of Position:

Job Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrate appropriate depth of knowledge in the language of instruction.
  • Demonstrate appropriate depth of knowledge in ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, K-12 Performance Descriptors, Can Do Statements and three (3) Modes of Communication.
  • Prepare and implement ACTFL standards based, well-organized curricula in which students are engaged in relevant, thoughtful, challenging work.
  • Emphasize all four components of learning a language equally-speaking, reading, listening and writing.
  • Naturally embed cultural understanding into all classroom activities.
  • Differentiate lessons, units, assessments, etc. based on the needs of each student.
  • Establish a learning environment of serious scholarship and high expectations that supports students’ interests, talents, and needs.
  • Employ techniques that stimulate critical (or divergent) thinking and problem solving.
  • Use a variety of current technologies to enhance instruction and to advance students technological literacy.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to model information, communication, technology, and media literacy for students, colleagues, parents, and community.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to continuously develop and evolve new skills and support colleagues in the development of their skills.
  • Use various methods of assessment; uses assessment information to plan instruction
  • Define, communicates, and upholds acceptable standards of student behavior and develops open communication, mutual respect, and rapport with students.
  • Communicate effectively with all constituents.
  • Fulfill time commitments and contributes to department sponsored community/enrichment activities.
  • Contribute to a positive collegial environment; collaborates with colleagues.
  • Strengthen skills and knowledge through reflection, feedback, workshops, seminars, and collegial sharing.
  • Maintain strictest confidentiality with regard to all aspects of performance and attendance.
  • Establish a professional rapport with students and with staff that has their respect. Display the highest ethical and professional behavior and standards when working with students, parents and school personnel.

    Home/School Communication:
  • Communicates regularly with parents, seeking their support and advice, so as to create a cooperative relationship to support the student in the school including positive updates as well as behavioral, academic, and attendance concerns.
  • Makes parents aware of information about programs, policies, procedures and resources that are available to students in the program.
  • Schedules parent/student conferences as needed due to behavior, attendance, academics or otherwise.
  • Promote language learning and cultural understanding outside the walls of the school

  • Serve as a role model for students, dressing professionally, demonstrating the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and demonstrating pride in the education profession.
  • Complete in a timely fashion all records and reports as requested by the principal and department head
  • Communicate with the principal and department head regularly about the needs, successes and general operation of the program.
  • Use effective presentation skills when addressing students, staff, parents, and the community including appropriate vocabulary and examples, clear and legible visuals, and articulate and audible speech.
  • Perform any duties that are within the scope of employment and certifications, as assigned by the principal.

    Required qualifications for appointment:

    Knowledge, skills and capabilities:
  • Communicate effectively (written and orally) with students, families, staff, and administration.
  • Ability to participate in the team process, providing staff with support, analysis and general information as well as recommendations to assist teachers in appropriate educational planning.
  • Exhibit personal initiative and will, and understand the importance of swift identification of solutions to concerns and problems that arise in the middle school environment.
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required.

    Education: A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized and accredited college or university.

    Certification: An appropriate Rhode Island Teacher’s World Language Certification and Middle School endorsement.

    Experience: Minimum of three (3) years successful experience in teaching is preferred.

    Position Type: Full-time

    Positions Available: 1
    Salary: $49,450.80 to $86,289.80 Per Year

    Equal Opportunity Employer
    We are 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
    Must have current, appropriate RIDE Spanish Certification at time of hire
  • National (fingerprint) Background Check results at time of hire
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Bachelor degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Instructions
    It is the policy of Westerly Public Schools not to discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies on the basis of age, color, disability status, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal law.

    Under Rhode Island General Law § 16-2-18.1, newly hired employees will need to submit to a state and national background check.

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    Application Questions
    1. How did you acquire the language(s) you are planning to teach, what is your level of proficiency and what qualifications do you have to teach this language?

    Contact Information
    Jeannie Tomao, Assistant, Human Resources
    23 Highland Avenue
    Westerly, Rhode Island 02891
    Phone: 401-315-1510
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