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English Language Learner (ELL) Team Chairperson 2014-2015 School Year

Posted 2014-06-27
Job Description

English Language Learner (ELL) Team Chairperson
2014-2015 School Year

The ELL Team Chairperson is focused entirely on developing and implementing excellent English Language Learner instruction. The ELL Team Chairperson will analyze, design, prepare, refine, and innovate excellent ELL systems, assessments, and instructional best practices for UP Academy. The ELL Team Chairperson will report to the Principal of UP Academy, or his or her designee, and work closely with Unlocking Potentials Director of English Language Learning.

Specific Responsibilities:
Ensure compliance of the overall ELL program with applicable laws and regulations;
Oversee ACCESS and W-APT administration;
Oversee placement of ELL students in homerooms and cohorts;
Oversee ELL service delivery for ELL students at each grade and fluency level within the school;
Set, in collaboration with the school Leadership Team, goals for the department, and assess progress made towards goals on an ongoing basis;
Oversee ELL progress report process;
Observe ELL teachers and teachers in ELL cohorts and provide formal and informal feedback on observations, lesson plan review, and more;
Provide instructional leadership, through collaboration with the school Leadership Team, to determine instructional models and techniques including ideal student groupings, use of ELL teachers, and co-teaching models, that best meet need of students in the school;
Facilitate weekly department meetings to analyze student work, review information regarding classroom assessments, and plan for instruction;
Design and implement excellent newcomer, intermediate, FLEP and SIFE curriculum;
Design and implement newcomer student and family orientation for students enrolled mid-year;
Ensure student mastery of state, city, and school academic standards;
Use assessment data to refine curriculum and inform instructional practices;
Design, oversee and assess efficacy of intervention programs that support ELLs during the day, as well as after school;
Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues;
Provide school staff with professional development around aligning curriculum and instruction with WIDA standards; and
Provide small group, targeted instruction to students as needed and/or model instruction for teachers.

A passionate belief in UP Academys mission, values, and educational model;
An eagerness to set ambitious, challenging, and tangible goals, and a relentless drive to achieve them;
An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a capacity to remain calm and focused when faced with unexpected challenges;
Experience working with students with special needs;
Experience working with teachers and service providers who serve students with special needs;
A proven track-record of high achievement;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong public speaking skills;
A sense of humility in the face of success;
Drive to improve the minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
Experience working with ESL students in high performing schools and/ or organizations;
Bachelors degree required;
A valid Massachusetts ESL Teaching License;
An ability to meet all state and federal guidelines in order to be fully licensed and "Highly Qualified" according to NCLB; and
Current authorization to work in the United States A candidate must have such authorization by his or her first day of employment.
We offer a competitive compensation package, including, when relevant, a salary equal to (and in some cases above) the district scale and comprehensive health benefits.

To Apply:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit and formally apply for this position through our on-line application system.

UP Academy Leonard Middle School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or qualified job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other status or condition protected by applicable law. This policy extends to, but is not limited to, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, training and termination.

Hours: Full-Time
Type: Job


Tarah Mohika

Company Description

UP Education Network is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. Our turnaround schools ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills, and strength of character necessary to succeed on the path to college and to achieve their full potential. UP Education Network currently operates four schools, UP Academy Charter School of Boston (grades 6-8), UP Academy Leonard Middle School (grades 6-8), UP Academy Charter School of Dorchester (grades K1-5), and UP Academy Oliver (grade 6). Across our network, we will serve more than 2500 students in Boston and Lawrence in fall 2014.

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