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ESL Teacher

Summary Information:
Employer: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Position Type: Teaching
Categories: English as a Second Language
School / Org: Grand Rapids Public Schools
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
FTE: 1
No. of Positions: 1
Reference #: EAN6592
Posting Date: Thursday, 09 August 2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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Grand Rapids Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the following position(s):

ESL Teacher

Location: Various/To Be Determined

Additional Information:
Position Title: ESL Teacher – Elementary or Secondary
Bargaining Unit: Grand Rapids Education Association (GREA)
Salary: $38,000 and comprehensive benefits package
Earning Days: 194 Days or as annually determined by the contract

GRPS Mission: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.

Job Summary: To ensure every student is academically and socially ready for college, their career, and the global economy. To equip all students with knowledge, skills, and motivation that empowers them to direct their lives and become confident, critical thinkers who will contribute to a changing global community. This is accomplished by providing a variety of learning experiences in partnership with the community to meet each student's needs as defined by his or her educational plan. This position reports directly to the assigned building/program principal.

Essential Job Functions: Essential functions, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the duties, knowledge and skills outlined in this job description. This list is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Job Functions:
- Provide students with effective instruction in the various academic areas.
- Provide students with effective instruction/modeling/interventions in the various behavioral areas.
- Teach the required curriculum and administer common assessments.
- Plan and provide appropriate educational supplemental activities to meet both group and individual needs of all children within the classroom.
- Establish a harmonious classroom atmosphere that is conducive to learning and enhances student self-esteem.
- Create an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards and interest centers.
- Establish and maintain effective written and oral communication and rapport with students, parents and colleagues.
- Display physical, social, mental and emotional soundness in order to execute the duties of job.
- Serve as a role model for all students and within school community.
- Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents and the community in positive, supportive and cooperative ways.
- Make and maintain regular, positive contact with parents via phone calls, email and/or home visits.
- Design and deliver high quality Close and Critical reading strategies aligned to the curriculum in each content area.
- Use the instructional learning cycle to inform future planning.
- Deliver lessons with attention to building skills to produce independent thinkers/problem solvers across the curriculum.
- Communicate progress with parents and students.
- Engage, encourage, motivate, and captivate students and parents.
- Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students.
- Collaborate with special education staff to provide students with individualized education programs (IEPs) appropriate accommodations and supplementary aids.
- Participate in professional development and implement with fidelity the strategies learned.
- Incorporate highly effective teaching practices from the Danielson Rubric into daily practice.
- Incorporate the Tripod 7 Cs (challenge, control, consolidate, confer, captivate, clarify and care) into daily practice.
- Incorporate the Tripod 7 Cs (challenge, control, consolidate, confer, captivate, clarify and care) into daily practice.
- Establish a culture of learning through press for effort, perseverance, and rigor.
- Develop detailed, accurate and concise lesson plans for each subject area.
- Effectively maintain and monitor on-going student progress.
- Establish and maintain accurate record keeping documentation on individual children.
- Provide and maintain a positive relationship with students, parents, staff and community.
- Establish and maintain a physical classroom setting that is conducive to learning.
- Utilize instructional materials and strategies effectively to increase student learning and to prepare students to make sound decisions and become productive citizens.
- Utilize “best” classroom management practices to create a learning environment that is conducive to learning, curtails disruptive behaviors and enhances students’ self-esteem.
- Contribute as a team member in the decision making processes of the school as facilitated by the building administrator.
- Participate and support students in extracurricular activities such as clubs and academic competitions.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees as required.
- Maintain and promote assigned individual building goals and objectives.
- Maintain and promote school district goals and objectives.
- Participate in parent meetings, including IEP’s and Parent/Teacher Conferences.
- Comply with District policies, procedures and rules.
- Regular and on-time attendance is required. Other duties as assigned.

This description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.

Preparation, Training, Education, and Experiences:
- Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university.
- Current appropriate teaching certification (Elementary or Secondary certified depending on needs of the district).
- Demonstrated ability to work in an economically, culturally and racially diverse environment.
- Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of the team.
- English to Speakers of Other Languages/Bilingual/Spanish endorsement.
- Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education, teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages or an ESL/Bilingual Spanish endorsement preferred.
- Experience as a successful classroom teacher in a classroom with English Language Learners preferred.
- SIOP training.

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, talk, hear (in a quiet or noisy environment), taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust/focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate. Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing in the English language, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile and negotiate.

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