ELL Specialist - Summer 2018 (Montgomery County, MD)
Extraordinary talent, extraordinary impact
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is the largest evidence-based summer learning provider in the United States and a national leader in PK-8th grade out-of-school education. Founded in 1992, BELL closes the achievement gap in underserved communities through its partnerships with schools, school districts, and other youth-serving organizations to reach 15,000 students annually across the country.
BELL partners design and deploy holistic, scalable summer and afterschool learning experiences utilizing BELL's comprehensive, evidence-based out-of-school-time education solution. Refined and replicated for over 25 years, BELL-powered programs blend rigorous literacy and math instruction with hands-on enrichment, social, emotional development, and community engagement.
BELL strives to make a difference in the lives of children—called BELL scholars—along with their families and teachers. Standardized tests indicate that BELL scholars consistently gain the equivalent of two months of classroom instruction in literacy and three months in math skills during the summer program. BELL's summer programs help prevent summer slide, which reverses achievement gains students make during the school year. In addition to academic benefits, BELL scholars experience increases in self-confidence and expectations for the future.
Position Impact on the Organization
The ELL (English Language Learner) Specialist will be responsible for the planning, coordinating and overseeing the implementation of a comprehensive ELL program that meets the diverse needs of our scholars, sets teachers up to successfully differentiate instruction to support students with diverse language needs. Your Accountabilities:
This role delivers high quality program to BELL’s scholars and BELL’s partners and clients. Specific accountabilities include:
● Support staff in implementation of differentiated literacy curricula and activities aligned to the academic Common Core Standards with suggestions for how to support ELL scholars
● Support staff in utilization of formal assessment data to refine and adapt curriculum that inform instructional practices for ELL scholars
● Facilitate the integration of ELL teaching strategies in all regular education activities and provide constructive feedback to teachers regarding instruction in reading, writing, language development, and other curricular areas
● Provide instructional scaffolding techniques and differentiated reading instruction methods that best serve ELL scholars
● Research, teach, and model best practices used to address the needs of those students who
● struggle with reading and writing due to language differences
● Work in conjunction with Instructional Coach to identify ELL scholars who need significant remediation
● Work collaboratively with teachers in recognizing and responding to the multiple needs of diverse learners
● Provide direct, targeted, and effective instructional strategies in small group or pullout settings for ELL scholars
● Assist in the development of daily engaging lesson plans aligned to specific learning objectives and aligned with effective ELL instructional strategies
● Model relevant, engaging, and rigorous lessons utilizing a variety of ELL instructional strategies
● Disaggregate and analyze data to target instruction, enhance student learning, and inform teacher practice
● Promote cultural and linguistic awareness in the classroom and school community
● Provide on-going staff development as is necessary and/or requested on second language acquisition and acculturation processes, sheltered instruction, the latest research, and most effective practices in teaching English language learners
● Adhere to all BELL and district professional expectations, compliance issues, and best practices
● Support teachers in creating a positive, achievement-oriented, organized, and engaging learning environment
● Provide consistent rewards and/or consequences for scholar behavior grounded in positive discipline
● Empower scholars to make positive choices and serve as a role model
● Be accountable for meeting scholars’ individual academic and instructional needs
● Implement collaborative and co-teaching instructional strategies with BELL tutors
● Communicate effectively with scholars, families, BELL staff, and host school staff
● Compliance with all BELL and/or district professional development requirements
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required for this position, Master’s Degree preferred with a current teaching certification and bi-lingual endorsement. Strong communication (both verbal and written), interpersonal and decision making skills are necessary.
In addition to having educational experience, applicants should have:
● Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree preferred
● Valid state elementary/middle school teaching certification
● Bilingual endorsement and/or a TESOL/ELL endorsement
● Minimum of five years teaching experience in an urban elementary public school with a large ELL population
● Experience in developing and/or in delivering ELL teacher training is preferred. Previous and relevant experience in utilizing and implementing data-driven instructional practices for high achievement academic results specifically for ELL (LEP) students
● Experience with blended learning/computer based instruction; assessment tools
● Familiarity with differentiated instructional practices and strategies
● Knowledge of Response to Intervention components and practices specifically as they relate to serving ELL scholars
● Ability to work with diverse populations
● Drive to improve the minds and lives of scholars within their community
● Mastery of and enthusiasm for ELL literacy teaching strategies, academic standards, and instructional rigor
● Excellent organizational and communication skills
● Committed to the goals of the program and approach
● Love and respect for children
● Evidence of efficacy and willingness to be a team player
● Belief and commitment to Bell’s mission and values
‘Oh the places you’ll go’ …
BELL is committed to creating amazing experiences for its employees—believing that an employee’s satisfaction directly reflects on their ability to make a difference in the lives of BELL Scholars and those who serve them. We endeavor to consistently and thoughtfully ensure every employee knows the expectations of his/her role, including how his/her successful performance impacts our mission, and the future growth and development opportunities available at BELL.
‘Oh the places you can go’ as together we fulfill our mission to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.