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English Language Literacy Specialist

La Scuola International School

United States of America

Job Details

Role Start Date

1 August 2024

Applications Close

30 April 2024

Min. Qualification

Bachelor Degree

Min. Experience

3 Years

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Position Overview

La Scuola seeks an English Language Literacy Specialist to support English Literacy in grades K - 5 for the upcoming school year. The individual will be an integral part of our Teaching and Student Support teams and will be responsible for developing the English Language curriculum for students in Kindergarten through Grade 2 and supporting English language learning at the Elementary level. The position reports to the Elementary Director and collaborates closely with teachers, educational specialists, pedagogical leadership and administrative team members to ensure we are meeting each student’s individual needs.

Primary Responsibilities

-Plans, organizes, and provides instruction in English across elementary grades. Instruction must be consistent and coordinated with the instructional program so that -students meet and exceed learning targets and the requirements outlined in the curriculum.
-Develops and delivers lesson plans utilizing a broad range of appropriate differentiated techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in content areas at levels that ensure learners meet or exceed learning targets.
-Address learning strategies, study skills, developmental issues, executive function systems, social and emotional wellness, and other learning challenges.
-Administers academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating student’s progress in meeting academic learning targets and progress in language acquisition. Maintains complete and accurate records of student’s progress and evidence of growth and progress.
-Provides a nurturing, supportive, and positive learning environment with high expectations that encourage student responsibility, enhance motivation, clearly communicate classroom routines, and incorporate challenging instructional strategies.
-Collaborates with homeroom teachers to make connections between English literacy and units of Inquiry as well as Italian. Engages in weekly co-teaching including small group and station work.
-In collaboration with the Student Success Group and Pedagogical Team, plans and delivers literacy interventions for individual and small groups of students.
-Other duties as noted by the school.

Qualifications & Requirements

-Bachelor's Degree and or Master's degree Education in or related field of study
-3-5 years teaching experience
-Experience in bilingual education, International Baccalaureate and Reggio Emilia philosophies a plus!
-Fluency in Italian and / or Spanish a plus!

School Community

-Fully embrace and embody La Scuola’s mission, vision, and values and promote them to students, staff, other faculty, parents, and members of the outside community
-Deep belief in La Scuola’s mission, values, and commitment to diversity and inclusion
-Be part of the orientation of new and returning parents before the start of the school year to emphasize the responsibilities of parents, teachers, and students
-Maintain positive, constructive and professional relationships with students, their families, and colleagues
-Counsel students and their families through social challenges as referred by faculty, with the collaboration and support of the Division Head
-Communicate regularly with families and develop a supportive home-school relationship

Desired Attributes

-Patience, flexibility and a problem-solving approach to issues.
-Outgoing, well-organized individual who is eager to work in a highly dynamic, energetic school setting.
-Sophistication in understanding learning differences and devising appropriate strategies for accommodating them.
-Work experience at a charter or independent school preferred

Desired Competencies

-Deep respect and understanding for teaching and learning.
-Knowledge of designated instructional services (speech and language, occupational therapy etc.)
-Creative solutions for struggling learners.
-Proactive communication with the Leadership Team and families of students with disabilities or differences.
-Desire and skills to collaborate successfully with teams of teachers.
-Commitment to constant self-improvement.
-Other job related competencies: honesty/integrity, highly organized, follow-through on commitments, persistence, proactivity, calm under pressure, strategic thinking/visioning, creativity/innovation, enthusiasm, listening skills, proactive communication, persuasion.
-Other cultural competencies: intelligent, patient, ability to handle a fast paced environment, continuous learner, passionate, engaging, personable, high EQ, collaborative, empathic.

Additional information

Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Prior to beginning work and as a condition of employment in order to comply with the law, all employees must provide documentation to prove eligibility to work in the United States. In addition, the final candidate will need to pass Criminal Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Clearance, a physical exam, and provide a recent copy of a negative TB test/assessment and other immunization records.

To be considered for the position, please apply here with your resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and three professional references, including from your most recent supervisor(s).

Annual salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 dependent on qualifications and experience.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at La Scuola will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities. La Scuola does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability (actual or perceived), medical condition, genetic characteristics, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by state, federal or local law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including hiring, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, layoff, promotion, transfer and access to benefits and training. If you feel you may have been discriminated against on the basis of sex or would like more information, please contact Dani Sollberger, COO, by email or 415-558-9006 or by mail at 728 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

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