This position is responsible for teaching ESOL classes at Literacy Source. The instructor will work as part of a team to provide instruction and instructional case management to adult learners, and to provide training and support for volunteer instructors at the Center.
This position reports to the Instructional Director. Essential duties and responsibilities include:
ESOL Instruction: (10-12 hrs/week of contact time + 5 hrs prep)
- Teach multi-level ESOL classes at the Center
- Integrate the teaching of the CCRS, basic digital literacy skills, and employability into a content- and inquiry-based project-driven curriculum using inclusive methods geared toward the adult learner
- Administer center-wide assessments, track progress and provide feedback and support to help students make progress to achieve literacy & life skills goals.
Instructional Support/Advising: (7 hrs/week)
- Help conduct New Student Orientations, intake interviews and assessments
- Provide support and advocacy for caseload of students, including: working with students to establish goals and identify challenges of barriers to learning, monitoring and interpreting on-going assessment results to track and support student progress; providing learning recommendations to students and instructors; monitoring student attendance in classes and following-up with calls to absent students.
- Match students in caseload with tutors.
Supervision and Training: (9 hrs/week)
- Support curriculum development for ESOL classes you are teaching to ensure specific student learning outcomes and adherence to CCR standards, delivery of student-centered curriculum and use of culturally appropriate materials
- Provide support and supervision to classroom volunteers, AmeriCorps members, and tutors for ESOL students.
- Work with the instructional team to plan and conduct tutor trainings and ongoing volunteer in-services/tutor cohort meetings
- Provide on-going support to volunteer instructors and tutors, including regular check-ins regarding curriculum and instruction including pre-term teaching team meetings, quarterly tutor cohort meetings, tutor match meetings, and other support as needed.
- Develop, implement and evaluate program policies, procedures and standards; ensure adherence to governing standards for program quality; and facilitate long-term instructional program planning and goal setting as a member of the Literacy Source instructional team.
General Support: (2 hrs/week)
- Contribute to and support long-term strategic planning
- Assist with ongoing Center needs, including phone answering
- Provide program updates on student/volunteer activities for inclusion in monthly e-news and on website as requested
- Contribute to and support long-term strategic planning and organizational development efforts
- Keep up on research and trends in the field of Adult Basic Education and participate in trainings and meetings as needed.
- Work easily as part of a team and participate in all-staff and instructional team meetings
- At least two years of experience teaching lower-level ESOL and/or basic skills adults
- Demonstrated experience with using a wide range of learner-centered teaching methods, inclusive instructional materials, and formative assessment.
- Experience with culturally-relevant curriculum development tailored to specific student groups and aligned to Common Core standards, CCRS
- Demonstrated ability to integrate technology to enhance instruction and familiarity with online learning management systems.
- Awareness of diverse learning styles and demonstrated experience in applying that knowledge to the development of teaching materials as well as the delivery of instruction.
- Flexibility, enthusiasm, and experience in furthering the educational development of adult learners from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to work independently and prioritize competing demands.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated competence in interpersonal relationships.
- A Master's degree in TESOL, Adult Education or related field.
- Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with immigrant adults
- Knowledge and experience working successfully with adults with learning disabilities
- Bilingual/bicultural with fluency in an additional language such as Spanish, Amharic, Tigrigna, Somali or Chinese