English Language Learner Part-time Instructor @ Literacy KC

Posted 1 year ago

Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct service, advocacy, and collaboration. Our vision is “literacy for all.” Literacy KC offers adults and families a welcoming community to develop literacy skills and enhance quality of life.

We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative social learning model, lead instructors are supported by a team of tutors in each dynamic classroom setting. We are looking for a part-time teacher available 15-20 hours/week to teach mornings and evenings, twice a week and with a flexible schedule that will accommodate occasional evening and weekend meetings.

The English Language Learner program is an opportunity for each student to access comprehensive literacy education from an instructor-led and volunteer tutor-driven team. The English Language Learner Instructor will provide basic, relevant literacy instruction through use of software, classroom, and individualized learning. The instructor will oversee both student progress, as well as a team of volunteer tutors who will act as teacher’s aids in providing a well-rounded literacy curriculum. The instructor will help develop, implement, and evaluate research-driven literacy strategies. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult English language learning students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, language, speaking, listening, and thinking skills across the disciplines. Progress will be measured in multiple assessments, including diagnostic reading assessments.

Essential Instructional Functions:

• Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:
o Establishing a rapport with students
o Promoting student self-efficacy and growth mindset
o Evaluating and responding to individual student needs
o Observing confidentiality of students and program information

• Individualization:
o Lead students in a multi-level classroom: Analyze and select diverse texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources that link to multiple ability levels and multicultural perspectives, and connect to students’ backgrounds, interests, and English language proficiency levels, for a class of up to 12 students.
o Design in-depth instruction, guided by Literacy KC’s ELL Curriculum, to improve students’ abilities to listen, speak, read, write, and understand the English language.
o Coordinate tutors to maximize differentiation: Work with, support, and assist volunteer tutors to provide engaging small group learning
o Retain student by ensuring instructional content is relevant to individual specific adult lives and interests

• Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction:
o Write lesson plans, and assess student progress formally and informally throughout the term.
o Develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar instruction that is responsive to the unique needs of each learner.
o Scaffold instruction to support student needs, such as: gradually increasing the amount of writing instruction students receive.
o Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches supported by research for the following areas:
 Comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, motivation, vocabulary, integrated writing, as well as foundational phonological awareness & phonics
o Administer appropriate assessments to identify, monitor progress, and measure effectiveness of intervention practices and students’ responses to instruction
o Communicate assessment results and effective strategies to staff in digital platforms

• Other Duties:
o Training and Meetings: Plan collaboratively with other staff to implement high leverage reading strategies.
o Meet consistently with Instructional Coach to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with professional literature, and the latest research on promising practices for adult English language literacy.
o The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may transport books and materials.
o Uses existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
o Performs other work as required.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field required, educator license or degree required.
• Minimum two years classroom literacy instruction experience required.
• Experience working with English language learners and students with learning differences required.
• A second language preferred.

Reports To: Instructional Coach

Exemption: Exempt

Classification: Part-time:

If interested, send your resume and cover letter to kcoccioli@literacykc.org

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