ECE Dual Language Learners Instructional Specialist
District of Columbia Public School
September 20, 2018
$78,057 - $88,077
Full Time - Experienced
Other Bilingual Education Posittion
Position Overview The Specialist, Dual Language Learner Early Childhood Professional Learning has a unique opportunity to shape the content, ongoing development, and implementation of LEAP, a school-based model for professional development. The Specialist supports the design and implementation of the professional development experiences for teachers, teacher leaders, and school leaders to support best practices in early childhood education, and is responsible for leading early childhood collaborative learning teams at select schools. The LEAP model for all Early Childhood Education teachers focuses around the creation of ECE content-specific learning communities that engage in cycles of planning, content knowledge development, formative observations, and child work evidence analysis – all tied to the ECE curriculum implemented at the school. The Specialist will be assigned to select schools and will function as the ECE LEAP leader in those schools, supporting all PK teachers, including early childhood generalists and early childhood special educators, within those schools.
The Specialist, Dual Language Learners Early Childhood Professional Learning will report to the Manager, Early Childhood Professional Learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Leads weekly cycles of planning, content knowledge development, formative observations, and child and teacher evidence analysis tied to the DCPS-ECE content, curriculum, and LEAP framework. Works collaboratively with teachers to consistently analyze teacher practice through ongoing classroom observations, data analysis, and examination of children’s work. Provides clear and direct feedback to teachers based on analysis of practice. Develops teachers’ capacity to collect and analyze multiple sources of data to improve child learning. Develops a trusting, confidential, and reflective professional partnership with teachers, administrators, and other school-based staff. Models research-based instructional approaches. Utilizes an assessment process to facilitate a team’s growth and development, analyzing their practice and reviewing student work to inform instruction and provision of challenging and engaging materials. Helps teachers see themselves as researchers in the classroom needing to be constantly curious about their students’ development.
Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience, including two years experience working in a program serving low-income children and families preferred. Master's degree preferred. Fluent Spanish Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus. Two to three years of experience supervising, mentoring, or coaching early childhood educators preferred. Understanding of current adult learning theory and experience facilitating group professional development trainings. Experience working in an urban school setting. Exemplary interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
About District of Columbia Public School
All of us at DC Public Schools are dedicated to excellence at every level, and we demand it of ourselves just as much as we ask for it from employees, educators and students.•We are nearly 49,000 students committed to graduating from high school, prepared for college and work.•We are more than 4,000 teachers who hold high expectations for every student.•We are 109 principals building positive school communities focused on academic achievement.•We are more than 2,900 classroom aides, social workers, counselors, custodians and other support staff providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for our students.•We are countless family and community members encouraging our children and demanding a high-quality education for them.•We are thousands of community organizations and volunteers who support our students and staff as they strive for excellence.•We are the residents and leaders of Washington, DC who know that a strong school system and high-achieving students are the backbone and the future of this city.Together, we are committed to making DCPS a place where all students can receive a world-class education.