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District Director, ELA and EL

Posted on Apr 11, 2019 by Sonoran Schools Inc

Gilbert, AZ 85233
3 Apr 2019
Annual Salary
Sonoran Schools has been a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) K-12 education since 2001. With schools in the greater Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, our commitment is to provide a superior academic environment, accessible to a diverse population. Through a comprehensive, integrated STEM curriculum and abundant extracurricular opportunities, we instill a life-long love of learning and an understanding of each individual's responsibility to be a productive member of society. We are currently looking for a full-time dynamic District Director, ELA and EL to join our Academic team for the 2019/2020 school year. This position will support our schools in both the Tucson and Phoenix areas.

Job Summary The K-12 Director for English Language Arts and English Learners (EL) provides leadership for the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of K-12 curriculum and instructional practices within ELA-in accordance with state criteria that include rigorous content, pacing, and common assessments-to ensure that all students meet and exceed the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (AZCCRS). The ELA Director serves as the expert curricular resource, coach, and mentor to all schools within the District; works collaboratively with administrative and instructional staff; and communicates effectively with parents, members of the community, and colleagues in other districts and agencies-all with the goal of raising student achievement. The ELA Director supports teachers and administrators in designing and delivering ELA instruction that includes a balance of literary skills pertaining to reading fluency and comprehension, effective writing skills, and speaking & listening skills. This position provides professional development and support to licensed staff and administrators in the implementation of the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards, including training in instructional strategies that are effective with diverse student groups. This administrator is a member of the Academic Leadership Team and has supervisory responsibility for professional, licensed, and classified staff Essential Functions and Responsibilities for English Language Arts: Ensures and supports a unified, District-wide K-12 English Language Arts curriculum, ensuring that it is rigorous, culturally responsive, and reflects current research and theory in instruction. Promotes teaching practices that engage the learner in tasks that require analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity; that address each student's needs, interests and skill levels; that encourage the student to define individual goals and accept responsibility for learning; and that provide a variety of methods for the student to demonstrate performance and achievement. Provides leadership in the implementation of ELA programs throughout the District, including the evaluation of classroom instruction. Coordinates with Educational Support Services and ELL staff to design and implement ELA programs that address the needs of students with identified learning challenges. In collaboration with building principals, observes classroom instruction to evaluate the implementation of ELA curriculum including content, materials, pedagogy, pace and standards, student performance and curricular effectiveness. Collects and analyzes performance data including, but not limited to, state and District assessments, work samples, and other pertinent information affecting the design and evaluation of curriculum and instructional practices related to student achievement. Prepares reports and presentations reflecting the strengths and needs of the District's ELA curriculum by area and grade, and formulates recommendations for alterations or additions to the curriculum, with specific focus on raising student achievement. Directs the annual review and revision of the K-12 ELA curriculum and ensures alignment with the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards for ELA. Provides support to principals, site/District resource teachers (coaches), staff development specialists and other staff in the development or adoption and implementation of ELA curriculum. Encourages differentiated instruction in ELA and the use of a variety of strategies and materials consistent with research on learning and child growth and development. Works with schools' professional learning teams K-12 to increase teachers' knowledge of effective ELA skill development strategies. Provides support to building administrators related to ELA teacher performance. Identifies staffing needs and assists with the recruitment and selection of ELA staff. Communicates frequently with principals, teachers, data teams, community agencies, and others to ensure coordination of ELA-related programs and services, including vertical and horizontal articulation of skills and content sequence. Using staff-identified criteria that reflect the needs of the program and students, organizes and implements a system for the evaluation and selection of equipment, instructional materials, and assessment tools that are free of bias and designed to meet the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards in ELA. Collaborates with the Director of Curriculum and Director of Technology to ensure that appropriate software and online resources are available to support the ELA program and that teachers are adept at integrating technology into their instructional practices. Plans and provides professional development for principals, deans, teachers, and support staff that is relevant to the AZCCRS for ELA, is research- based, and builds the capacity of teachers to transform learning experiences in order to reach student achievement objectives. Collaborates with building administrators to create support plans for Title I schools that have not met annual growth targets. Ensures that the professional development for ELA is focused on how students learn, encompasses both content and pedagogical knowledge and skills, promotes collegial learning, and includes job-embedded opportunities for growth. Assists in the development and management of budgets for curricular and other projects within the scope of responsibility for English Language Arts. Assists in the external/internal program review for Curriculum and Instruction projects. Develops, implements, and evaluates grants and special projects, including initiatives that are made possible through state or federal legislation, local or cooperative partnerships, and/or grants. Essential Functions and Responsibilities for English Learners (EL): Knowledge of pedagogy in the areas of English language developmentDevelop, implement, and revise English Learners (EL) curriculum, under the guidance of the Director of Curriculum.Ensure federal and state program compliance and reporting for English Learner (EL) programs.Stay abreast ongoing developments and requirements from the Arizona Department of Education relative to school accountability and assessment, attending professional development training when necessary.Supervise and support school-based Deans of Academics and EL Coordinators.Communicate information on programs, services, and regulations to schools, parents, and Governing Board.Facilitate professional development and meetings for teachers and staff.Conduct integrity checks to ensure the implementation of ILLPs and the delivery of accommodations and modifications in the general education classroom.Provide support for general education teachers on differentiation, co-teaching, peer coaching, etc.,Ensure on time and accurate collection of data. Disaggregate and analyze data to adjust instruction, enhance student learning, and inform teacher practice.Assist schools in planning, ensuring appropriate curriculum-embedded supports, and delivering high-quality, standards-aligned instruction for English learners.Assist with the coordination of a multi-tier system of student support (i.e.; RTI, PBIS)Assist with state assessment coordination. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of research-based ELA curriculum/curriculum development, instruction and assessment practices, especially relative to interventions with struggling learners and students of varying cultural heritages and English proficiencies. Ability to evaluate ELA instructional programs and teaching effectiveness and to interpret data. Ability to coordinate District-wide programs and initiatives K-12 in accordance with policies and procedures. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with teachers and district/school administrators and to promote collaborative practices. Demonstrated ability to prepare and present comprehensive and effective reports, both oral and written, as appropriate to varied audiences. Ability to manage budgets and multiple priorities, lead and supervise staff, adapt to change, and meet timelines. Reports to: Chief Academic Officer Minimum Qualifications: Education Master's degree in English Language Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, or applicable area of concentration Valid teaching license with an English Language Arts endorsement SEI endorsement, preferred Experience Seven (7) years of educator experience, as follows: o Five (5) years successful classroom teacher at multiple levels in ELA o District-level administrative/leadership experience, including experience as a building principal, teacher, and/or instructional coach o Administrative experience in curriculum development at the district level preferred o Demonstrated knowledge of research-based curriculum development, program implementation and evaluation, child growth and development K-12, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, and learning assessment and diagnosis o Experience in designing and leading professional development, with emphasis on ELA o Experience in using technology to support teaching and learning..... click apply for full job details

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