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Elgin Math and Science Academy - Bilingual Coordinator

  • Date Posted
    • 2.5.18
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Midwest
  • Role
    • Instructional Support
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time

The Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School (EMSA, opens August, 2018 to all students residing in the U-46 attendance area in kindergarten through third grade for our inaugural year. 

EMSA is seeking a compelling, committed, and innovative Bilingual Coordinator that will help to
develop, implement, and coordinate a program for identified bilingual students that promotes
Wow & Wonder while modeling and encouraging the habits of scholarship for student self-disciplinein a positive school environment.The successful candidate in this role will use EL Education’s Core Practices as the classroom foundation to ensure remarkable academic achievement, character development, and community involvement for all students. At EMSA, students and teachers will reach their highest potential through active exploratory learning and social responsibility in which:
• Individuals of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome
• Children’s natural curiosity is nurtured
• Students become leaders of their own learning
• Teachers and students hold high standards
• Critical thinking is central to math and science
• Students develop skills to be responsible individuals

An EMSA Charter Educator will:
• Operate with the understanding: Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is a behavior, Equity is the outcome
• Work collaboratively with all members of the learning community to build relational trust and
foster a growth mindset for all through modeling by taking professional risks, owning mistakes,
and being metacognitive about their own growth and revision
• Model EMSA’s habits of scholarship in word and action and effectively build a positive classroom culture that promotes self-discipline
• Assume primary responsibility for increasing student achievement (i.e. mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high quality work) by designing and implementing cross-curricular units of study that integrate literacy instruction and utilize active pedagogy appropriate for EL students
• Help create collaborative student-centered classrooms that promote differentiated instruction
to increase student growth for all students and enhance school culture
• Challenge, engage, inspire and empower all students with the Wow & Wonder of EL Education
• Engage in professional learning and implement a progressive, bold educational approach to
fostering EL Education’s Core Practices to inspire student success for all students
• Practice reflective and synthesizing professional practices to allow for a deeper understanding
to manifest for implementation with the highest levels of fidelity

• Establish clear and consistent assessment and progress monitoring techniques, based on
evidence, to make instructional decisions to meet student’s needs and further their growth
• Cultivate strong partnerships with families; all words and actions demonstrate a
commitment to inclusion, belief in all students’ capacity to succeed and a desire to create
an amicably beneficial situation for everyone
• Actively engage families and the community through celebrations and critique of authentic
student work

An ideal candidate is someone who:
• Has knowledge and experience of EL and bilingual education
• Has knowledge of multiple instructional strategies for EL students
• Has a thorough understanding of state and federal rules, regulations and standards
as related to EL education
• Has demonstrated strong time management skills
• Is committed to meeting the needs of every child in a diverse population and has
demonstrated success working with EL, low income, and minority students
• Believes every child can learn and reach high levels of academic achievement
• Has a clear understanding of curriculum, instruction, assessment child development,
and the integration of and adherence to state standards for EL education
• Has a proven ability to work as a member of a team with a commitment to his/her
own learning and professional development
• Has experience designing and implementing an effective and engaging literacy curriculum
for EL students
• Believes children can make a significant contribution to the school, community, and the world
• Understands that family involvement is integral to student success
• Wants to be part of an organized, professional learning community
• Is a self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced, startup environment that requires
flexible roles 

The EMSA Bilingual Coordinator is responsible for, but not limited to:
• Monitoring and maintaining state and federal guidelines for TBE and TPI programs
• Maintaining accurate, complete and appropriate records as required by law and school
administrative regulation
• Assisting administration in implementing school policies and procedures as outlined
in our Charter agreement
• Serving as a liaison to parents for language assistance, translation, or interpretation
and for the non-English speaking community with education related issues
• Defining and implementing co-teaching, pull out, and push in support programs
for EL students, as appropriate

Coordinating EL data collection and reporting at the school and district levels

• Insuring that all federal and state reporting requirements are met
• Coordinating/administering the testing of EL students including ACCESS testing
and accommodations for annual assessments such as PARCC
• Maintaining and improving the EL section on the school’s website
• Communicating with all stakeholders through newsletters, newspaper, and social media
• Communicating with EL parents
• Conducting professional development for all staff to increase their skills and knowledge
in meeting the needs of students
• Coordinating, developing and implementing the instruction program for the language arts,
mathematics, social studies, and science as required by the Charter plan for EL students
• Planning and conducting monthly Bilingual Parent Advisory meetings at a local site
• Coordinating parent in-service workshops during evening hours
• Assisting in the orientation of all teachers and teacher assistant
• Articulating school services with all school departments in relation to student needs
• Overseeing the selection, evaluation, and progress of EL students in all areas


• Bachelor’s degree, three years teaching/supervisory experience and proven successful
instructional practice with EL students
• Current Illinois Professional Educator License with EL or Bilingual endorsement
• Fluent in Spanish and English
• Communication and interpersonal skills to engage in a highly collaborative school environment
• Extensive knowledge and experience with EL rules, regulations and the required reporting
• Ability to develop relational trust with students, families, staff, and other community stakeholders

• Background in EL Education and/or project-based deeper learning with content-based literacy
• Strong technology skills
• Expertise in working with low-income populations

Hiring Timeline and Application Process

We seek to hire a Bilingual Coordinator for a July, 2018 start with students arriving in August. All
EMSA leadership team members will be asked to attend an EL Education’s Leadership 3-Day
Institute — in either April (Denver) or late July.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January of 2018.
To confidentially apply, please send a Cover Letter and Resume/Curriculum Vitae to
Beginning in August, all crew members will receive extensive professional development in EL
Education modules. Further responsibilities include active collaboration with other instructors
and coaches for curriculum design, classroom set-up, and team building as part of our opening
school activities.

Anti-Discrimination Policy and Commitment to Diversity
EMSA seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to
maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute
to this effort. EMSA provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees
and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of
employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis
of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawful be used as a
basis for an employment decision.