ESL Specialist 2016-2017 School Year

Posted by: KIPP Massachusetts

Lynn, MA, US

Who we are.
KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) is a national network of free, open-enrollment, public schools that are successful in helping students from educationally underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. There are currently 183 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving 70,000 students. Today, KIPP Massachusetts serves over 1400 students in our five schools in Boston and Lynn and almost 400 alumni on their journeys to and through college with our KIPP Through College Program.

What we do & why it matters.
Nation-wide, only 10% of students from low income communities like Lynn and Boston graduate from college, compared to 84% of their more affluent peers. Preparing our students for successful lives of independence and impact drives the work of all KIPP school leaders, teachers, and staff. Nationally, KIPP alumni graduate from college at 4 times the national average, which is good, but not good enough. We project our Class of 2015, the first to benefit from a 5-12 KIPP education, will graduate from college at 5 times the national average. Our goal is for 75% of our alumni to graduate from college.

Our Schools.
KIPP MA serves over 1,400 students at five schools in 2015-16. KIPP MA will serve over 1,600 students at five schools in 2016-17.

In Lynn, MA, we are building a K-12 education system across three schools. We currently serve students in grade K at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary School, in grades 5-8 at KIPP Academy Lynn Middle School, and in grades 9-12 at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School. We are excited to build our Lynn elementary school to serve grades K-1 in 2016-2017 and grades K-4 by 2019-2020.

In Boston, MA, we are building a K-8 education system across three schools. We currently serve students in grades K-1 at KIPP Academy Boston Elementary and in 5-8 at KIPP Academy Boston. We are excited to build our Boston elementary school to serve grades K-2 in 2016-2017 and grades K-4 by 2018-2019.

Across all our schools, 84% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 14% receive Special Education services, and 20% are identified as English Language Learners. At KIPP, we believe that all kids can and will learn, and our staff members are dedicated to ensuring we serve the needs of all our learners. We are at our best when we are engaging students’ joy and curiosity through rigorous curriculum that will put them on the paths toward lives of independence and impact.

By 2020, KIPP will serve 10% or more of Lynn public school students and join our charter peers in Boston to serve 20% of Boston’s public school students. We will also scale our KIPP through College (KTC) program to serve 857 alumni by 2020, effectively tripling the total number of students served by KIPP Massachusetts.

ESL Specialist.
The ESL Specialist will be key to ensuring that KIPP Massachusetts serves its population of students well. The ESL Specialist will support students through small group teaching, inclusive teaching, and individual pull outs as needed. The ESL Specialist will collaborate with teachers to plan and execute lessons that will lead all learners to mastery and to ensure students have the accommodations and modifications necessary to fully access the lesson. The ESL Specialist will also meet with students individually and in small groups to practice skills and support English language development.

As a case manager, the ESL Specialist is responsible for initial identification of ELL students, monitoring and supporting student progress, parent communication, advocating for students as needed, and ESL curriculum development. ESL Specialists work in the epicenter of cultural diversity within our region of schools, interacting with kids and families from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds. With the help of our ESL Specialists, our ELL students make tremendous social and academic growth as they gain the language skills they need to be successful in school and beyond.

At KIPP, we believe that an excellent staff member does the following:

  • Believes that all of us can and will learn and creates a positive learning environment with high expectations for all students and staff throughout the school;
  • Thrives as part of a team-oriented, mission-driven culture;
  • Exudes joy and a love of learning every single day;
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and a desire to continually improve through feedback, coaching, and professional development;
  • Constantly assesses progress, communicates results clearly, and uses data to inform decisions and set ambitious goals.
  • Has a strong work ethic and commits to doing whatever it takes for students to excel, including committing to an extended work day and remaining available to colleagues, students, and families outside of school hours

Qualified candidates have the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Demonstrated commitment to raising the achievement levels of traditionally under-served students is highly preferred
  • At least two years of experience teaching English Language Learners strongly preferred
  • A valid MA ESL License is required before beginning employment with a KIPP Massachusetts school.

Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.

KIPP MA is an employment at-will organization. KIPP Massachusetts, KIPP Academy Lynn, and KIPP Academy Boston are equal opportunity employers. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, ancestry, special need, proficiency in the English language, or a foreign language. We are committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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