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Holyoke Public Schools Kindergarten Dual Language Teacher - Spa in Holyoke, Massachusetts

POSITION OVERVIEW In the 2014-2015 school year the Holyoke Public Schools established a Dual Language Program at the Joseph Metcalf School. With a long-term plan of expanding to 5th grade, currently we are in the processing of adding two third grade classrooms, one instructed solely in English and the other solely in Spanish, to our existing classrooms. The goals of the program are for children to become fluent speakers, readers and writers of English and Spanish. Additionally, they will be able to build friendships with children of other cultures while sharing their own cultural backgrounds and language experiences. We aim to achieve full bi-literacy, bilingualism and biculturalism through our 50/50 two way model, in which students learn half of the day in English and half of the day in Spanish. DUTIES: Meet and instruct assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated. Plan a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of the students and employs a variety of instructional techniques and media. Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students. Guide the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and ? in harmony with the goals ? establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects and the like to communicate these objectives to students. Strive to implement by instruction and action the district?s philosophy of education, instructional goals, and objectives. Assess the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required. Maintain accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulations. Make provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested. Plan and supervise purposeful assignments for teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s) and, cooperatively with department heads, evaluate their job performance. Strive to maintain and improve professional competence. Attend staff meetings and serve on staff committee as required. Other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor?s Degree A deep understanding of second language acquisition Commitment to ensuring academic success for all students Experience working in an urban setting, preferred Experience working with diverse student populations, preferred Ability to read, interpret, and apply student performance data to instructional planning and execution Excellent teamwork skills Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish Ability to instruct fully in Spanish Only fully Bilingual (Spanish and English speaking) applicants encouraged to apply Required license(s): PreK-2, with SEI Endorsement; second licensure in English as a Second Language or Foreign Language preferred Primary Location EN WHITE Salary Range FULL TIME (10 MONTH) Shift Type Full-Time Job Contact Information Name Karyn McDermott Title Principal Phone Email