Distinctive Schools (Multiple Campuses) Bilingual Instructional Support Teacher

Posted on: June 20, 2024 | |

Bilingual Teacher

Location: Chicago, IL

Positions Available at:

CICS West Belden

CICS Irving Park

CICS Bucktown


Reports To: Principal
Salary: Starting at $65,000, commensurate with experience
Employee Type: Regular Full Time
Start Date: August 2024

Distinctive Schools creates diverse, joyful, welcoming communities rooted in social justice and rigorous learning. We support all learners to be engaged, curious, and to achieve their full potential. Our students become confident advocates, creative problem-solvers, and collaborative leaders.

Position Overview

Distinctive teachers cultivate a love for learning in every student through strong relationships, high expectations, and a belief that all students can achieve great things in school and beyond. Teachers have a laser focus on instruction that engages learners and provides multiple opportunities for application of learned content. All teachers engage in individual and team deep intellectual preparation and lesson plans aligned to grade-level standards that use the core curriculum. Checks for understanding, student work, and assessments are used to make real-time and planned adjustments and deep review of student work to address gaps in instruction. Teachers have strong content knowledge in the subject-matter they teach in order to recognize, understand and respond to the content problems. At Distinctive, teachers grow through cycles of practice, feedback, practice, and feedback. Teachers build classroom communities with strong routines, rituals, and management practices that maximize time for instruction. Teachers maintain effective and ongoing communication on progress with students and families.

Additionally, the Bilingual Teacher provides personalized academic and language instruction to English Learners in both English and the native language (Spanish), sheltered instruction, English Language Development, and ESL strategies. A Distinctive Schools Bilingual Teacher must be a passionate advocate for biliteracy and demonstrate a commitment to supporting students in their development of the language skills and subject matter needed to be productive classroom citizens.



Maintain a student-centered perspective in decision making
Believe that all students can learn and can achieve great things
Contribute to the equity work of the campus and network and engage in culturally responsive decision making
Build and foster a culture of belonging through positive and strong relationships with students, families, and staff
Cultivate a strengths-based, equity focused mindset
Foster positive climate and culture
Serve as a positive role model
Belief that a students’ languages and cultures are a tremendous strength and asset
Preparation, Instruction and Assessment 90%

Implement the DS Model
Administer tests and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating students’ language ability
Collaborate and co-teach with classroom teachers on the implementation of the WIDA Standards in daily lessons
Support and assist teachers in analyzing culturally & linguistically diverse (CLD) student work
Provide direct Bilingual and ESL services and instruction to identified students in push-in and pull-out instruction
Develop and deliver lesson plans that utilize appropriate instructional techniques that enable limited English proficient students to overcome barriers that impede equal participation by these students in the district’s instructional programs
Adapt curriculum and provide tailored academic instruction in native language to English Learners as appropriate and in alignment with student goals and program model
Deliver strong Instruction where students hold the cognitive lift and do the thinking during the lesson and are deeply engaged in the learning
Utilize a variety of instructional methodologies and curriculum resources geared specifically towards CLD students
Assist and support the administration of the required English Language Proficiency screeners and assessments
Assist with the administration of the ACCESS test and support administration of state required assessments to CLD learners
Collaborate with other classroom instructors to lead the curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all the students in the TBE and TPI programs.
Provide consistent opportunities for all students to work on grade-appropriate assignments using the core curriculum, resources, and strategies with frequent checks for understanding
Commit to student-centered, personalized learning that puts every student in the driver’s seat with integration of their needs, strengths and interests into the learning.
Maintain inventory of all instructional materials Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development
Analyze and use assessments that monitor progress to inform and design appropriate response/strategies making adjustments as needed to support students in mastering grade level standards
Assess students daily, weekly, and at the ends of units and analyze assessment data through campus and network wide systems
Assessing students’ progress, expectations, and goals in the bilingual program
Engage in coaching and mentoring opportunities to improve instructional effectiveness
Participate in all required professional development and meetings
Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Principal
Classroom Culture 10%

Maintain an organized and welcoming environment that provides students with a sense of belonging, joy, hope, and safety
Manage strong classroom procedures, routines, and rituals that maximize learning
Build strong relationships with students, families and colleagues
Communicate effectively and frequently with students and families in their preferred language
Has a mindset of using restorative justice approach with discipline and behavior management in alignment with campus and network practices
Collaborate with colleagues to support student growth and achievement
Requirements (minimum)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree


Valid Professional Educator License or equivalent in state of employment (IL or MI)
Valid Bilingual Spanish Endorsement or equivalent in state of employment (IL or MI)
Spanish Proficient in reading, writing, listening, and speaking
Technology demands:
Ability to review and analyze student and campus data from multiple sources
Proficient with cloud based software solutions (such as GoogleSuite)
Ability to learn digital tools and and programs as needed for the position
Travel as required for training, professional development, and collaboration
Commitment to supporting students’ social, emotional and academic development
Physical demands

Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 10% sitting, 50% walking, and 40% standing


25+ Paid holidays & 10 days PTO annually (in addition to summer break for educators/campus positions)
12 weeks family paid leave
Comprehensive Healthcare (Medical, Dental, Vision)
403b match
Fully match up to 3%
50% match up to 5%
Professional development including tuition reimbursement
Gym and wellness discounts
And more
Description Disclaimer: Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job shall also be considered part of the jobholder’s responsibility.


Distinctive Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

Distinctive Schools is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Distinctive Schools will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact or call 773.828.4191