Christopher House Elementary School is looking for an English Language Learner (ELL) Teacher to support rigorous, data-driven instruction in a nurturing school climate to close the achievement gap for the low-income student body.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
Children and families thrive when:
• Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
• Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
• Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
• Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
• Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
• Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
• Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
• Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
• Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
• Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
• Coordinate assessments and services and deliver high-quality instructions to ELL students in collaboration with the instructional staff. Serve as a resource for staff on ELL instruction.
• Coordinate all assessments and programming for the ELL program. Work collaboratively with a team of educators and support staff to assess students and develop strategies for success in the classroom. Lead professional development for staff on ELL practices and strategies. Actively participate in initiatives to engage parents and families of ELL students in the school community.
• Assist all English Language Learners (ELLs) in achieving English language proficiency, facilitate effective communication in English, and encourage their full participation in school activities and programs. Appropriately identify students with limited English-speaking ability and determine the appropriate instructional program and environment for ELLs and monitor their progress to determine their readiness in a mainstream classroom environment. Provide materials, instructional assistance, co-teaching on an as need basis, and professional development to assist teachers in strengthening ELL instruction.
• Provide information to parents/guardians of ELLs about the reason for their child’s identification, their child’s level of English proficiency, the method of instruction to be used, how the program will meet their child’s needs, specific exit requirements of the program, how the program will meet the individual education program, if applicable, and information on parent/guardian rights.
• As a mandated reporter, assess and report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Appear in Court proceedings when necessary. Make referrals to other agencies when appropriate, act as an advocate in this process. Seek collaboration with other community agencies wherever appropriate.
• Participate in weekly professional development workshops. Expand professional knowledge through Christopher House in-agency training and development programs, through professional conferences and education and by membership in appropriate professional groups.
• Actively seek to align programs with best practices or standards for high quality. Ensure on time and accurate collection of data. Analyze data with team members to determine how to explain information related to findings and improvement strategies.
• Minimum of two years’ experience as an ELL Teacher and/or Coordinator. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
• Bachelor or Master’s degree in Education, preferably in Illinois, with State Type 3 Certification and ESL endorsement.
If you are interested in this position, please press apply below.
Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer