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Part-Time English Language Learner Instructor

Posted: 07/08/2019

Posted 07/08/19 
Literacy KC’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct service, advocacy, and collaboration. Our vision is "literacy for all." Literacy KC offers adults and families a welcoming community to develop literacy skills and enhance quality of life.
We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative social learning model, lead instructors are supported by a team of tutors in each dynamic classroom setting. We are looking for a part-time teacher available 15-20 hours/week to teach mornings and evenings, twice a week and with a flexible schedule that will accommodate occasional evening and weekend meetings.
The English Language Learner program is an opportunity for each student to access comprehensive literacy education from an instructor-led and volunteer tutor-driven team. The English Language Learner Instructor will provide basic, relevant literacy instruction through use of software, classroom, and individualized learning. The instructor will oversee both student progress, as well as a team of volunteer tutors who will act as teacher’s aids in providing a well-rounded literacy curriculum. The instructor will help develop, implement, and evaluate research-driven literacy strategies. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult English language learning students in making continuous improvements in their reading, writing, language, speaking, listening, and thinking skills across the disciplines. Progress will be measured in multiple assessments, including diagnostic reading assessments.
Essential Instructional Functions:

  • Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community:
    • Establishing a rapport with students
    • Promoting student self-efficacy and growth mindset
    • Evaluating and responding to individual student needs
    • Observing the confidentiality of students and program information
  • Individualization:
    • Instruct students using a variety of effective teaching techniques, including individual and group instruction.
    • Provide for individual differences by screening for learning differences and learning styles and utilizing appropriate accommodations.
    • Assess students on a regular basis to determine progress towards objectives and goals to verify learning.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge of subject matter.
    • Use a variety of teaching materials and strategies, including technology.
    • Use instructional time effectively.
    • Make regular contact with each student during class.
    • Demonstrate ability to motivate students and help them reach their goals.
    • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and positively with students.
    • Listen and actively respond to learners’ needs and goals.
    • Work positively and non-judgmentally with students of all cultures and social backgrounds.
    • Provide students with specific evaluative feedback.
    • Set high expectations for all students.
    • Conduct a well-organized classroom that is conducive to learning.
    • Demonstrate effective classroom control and manage student behavior in a positive and constructive manner.
    • Demonstrate positive interpersonal relations with both students and staff.
  • Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction:
    • Write lesson plans, and assess student progress formally and informally throughout the term.
    • Develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar instruction that is responsive to the unique needs of each learner.
    • Scaffold instruction to support student needs, such as: gradually increasing the amount of writing instruction students receive.
    • Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches supported by research for the following areas:
      • Comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, motivation, vocabulary, integrated writing, as well as foundational phonological awareness & phonics
    • Administer appropriate assessments to identify, monitor progress, and measure the effectiveness of intervention practices and students’ responses to instruction
    • Communicate assessment results and effective strategies to staff in digital platforms
  • Other Duties:
    • Training and Meetings: Plan collaboratively with other staff to implement high leverage reading strategies.
    • Meet consistently with Instructional Coach to strengthen professional teaching knowledge and to stay current with professional literature, and the latest research on promising practices for adult English language literacy.
    • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. While performing the duties of the job the employee occasionally may transport books and materials. 
    • Uses existing technology effectively in the performance of duties.
    • Performs other work as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, educator license or degree required.
  • Minimum of two years of classroom literacy instruction experience required.
  • Experience working with English language learners and students with learning differences required.
  • A second language preferred.
Application Submission Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Karen Coccioli, with "ELL Instructor" as the subject line: 

Job Type: Part Time