Kindergarten students at FASDenver will spend 10% of their school week in English Language classes. Students in 3rd grade will spend 30% of their school week in English classes. This ratio of French/English education has been shown to be highly effective in French immersion schools across the country for many decades. The role of an ELA teacher at an immersion school is one of complementing and supporting the educational instruction students receive in their primary Francophone class in order to cultivate bilingual and bi-literate students.
Salary Range: $40,000 – $67,000
Essential duties and responsibilities:
- Create a nurturing, safe, engaging and rigorous learning environment
- Foster trusting collaborative relationships with families
- Understand and implement culturally responsive teaching practices
- Establish consistent expectations and classroom routines for students
- Teach content and skills in English
- Establish clear learning goals and objectives related to the FASDenver curriculum
- Plan, prepare and present lessons, assignments, and instructional materials aligned to compliments the French National curriculum and Colorado State standards
- Differentiate instruction to meet varying student needs
- Observe and evaluate student’s performance and development
- Maintain complete and accurate records of student’s academic, language and social/emotional progress
- Analyze student assessment data to inform instructional planning
- Provide instruction remotely if necessary
Development and Collaboration:
- Participate in regular feedback sessions from colleagues and school leaders to improve instructional practices
- Participate and contribute to collaborative staff development sessions that drive school improvement and growth of school
- Take on leadership roles to support the school mission as a founding team member of the school
- Improve skill and knowledge base in current research and best practices in language immersion, second language acquisition, culturally responsive education, classroom technology use, problem solving and interdisciplinary connections
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Knowledge of child cognitive development and different learning styles
- Knowledge of curriculum development and assessments
- Knowledge of effective language immersion and ELL teaching practices, including Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
- Knowledge of data-driven instructional decision-making
- Ability to analyze and use qualitative and quantitative student academic performance data to guide classroom practice
- Ability and willingness to reflect on and improve upon his/her own performance – FASDenver offers many professional development opportunities
- Demonstrated interest in and ability to collaborate with colleagues, parents, and community
- Confidence in leading a classroom; effective classroom management
- Ability to integrate multiple approaches to ensure differentiation
Recommended education and experience:
- 2+ years classroom teaching experience
- Minimum education level – Bachelor’s degree
- Must posses current Colorado Teacher License with endorsement in Elementary Education and passing score on the PLACE or Praxis II in elementary education, OR qualify for Alternative License and passing score on the PLACE or Praxis II in elementary education.
- State endorsement for Culturally Linguistically Diverse (CLD) or Linguistically Diverse Education (LED), or completion of an approved district ELA training program
- Qualified to act as an MLE Administrator.
The above statements are intended to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those stated in this description. In addition, the incumbent may be requested to occasionally perform other tasks.
Educators at FASDenver must comply with all requirements for employment set forth by C.R.S. 22-63-291, the Colorado Department of Education, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. All prospective employees must successfully complete a Department of Justice fingerprinting background check and reference checks to ensure the safety of the faculty, staff and students of FASDenver.
The French American School of Denver does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status or veteran status. French American School of Denver also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.