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Assignment: Field Representative – English Language Development Data Analysis Initiative
Date of Opening: October 20th, 2014
Date Closing: November 14th, 2014
Location: Primary service area is Central, South and Northern metro area of Minnesota.  Potential to serve Statewide if desired or needed.  
Date Project Starts: January 22, 2015


Description


Six Regional Centers of Excellence have been created across the state to provide regional assistance to schools in support the World’s Best Workforce legislation.  These Centers are a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and several of the Service Cooperatives across the state of Minnesota.

 
The Minnesota Department of Education is developing statewide capacity for English Language Development (ELD) data analysis and ELD standards implementation that utilizes field representatives through the Service Cooperatives  the Regional Centers of Excellence.  
 
With leadership provided by the MDE English Learner Education specialists, the field representative supports districts and schools in using ACCESS and other data to support all English Learners and to implement the Minnesota K-12 ELD standards. With support from MDE and the Regional Centers of Excellence, the ELD field representative will apply principles of implementation science to help districts enact a data-informed plan grounded in the Minnesota ELD standards framework to operationalize the standards through aligned curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development. 
 
This position reports to the Director of the Regional Center of Excellence who schedules activities and coordinates logistics of the services provided by the field representative. The field representative will participate in an orientation session and a two-day WIDA ACCESS Data Analysis workshop in January or February, 2015 and then provide coaching and support to participating district and school teams. The ELD field representative must be available to provide ongoing support to district and school teams, including face-to-face and/or virtual meetings, coaching, and training of the school or district’s implementation of practice team.

The Central Lakes Center of Excellence, a part of Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell,  is seeking an English Language Development (ELD) Field Representative who will support districts and schools in our area.   The commitment will be up to 12 days between January 22, 2015 and June 30, 2015.   
  • Participating in a cadre of facilitators and participating in professional development, trainings, coaching, and ongoing support activities.
  • Implementing sessions and coaching in alignment with outcomes and guiding principles.
  • Implementing sessions and coaching with fidelity
  • Providing feedback and/or assessment data to MDE on training, delivery of workshops, and ongoing support to districts and/or charter schools.
  • Providing to MDE recommendations for program improvement.
  • Maintaining use of materials as MDE’s ownership; permission required from MDE if a facilitator changes content or distributes material beyond the scope of the agreement.
  • Maintaining a log of facilitator activities including sessions delivered and ongoing implementation support to workshop participants.

Responsibilities and Functions



The ELD field representative, in collaboration with the Central Lakes Center of Excellence director, at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell, and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) EL content specialists, will provide assistance to districts and schools so that they may effectively implement practices based on a two-day WIDA ACCESS Data Analysis workshop. To carry out this role, the field representative will have the following responsibilities:
 
  • Attend a one-day training at MDE in Roseville, MN on January 22, 2015
  • Attend the ELD data analysis workshop for their assigned cohort(s) (2 days; Jan. 27 through February 5, 2015). Attendance at additional workshops is optional.
  • Provide follow-up support for assigned cohort(s) including, but not limited to, monthly check-ins, webinars, or face-to face sessions.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for educators (including leadership teams) that supports effective implementation and learner outcomes for English Learners and are linked to an analysis of multiple data points.
  • Effectively interpret data, communicate results, and contribute to decision making that significantly impacts English language development and student achievement.
  • Understand what data are available at the district, school, classroom and student levels, including what the data means, what data is missing, and the limitations of the data. Then use this information to build capacity in schools and districts to increase their understanding of current practices and develop next steps.
  • Provide expertise with interpreting diagnostic assessment data and make instructional recommendations based on current best practices and appropriate tools for specific situations.
  • Model and support best practices in ELD instruction and assessment for ELD and content instruction, supplemental programs, and out of school support needed to increase student achievement.
  • Challenge classroom and school practices and characteristics of school culture that do not fully support engagement of all learners, as well as improved academic achievement.
  • Support project evaluation activities.

This assignment will be carried out during the 2014-2015 school year. Field representatives must be able to provide trainings on a flexible schedule, be able to travel within the assigned region, and attend trainings at Minnesota Department of Education.

Each representative will provide the target audience with professional development and follow-up support pertaining to the activities named above and technical assistance to districts and charter schools in implementing practices. Qualification and responsibilities are outlined below.

Qualifications



Required
  • Understanding of the WIDA consortium and Minnesota’s K-12 ELD standards
  • Understanding of current research in teaching and learning for English Language Development
  • Understanding of how to use data to improve instruction and student achievement for English Learners at all grade levels
  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally
  • Experience coordinating and providing professional development and/or coaching for teachers
  • Ability to effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Effective use of technology in communication, instruction, and data analysis

Preferred
  • Master’s degree or higher in TESOL or Applied Linguistics or related specialty
  • Current K-12 teacher license in ESL
  • Experience as an ESL teacher, preferably more than one grade level or course and with a diversity of student needs and backgrounds
  • Understanding and experience in implementing strategies for closing achievement gaps and implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS/RtI)
  • Knowledge of current education legislation related to English Learners, standards and graduation requirements
  • Understanding of pedagogy for working with special populations (special education, gifted education, Title I)
  • Participation in learning communities and professional organizations to network with other professionals
  • Expertise with aligning curriculum, instruction, and assessment to academic standards, particularly in aligning ELD standards and content standards

Agreements - The facilitator will agree to a set of behaviors and activities. This agreement to participate in a cadre of facilitators includes agreement includes:
  • Participating in a cadre of facilitators and participating in professional development, trainings, coaching, and ongoing support activities.
  • Implementing sessions and coaching in alignment with outcomes and guiding principles.
  • Implementing sessions and coaching with fidelity
  • Providing feedback and/or assessment data to MDE on training, delivery of workshops, and ongoing support to districts and/or charter schools.
  • Providing to MDE recommendations for program improvement.
  • Maintaining use of materials as MDE’s ownership; permission required from MDE if a facilitator changes content or distributes material beyond the scope of the agreement.
  • Maintaining a log of facilitator activities including sessions delivered and ongoing implementation support to workshop participants.

Responsibilities and Functions

The ELD field representative, in collaboration with the Central Lakes Center of Excellence director, at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell, and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) EL content specialists, will provide assistance to districts and schools so that they may effectively implement practices based on a two-day WIDA ACCESS Data Analysis workshop. To carry out this role, the field representative will have the following responsibilities:

  • Attend a one-day training at MDE in Roseville, MN on January 22, 2015
  • Attend the ELD data analysis workshop for their assigned cohort(s) (2 days; Jan. 27 through February 5, 2015). Attendance at additional workshops is optional.
  • Provide follow-up support for assigned cohort(s) including, but not limited to, monthly check-ins, webinars, or face-to face sessions.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for educators (including leadership teams) that supports effective implementation and learner outcomes for English Learners and are linked to an analysis of multiple data points.
  • Effectively interpret data, communicate results, and contribute to decision making that significantly impacts English language development and student achievement.
  • Understand what data are available at the district, school, classroom and student levels, including what the data means, what data is missing, and the limitations of the data. Then use this information to build capacity in schools and districts to increase their understanding of current practices and develop next steps.
  • Provide expertise with interpreting diagnostic assessment data and make instructional recommendations based on current best practices and appropriate tools for specific situations.
  • Model and support best practices in ELD instruction and assessment for ELD and content instruction, supplemental programs, and out of school support needed to increase student achievement.
  • Challenge classroom and school practices and characteristics of school culture that do not fully support engagement of all learners, as well as improved academic achievement.
  • Support project evaluation activities.


KEY CONTACT:  Central Lakes Regional Center of Excellence Director , Susan Burrris at
Resource Training and Solutions
137 23rd Street South
Sartell, MN  56377
sburris@mnce.org   
 
COMPENSATION:   
Per position:

  • 3 personal training days at $250/day = $750
  • Up to 9 days of facilitation and contact with schools at $440/day = up to $3960

 
APPLICATION:  
Please send a Letter of Interest, Resume, two letters of recommendation and a copy of your educational license to Susan Burris.  This may be done electronically or via mail. 
 
Send to: 
Susan Burris, Director
Resource Training and Solutions
137 23rd Street South, Suite 201
Sartell, MN  56377