Excel Academy Charter Schools, ELL Specialist (2018-2019) (Boston, MA)

Boston, MA


Date published: 26-Sep-2018

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Organizational Overview

Excel Academy Charter Schools is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving the Massachusetts communities of East Boston and Chelsea. It was founded to address the severe academic under-performance and low college matriculation rates of the student populations in these neighborhoods. Our founders envisioned a free, public school alternative where all students would be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations, and college would become a reality. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

The network’s first school opened in fall 2003 in East Boston and now serves 224 students, grades 5 through 8. Excel Academy Chelsea, the 2nd school in our network, opened in fall 2011. Our third school, Excel Academy Orient Heights, opened in August of 2012. And our first high school, Excel Academy Charter High School, opened in fall 2015. Excel now educates 960 students in grades 5-10. At full scale in 2019, Excel will enroll a total of 1,350 students in grades 5-12.

Duties & Responsibilities

The ELL Specialist provides direct instruction to students in need of a substantially separate English Language Development (ELD) course.  A member of the Learning Support Department, this individual reports to the Dean of Student Supports and is responsible for the following activities:

  • Teacher Support
    • Collaborate with teachers to help students master content and language objectives.
    • Advise teachers on accommodating curriculum for ELL students.
    • Collaborate with teachers to modify curriculum when necessary.
    • Support teachers in guiding ELL students toward the Network Priority Goals.
  • Student Support
    • Teach a substantially separate ELD class based on caseload, or provide inclusion support for classes containing ELL students.
    • Work specifically with ELL students during assigned periods of the day.
  • Programmatic support
    • Manage the ELL program including, but not limited to: completion of necessary paperwork, training of teachers, management of parent and student communications, execution of student testing/screening, and upholding of general Department of Education compliance requests.
  • General Responsibilities
    • Align student support services with the school’s mission and educational philosophy.
    • Participate in generating and upholding Excel staff norms.
    • Serve as a homeroom teacher and academic advisor.
    • Serve as a productive member of the Excel community.


  • A Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Must have a current, in-state ELL license (Alternative: Hold a current out-of-state ELL license, and pass required MTEL exams to transfer certification to MA prior to beginning employment).
  • A minimum of two years of experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred, but not required;
  • The ability to speak Spanish preferred but not required;
  • A commitment to working with underserved, urban youth;
  • An unwavering commitment to and belief in the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • The ability to focus and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment;
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment and the willingness and desire to support others in doing their best work; and
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that reflects an openness to change, willingness to problem-solve, and an interest in developing new ideas & programs.

Would you like to apply to this job?

Please visit http://jobs.jobvite.com/excel/job/o6a77fwe to apply. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.

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