English as a New Language Teacher (Immediate Start)

  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Hiring Start Time: Immediate Start (SY 19-20)

Company Description

Uncommon Schools is a non-profit network of 53 outstanding public charter schools in grades K-12 across New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Our mission is to start and manage outstanding urban public charter schools that close the achievement gap and prepare students from low-income backgrounds for success in college and beyond. We are accomplishing that mission every day, with a college graduation rate that is well above the national average and thousands of stories of our students and alumni achieving their dreams.

Job Description

The English as a New Language (ENL) Teacher (sometimes referred to as English as a Second Language Teacher) is passionate about helping our English Language Learners (ELL) become proficient in the English language and be able to access their grade-level curriculum.  The ENLT teacher holds primary responsibility for implementing ENL instruction in addition to other general education or special education instruction.

Specific responsibilities

English Language Learning Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate (using diagnostic and state mandated assessments of English Language Learners), determine goals for, and track progress of individual English language learners
  • Provide direct ENL instruction to small groups of students and/or provide inclusion support for ELA classes containing ELL students, based on case load.
  • Work specifically with ELL students during assigned periods of the day to help access general education curriculum, build ELA skills, and support the use of additional technology-enhanced learning tools to promote ELL students’ language acquisition.
  • Attend and participate in IEP meetings for English Learners and complete case management and compliance responsibilities as directed
  • Advise teachers on modifying/accommodating curriculum for ELL students and share best practices to ensure high quality sheltered content instruction is provided.
  • Keep updated and accurate records of ELL identification and performance data

Instructional and Teaching Responsibilities

  • Implement curricula and activities to meet our high academic standards
  • Analyze assessments that measure progress towards these standards and use this assessment data to inform and differentiate instructional practices
  • Focus constantly on student learning, thinking critically and strategically to respond to student learning needs
  • Create a positive, structured learning environment to ensure that students observe the school’s core values, high expectations, and code of conduct
  • Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues
  • Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in our annual, three-week staff orientation training in August and instructional training throughout the school year
  • Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year



  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • NY State ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) or Bilingual Certification preferred but not required
  • Relentless drive to improve the minds, characters & lives of students both in and out of school
  • Unwavering commitment to urban youth achieving greatness
  • Belief in and alignment with Uncommon’s core beliefs and educational philosophy is a must
  • Mastery of and enthusiasm for relevant academic subjects and English as a New Language
  • Evidence of self-motivation, willingness to be a team player, and a strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Ability and desire to implement feedback from school leaders and colleagues to become a more effective educator in service to our students. 
  • Proven track-record of high achievement in the classroom
  • Minimum of two years teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting preferred
  • Candidates must have also earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher by the time employment begins


Additional Information

Uncommon Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, and all necessary supplies.

Uncommon believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive.  We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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