Language Acquisition STEM Specialist - Educational Specialist (C)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Malden, MA3.9

Full-time$70,000 - $100,000 a year
First consideration will be given to those applicants who apply within the first 14 days.

Language Acquisition STEM Specialist - Educational Specialist (C)

The Office of Language Acquisition (OLA) in the Center for Instructional Support at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides leadership and support for the development of English Learner Education (ELE) programs. OLA provides technical assistance and professional development opportunities to increase the capacity of schools and districts to serve English learners (ELs) and coordinates DESE EL initiatives and EL policy development.

The Language Acquisition STEM Specialist will assist in the development and implementation of statewide initiatives, programs, and policies designed to improve the academic achievement of ELs. The selected candidate will support the implementation of both the Mathematics and Science & Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks by working closely and collaboratively with the STEM office to ensure that high-quality STEM resources, guides, and tools are made accessible to English learners throughout the state. The selected candidate will assist in the implementation of the state’s English language development (ELD) standards, WIDA, and make them accessible to STEM teachers by researching, developing, and disseminating Math and Science & Technology/Engineering resources, tools, and networking opportunities for schools and districts that fulfill this goal. The Specialist will draw from a variety of sources and research to evaluate the quality and relevance of resources to district needs; disseminate materials and information across the state; and follow up with schools and districts to evaluate the impact and use of resources provided. The Specialist will work in the Department’s Center for Instructional Support, and in close collaboration with the Statewide System of Support.

The selected candidate for this position will perform the following duties:

1. Assist in implementation of the state’s ELD standards, World-Class Instructional Design

and Assessment standards (WIDA) across the state, by:
Assisting plans to support the integration of the WIDA English Language Development

(ELD) standards into math and science programs across the state, including delivery of

high quality professional development on implementation of the standards and their

integration into sheltered math and science courses

Collaborating with other ELE groups across the state (Curriculum Working Groups,

MELCC, etc.) and with other state agency personnel in states across the WIDA

consortium to improve the capacity of districts to implement the ELD standards

2. Provide high-quality, standards-aligned STEM professional development, resources, and

tools for schools and districts, including but not limited to:

Assisting the Language Acquisition Literacy Lead with WIDA and other curriculum

related professional development offerings and communicates with districts regarding

such offerings.

Monitoring the outcomes of training and communication and makes necessary changes

to increase effectiveness

Supporting, monitoring, and evaluating WIDA/ELD professional development offerings

according to MA standards for professional development

Creating resources to support effective classroom practices for teaching ELs,

Identifying instructional materials that support ELs, and

Developing tools for creating formative assessment and benchmark tools.

3. Provide targeted assistance to under performing schools and districts, such as:

Providing assistance to districts regarding the implementation of the WIDA/ELD

standards in STEM subject classrooms

Consulting on the development and implementation of school/district Turnaround plans

specific to their goals for supporting ELs in STEM subjects,

Analyzing EL science and math achievement data, and

Supporting curriculum alignment with state academic standards.

4. Develop and facilitate networking activities to support:
Providing high quality professional development,

Sharing best practices and resources, and

Disseminating materials and information.

5. Collaborate with other Department programs and units, including Student Assessment,

Special Education, and Career and Technical Education/Vocational Education by:

Reviewing proposals as required,
Supporting state testing committee meetings, and

Participating in cross-team projects and initiatives as necessary.

Based on assignment, travel throughout the Commonwealth may be required.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated success in improving PK12 student learning, particularly for students who
need the most

  • Has knowledge of strategies and demonstrated success working with English learners
  • At least three years of experience working with ELs; preferably in an urban setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the WIDA Frameworks
  • Strong pedagogical content knowledge and the ability to plan, implement and adjust
instruction in alignment with the MA Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Science &

Technology/Engineering Frameworks

  • Experience developing and/or implementing integrated STEM educational materials and

  • Strong knowledge of current research in STEM education
  • Track record of success in developing and providing professional development that was engaging
and had an impact on the practice of other educators

  • Familiarity with effective STEM related curriculum programs, textbooks, materials, and
instructional strategies

  • Familiarity and experience collecting and analyzing data and program evaluation
  • Adept at effectively managing multiple priorities in a high-demand environment
  • Demonstrated initiative; especially in problem-solving, anticipating risks
  • Demonstrated success working independently and collaboratively
  • Relentless sense of urgency and commitment to setting and attaining ambitious goals
  • Experience working with a range of diverse stakeholders and tailoring approach and communication to successfully meet project goals and

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Improvement mindset
  • Commitment and experience in creating equitable educational opportunities for all

  • Facility in the use of digital technology, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation
software and flexibility in adapting to computer applications

  • Experience as an ESL teacher or coach in a public school district a plus.
**Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Maureen O’Brien at MO’ or 781-338-6107.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Please note: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is in the process of updating the job specifications and minimum entrance requirements for this title. Therefore, the Department will screen resumes based on the following:

applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program/or service;

a Master’s degree or higher in a specific or related educational content area may be substituted for two years of the required experience - 30 semester hours equals one year of experience for substitution purposes.

Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License or the equivalent from another state may be required.

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Educational Specialist (C)
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street
Job: Education
Agency: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Dec 3, 2018, 4:44:37 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 69,708.08 - 102,912.16 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sarah Harding - 617-988-6604
Bargaining Unit: 10-SEIU Local 509 - Education
Confidential: No