UT High School - Learning Specialist IV - English Language Arts

Job Details

Region: 13
School District/Employer: UT High School
District Category/Employer: Campus, Central Office, College/University
Position: Specialist
Assignment Level: Level
  • High School
  • Technology
Core Subjects
  • Language Arts/Reading
Job Title: Learning Specialist IV - English Language Arts
School: The University of Texas at Austin - UT High School District
Campus Description: The University of Texas at Austin High School District offers a full-time online high school diploma program to over 800 students and online courses, exams, and services to thousands of students and educators across Texas and beyond. The UTHS team works on-site at the UT-Austin Main Campus. UTHS is an accredited public high school, designated as a special purpose district.
Date Posted: 11/24/2021
Deadline: Until Filled
Openings: 1
Commitment: Full Time
Description/Notes: Job Description:

Serve as a lead learning specialist for the UT High School English Language Arts program. Design online courses, final exams, and K-12 credit by exams for UT High School students and district partners. Facilitate online learning and coordinate support to ensure student success.

This position requires reporting to work on the UT main campus, however currently the UT High School is piloting a hybrid remote schedule with three days on campus and two days remote. This position requires remote internet access.

Job Details:

Design online courses, final exams, and support materials that are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and implement best practices in online learning and assessment. Develop scope and sequence, study guides, reading modules, diagrams/graphics, video content, and formative and summative assessment questions. Consider needs of a variety of student groups. Utilize the Canvas LMS and a variety of technology applications to produce effective instruction to support student success

Facilitate online courses in a core high school subject area to ensure student success by instructing students through a variety of online methods, such as online feedback, facilitating online communication for student groups, and maintaining interactive and instructional course components

Assist in coordinating instructional support for a core subject area department of adjunct instructors. Organize resources, develop systems, and communicate with adjunct instructors to ensure instructors and students are successful. Implement systems for instruction, feedback, monitoring student progress, and grade reporting to ensure all instructors in the department maintain timely, accurate, and supportive instruction, communication, and grade reporting. Navigate a variety of technology systems including Canvas LMS, Skyward SIS, Mishell SIS, and Proctorio to support students, parents, and instructors through streamlined processes

Design credit by exams and participate in the annual TEA audit process, including coordination and feedback with contract auditors to ensure alignment to the TEKS. Respond to parent exam inquiries, prepare response documents, and provide communication aligned to state standards and UTHS policies. Prepare exams and support materials for the Proctorio remote online credit by exams and final exams

Monitor student progress and grades, prepare reports, and determine recommendations for support to ensure student success in courses, exams, and STAAR. Coordinate and prepare student support materials and tutoring sessions online and face-to-face, including webinars and group and individual tutoring. Proctor STAAR and AP exams. Participate in 504 and ARD meetings to support students with special needs. Communicate with students and parents as needed to support student success

Collaborate with a team of core subject area learning specialists, instructional technology developers, testing coordinators, and administration within UTHS to align and prioritize work to achieve measurable goals. Communicate with internal and external partners to support instruction, including preparing resources and trainings for partner school districts. Engage in projects that include partners from a variety of departments at UT. Travel to attend conferences and training sessions and participate in marketing opportunities for the UT High School program and services. Communicate with Texas school districts, including driving to districts. Other related functions as assigned.

Working Conditions:
May work around standard office conditions
Use of manual dexterity
Position may require occasional work outside the normal work week
Must be able to push, pull, lift, and/or carry at least 30 lbs
Prolonged and repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Qualifications: Required Qualifications:
Master's degree in education, English Language Arts, or a closely related field and five years of secondary teaching experience, or bachelor’s degree and seven years of secondary teaching experience. Texas Teacher Certification in high school English Language Arts and at least three years of experience teaching secondary English Language Arts courses in Texas public schools. Experience designing instruction and assessments for high school English Language Arts courses. Comprehensive understanding of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), STAAR expectations, and best practices in English Language Arts instruction and assessment. Experience implementing support for a variety of student group needs, including emergent bilingual, Gifted/Talented, and special education students. Successful experience supporting students to achieve targeted objectives and tracking and reporting student data. Experience with online instruction. Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task with high level of proficiency. Professional demeanor. Exceptional organizational and communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in education, an English Language Arts, or a closely related field. More than five years of teaching experience. More than three years of experience teaching secondary English Language Arts courses in Texas public schools. Experience teaching multiple high school English Language Arts or Speech courses, including Pre-AP/AP, Honors, Dual Credit, or IB. Three or more years’ experience in a leadership role in an educational setting. Experience developing and delivering professional development to educators. In-depth understanding of the TEKS, Texas Education Code, FERPA, and graduation requirements. Extensive knowledge of best practices in assessment proctoring and scoring. Experience working with K-12 English Language Arts curriculum, instruction, or assessment in a learning management system. Educator certification in multiple subject areas. Experience developing or facilitating online instruction. Experience leading trainings for teachers for curriculum, social emotional, G/T, Advanced Placement, or English learner strategies. Experience with blended learning instruction. Experience presenting or marketing at conferences.
Salary Range: $55,000/yr + depending on qualifications
Benefits: The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

See the UT-Austin HR website for information regarding benefits: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits
How To Apply: Complete an online application for the position at the UT-Austin website at https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UTstaff.

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Contact Person:

Name: Beth Cooper
Email: bcooper@austin.utexas.edu
Address: 1616 Guadalupe St., Suite 0.134, UT Administration Bldg
City: Austin
State: TX
Zip: 78712
Phone: (512) 232-3503