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Nevada Connections Academy EL Specialist, 2020-2021 School Year in Okemos, Michigan


School Summary

Michigan Connections Academy (MICA) is a tuition-free, online public school serving students in grades K–12 throughout Michigan. MICA is authorized by Ferris State University Charter Schools Office and governed by an independent Board of Directors. The school is operated by Michigan Connections Academy, a nonprofit corporation, through a contract with CA of Michigan, LLC, to provide its educational program and other services. Connections Academy, a division of Connections Education, is accredited by AdvancED.

Position Summary and Responsibilities

Working from our office in Okemos, Michigan, the English Learner (EL) Specialist will virtually manage instructional programs for students with special needs in collaboration with the general education teachers. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools, they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program. The EL Teacher will participate in all steps of the LEP process. They will work closely with other teachers and district professionals to ensure that the school’s multilingual program is successful and operating in compliance with federal and state regulations. The EL Teacher will utilize technology to deliver virtual instruction.

The EL Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Coordinate language proficiency screenings and language testing, staying compliant with state-timelines for tasks such as Beginning of the Year, Middle of the Year and End of the Year LPAC meetings and documentation;

  • Participate in the organization and administration of the State Testing, as directed;

  • Attend local and state provided professional development trainings related to Title III compliance and instruction;

  • Collaborate with the student’s teachers in supporting learning and conduct parent conferences in a timely manner;

  • Support the instructional program with synchronous web conferencing sessions and asynchronous instruction;

  • Manage a homeroom of students;

  • Become proficient with supplemental programs to support English Learners in the virtual setting, including interpreting data within the programs;

  • Review curriculum and devise alternate approaches to presenting lessons to increase student understanding (working directly with students and parents);

  • Communicate with parents, students and other teachers on a regular basis to develop and update Personal Learning Plans and schedules, discuss assessments, provide feedback on student work, suggest instructional approaches and strategies, monitor completion of assignments and coach special projects;

  • Work collaboratively with other teachers to ensure that all students are successfully progressing through the program, that parents have a central point of contact, and that tasks are distributed among the teachers;

  • Develop a general knowledge of the entire program’s 3-12 curriculum and a very detailed knowledge of the courses for which responsible;

  • Support students and parents with alternate strategies and provide additional assistance with daily assignments and projects;

  • Communicates regularly with parents, students, and certified content area teachers through use of computer and telephone;

  • Keep student records and data up-to-date, including EL Data Views, State Testing Data Views, other DVs as needed, cumulative files, online student and family information, attendance accounting, and logging all student and parent contacts;

  • Consult with other teachers and staff learning specialists to develop alternate enrichment activities and supports to students’ programs to increase student understanding;

  • Collaborate in a Professional Learning Community (PLC);

  • Work with other teachers to coordinate social activities and relevant field trips for students;

  • Attend field trips and other community activities implemented for families;

  • Devise and implement virtual methods of creating and maintaining a “school community”;

  • Participate in student recruiting sessions and other marketing efforts that require teacher representation;

  • Work with Advisory Teachers and School Counselors to ensure students and families are receiving appropriate communications, students are making adequate progress and established goals are being met;

  • Participate in Connections Education, Houston ISD and school based professional development sessions and associated activities;

  • Participate in Special Population department activities; and

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Highly qualified to teach ESL in Michigan

  • Experience directly teaching EL students preferred

  • Bilingual preferred, but not required

  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products and Google Suite)

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Customer focused approach

  • High degree of flexibility

  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast paced environment

  • Team player track record

  • Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)