Summer Teacher – Portland Summer Scholars – ESL Teacher (Multiple Openings)

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Portland Public Schools

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ESL Teacher


PROGRAM START & END DATES (Days Students in Session):

Session 1: July 1, 2024 – July 19, 2024

Session 2: July 22 , 2024 – August 7, 2024


EMPLOYEE END DATE: August 12, 2024

TRAINING DATE: June 27, 2024 – All Staff Orientation

DUTY DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM

LOCATION(S): Franklin, Grant, McDaniel, Roosevelt

  • Specific assignment locations will be discussed later in the hiring process.


All positions are contingent on enrollment of students. It is essential that applicants remain available. We will, however, make earlier commitments as definite positions become evident. 


Portland Summer Scholars is a high school credit recovery program for students who need to retake a course required for graduation. The pace of our program is somewhat intense in nature, due to the condensed time frame we operate in. While most semester courses meet over the span of 18 weeks, our Summer Scholars classes meet for 3 hours per day for 13 days straight. Students will earn .5 credit for each class they successfully complete.


The ESL teacher provides effective support for English language development through use of best practices for English Learners: scaffolding and sheltering content area instruction, pre-teaching key concepts, supporting reading development through use of appropriate assessment instruments, providing leveled reading group instruction, co-teaching of content based ELD instruction, and designing independent literacy activities. All instruction is tied to district and state performance standards in content areas and to the English Language Proficiency Standards. Racial equity practices are expected.

Assessment is continually used to adjust, inform, and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of an English Learner who may also be a Talented and Gifted student, and/or have an Individual Education Plan. All ESL teachers will provide parents opportunities to become involved as partners in education; will have strong collaboration and communication skills with parents and colleagues; are able to successfully team with classroom teachers to provide sheltered content instruction and English Language Development; and are able to develop effective instructional plans to be implemented by Educational Assistants, whom they will supervise. All teachers are responsible for student supervision, guidance, development and safety. All teachers follow Portland Public School policies, rules, and regulations. Excellent classroom management skills are a must.


  1. Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instruction, providing materials which facilitate active learning; monitor student progress and adapt course content delivery methods in order to meet the needs of individual students; instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials, technologies and equipment to support instruction.
  2. Promote a culture of high expectations, providing every student with high quality and culturally relevant instruction; support and implement the District’s Educational Racial Equity Policy; create a safe, welcoming classroom environment that reflects and supports the racial and ethnic diversity of the student population and community.
  3. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing variations within and across cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical areas, diversity of cultures and communities; implement and insure a developmentally appropriate, challenging and high-standards learning environment.
  4. Develop and implement instructional practices and strategies that include multiple methods of assessment, support students in meeting rigorous learning goals and engage and encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas.
  5. Develop and implement effective classroom management strategies, providing a safe, secure and respectful learning environment; communicate student behavior expectations in a positive manner; convey reminders, rules and expectations with consistency and equity, while recognizing the unique qualities and characteristics of the individual.
  6. Understand central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of curriculum; apply concepts to create meaningful learning experiences designed to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity and collaborative problem-solving.
  7. Progress toward professional goals and contribute to school-wide goals through self-reflection and self-reporting, teamwork, parent/student surveys, meetings, record keeping, portfolios, peer collaboration and other measures and methods.
  8. Establish standards, growth and learning goals for each student; develop SMART (Specific and strategic; Measurable; Action-oriented; Rigorous, realistic and results-focused; Timed and tracked) goals including use of baseline and progression data, identifying strategies, measures and evidence of progress standards; report on student progress throughout the school year.
  9. Update and maintain accurate and complete records of student progress and development as required by school, district, state and federal policies, regulations and laws.
  10. Perform related duties as assigned.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Persons with certain disabilities may be capable of performing the essential duties of this class with or without reasonable accommodation, depending on the nature of the disability.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an elementary, middle, K-8, alternative and/or high school campus environment with extensive student, parent and public contact and frequent interruptions.

Hazards: Potential conflict situations. Employees may be subject to temperature extremes, fumes, odors, dust and exposure to bodily fluids and blood.

Physical Demands: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a school classroom, playground and campus setting; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other classroom, library and business equipment; sitting, standing and walking for extended periods of time; kneeling, bending at the waist; lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying school equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds; repetitive hand movement and fine coordination to use a computer keyboard; emotional stability to work effectively under pressure and to keep all aspects of the job under control; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare and assure the accuracy of documents.


All teachers must be properly licensed by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission as a Professional Educator and endorsed in the subject area for which they are applying to teach.

PAY RATE: Current PPS PAT Educators who hold a regular school year position will be paid their current hourly rate of pay, but not less than the hourly summer school rate. All other hires (including current PAT Educators in a temporary assignment) will be paid $47.25 per hour.

This posting is open until position is filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. The PPS Human Resources Department reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

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