Tewa Language Coordinator - Kha’p’o Community School
Position: Tewa Language Coordinator
Reports to: Assistant Principal
Position Type: Exempt
Posting Date: October 3, 2018
Welcome, Tewa Language Coordinator Applicants:
Kha’p’o Community School (KCS) seeks an individual who is from Santa Clara Pueblo (or affiliated) to coordinate and support renewal of Tewa speaking with creative learning opportunities for students, staff, and our community at large.
To apply for this position, please submit a KCS application (www.khapoeducation.org/jobs) and a 500 word response to this question: How do you think the sustainability of Tewa language at KCS should look? Include what are important ways for children to learn Tewa and how you might help plan those learning opportunities in collaboration with Tewa language speakers, the community, school staff, and/or any other stakeholder.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support assistant principal with transition of KCS into a dual Tewa/English language school by school year 2021-2022.
- Ensure Tewa language is taught and supported throughout KCS in a seamless and consistent manner that includes a style of sensitivity, acceptance, and pride for a warm, welcoming culture of language instruction.
- Facilitate a committee of Tewa language mentors/experts for guidance on:
- what to teach students
- ideas/themes related to Tewa language instruction (that is, how to teach Tewa to students)
- what key sentences/questions students should learn
- what key sentences staff and parents should learn/use to support students
- how to address challenging situations and/or disagreements on how and what to teach when those situations arise
- how to support and recognize students and staff who are learning/teaching Tewa effectively
- Support the assistant principal in developing a Tewa Language Program Plan that encourages the Tewa language to be spoken throughout KCS by students, staff and community:
- Tewa class
- whole school environment
- Coordinate and schedule Tewa language mentor/expert-led activities and workshops
- Mentor/expert focus groups
- Mentor/expert providing professional development for staff and parents
- Communicate with and schedule participation of tribal departments, community members, and parents in reinforcing, teaching, guiding Tewa language instruction for students.
- Call, remind, encourage, and provide transportation so elders (and others) can participate in the classroom, in expert work sessions to support curricular development and/or other Tewa Language learning for students and teachers.
- Ensure scheduling of teachers, mentors, and activities provides school wide Tewa language experiences and support for students throughout the school day.
- At the direction of the assistant principal, take notes and organize information, including, but not limited to, ensuring sign-in sheets are developed, completed and filed.
- Create an internal calendar to document implementation of daily Tewa activities and to identify when Tewa language assessment results are to be collected.
- Support assistant principal in gathering and developing culturally responsive curricular materials.
- Support communication about Tewa language at KCS:
- Be an active participate of the Family Advisory Committee
- Actively engage with Tewa Language experts/mentors’ in the absence of the assistant principal
- Collaborate with the Tewa language teachers’ and general education teachers, and provide their recommendations to the assistant principal
- Model learning Tewa language through ongoing participation in mentor-learner program, if applicable.
- Participate in other professional development as identified by the assistant principal and principal, including attendance at trainings, keeping current with education, language revitalization, and program planning for dual language schools.
- Be a positive and enthusiastic member of a learning team focused on improving instruction and learning.
- Substitute Tewa classes and/or any other classes when needed
- Coordinate and teach summer Tewa classes for summer school, if applicable with the 21st Century Program.
- Complete tasks in a timely manner and meet all deadlines.
- Coordinate field trips, presentations, etc, related to the Tewa language requests by teachers.
- Be willing to complete all other additional tasks.
- Must be from (or affiliated with) Santa Clara Pueblo.
- Must be willing to work extended days, evenings and weekends as needed.
- Must pass background check.
- Practices, implements and trusts in the process of change in alignment with the mission, vision, and values of KCS
- Excellent communication skills
- An eagerness to set ambitious and tangible goals and a drive to achieve them
- A self-starter who is able to overcome obstacles in efforts to achieve a given goal
- Commitment to providing experiential, project based learning opportunities for students
- Believes all students have the ability to learn
- Highly organized and able to prioritize multiple competing tasks
- Commitment to a holistic approach to education
- Committed to collaborate with staff, community, and families
- A desire to learn and grow individually and open to feedback from instructional leaders and colleagues
- Committed to participate in community events
- Comfort using and/or learning to use new technology in the classroom
- Familiarity with Microsoft suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
- 3 – 5 years experience in either program/project development, leadership, or education.
COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive and dependent upon prior experience.
INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian preference eligible that are not currently employed in the Federal Service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority (Schedule A).
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Within the scope of Indian preference, all candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or other non-merit factors.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION LANGUAGE: Kha’p’o Community School provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify KCS Business Manager/HR. The decision in granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.