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Department of Education
Federal Programs Services Team
ESL/Bilingual Programs

Distinguished Educator:  Member Profile

General information:  In order to provide assistance to school administrative units, the Maine Department of Education will contract with a school administrative unit for two days per week of one practitioner’s time.  A distinguished educator is an individual on leave from a school administrative unit who will work for the Department of Education.  The two-day per week position is available during the 2007-2008 school year.  The Department of Education’s ESL/Bilingual Programs is seeking an individual who has been successful in enabling English language learners to make outstanding progress toward meeting high English language proficiency and educational standards.  This professional service work involves facilitation, data analysis, and staff development.  The individual must be able to work as part of a self-directed work team.  Extensive use of technology, travel and field assignments are required.  STATEWIDE TRAVEL IS REQUIRED.


  • Work with the Department’s ESL/Bilingual Programs, school administrative units and schools to determine school administrative units’ ESL professional development needs;

  • Present information to various statewide groups regarding the process of servicing English language learners;

  • Present information to school/school administrative unit personnel regarding the requirements related to establishing and developing a research-based ESL program;

  • Present strategies and methods to school personnel regarding the ACCESS for ELLs® and English language acquisition best practices;

  • Meet with school boards to describe ESL programs and needs of ELLs;

  • Work with school-based teams to analyze school ESL performance data, including ACCESS for ELLs® and MEA results;

  • Work with school-based/unit-based teams to plan short-term strategies to improve ESL student performance on assessments;

  • Support school-based/unit-based teams to create an improvement plan to address ESL student performance; and

  • Assist in monitoring the implementation of ESL programs in schools and school administrative units.


Knowledge and Abilities Required:

  • Knowledge of current learning research and exemplary educational practices with an emphasis on instructional strategies for English language learners;

  • Knowledge of ACCESS for ELLs® and data analysis;

  • Ability to use computers for word processing, data applications, and technology-based communications (i.e., Internet, Web, listserv and E-Mail systems);

  • Ability to facilitate groups and to use exemplary interpersonal skills; and

  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and to solve problems in a team environment.

If you are interested and have questions, please contact Nancy Mullins at 624-6788 by April 17, 2007.   The application is available on the Maine Department of Education website at or can be obtained by calling Terry Bailey at 624-6772.   Applications and requests for applications will be accepted until the position is filled.