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Adult Education Instructor - ABE, Adult Literacy Program

Adult Basic Education (ABE):  CAMBA offers classes to people who live or work in Brooklyn's Flatbush/East Flatbush communities. We target people who are most in need of literacy services. CAMBA's Adult Literacy Center is a state-certified High School Equivalency test preparation site, not a TASC testing center. Other students in our ABE/HSE prep classes are often immigrants with at least a High School Diploma who may be preparing for a college entrance exam. In our ESOL classes, we use a thematic and communicative approach to teach English to immigrants who need to acquire or enhance the listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy, and workplace skills necessary to communicate effectively in their daily activities. In general, we provide our students with the type of educational, case management, career counseling, and technical services we believe can help them progressively realize their family, educational, employment, and/or other personal goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The person filling this position is expected, under general direction, to: (1) research and develop instructional materials and lesson plans; and, (2) instruct adults in academic and/or nonacademic subjects; including the following: 

  • Comply with any and all Federal, State, City and CAMBA security and privacy polices intended to protect the security and privacy of individually identifiable health information.
  • Research new level appropriate materials and methods of instruction to keep lessons current and relevant.
  • Teach students at their level and provide instruction sequentially so that class participants can make standard educational gains (move up at least 1 class level higher based on the National Reporting System (NRS) standards) within 6 months.
  • Design daily lesson plans to meet core course objectives.
  • Personally assess each student's level of ability to ensure appropriate placement.
  • Prepare and distribute instructional materials for classroom/homework use.
  • Provide classroom instruction on the subject of the course.
  • Manage the classroom effectively to maximize student learning.
  • Review at-home assignments in class.
  • Help students identify and make use of supplemental media resources, including
  • Prepare, distribute, and grade periodic written assessments of student's progress.
  • Facilitate peer tutoring in digital literacy.
  • Refer the case manager any students who have apparent barriers in achieving their personal goals (e.g., child daycare needs, possible health/housing issues, etc.). 
  • Maintain daily student attendance records.
  • Contact students via phone calls in the event of a class scheduling change and/or after student is absent from class for two consecutive days.
  • Prepare reports on students' attendance and progress, as required.
  • Implement an action plan to improve student class attendance when the rate of overall attendance falls below 70% during a cycle/quarter, as required by supervisor.
  • Maintain and update students' individual learning plans and learning portfolios.
  • Coordinate with CAMBA case managers regarding next steps in student's progress toward their goals, as needed.
  • Attend administration/norming workshops on TABE or BEST Plus as required/approved by a supervisor.
  • Attend onsite staff meetings and professional development workshops and/or trainings at CAMBA, the Literacy Assistance Center, the Department of Youth & Community Development, the Youth Development Institute, and/or online as required or approved by a program supervisor.
  • Provide all required information for weekly/monthly/quarterly/annual reports.

Minimum Education/Experienced Required:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) and one year of applicable experience and/or equivalent experience.

Other Requirements:

  • Familiarity with best practices, including the whole language, balanced literacy, and Freirian methodology; familiarity with 'at-risk" and ethnically-diverse populations
  • Familiarity with Internet sites of relevance to learners, both to support classroom instruction and to enhance community engagement and/or knowledge of subjects being discussed in class.
  • Familiarity with Common Core State Standards.
  • Ability to integrate workplace skills in class activities and help ABE/HSE test prep students enhance or acquire skills in arithmetic, algebra, and geometry; or help ESOL students apply mathematical concepts to practical situations.
  • Ability to integrate computer skills into the classroom instruction while working with students of different technical skills.
  • Must obtain Department of Education fingerprint clearance.
  • Ability to maintain fingerprint clearance throughout the duration of employment.
  • Ability to adapt to the culture and environment of classes in a community-based organization setting or in a public school setting.

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