Date Posted: July 12, 2022

Position Title: English Learner (EL) Teacher

Assignment Location: Various locations across Dakota County, MN supporting the Secondary Program and Special Education Programs

Hours per Day: 8.0

Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, following the assigned school calendar

Anticipated Start Date: August 23, 2022

Assignment Length: 2022 – 2023 school year, continuing contract

Salary: Placement per the teacher contract, based on education and experience


Under the supervision of the Director of Teaching and Learning, the english learner teacher for Intermediate School District 917 performs intermediate professional work developing and implementing effective instructional and lesson plans with students who are English learners within the school community, implementing student evaluation processes,and  collaborating with parents and staff to meet the needs of students. Professionalism, empathy, and a non-judgmental approach are essential when working with students receiving special education services to ensure their safety and growth and to help them understand and exhibit appropriate behaviors at school and in the community. The special education teacher will be stepping into a team environment daily, where collaboration, communication, and adaptability are key to the success of the individual, the team, and the success of the students. The teacher role is performed following District policy and State/Federal Laws.


  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials according to effective teaching strategies and District philosophy and vision and implements instruction.
  • Completes evaluations on students; maintains appropriate files and records.
  • Communicates with parents in a timely manner; maintains positive and constructive communication with students, staff, parents and community.
  • Serves as an advocate for Students with English language needs by representing their needs to parents, and staff.
  • Provides indirect services through teacher consultation and evaluation review.
  • Recognizes learning problems and makes referrals as appropriate; encourages student enthusiasm for the learning process and development of good study habits and techniques.
  • Works cooperatively with parents and other staff members to reinforce the educational program for each student.
  • Attends and participates in various meetings, committees, conferences and workshops as required.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  1. A bachelor’s degree with coursework in education or related field, and a current teaching license from the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) in English as a Second Language, or equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  2. Willingness and ability to work with students receiving a high-level of special education services.
  3. Thorough knowledge of education principles, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of the principles and methodology of effective teaching; with knowledge of special education practices preferred.
  4. Previous teaching experience in EL preferred.
  5. Good oral, written, and interpersonal communication that is maintained during high-stress and crisis situations.
  6. Basic computer and email skills. Proficient in core educational subject areas.


  1. Frequently requires exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, standing, speaking, hearing, sitting, walking, lifting, and repetitive motions.
  2. Occasionally requires exertion of up to 50 pounds of force, stooping, kneeling, crawling, and crouching.
  3. Work has standard vision requirements.
  4. Ability to tolerate sudden jarring movement.
  5. Work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to bloodborne pathogens and may require wearing of personal protective equipment.
  6. Locations are generally moderately noisy.



Intermediate School District 917 serves the low incidence needs of students receiving special education services from our member school districts in the southeastern metropolitan area.  Students are referred to us by member school districts. Our programs and services include comprehensive options and efficient special education services that expand on what member districts may be able to offer students in their own schools. Programs provide special education and related service support to students from early childhood through age 21 in a variety of different, specialized settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorders, developmental and cognitive disabilities, mental health needs, those who are deaf and hard of hearing, and learning disabilities.

In our highly-structured and specialized educational environments, you will encounter:

  • Classrooms of 4-8 students supported by a teacher and 3-6 trained paraprofessionals.
  • Behavior support teams, including board certified behavior analysts.
  • Lead teachers to support due process and curriculum development.
  • Collaborative teams, which can include: audiologists, interveners, interpreters, teachers, paraprofessionals, developmental adaptive physical education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, school nurses, health associates, school social workers, and speech language pathologists.
  • Functional spaces, which can include: individualized work spaces for each student, group instruction areas, sensory spaces, break spaces, playground/gym/area for gross motor movement, and safety features for staff and students.

District 917 also provides students from member districts a secondary education program, including Dakota County Area Learning Schools, which provide alternative learning programming both in-person and online to students in need of a positive, safe, and structured learning environment outside their resident high school, and Dakota County Secondary Technical Center, which provides technical education for high school students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

Application Procedure: Can be completed at

District 917’s Website:

Intermediate School District 917 is an equal opportunity employer