Job Posting: Part-Time ELA Site Coordinator

Purpose:

The ELA Site Coordinator (ELA SC) is a part-time position reporting to the ELA Program Director or representative. ELA SC is responsible for the overall administration of the English Language Acquisition program at their particular location, including but not limited to site negotiations, volunteer teacher and student recruitment, student interviewing, assessment, enrollment, class assignment, record keeping, statistical tracking, marketing, handling of student registration fees (money order or check only), book and supply management, student and volunteer recognition, and substitute teaching.

Hours:

Plano/Richardson Site Coordinator

  • 6:00 pm to 9 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in Plano
  • 6:00 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Plano
  • 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturdays in Richardson

Frisco Site Coordinator

  • 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Frisco

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist to establish and coordinate LIFT ELA program at partnership sites, as outlined by the partnership agreement or MOU
  • Recruit, manage, and assist with training of all ELA volunteer teachers
  • Create student and teacher rosters for each semester if not done by the office
  • Arrive to the site early and ensure the classes run smoothly
  • Provide monthly reports
  • Maintain accurate book inventory records
  • Responsible for student ELA registration, testing, and collection of student registration forms and fees in check or money order only. Submit to ELA Program Director or Manager
  • Maintain contact with the ELA Program Director and/or Manager via email or phone. Respond to communications in a timely manner
  • Turn in time sheets and expenses on time if employed by LIFT
  • Serve as the substitute teacher when needed
  • Attend teacher training annually and encourage volunteer teachers to do the same

 

SKILLS:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills; working with staff, students, volunteers and partnering agencies
  • Willing to commit to the success of the students and the program overall
  • Basic computer skills: email, Excel, and Word

 

 

LIFT is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)

 

For more information, please contact Rubi Orozco at 214-824-2000, ext. 3212 or RubiOrozco@lift-texas.org

LIFT student featured in DMN series on working poor

LIFT student Ron Reney reads at roughly a fourth-grade level. He makes ends meet by working two $11-an-hour jobs, washing dishes and working in a warehouse. But the finances got more complicated in late May when he and his girlfriend welcomed a baby girl into their family. Learn more about Ron’s story in this Dallas Morning News series on the working poor in Dallas.

 

A Letter from the CEO: We did it!

By Lisa Hembry, CEO of Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT)

We are excited to announce that the partnership between Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) and Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a semi-finalist in the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation competition. Our team, PeopleForWords, includes collaborators from LIFT, SMU Guildhall, and SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development. This is a global competition where teams develop mobile applications compatible on smart phone devices that have the potential to increase literacy skills among adult learners. The solutions discovered through the applications will help reveal and overcome roadblocks in improving adult literacy through providing access, retention, and a scalable product to the public.

In North Texas, where 1 in 5 adults cannot read, this is more than a competition. This is a dedicated effort by our team to tackle the growing issue of low-literacy and poverty. Each organization involved in the collaboration brings their expertise to the competition: adult literacy training, knowledge in education, and game development. Together these skills have enabled our team to build a functional and fun application that helps improve adult literacy through increasing basic reading and writing skills anytime, anywhere. PeopleForWords allows users to play the role of an archaeologist traveling the world to decode artifacts, creating an engaging, learning experience while working towards the goal of improving reading.

Our team is the only remaining team in Texas, and one of eight semi-finalists selected from a field of 109 registered teams. Year-long testing of the semi-finalist apps involving over 12,000 low-literate adults has begun in 3 U.S. cities, including Dallas.  Up to 5 finalists will be determined in 2018, and each will be awarded $100,000.

Dallas is a city of big ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.  I feel confident that one of the solutions to the problem of low-literacy and poverty in America, which is a serious problem, will come from Dallas.  I would like to recognize and extend a big thank you to Communities Foundation of Dallas, an early investor in our project, for the generous investment of $20,000 in our mobile app.

Our adult learners face numerous challenges learning to read, including time, money, transportation and childcare.  Codex: Lost Words of Atlantis is a tool that adult literacy providers can use with students who don’t have the time, money or transportation to regularly attend literacy classes.

You can read the official press release on the Adult Literacy XPRIZE website here.  You can follow the development of the application, and our team’s progress in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition at http://www.peopleforwords.org and http://www.smu.edu/Simmons/AboutUs/xprize

Thank you for your continued support.