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START DATE: February 2020

Anticipated Hours – Planning:
January – June: 50 flexible hours for planning school year and summer session.

Anticipated Hours – Instruction:
March – June: 5 hours per week (2 days per week, 1.5 hours per day
teaching and 1 hour per day planning).

July – August: 24 hours per week (5 weeks summer program planned for summer 2020, 3 days per week, 5 hours per day. Includes 3 hours of teaching per day and 8 flexible hours per week for planning).

About LEAP for Education:

LEAP for Education has been providing programs and services to the Salem community since 2002. Our unique model provides comprehensive after-school supports for middle and high school youth through academic enrichment, social-emotional development, education and career exploration, and social capital building. This four-pronged approach is successful due to the relationships that LEAP staff and volunteers build with students and maintain through post-secondary graduation, into the workforce, and beyond.

About Expanding Horizons:

Expanding Horizons is a 21st Century Community Learning Center program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and it is run by Salem Public Schools (SPS) in partnership with LEAP for Education (LEAP). SPS subcontracts the program coordination to LEAP which includes day-to-day site supervision and management, grant oversight and quality assurance to ensure all the grant requirements are being met and that the academic quality, enrollment, attendance and assessments meet the high standards of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The existing program has 60 youth currently enrolled during the school year with a growing wait list. Priority for enrollment is given to students from economically disadvantaged families.

Description of Position:

The school year program called “EL Street” will be designed specifically for English Language Learners and comprised of project-based learning, community engagement, and a supportive learning environment outside of their school day. This “EL Street” program is based on a successful high school model that has been developed and refined for several years through a partnership with Salem Public Schools.

This program will serve 15-20 students in a 10-week session, beginning in March 2020. The cohort will meet two days per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:00-5:15 PM to develop a project that investigates and crafts a response to a particular problem identified by the students (e.g. topics like littering or disaster relief). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will be invited to participate in one of the enrichment offerings through Expanding Horizons.

During the months of January through March you will be part of a planning group that will work on curriculum, program activities and student recruitment strategies for a start date in late March. It is anticipated that once the program begins, some days will be in school working on vocabulary related to their project and doing research and some days in the community learning conducting research about their service project. Once the project is underway, students will be both in the school and in the community. It is expected that a project will be completed by the end of the school year (or possibly identified and completed during the summer).

This position will report to the Salem Site Coordinator.


A similar program will run in the summer for a cohort of 20 students, who will meet for five weeks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8:30AM-2:30PM. Half the day will be focused on a project-based learning project, and half the day will include lunch and hands-on enrichment (in areas like science, art, and sports).

This position is an opportunity for someone wanting to take excellent school day learning and apply it in a real-world, experiential learning project. This is an opportunity to introduce students to their community and meet community leaders. These projects will give EL student the opportunity to practice their oral skills, and expand their vocabulary in the context of a community service project or projects of interest to them.

Position Responsibilities

  • Supervise an assistant instructor who may be a college student, an Americorps Fellow or a volunteer.
  • Support Expanding Horizons staff in recruiting students to fill the 20 slots by getting recommendations from other teachers, and connecting with students during the school day.
  • Conduct parent info sessions.
  • Work with the students and community to identify one project to work on.
  • Coordinate transportation for community work with the Salem Site Coordinator (funding is available for field trips).
  • Guide students in the completion of their projects.
  • Develop pre and post surveys to assess English improvement which may include journal writing, video pre and post student interviews, reviewing Access test scores (metrics to be established as part of the planning group).
  • Evaluate other assessments to measure SEL growth and 21st century skill improvement (communication, initiative, problem-solving, etc) as part of standard Expanding Horizons assessments.
  • Attend professional development in service learning if not already trained.

Job Qualification

  • A passion for working with EL students.
  • 1 – 2 years of experience teaching or counseling EL students, with ESL certification.
  • Must show an understanding of (or experience with) project-based or service-learning.
  • Some proficiency in Spanish preferred.

Compensation: $45.00 per hour

RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS are required for consideration. The cover letter should describe why you want to work with youth, why you think you can be successful in this position, and why you want to work after-school. This is an opportunity to explain your strengths, interests and values not seen in a resume.


Kayla Dorst, Deputy Director
(978) 740-6667 ext. 114 |

LEAP for Education
35 Congress Street, Suite 102
Salem MA, 01970

In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability. LEAP’s programs are funded in part with funds from the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Peabody Department of Planning and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.