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AmeriCorps Member Position Title  In Classroom: Student Support Facilitator [WE HAVE ONE FULLTIME POSITION AVAILABLE, START DATE: 9-1-2018]

Program  NISN AmeriCorps Program - NISN Indigenous Educators Corps

Site Location  Dream Diné Charter School, Shiprock, NM

Purpose & Impact

General: AmeriCorps members serving as Student Support Facilitators will create and deliver enriched educational experiences that build on community-defined needs and strengths for Native American students in New Mexico. At the end of the first program year, AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping improve student academic performance in literacy and math, and participating placement sites will have high-quality systems and partnerships in place to continue to deliver academically excellent and culturally relevant education. This program addresses the Corporation for National and Community Service focus area of Education, including its priority on STEM.

The Dream Diné Charter School has a dream and goal to provide a world class Indigenous-centered education to help prepare young people to enter the modern global economy.   The school has a responsibility to create an innovative system of education that focuses on academic rigor while also teaching community rooted values that support the development of holistic identity.  At Dream Diné, academic rigor includes the building of literacy and math skills in the students and the school has set goals that all students will experience academic success.  The student support facilitators will play an important role to provide more concentrated support to help the students to meet their individual goals in the classroom. The student support facilitators will also assist with developing oral Diné language and cultural knowledge among the students in alignment with the school’s dual language mission.

Description of Duties - Essential Functions

  • Serves by working with students on an individual basis or in small groups in the classroom to reinforce reading and math curriculum lesson material introduced by the teacher, during student independent learning time or while the teacher is doing whole class instruction
  • Ensures students are on-task and supervised at all times and supports the redirecting of student behavior as needed; assists with monitoring students during bathroom breaks, recess, drop-off and pick-up times and at meal times
  • Collects, prepares and arranges classroom learning materials and equipment
  • Assists teacher in providing direct instruction to students and leading hands-on learning experiences and checks for student understanding
  • Communicates and meets regularly, including debriefings, with teaching staff to provide input into lesson plans and also to provide feedback on the progress of students
  • Supports teachers in the collection of student data and checking and tracking student work for completion
  • Assists teachers and administrator with conducting short term assessments with proper guidance and training
  • Provides extra tutoring students during lunch or after-school study hall as deemed necessary
  • Sets up systems for communicating student progress with families and parents
  • Creates and supports outreach opportunities to engage with school families and community at large
  • Assists teachers with lunchroom and recess duty
  • Assists teachers with classroom inventory and organization
  • Attends monthly family and parent meetings on behalf of the school community/leadership


(Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Academic, Experience, Working Relationships) AmeriCorps Member are individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Who has been selected by a recipient or subrecipient to serve in an approved national service position;
  • Who is a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States;
  • Who is at least 17 years of age at the commencement of service unless the member is out of school and enrolled in a full-time, year-round youth corps or full-time summer program as defined in the NCSA (42 U.S.C. § 12572 (a)(3)(B)(x)), in which case he or she must be between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, and
  • Who has received a high school diploma or its equivalent, agrees to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent (unless this requirement is waived based on an individual education assessment conducted by the program) and the individual did not drop out of an elementary or secondary school to enroll in the program, or is enrolled in an institution of higher education on an ability to benefit basis and is considered eligible for funds under 20 U.S.C. § 1091 (See Section IX. B.).

NISN Specific Qualifications

  • Meet all NISN AmeriCorps Program Member requirements including completing a Criminal History Check
  • Demonstrate an authentic commitment to the school site location and mission and greater community and member scope of work
  • Be willing to travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico and other locations for mandatory trainings

Site Location Qualifications

  • Passion for working on behalf of indigenous communities and education
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively as a team member
  • Demonstrated commitment to taking initiative
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Professionalism
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Sense of humor
  • Demonstrate an authentic commitment to the school site location and mission and greater community
  • Experience with writing
  • Commitment to school scheduling and time constraints
  • Awareness of and compliance with workplace policies
  • Computer usage skills
  • Willingness to respond to direction and to grow from on-site mentoring and direction from the teacher and administrator

Term of Service

Choose from list below:

Full-Time members must complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of service

Half-Time members must complete a minimum of 900 hours of service

Time Requirements

Full time:  40 hours/week

Part time: 20 hours/week

School Hours of Operation: M­F   7:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Orientation & Training

Members will engage in multiple mandatory and ongoing training sessions, starting with an orientation scheduled by NISN, followed by monthly trainings at site schools and/or in Albuquerque, NM at the NISN office.

Site Location Training

  • Members will participate in on and off-site trainings as well as on-line trainings geared towards to developing math and literacy tutors.
  • Members will also participate in monthly staff Professional Development days to learn from fellow members as well as the regular school staff in how to create a supportive learning environment for students and to create school organizational best practices that will produce the most favorable student learning outcomes.


Types of Potential Benefits Available:

  • Education Award
  • Living Allowance

Evaluation & Reporting

AmeriCorps members will undergo evaluation from their school site location, NISN, and AmeriCorps*State Program - NMCCV.

Site Location will provide the following evaluation throughout the AmeriCorps member’s experience:

Members will have weekly check-ins with the site supervisor and also the teaching staff to discuss their experiences related to fulfilling their roles as reading and math tutors.  During this time members will have opportunity to suggest recommendations of how to improve their work with the students as well as teaching staff.  Also this time can be used to discuss how the members can develop their skills and knowledge related to their duties (i.e. literacy and math tutoring strategies, classroom and student behavior management, developing work management tools such as databases, spreadsheets, and conducting short term assessments). Members can also support each other by using critique protocols to provide feedback to one another on how they can increase their capacities in providing tutoring supports.

Supervisor Contact Information

School administrator, 505-368-2500,

Practice, model and teach the school values: Baa ‘áhólyą̨́, Baa nitsíníkees, Aka’ ’anilyeed

Job title: After-School Tutor, Fall Term 2018 (part-time)

Location: Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date: Fall 2018

Purpose:   The tutor will assist K-5 grade students with improving their reading and math skills through reading/tutoring sessions conducted at the Dream Diné Charter School after regular school hours.

Qualifications and Competencies:

High school diploma; Associates degree or college credit hours preferred

Familiarity with K-4 elementary curriculum for reading and math.

Excellent reading and math skills and willingness to share your love of reading and math.

Excellent people skills, enthusiasm for helping children, respectful attitude.

Ability to work with individual students and small groups.

Ability to manage students and keep them focused on their learning.

Creative and enthusiastic when covering lessons, reviewing homework and reading selected books.

Attention to detail regarding paperwork.

Background check required to work with students.

Job Duties and Responsibility:

  1. Tutor assists students, K-4 grades, in the development of reading and math skills.
  2. Tutor assists students, K-4 grades, with their homework and lesson review, in a safe and nurturing environment.
  3. Tutor communicates daily with teachers to understand and clarify classroom lessons and homework assigned to the students.
  4. Tutor communicates effectively with school administrator, staff and parents.
  5. Tutor documents all activity conducted with each student.
  6. Tutor must commit to work throughout the school’s spring term.  Consistent, ongoing support is necessary to support he students and teachers.
  7. Tutor will work between the hours of 3:15 and 5:45 p.m., providing tutoring two times per week.
  8. Tutor is required to complete the following:
  1. Attend an initial program orientation, arranged by the school.
  2. Attend weekly meetings with the administrator and staff.
  3. Attend reflection sessions every two-weeks, arranged by the school.
  4. Document monthly program evaluation.

 9.  Practice and model the school values: Baa ‘áhólyą̨́, Baa nitsíníkees, Aka’ ’anilyeed

Contact: School administrator at (505) 368-2500, or onsite at Dream Diné Charter School.

Job Title            Part-time Special Education Teacher, K-3 (4-6 hours per week)

Location:           Shiprock, New Mexico

Start Date:          Fall 2018 for SY 2018-2019

School Mission   Dream Diné is a place-based elementary school where the Diné culture, language and history are the foundation of an experiential curriculum. Through a dual-language program, we will nurture strong, compassionate, bilingual young people who are committed to their personal and community health, wellness, relationships and progress.

General Functions: The teacher will provide guidance and instructional experiences that are academically and developmentally appropriate for each assigned student.

Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

  • New Mexico Elementary Teaching Licensure (Level II preferred)
  • Special Education Teaching License required
  • Classroom experience with Kindergarten to 3rd (early childhood)
  • Bilingual and Bi-cultural (preferred)—has an understanding and appreciation of traditional Dine’ practices for teaching elementary students
  • Coordinates and facilitates IEP meetings for students on assigned caseload including the annual review, reevaluation, and other IEP review meetings
  • Has knowledge of elementary school content and approved curriculum
  • Understands and utilizes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 as guidance for instruction
  • Understands and ensures compliance with Individual Education Program (IEP) for each caseload student
  • Has ability to differentiate instructional methods and resources in each area taught
  • Uses hands-on kinesthetic instruction, and motivates and encourages students
  • Possesses collaborative skills and a willingness to work with colleagues collaboratively
  • Possesses technological knowledge/proficiency
  • Recognizes the social, emotional and intellectual developmental needs of early elementary school students and understands appropriate responses

Teacher Duties and Responsibilities 

·          Ensures the attainment of learning standards in the English Language Arts and math Common Core Standards

·          Teaches in an inclusion, pull-out, or resource setting and modifies assignments for students with disabilities

  • Collaborates with regular education teacher, and informs education assistants and parents

·          Provides a safe and effective learning environment for students, staff and overall school community

·          Administers assessments and organizes student portfolios to capture individual student progress

·          Collaborates with parents and communicate student’s progress and classroom expectations

·          Contributes to the overall school community by supporting school/community programs, activities and events related to school’s vision, mission and goals

To apply and learn more about Dream Diné School

· Submit a letter of interest with current resume/CV and copies of teacher licensure and certificate or endorsement(s) to:

· Visit