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Ojibwe Language Teacher or Specialist - Red Lake School District, ISD 38


March 23, 2021

Ojibwe Language Teacher or Specialist Beginning the 2021-2022 SY

Red Lake School District, ISD#38

P.O. Box 499, Red Lake, MN 56671

218-679-3353 ext. 1001

"...where each child is valued, life long-learning is embraced and students are empowered to become Red Lake Nation ambassadors in the global community."

When the Children thrive, the Nation Thrives

Employment Opportunity

Posted 03/22/2021; until filled

Red Lake School District #38 is accepting applications for an Ojibwe Language Teacher or Specialist:

JOB TITLE: Ojibwe Language Specialist or Teacher - Beginning the 2021-22 SY

BUILDING: District Wide

REPORTS TO: Ojibwe Gikendaasowin Wedaaked: Steward of Ojibwe Language and Knowledge & Building Principal

JOB PURPOSE: The Ojibwe Language Specialist or Teacher shall structure and implement culturally-focused activities and curriculum to facilitate student learning of Ojibwemowin. The specialist / teacher shall provide opportunities for increased student engagement, will foster students' sense of self and pride in their heritage and history, and will increase district staff's knowledge of Ojibwemowin and their ability to integrate this knowledge into their curriculum.


The Ojibwe Language Specialist or Teacher shall:

1. Meet one of the following education/experience requirements:

1. Hold a Bachelor's Degree and hold or be willing to work toward a valid Minnesota teaching license which may include Eminence Credentials –and- have relevant experience or relevant background knowledge in teaching Ojibwemowin in a K-12 setting. Applicants with this combination of education and experience will be considered for an Ojibwe Language Teacher position.

2. Have relevant post-secondary education –or- successful experience teaching Oibwemowin –and- have relevant background knowledge that will readily translate to successful teaching of Ojibwemowin in a K-12 setting. Applicants with this combination of education and experience will be considered for an Ojibwe Language Specialist position.

2. Demonstrate a strong moral character and impeccable work ethic.

3. Show willingness and excitement in working with Native American children and youth.


1. Develop and implement Ojibwemowin Language lessons and activities with a wide variety of K-12 students and staff.

2. Document the work listed in Item #1 to assist in the development of a K-12 cultural curriculum.

3. Consult with and work alongside district staff to integrate Ojibwemowin into daily instructional routines, expectations, and curriculum.

4. Coach peers in connecting Ojibwemowin language-focused activities to core and specialist content standards, curriculum, instruction, and behavior management.

5. Use and apply a wide variety of developmentally-appropriate culturally-based instructional practices and teaching strategies to support students.

6. Collect, analyze and interpret formative and summative data.

7. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.

8. Work as an effective member of professional learning teams, grade level teams, and participate as a contributing member on site committees.

9. Engage in data-driven decision-making and data-driven instruction.


1. Engage and support students and staff in their learning by providing for a variety of learning styles and ability levels through both direct instruction and peer coaching.

2. Create and maintain effective environments for students' active learning.

3. Understand and organize language learning opportunities in a manner that aligns with other academic subject matter, curriculum, and state content standards.

4. Employ technology to enhance instruction.

5. Assess students for learning in accordance with district and state requirements.

6. Develop as a professional educator.

7. Communicate effectively with students, parents and staff.

8. Support and abide by school and district policies and procedures.

9. Perform other related duties as assigned.


1. Infuse Ojibwe language and culture as much as possible throughout all activities.

2. Utilize proper English grammar, punctuation, spelling, and speaking skills.

3. Knowledge of district policies, rules, and regulations.

4. Work with students, district personnel, and general public in a pleasant and cooperative manner.

5. Understand and follow complex oral and written instruction and complete assignments independently.

6. Analyze situations and take appropriate action regarding routine/emergency procedural matters without immediate supervision.

7. Plan, organize, and coordinate assigned tasks to meet established timelines.

8. Maintain professional confidentiality and work collaboratively with peers.

9. Possess knowledge of technology to present lessons, communicate with others, and keep records.


1. Stand, walk, bend over, kneel, crouch, reach, overhead, grasp, push, and pull in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. Move, lift, and/or carry up to 50 lbs. to shoulder height.

2. Repetitive use of hands (i.e. fine manipulation, simple grasping, and power grasping).

3. Stand, sit, and/or walk for extended periods of time.

4. Demonstrate normal depth perception.

5. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, operate standard office equipment, and use a telephone.

6. See and read a computer screen and printed matter with or without visual aids.


1. District application and professional resume completed and submitted.

2. Provide documentation of licensure credentials.

3. Provide the letters of reference from education professionals.

To apply, send complete District application, cover letter, resume, and credentials to: Human Resources, Red Lake School District #38, PO Box 499, Red Lake, MN 56671, fax to (218)679-2321, or email to

Ashley Nelson

Human Resources

Red Lake Schools #38

(218) 679-5102 Office

(218) 679-2321 Fax


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