Community Development Institute Teacher in East Wareham, Massachusetts
GENERAL SUMMARY: This position serves as the lead worker in a classroom of Head Start children by planning, implementing, and supervising all classroom activities. This position works with typically developing children and children with disabilities. Because this position is one part of a large system of services provided to children and families, this position also serves as a social service referral person and shares responsibility for parent involvement in the program. PRIMARY REPONSIBILTIES: Program Development Attends all required training and workshops to include but not limited to 15 hours of classroom focused professional development and methods that comply with applicable State and local laws for identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect. Remains up-to-date on information that pertains to the needs of the children in the program including Head Start Performance Standards, child care licensing regulations and other applicable regulations and practices. Preschool Program Implementation Supervises all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities. Plans and provides a developmentally and linguistically appropriate curriculum and experiences in a manner appropriate to the ages, languages and cultures of children served. Directs any special needs problems to the appropriate manager/specialist/coordinator or supervisor. Record keeping Submits monthly progress reports to the supervisor as scheduled. Supervises or orders supplies as needed and takes inventory as requested. Parent Involvement and Community Relations Sets up system to assure programs needs for parent involvement in each classroom are met. Establishes positive and productive relationships with families focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport with the parents of the children. Supervision Makes daily job assignments within the classroom, provides instruction in performing job duties and models appropriate classroom practices. Sets the standards of the classroom and goals for staff members supervised and other classroom staff, monitors progress toward goals, provides regular feedback and submits performance appraisals in a timely manner. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Current minimum qualification is one of the following: An associate degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching preschool-age children; A baccalaureate or advanced degree in any field and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching preschool-age children; or A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America?s professional staff; EXPERIENCE 18 months of Preschool experience if you have an associates degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field 27 months of Preschool experience if you have an associates degree in an unrelated field 18 months of Preschool experience if you have a bachelors or advanced degree in an unrelated field 9 months of Preschool experience if you have a bachelors or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area).